So you've just moved to Cleveland—welcome! You've found yourself in one of the best cities on the planet, full of things to do, eat and see. But before you settle in, there are a few things you should know. 1) We prefer brown mustard to yellow. 2) We love craft beer. 3) We are a city full of sports fanatics.
That's right! Cleveland is definitely a sports city, home to the Browns, the Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians, so don't be surprised if you start painting your face and collecting jerseys—it's expected when you live here.
To help you get acclimated to being a Cleveland sports fan, we rounded up the essential teams in the city. On this list, you'll find a team for almost every sport from baseball to rugby and roller derby. We hope you'll get a kick out of it!
Baseball is more than just a sport in Cleveland—it's a religion. And there's no team you'll hear about more than the Indians. Since they were established in 1901, they've brought home two World Series championships. Attending an Indians game is practically a Cleveland rite of passage, so head out to Progressive Field for a game ASAP.
Cleveland's Minor League Baseball team is the Lake County Captains. Many Major League Baseball stars have gotten their start as a Lake County Captain, including Victor Martinez, Chris Archer and CC Sabathia. You can catch one of their games at Classic Park in Eastlake.
Established in 1970, the Cleveland Cavaliers, or the Cavs, is one of the most famous professional basketball teams in the country. Even if you aren't a basketball fan, you've probably heard of them once or twice due to LeBron James, who got his start on the team in 2003 and lead the team to victory in 2016. Today, you can watch a game at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse or follow them around the country during their season—which many hardcore Cavs fans do on an annual basis.
Cleveland State University is home to an abundance of fantastic sports teams, from basketball to golf to swimming to wrestling. Plus they offer plenty of women's teams that you can cheer on any time of the year including basketball, fencing, softball and volleyball.
Just because Case Western is a prestigious, nationally acclaimed, private research university, doesn't mean they don't also love competing! The Spartans feature several highly ranked teams, including football, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and more.
While the Browns are definitely an underdog in the NFL (with one of the longest playoff droughts in NFL history and one of the only teams to ever complete a season without winning a single game) that doesn't mean Clevelanders don't still love the team with a fiery passion. You can catch a game at the FirstEnergy Stadium this season or by visiting one of our favorite sports bars in the city.
The Cleveland Gladiators is an arena football team that was established in 1997. While they were first based in East Rutherford, New Jersey and then later in Las Vegas, Nevada, they finally found their home in Cleveland in 2008. The team is currently on hiatus while the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is being renovated, but they hope to play again in 2020.
The Fusion is Cleveland's full-contact football team founded in 2001. They compete with teams all across North America as a member of the Women's Football Alliance. While you might think their main goal as a team is to win games, it's actually to make Cleveland a better place to live. That's why they give back via volunteerism and partnerships with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and provide a coaching clinic for girls playing flag football.
Don't worry, hockey lovers—Cleveland has something to offer you too! The Cleveland Monsters, formally known as the Lake Erie Monsters, are our local professional hockey team. They play their home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse downtown and have one Calder Cup championship under their belt, which they nabbed in 2016.
The Burning River Roller Derby is the premier skater-run flat-track roller derby league in Cleveland. There are several different teams that play in this league including the All-Stars, the Pyromaniacs, the Rolling Pin-Ups and many more.
While the Cleveland Guardians are a part of the Cleveland Men's Roller Derby league, the team is open to all 18+ people that want to skate for fun, fitness and competition. They compete both locally and nationally with teams all around the United States and Canada. Interested in joining? They offer practices for every skill level every other Wednesday in Brunswick.
The Cleveland Rovers Men's Union Rugby Football Club is made up of men from all walks of life—including students, military veterans, doctors, lawyers, engineers and businessmen. They are a USA Rugby affiliated Men's Club and currently contend in the Division III Midwest East Conference. You can find them playing their home games at Rugby World or taking a break at PJ McIntyre's, where they like to relax over a pint after practice on Thursday nights.
While rugby is traditionally a "gentleman's sport" as many fans like to say, the Iron Maidens have set out to change that stereotype. Founded in 2003, the Iron Maidens are Cleveland's premier women's rugby club. In addition to being national rugby finalists, they frequently work with Cleveland Fusion to promote and grow women's professional sports.
The Cleveland Soccer Club is a semi-professional, men's soccer team that competes in the National Premier Soccer League. The team roster is currently comprised of both college players and former college players that are looking to continue their competitive careers.
New to the Cleveland athletic scene, the Cleveland Comets recently moved to the area from Akron in 2018. They are a women's professional fastpitch softball team that has been garnering a lot of attention as of late due to their recent partnership with Team Mexico for the 2019 season, bringing a ton of great talent to the area. You can catch one of their home games at Sprenger Stadium in Avon this season.
Columbus' art scene is bursting with creativity, which is evident in the spectacular art that you can find throughout the city. Not only are we home to the Columbus Museum of Art, which was the first art museum registered in Ohio and home to hundreds of interesting exhibitions, but our area also boasts amazing art galleries, art festivals and public art installations.
If you want to explore the incredible culture of Columbus—read on! We rounded up some of the best art walks and annual festivals in Columbus along with some information on how to take a self-guided art tour through the city.
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On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, which stay open late on these nights. Additionally, hear street performers, shop with local artisan vendors, and see unique public art all along High Street.
Two Monday Evenings a Month, May-August, 7-8 p.m.
Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks are one-hour guided tours led by expert historians from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Each tour highlights local public art, architecture and historical sites in neighborhoods around Columbus. Each season runs from May through August, with tours offered on two Monday evenings a month. You can find the full schedule on their website!
The city of Columbus is passionate about our local public art. That's why you can find a self-guided art walk guide for almost every Columbus neighborhood on the city's website! Each neighborhood link—including Capitol Square, the Arena District and Short North—offers a printable map, public parking tips, and a downloadable audio tour that you can listen to while you traverse the area. And, for a more "on-the-go" experience, you can download the MyColumbus app to access Columbus art walks information while you're exploring the city.
The Westerville Art Hop is an annual event in April that transforms historic Uptown Westerville into a massive art gallery. Make your way through the area and take in the work of artists from all over the area in local shops and art galleries. If you visit all of the stops on the Art Hop's list, you can be entered to win fabulous prizes! You can find the full list of participating businesses and artists on their website.
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The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top art festivals in the nation by several national publications and features interactive activities, performances, food and beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile.
Each June, head to the Easton Town Center and browse through unique, one-of-a-kind works of art. Local artists and crafters showcase their original work, including handmade crafts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking, graphics and so much more. The event is completely free and family-friendly so you can bring your entire entourage to see some great art each summer!
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For over 46 years, the Westerville Music & Arts Festival has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Columbus area to see fantastic live music performances and shop from over 100 local and national artisans. There's also an annual silent auction where you can purchase artwork from festival artists, proceeds from which benefit the Westerville Area Chamber. The cost is just $1 to attend and kids 10 and under are absolutely free!
This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered the city's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working a variety of media. Additionally, there is always spectacular live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.
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This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games and jumpies, a sunflower show, a car show, a kids' fair and much more.
Arts in the Alley is one of Central Ohio's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every third weekend in September for over 40 years. The festival's name comes from its humble beginnings as a festival held in the back alley behind Broadway businesses. Today, the massive festival stretches all the way along Broadway and Park Streets and features over 100 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music—all weekend long you can find live performances on the Heartland Stage on West Park Street along with some delicious festival food.
Did we miss your favorite art event in the Columbus area? Let us know in the comments!
Photo courtesy of The Blind PigIf you've been in Cincinnati for a while, chances are that you've already visited O'Malleys in the Alley, the area's second oldest bar. But recently it hasn't been the bar's old-world charm and friendly bartenders that have been attracting new patrons—it's the new "hidden" speakeasy in the back. While The Blind Pig isn't the most subtle secret bar, with a rooftop patio visible from 3rd Street, there are no signs directing you to the entrance. The trick is to locate the door in a back hallway of O'Malleys. Through it, you'll find a sleek bar that mixes the roaring '20s with a classic sports bar vibe serving delicious cocktails and traditional American bar fare.
Photo courtesy of Victor Sizemore via Wiseguy LoungeWiseguy Lounge is located above one of our favorite spots for New York-style pizza in Cincinnati, GoodFellas, and features the classic speakeasy low lighting, dark reclaimed wood, rich leather sofas and carefully crafted cocktails. While you don't have to give a password to get into this classy bar, you do have to pass by cheesy, handmade pizza—and doesn't that seem harder? 18 West 13th Street Opened in 2015 and located in Over-the-Rhine, Sundry and Vice has quickly established itself as a neighborhood favorite. This striking cocktail spot is nestled in an old building that is decorated to look like an old-timey apothecary. Enter through the super-secret back door entrance and take in the walls covered in old doctor's notes, phosphate cocktails being poured from the vintage soda fountain, and all the period furniture. Every part of Sundry and Vice, from the drinks to the ambiance, is meant to transport you to another time and place—which it does beautifully and extremely effectively. 609 Walnut Street The cocktail terrace at the 21c Museum Hotel is definitely a hidden gem. The rooftop bar provides one of the best views in the city along with comfortable seating and a speakeasy-esque ambiance. You can find the entrance by taking a slightly obscured elevator located down the alley from the 21c Museum Hotel. The terrace is open seasonally and usually has a wait, but we promise it's worth it. 1429 Walnut Street
Photo courtesy of Louis Rideout via MeccaMecca is one of our favorite bars that has set up shop in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in recent years. Full of Instagram-worthy decor—including backlit murals, neon lights, hanging plants and tables covered in doodles—Mecca is a great place to spend an evening with friends and a few drinks. The entrance can be found through a small breach in a brick wall on 15th Street, which you'll probably pass by a few times the first time you visit. 936 Hatch Street While The Blind Lemon isn't exactly a secret—in fact, it's one of Cincinnati's most famous bars—it is pretty hard to find if you don't know where to go. Hidden right next to the historic Mt. Adams Bar and Grill (which actually was a speakeasy during Prohibition), you'll find a fairly small and simple sign followed up by a long, narrow passageway that will lead you to a lush garden and then finally, the bar. Inside, you can order a delicious drink and listen to some of the best live music around while surrounded by antique memorabilia. 530 Washington Avenue, Newport, KY During Prohibition, it was normal to wander into the back of a local bakery or grocery store and find a hidden meeting space where people ignored the 18th amendment completely. That's exactly the kind of atmosphere Peter and Kim Newberry were going for when they decided to open up a bar in the back of their Newport coffee shop. Visit the shop, grab a cup of Joe and relax with a friend or follow the glow of hundreds of Kentucky's finest bourbon around the corner to the bar. They offer an exquisite bourbon selection, including a few extremely rare bottles, along with fantastic Scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys. 965 East McMillan Street
Photo courtesy of Heatherlyn Stickle via Gorilla Cinemas PresentThe Video Archive has everything 21st Century bar-goers usually expect from a modern speakeasy: a secret entrance, a catchy theme and to-die-for cocktails. Created by the same masterminds behind the Overlook Lodge, the Gorilla Cinema, Lonely Pine and Tokyo Kitty, the Video Archive masquerades as a video rental store. While stumbling upon a Blockbuster-like shop nowadays is super exciting, it isn't the best part about the Video Archive. That would be the secret door that leads to a hidden bar in the back. Inside, you'll find a unique, intimate speakeasy full of Quintin Tarantino references and delicious drinks.
It can be hard to eat out with a family—trust us, we know. And while it may seem tempting to head directly to the drive-thru or a fast-casual spot, you don't have to anymore! There are plenty of restaurants in Cleveland that now offer specially designed kids' menus, specials and fun atmospheres that make dining with the kids easier than ever.
To help make your dinner selection a bit easier, we rounded up some of our favorite restaurants in the Cleveland area that are 100% kid-approved. Happy eating!
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This unique dining destination is located right across from the runways of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Your kids will be entertained—and well-fed—as they watch the planes take off and land at the airport. Plus, the adults should be pretty happy too! The food at 100th Bomb Group is just as good as the view, from decadent brunch staples like French toast to upscale dinner options like filet mignon.
When looking for a family-friendly spot to feed your little rascals, you can't go wrong with Bearden's. They offer juicy steakburgers (including one with peanut butter on it!) along with grilled cheese, fried clams, sandwiches and much more in their retro diner. So head over to Rocky River and get a blast from the past, or you can find their food truck roaming the streets of Cleveland with plenty of burger goodness in stock.
Visit Corner Alley downtown for a family outing you won't soon forget. Before you eat, you can entertain the kids with a round of bowling in the posh alley. With its delicious menu options, craft beer on tap and invigorating cocktails, the Corner Alley is anything but your typical bowling experience—it even made the Food Network's list of 15 Great Bars for Fun and Games.
Not only does Crust have some of the best pizza in town, but they also happen to be a fantastic place to dine with the family. Their pizza dough is made every morning in-house, resulting in a perfect thick crust that your entire entourage will love. Plus the sheer magnitude of pizza toppings that they offer—from pepperoni to fried eggs—will please even the pickiest of eaters.
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Do you have a hotdog aficionado in your family? Then you definitely don't want to miss Happy Dog. This neighborhood corner bar is the epitome of the Cleveland experience, offering a hip and friendly atmosphere, live music, beer on tap and hot dogs (of course). Pick your dog, and then smother it with any combination of 50 topping choices—including some quirky ones like Froot Loops, Cheetos and chunky peanut butter.
We couldn't create a list of kid-approved restaurants in Cleveland without including at least one fabulous ice cream spot! Honey Hut Ice Cream is a Cleveland staple, offering delicious ice cream in a multitude of flavors at their five different locations around the city. While you definitely can't go wrong with any choice at Honey Hut, we recommend their signature Honey Pecan flavor which will ruin all other butter pecan ice creams for you forever.
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While many restaurants dumb down the kids' menu, at Forage Public House, you won't find a chicken finger in sight. Instead, kids can order from a selection of Amish chicken wings, Great Lakes Grilled Cheese, New Creations Sirloin Steak and Roasted Scottish Salmon. The adult menu is even more exceptional, boasting options like poutine and mushroom fettuccine with seasonally foraged mushrooms.
Just because you're eating with the kids, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of culinary adventure! This colorful Ohio City dining spot offers food that spans the globe, with a menu of wholesome and healthy food. They serve everything from Caribbean fried plantains, fried rice and Bangkok barbequed chicken to vegan and gluten-free options like nachos or fried tofu.
Mamma Santa's has been cooking up delicious and authentic Sicilian dishes since 1961. Still settled in their original location, in a building that is over 100 years old, Mamma Santa's offers a variety of tantalizing options from pizza to handmade pastas. Because the restaurant is still family-owned, they have a family focus and work hard to ensure that every guest, regardless of age, is happy.
Located on the waterfront in Cleveland's Flats, Merwin Wharf is a casual eatery featuring some of the best views of the Cuyahoga River around. Your little ones will love to sit outside and take in the views of the boats and natural beauty that surrounds the restaurant. The large menu is almost as impressive as the view, offering homestyle eats like fish tacos and an enormous pretzel—perfect for sharing.
While this Flats lounge is considered a hotspot for adults at night, it is certainly a kid-friendly oasis during the day. The kids' menu features a plethora of delicious items like a banana almond butter sandwich, chicken tacos, mac n' cheese and flatbreads. Before or after you eat, explore all of the activities at Punch Bowl Social, such as putt-putt golf, bowling, arcade games and private karaoke!
Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant was established in 1923, and since has drawn in a wide array of big names, including celebrities, presidents and musicians. Sokolowski's specializes in Polish and Eastern European cuisine, including Salisbury steak, chicken paprikash and pierogis. Here, you'll find hipsters and suburban families sitting side by side with tourists and steelworkers, all lured in by comforting dishes—just like you will be.
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Swensons is actually known as basketball star LeBron James' favorite burger joint in town, and we're not surprised in the least. The old-school drive-in eatery serves a simple menu of burgers, fried dishes, sides and shakes, and although the venue doesn't take itself too seriously, the food is nothing to scoff at! So treat yourself and the family to an old-school dining experience and make sure to grab the Galley Boy, which is an award-winning and mouthwatering double cheeseburger topped with two special sauces.
Townhall believes that healthy does not mean perfect but that balance is the key to a happy and healthy life. They are committed to being completely GMO-free and serving mostly organic food to their customers. Their kids' menu is one of the best in town—tasty and fun enough to impress your little ones and healthy enough to make you feel good too! Choices include grilled chicken strips, Kobe burgers and cheese flatbread all served with a choice of fresh fruit or fries.
Tell us all about your favorite family-friendly dining spots in the comments!
They say that your home is your castle. It's the place you go to relax, to rejuvenate, to spend quality time with the ones you love, to entertain and (most importantly) to enjoy your space. Sometimes a few luxurious details are all you need to make your home truly feel like a castle, which is why we rounded up some of the most spectacular properties for sale right now in the Columbus area.
These homes all make it easy to love where you live, boasting luxurious features like grand kitchens, in-ground pools, private exercise rooms, home theaters and more. But beware: once you're home, you might never want to leave.
5 Beds | 5 Full Baths | 2 Partial Baths | 7,992 Square Feet | $1,399,000
This all-brick home sits on a beautifully landscaped private lot in the heart of New Albany. Let yourself fall in love with the high-end finishes, the designer fixtures, the spectacular chef's kitchen, sun-splashed patio, the luxurious pool and the manicured lawn. We find more fantastic details every time we look at this home!
5 Beds | 3 Full Baths | 1 Partial Bath | 2,524 Square Feet | $949,000
Perfectly situated on one of the most admired neighborhoods in all of Columbus, historic German Village, this gorgeous home overlooks Schiller Park with a premier view of the pond. While outside you'll find a natural oasis that provides ample room for a pool. Inside, this home offers light-filled living spaces, a two-car garage, stunning woodwork and more historic detailing that makes the entire home look and feel like a work of art.
4 Beds | 3 Full Baths | 1 Partial Bath | 3,747 Square Feet | $1,795,000
This fabulous custom home is located at the northern edge of Dublin, featuring plenty of space to roam along with mature trees, a fishing pond and lush fenced-in pastures. Settled on 27+ acres, featuring 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms—this estate won't be on the market for long. We can't get enough of the warm and inviting kitchen and living area or the incredible deck where you can sit and enjoy the landscape for hours!
7 Beds | 6 Full Baths | 1 Partial Bath | 7,155 Square Feet | $2,275,000
We can't decide what we love best about this opulent Powell home. Maybe it's the impeccably landscaped yard, the charming old-world detailing or the spacious, open floor plan. Maybe it's the cozy living room with a fireplace and high ceilings; the cook's kitchen with modern appliances; or the idyllic yard with a one-acre pond, fishing dock, carriage house and mini stable. Regardless, we think everyone can agree that this property is a charmer!
5 Beds | 6 Full Bath | 1 Partial Bath | 8,664 Square Feet | $2,695,000
Now is your chance to own a luxurious home by the lake! This home is absolutely breathtaking inside and out, offering striking curb appeal, an open floor plan, and spectacular backyard that features manicured gardens, a herringbone paver brick courtyard—which you can take in from the sunroom or the dreamy owner's suite balcony!
5 Beds | 6 Full Baths | 1 Partial Bath | 9,200 Square Feet | $2,424,900
Striking high-end details, lush landscaping and high-quality appliances set this Delaware home apart from the rest. Situated on almost five acres of wooded, riverfront property, this gorgeous home boasts numerous unbeatable features. We love the stunning professional kitchen, eye-catching decor, the spa-like master suite and basically every other part of this one-of-a-kind home.
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When it comes to world records, Ohio is an old pro. Our incredible state is full of famous record holders—including many of the "World's Largest Things". We have everything from the world's largest cornfield to the biggest set of drumsticks, each with their own interesting story.
We rounded up some of our favorite unique "Biggest Things" in Ohio. Whether you're looking for quirky stops to put on your next road trip or want to learn more about our state's wacky side, you'll find something that'll pique your interest!
Click the city link accompanying each destination to see its location and photos taken by curious visitors.
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This Cleveland landmark, which was originally commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (now Amoco), stands 28 feet tall and 48 feet long. The massive sculpture has the word "Free" written across the bottom to commemorate the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which honors soldiers from the Civil War and freedom from slavery. Today, you can find it in Willard Park in Downtown Cleveland!
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The Field of Giant Cobs, or "Cornhenge", is located in Dublin, Ohio and features 109, people-sized ears of concrete corn in an eclectic art display. The installation was created as a salute to Sam Frantz, former Dublin farmer, who worked on developing hybrid corn seeds with Ohio State University from 1935 to 1963 on the very land where the large sculptures now reside.
You can find the world's largest washboard hanging on the side of the Columbus Washboard Company building in Logan. If you can, we recommend taking a tour of the factory, where you can watch them make washboards and other antique equipment. And that giant washboard isn't the only thing Logan is known for; they also host the annual Washboard Fest. At "Ohio's Most Unique Festival" clothes are hung out across the street in lieu of banners, you can listen to local artists perform, enjoy tasty treats from food vendors and participate in the parade!View this post on Instagram
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On the outskirts of Napoleon, at the side of the Campbell's Soup plant, you'll find an enormous soup can adorned with a traditional Campbell's label. There's a small gravel spot where you can pull over, take a photo and, according to visitors, actually enjoy the smell of soup wafting through the air!
Cleveland's Playhouse Square is the largest theater district in the country outside of New York City's Lincoln Center, hosting thousands of fantastic shows and performances each year. But the dazzling events aren't the only thing huge about this neighborhood—it also happens to be home to the world's largest outdoor chandelier. The already iconic fixture was installed in 2014 and holds over 4,200 acrylic crystals.View this post on Instagram
This massive hammer of justice is located in front of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus. The 30-foot long gavel was created by artist Andrew Scott in 2008 to honor the Ohio Supreme Court and is settled on top of a large reflecting pool.View this post on Instagram
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Trolls are all the rage right now and there's no better place to be a troll enthusiast than the Troll Hole Museum. This Alliance treasure boasts more than 20,000 troll items—including a Guinness World Record troll collection. Here, you can learn everything about trolls, from ancient mythology to the modern dolls in pop culture that we have grown to know and love.
The city of Newark is home to a lot of baskets thanks to Longaberger Basket Company, which unfortunately went out of business in 2018. The world's largest basket, a seven-story structure that was created to replicate Longaberger's popular Medium Market Basket, was used to house the company's headquarters. You can still drive by the iconic building along with several of its sisters—including the world's largest apple basket and the house-sized picnic basket in nearby Dresden.View this post on Instagram
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The world record for the largest ping pong paddle is held by Pins Mechanical Company in Columbus. The 12-foot long behemoth is located next to one of the ping pong tables in this eclectic arcade-bar. Along with ping pong, Pins Mechanical also offers plenty of pinball machines, duckpin bowling, outdoor Jenga, and, of course, a great selection of food and drinks.
Pin Mechanical isn't the only bar in Ohio to have its own world record—Proto Build Bar in Dayton lays claim to the world's largest claw machine. This unique establishment is part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space and part café. You can play the massive claw machine, design your own model at one of the many 3D printers around the space, or just sit with a cup of warm espresso while you watch others create!View this post on Instagram
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The largest geode in the world is a cave located in Put-in-Bay, 40 feet underneath Heineman's Winery. The winery discovered the cave, aptly named "Crystal Cave", when workers were attempting to dig a well on their property in 1897. Thanks to the cave, which is full of massive crystals that reach up to 18 inches long, the family-run winery was saved from demise during Prohibition. You can visit it today to see the incredible crystals (and to do some wine tasting) seven days a week, May through September.
The world's largest loaf of bread is located in Urbana. While it's not edible, it's still definitely worth a trip. The structure was constructed out of fiberglass and steel and can be found near the loading dock of the Bundy Baking Museum and Factory. The age and origin of the loaf are unknown and because it's pretty hard to find, it has become something of an urban (or should we say Urbana?) legend to locals.View this post on Instagram
Unbeknownst to many, David Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana and the frontman for the Foo Fighters, was born in Warren, Ohio. While he isn't a lifelong resident, he did call the small town home for a while when he was a child. Former local police officer, Joe O'Grady wanted to encourage the young people in the community of Warren with the success story of David Grohl. He accomplished this by cleaning up a decrepit alley and giving local artists a place to showcase their work. The area became known as "David Grohl Alley" and features sculptures and murals dedicated to Grohl created by local artists—including the world's largest drumsticks, each of which weighs close to 900 pounds.View this post on Instagram
It's no secret that we adore Ohio's Amish country. There are so many delicious farm-to-table restaurants, hospitable inns and interesting things to see—including the world's largest horse and buggy! This quirky art installment is made completely out of 2x4s and is a total of 32 feet long and 14 feet tall. The sculpture is located in front of an Amish-style bulk grocery store, Beyond Measure Market.View this post on Instagram
We can't think of a better place for a massive pumpkin water tower than in Circleville, a city famous for its annual pumpkin festival. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is always completely free to attend and features a giant pumpkin weigh-in, a pumpkin pie auction, several parades, a Little Miss Pumpkin Show, fantastic live music, delicious fair food and so much more.View this post on Instagram
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The world's largest matchstick is erected one week a year, with a flaming torch head, as part of Wadsworth, Ohio's annual Blue Tip Festival. The festival was created to celebrate the town's former top employer: the Ohio Match Company. The company helped move Wadsworth from a coal mining town to an industrial community, opening up a factory in the area to make their famous "Ohio Blue Tip" strike-anywhere matches. While the corporation closed in the 1980s, the festival lives on, with the 17-foot-tall match being ceremoniously lit during the annual Blue Tip Parade.
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Cleveland has always had a thriving literary community. Not only have we been home to thousands of renowned writers, poets and even comic book illustrators, but our locals love to promote the benefits of reading through incredible bookstores, little free libraries and free bookish events. And if you're an inspiring author, Cleveland offers tons of helpful resources for publication and promotion as well.
To help us pay homage to our flourishing literary community, and to highlight some of our favorite book destinations, we rounded up some of our favorite bookstores, bookish organizations, events and resources. Enjoy!
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First opened in 1975, Appletree Books offers a well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. Along with finding a new favorite book, here you can also pick up locally made greeting cards, journals, letterpress cards, puzzles, bookends and candles.
While the prices might fool you, Horizontal Books is not a used bookstore. You can buy one book with a 50 percent discount, two books with a 60 percent discount, and three or more books for a 70 percent discount—and all of the novels are brand new. While they don't have a place to lounge and grab a coffee in-store, West Side Market is just a short walk away!
Before it was a cozy bookstore, Fireside Book Shop was an auto supply store with an apartment above. After being purchased in 1968, the shop underwent major renovations to become the quaint store we know and love. It may be the incredible selection of new and used books that attract you to Fireside, but it will be the adorable resident Icelandic Sheepdog, Zolla, who'll have you coming back.
Loganberry Books was established in November of 1994 by Harriett Logan. Today, they offer a wide selection of over 100,000 books, including new and used titles, leatherbound and modern first editions along with popular fiction books. You can find this adorable shop on the border of Shaker Heights and Cleveland—just look for the massive book mural on the side of the building!
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Whether you have a specific book in mind or are just looking to get lost in a sea of pages, Visible Voice Books is the perfect spot for you. Not only do they offer a curated selection of new and secondhand books, magazines, journals and literary gifts, you can also stop into their popular cafe and grab some coffee, tea, or even beer and wine!
Libraries have always been a haven for book lovers and our hometown library is no different. Here in the Cleveland area, we have two different library systems that you can visit: the Cleveland Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, offering a combined total of 56 locations around Northeast Ohio.
While we definitely won't judge if you spend an entire visit to the library perusing the stacks, there are plenty of other things you can do there as well, like utilizing the computers, taking computer classes, reserving meeting spaces, participating in a book club, and so much more.
Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that helps support the local literary community by providing classes, workshops, readings, conferences and publishing opportunities. They've been growing since 1974 and are now home to over 350 members, including writers, poets, readers and other passionate individuals, all across Northeast Ohio.
If you have a special interest in children's literature, you should consider joining the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This organization is geared towards bringing writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, agents and other individuals in the children's publishing world together to network and promote the literary community. They normally meet every third Saturday to discuss current writing subjects and to help work out concerns of local writers and illustrators. Along with monthly meetings, they also host regular field trips and retreats along with an annual conference.
Along with teaching meditation techniques, the Shambhala Meditation Center in Cuyahoga Falls also hosts a creative writers round table on the third Monday of each month. The goal of the monthly meeting is to share creative writing and provide feedback on others' work. Are you interested in attending? Visit their website to learn more about how to join and what types of writing you can bring.
This annual literary event is Northeast Ohio's largest free annual festival for writers and readers. Hosted by Literary Cleveland, the event consists of four whole days of workshops, craft talks, panels, readings and a fair featuring all of your favorite local bookstores, presses, literary journals, writing groups and organizations!
The CLE Reads Book Festival is an annual event that promotes literacy and diversity in the Cleveland community. Each year, the festival highlights local authors along with award-winning writers from all across the country. In addition to meet-and-greets and autograph signings, local bookstores, providing books and bookish goodies to attendees, are also always in attendance.
For three years, the Cleveland Foundation has put on a special literary-themed event that takes place over one full week in the fall. The 2019 event will be running from September 21-29 and featuring a series of free events to celebrate the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony. Check out their website for the full list of scheduled events!
Hosted by the Cuyahoga County Public Library, the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage is a series that brings the world's best writers to Cleveland to talk about their craft. The 2019 season takes place from September through May, with special events hosted at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University almost monthly. You can find a full list of scheduled events and purchase tickets on their website.
Located in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, Bookhouse Brewing is a book and beer lover's dream! The brewery is nestled in the historic building that once housed the Jacob Baehr Brewery, which was famously run by Magdalena Baehr, "Cleveland's Widow Brewer" after her husband passed away. The quaint taphouse is also a free library, meaning every book you see when you walk in is free to take—they just ask that you bring one (or two, or three) to take its place. While they gladly accept books any time, the best time to stop by is the first Tuesday of every month during their monthly book swap!
Do you have any tips for other Cleveland bookworms? Let us know in the comments!
We can't believe it—summer is almost over. The Fourth of July has come and gone and your family will be shopping for back-to-school bargains before you know it.
But don't pack up your pool floaties and sunscreen yet! We still have a few weeks before the season is officially finished, which gives us plenty of time to squeeze in a little more summer fun. From splashing around at local water parks to meandering through local museums, here are some of our must-do end-of-summer activities for you and your kids in the Akron and Canton area!
We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce and locally produced meats—and you can find an unbeatable selection at your local farmers' market! Bring the kiddos with you and let them pick a few ingredients to use in your meals for the week and buy a few treats to enjoy on the way home! Many local markets also have live music, games and face painting to entertain the whole family. Here are the best farmers' markets near Akron and Canton.
The Akron Canton Jellystone Park is a family-oriented camp and theme park that features a water park, miniature golf and gem mining! Join Yogi Bear as you swim in the 500,000-gallon pool or eat homemade ice cream from the Pick-a-Nic Basket food stand. Plus, you can make it a weekend affair by staying in one of their adorable cabins or by setting up a tent and enjoying the great outdoors!
Do you have an aspiring pilot in your family? This internationally known museum focused on aviation will teach you and your kiddos all about the history of flight. Their interesting displays, interactive exhibits and historical archives will keep you entertained for hours. You're welcome to explore the museum on your own or you can take one of the free guided tours!
While trains might not be the most convenient way to travel anymore, they are certainly one of the most fun! Kids will love taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features spectacular views of Ohio's landscape. While each of their routes comes with its fair share of adventure, the CVSR hosts kid-centered events throughout the year. You can find their full event schedule here.
Photo courtesy of the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Located in one of our favorite Akron neighborhoods, Merriman Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a fantastic place to spend a summer afternoon! Take a day and explore their stunning gardens along with the magnificent castle-like residence that once served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder, Frank A. Seiberling. They also host a variety of fun kid-centered events and workshops throughout the summer, so make sure to check out their calendar before you go.
Say goodbye to summer with the help of some furry (and some not-so-furry) friends at the Akron Zoo! With 25 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, your kids will have a hard time running out of things to do. See animals from all over the world up close, ride the train, spin around on the carousel, and marvel at the Wild World Animal Show. Admission is just $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 2 to 14, and free for kids 2 and under. And don't forget to stop by the Komodo Kingdom Café to fuel up during your adventure!
While we love to enjoy ice cream year-round, for some reason, it just tastes better in the summer. Good thing the Akron and Canton area is bursting with delicious ice cream spots where you can say a sweet goodbye to the season—some of which have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Here are some of our favorites in the area.
Located in Akron, Laser Quest is the perfect spot to escape the heat for a few hours. Bring the whole family and navigate the expertly designed course, ducking behind obstacles to hide from the other team, but make sure to watch your back. We're sure your kids will love this heart-pounding adventure—and the chance to tag you out!
The Akron Art Museum is a work of art itself. With gorgeous architecture and dramatic steel and glass walls, you can peruse incredible art while looking out over the warm, summer day. They display stunning pieces of modern art, photographs and sculptures, which will take you all day to explore. Plus, this season, they are hosting several fun children-centered events that will help your child unleash a bit of their creative side; check out the museum's calendar for a full list!
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a dream come true for little adventurers, filled with trampolines that span from wall to wall. Enjoy freestyle jumping on the massive trampolines, engage in a game of dodgeball on a bouncy court, or dive headfirst into the foam zone! People of all ages are guaranteed to have fun here.
Photo courtesy of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Before summer ends, take time to visit the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum—where kids can enjoy the hands-on activities at Discover World and take a step back in time in the Street of Shops. Pay your respects to former President William McKinley, and enjoy the incredible view of Canton, by hiking up the 108 steps to the top of the Monument, where the president and his wife, Ida, are buried.
What fun activities will you do to say goodbye to the season? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo courtesy of Every Now & Then Antique Furniture MallGet lost hunting for incredible bargains in this locally owned and operated antique mall located in a historic building in Reading, Ohio. With three floors of antique furniture and a staff full of knowledgeable experts—we guarantee you'll find what you're looking for and, of course, a few hidden gems along the way! 3742 Kellogg Avenue Riverside Centre isn't your grandmother's antique mall, but rather a fun and funky vintage experience like no other. They sell everything from salvaged items like fireplace mantels and bikes to mid-century modern furniture in their 30,000-square-foot treasure trove. On the weekends, enjoy a coffee, a cookie and a bottle of water provided by the helpful staff! 4924 Union Center Pavillion Drive, West Chester Township Conveniently located in Butler County, the West Chester Antique Center offers a large variety of items to choose from. With over 250 vendors and a regularly changing inventory, you won't have a hard time finding that crucial item you've been searching for. Plus, their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, always ready to help you with any and all of your antiquing needs. 1410 Central Parkway Wooden Nickel Antiques sells antique furniture, bars, lighting and stained glass among many other things. Their top-selling items, though, are their antique saloon back bars which they've restored to their former beauty. Whether you're looking for a new statement piece for your home, want to pick out a unique souvenir, or just want to learn more about history, the knowledgeable staff at Wooden Nickel will be able to help. 15 South Broadway Street, Lebanon Settled in Lebanon, this adorable shop is bursting with antique and vintage items to help you decorate your home. With over 30 vendors, no matter what item you're looking for, you'll have a good chance at finding it at this quaint shop. To get a small sample of the treasures this shop holds, check out their Facebook page and start shopping! 3034 Harrison Avenue This local favorite is located in Westwood and is chock full of unique items from a mishmash of different eras. Here, you'll find beautiful and unexpected upcycled decor, fun gift pieces, vintage items and handmade jewelry. Plus, they also do kitchen cabinet makeovers, so make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with their current inventory and before-and-after photos of their cabinet transformations! 7285 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
Photo courtesy of Carly Martin via Ohio Valley Antique MallWith more than 550 dealers, the Ohio Valley Antique Mall offers the largest selection of antiques in the greater Cincinnati area. At this 85,000-square-foot mall, you'll be able to get lost for hours sorting through antique furniture. And if you get hungry, don't worry! Stop by their in-store Café and Customer Lounge for burgers, sandwiches and more. 69 South Main Street, Waynesville Waynesville, Ohio is known as the Antique Capital of the Midwest, and there's no better place to experience the area's antique scene than at the Waynesville Antique Mall! This shopping destination is located in an old brick building that was built in the early 1880s and features more than 50 dealers selling all types of antique collectibles and historical memorabilia. 8145 Connector Drive, Florence, KY Nestled in Florence, just 10 minutes from Cincinnati—the Florence Antique Mall features a 50,000-square-foot showroom packed full of antiques, collectibles and furniture! Whether you're looking for Civil War memorabilia, antique razors or vintage toys, or you just want to experience a different time period for an hour, you can find almost anything at this massive mall. 4530 West Mitchell Avenue
Photo courtesy of Flamingo Haven Antique MallThis unique antique shop is changing how Cincinnati does vintage by only presenting the highest quality dealers to their customers. Each booth is full of quirky, unusual ever-changing items that will make each visit to Flamingo Haven a new experience. When you visit, make sure to look out for Winton, the fluffy shop cat who can often be found hunting for a cozy place to curl up. 7508 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy Located in the heart of Mt. Healthy, Covered Bridge has been selling quality vintage and antique items at great prices for over 25 years. Their large inventory from 30+ vendors features items that will fit any taste, passion or style. Make sure you keep up with their ever-changing inventory by visiting their Facebook page, which is updated almost daily. 4937 Glenway Avenue When it comes to shopping for antique items in the Cincinnati area, you can't go wrong with a visit to Ferguson's. This Cincinnati institution opened in 1951 and has become incredibly popular with antique dealers over the years. Not only do they sell antique and vintage finds, but you can also purchase collectibles, jewelry and political memorabilia at their quaint shop on Glenway Avenue. 131 Est McMicken Avenue
Located in Over-the-Rhine, this eclectic spot is more than an antique shop. Owned by husband and wife team, Thomas and Maria Jackson, Bloodline Merchants is full of unique, carefully curated pieces that each has a story to tell. Plus, they have free (yes, free!) coffee available for you to sip while you peruse the shop! 2701 Observatory Avenue This antique and furniture store is one of the best places for shopping around. They not only offer fantastic antiques and vintage goods, but also a comprehensive selection of period furniture, accessories, ceramics and fine art. They even provide several different services, including conservation framing, re-caning of chair seats and backs, and repair services, to help you restore your favorite antique piece back to its former glory. 9701 Reading Road This one-of-a-kind treasure trove promises the "greatest antiquing adventure ever" when you visit their 27,000-square-foot antique mall. Here, you'll find everything from unusual, rare goods to never-before-seen items that would make the perfect addition to any collection. The Grand Antique Mall's specialty is furniture, but they're also home to a plethora of China, glassware, vintage and new clothing, jewelry and much more!