Hotspot Cleveland

March 22, 2009|By Liz Atwood

If your image of Cleveland is that of an industrial town in the country's Midwest, you need an updated picture. On the banks of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts a vibrant cultural and arts scene. In the coming weeks, the city will be in the headlines as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its newest members April 4.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum : Cleveland is where a disc jockey coined the term "rock 'n roll" in the 1950s and the museum pays tribute to that music. The museum's treasures include handwritten lyrics, costumes, posters and videos. For tickets and information on this year's induction festivities, go to rockhall.com.

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Cedar Point Amusement Park: If you love roller coasters, this park in Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from Cleveland, boasts some of the best rides in the country, including the popular Millennium Force, which features an 80-degree plunge.

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Cleveland Museum of Art : This free museum holds more than 43,000 pieces of art stretching back 6,000 years. Noteworthy are its holdings from Asia, medieval Europe and South America.

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Cleveland Museum of :

Natural History : From moon rocks to mastodons, this museum has a large collection of the world's wonders, including Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis skeleton that has helped scientists understand how humans began to walk upright, and the body of the famed sled dog Balto.

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Cleveland Botanical :

Garden : The 10-acre facility is a feast for the senses. It includes a rose garden, a children's garden, a Japanese garden, a topiary garden and an 18,000-square-foot conservatory.

For more information:

positivelycleveland.com

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