Free is always good, especially when having fun is the center of the reason. From experiencing the wonders of nature to art to the power of sheer athletic drive and dreams, Cleveland has everything free that makes for a good night out with friends, family and loved one for the small price of zero pennies. Try some of these wonders of the city.
Cleveland Museum Of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350
www.clevelandart.org

The Cleveland Museum of Art is free every day for visitors to enjoy all permanent exhibits. It was founded in 1913 with the main purpose of having great art “for the benefit of all the people forever.” The exhibits from all over the world opens up an adventure that some will never be able to experience. From China to the depths of the historical pyramids, see the world like never before. The exhibits change frequently as exhibits moved from museum to museum, so visiting often will provide a fresh experience each time. Check out the website for special events and programs for children and artists.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 661-6500
www.clevelandmetroparks.com

What kid, or an adult for that matter, doesn’t love the animals of the zoo? From polar bears to penguins, the Cleveland Zoo offers a wide variety of animals from around the world. What is even better is that the zoo offers free admission to residents of Cleveland every Monday. Residents need proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license, mail with address, or anything proving residency. It also provides for free parking. Check out the zoo’s website for scheduled events and special demonstrations throughout the season.

Lake View Cemetery
12316 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-2665
www.lakeviewcemetery.com

Normally, visitors of Cleveland won’t think that seeing a cemetery would be on the list of “things to-do,” But, to really know a city and it’s history is to see learn about that people from the past that help build the community. Lake View Cemetery, located in the heart of the city and across from the Cleveland Indians Stadium, is eerie and spooky at first sight, but hauntingly beautiful once inside. The cemetery offers free tours- either walking and bus tours, and self-guided walking tours to experience the cemetery to its fullest. Founded in 1869, some historical figures like John Rockefeller, James Garfield and Cleveland’s first black mayor, Carl Stokes. It’s also the final resting place for Civil and Revolutionary War soldiers and a memorial chapel in honor of Jeptha Wade, the founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company and has come to be known as “The Voyage of Life” and offers a delightful scene with historic stained glass and heavy brass doors.

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The Arcade
401 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 696-1408
www.theclevelandarcade.com

Built in 1890 to resemble Milan, Italy, it’s five stories of wonder that brings the word beautiful back to life. Architectural design like this can’t be witnessed today. It houses the grand Hyatt Regency Hotel on the top level where visitors can see the full spectra of The Arcade. It also houses shops and boutiques that are unique to the Cleveland area. The Arcade is also within walking distance of the Horseshoe Casino, the entertainment district, House of Blues and a slough of other restaurants, nightclubs and bars.

Cleveland Browns Training Camp
Baldwin Wallace College Campus
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 826-2900
www.clevelandbrowns.com

From July to August all Browns fans can experience an afternoon of what it’s like to be a football star for free. Through the players’ blood, sweat, and tears, see what they go through during practice and why Clevelanders love their football team. The team tried recently to move the training camp to Columbus on the Ohio State University Campus, but the love of their fans kept the training camp at the Baldwin Wallace College Campus. The Browns will continue their training at the arena they’ve called home for so long.

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Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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