Cleveland Ohio sits on the southern shore of Lake Erie and is close to the Pennsylvania border. With almost 400,000 people, it is the second largest city in Ohio. Given its size and location, there are many things to do in Cleveland. Cleveland boasts that it does not follow the crowd, but rather its own rules, and some of the top places to visit can attest to that fact. Top Attractions The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame is number one on many lists of where to go in Cleveland. It has the largest collection of rock artifacts in the world. With more than 250 exhibits, the evolution of music is shown through time. Names such as Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Elvis as well as famous festival experiences such as Woodstock and Newport are highlighted. A Christmas Story House is specifically for fans of this holiday classic movie. The house was bought in 2004 and renovated to match many of the scenes from the movie. One can see such props as the leg lamp in the window and the red Ryder BB gun. The homes across the street have been renovated into gift shops and A Christmas Story museum. The museum showcases behind-the-scenes photos and original props and costumes. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, but close enough for the football fanatic. It includes interactive exhibits; visitors can complete a pass in a throwing cage, play Madden football, and explore unusual football memorabilia. The top family attractions in Cleveland include the Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Depending on the season sports followers can take in the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Indians. Arts and Entertainment The Cleveland Museum of Art ranks as one of the most comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum owns over 40,000 pieces of art including oils by Monet and ancient Grecian statues AND admission is free. The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best in the world and plays in Severance Hall. It has "Informal Fridays" where there is a mix of Cleveland Orchestra Concerts and world music. There is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where exhibits change consistently. There are contemporary photos, paintings, and sculptures as well as audio and video works. The building also is worth taking a look at; it looks like an Onyx ice cube that fell out of the sky. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a full-size replica of a T Rex and "Happy", the oldest sauropod on exhibit anywhere. A Balto replica, the Alaskan heroic husky, can also be found here. He was the husky that led a team of dogs through the Alaskan blizzard in 1925 to deliver medicine. There's also sanctuary of real live animals including foxes, owls, and bobcats. Shopping Locals shop for their everyday groceries at the Cleveland Westside Market, but visitors walk to the 100-year-old Market. Over 100 vendors sell meat, cheese, baked goods and prepared foods in a subway-tiled concourse. Food Network Magazine has named the market America's Best Food Lovers Market. There is also a balcony along the 25th Street side of the building where one can sit and talk and enjoy looking at the crowds below The Fifth Street Arcades between East Fourth and East Sixth Street is Cleveland's historic indoor shopping streets where one can find unique local retail shops. Asia Plaza is the heart of Cleveland's Chinatown and the complex consists of over 20 vendors providing a variety of Chinese goods. Well known retailers such as Nike, Calvin Klein, gap, Saks fifth Avenue, polo, etc. can be found at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Restaurants There are too many places to list; yet there are opportunities to take a brew or food tour. The Cleveland Brew Bus tours area breweries. The Ohio Wine Producers Association offers samples at few of the more prominent wineries in the area. The Taste Cleveland Food Tours is a perfect option that combines Cleveland's history, architecture, and cuisine through many of Cleveland's historic neighborhoods Some of the top restaurants include Pura Vida by Brandt. With farm fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables, its creative cuisine is worth the stop and it also has the best view on Public Square Cleveland Chop offers signature steaks, perfect burgers, seafood specialties, and even pizzas Elegant, scrumptious, and award-winning, Ligali's Bistro offers a variety of American classics and fusion dishes. Cleveland is a city that will take more than one day to truly explore and appreciate. With the many attractions and places to see boredom will never be a problem. The only problem will be trying to fit everything one can do if a few short days.