Cleveland Named Among Top Cities for Staycations


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According to a survey by financial website WalletHub, Cleveland ranked No. 37 out of the country’s 100 biggest cities for “staycations,” which is a trendy word used by people who don’t want to spend money on plane tickets or hotel rooms.

The experts at WalletHub narrowed down their choices based on three major criteria – recreation activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. The number of activities and attractions was taken into account, as was affordability.

If you’re looking to save money this summer, there’s no need to go across the country. Here are some of the things that earned Cleveland its slightly-above-average rating.


WalletHub ranked Cleveland at No. 25 for “Food & Entertainment,” and there’s no shortage of local specialties in town. Michael Symon’s Lola Bistro is one of Cleveland’s most famous upscale establishments, but also check out its cozier (and more affordable) cousin, Lolita, in Tremont. Happy Dog and Barrio’s Tacos are some great local favorites if you’re on a tight budget. You can always check out the music and memorabilia at the Hard Rock Café if you really want to feel like a tourist. And when it’s time for dessert, visit Sweet Moses for some old-fashioned ice cream parlor treats.


Cleveland’s bar and brewing scene deserves a category of its own. We’re the home of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Fat Head’s, among plenty of other craft breweries. Esquire recently named Harbor Inn one of America’s best bars. But if you really want to feel like you’re on vacation, check out the Porco Lounge and Tiki Room, a Polynesian cocktail bar.


Feeling like you’d like to actually learn something during your time off? There are plenty of museums in Cleveland and new events going on all the time. The Cleveland Museum of Art has a world-class collection that covers over 6,000 years of cultural history. Then engage your left brain at the Great Lakes Science Center, with plenty of interactive exhibits that make it great if you’ve got kids. And we can’t forget the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which brings visitors from all over the country here to Cleveland.

Live Performances

If museums of the past aren’t your thing and you’d rather live in the present, catch a live show this summer. There are just too many concerts going on in Cleveland to list them all in this section. (Pick up Scene each week for current listings!) You can also head down to Playhouse Square if drama is more to your liking.

Get Outdoors

Parks and recreation carried a heavy weight in WalletHub’s survey, and Cleveland is surrounded by its own Metroparks. Many of the trails are bike- and pet-friendly. Now that it’s summer, there’s no better time to get outside and away from the city – without really going that far away.

Looking for even more great and affordable options? Don't miss Scene's own Summer Guide: The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Summer in Cleveland.

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