Once known as the Sixth City, Cleveland is now the 50th most densely populated metropolitan area in the USA -- but what we lack in numbers, we make up for by being No. 1 at sports curses, roller coasters, and affordable home-buying. Take that, Phoenix!
Of course, there's a ton of actually interesting things to do in this post-industrial powerhouse, with a piece of history being celebrated everywhere you go. Whether you're a transplant or a lifelong local, you owe it to yourself to check each of these 50 activities off your list before you die (or worse, leave the Cleve).
1. Visit the Drew Carey Bar
Known as "The Warsaw" on the Drew Carey Show, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub is the dive bar that inspired the friends' neighborhood hangout. There's a nostalgia to watching Drew gallivant around Cleveland in the early '90s that can't be replicated, but you can give it your best shot here.
2. Take a Jet Ski out on Lake Erie
Whether you rent it or hop on the back of a rich stranger's, this is probably the most fun way to see the city's skyline from the perfect vantage point, on the lake.
3. See Glenn Schwartz while you can
At 75 years old, Schwartz is a staple of Cleveland's rock 'n' roll history, a contemporary of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He's also a born-again Christian who will dish out sermons in between songs, which has earned him a spot as one of our city's most eccentric characters you have to see to believe.
4. Eat from every food truck at Walnut Wednesday
Located at Walnut and E 12th St, this summer sampling of over 40 mobile restaurants is the largest food truck gathering in Cleveland. From well-established eateries like Touch and Barrio Tacos to eight brand-new trucks, Walnut Wednesday kicks off in May.
5. Take a tour of Gotta Groove Records
If you're interested in seeing how a piece of history was made, the vinyl-pressing plant in Tyler Village creates about 70,000 vinyl records a month and offers tours of the facility for a behind-the-scenes look. Many local and national bands use Gotta Groove, so you never know what you'll see coming off the presses.
Yes, it's touristy, but many locals have never set foot inside one of the most iconic homes in the city, which has been converted into a museum boasting memorabilia from the film (including that glorious leg lamp).
"Steelers fans suck! Yinz can get lost on your crazy one-way streets and bridges!" The more crotchety the remarks the better, in order to fuel Cleveland's longtime rivalry with our sister city.
While polka might make some people feel like their heads are going to explode, for others it's the "happiest sound around." Cleveland may be known for rock 'n' roll, but we also have our very own style of polka, which has been archived at the Hall of Fame since 1987.