After placing the last piece of turkey into the fridge and covering that last piece of chocolate cream pie, get out and about in the great city of Cleveland and allow weekend guests to see the best of Cleveland. Whether it is starting the Christmas season by experiencing the classic story “A Christmas Story” and touring the house where it all started or entering a tunnel surrounded by swarming sharks or experiencing nature and history, Cleveland has the best of the best.

A Christmas Story
Allen Theatre
1407 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444

Date: Nov. 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

The historical and beautiful Allen Theatre offers the classic story of a nine-year-old Ralphie Parker’s eventful Christmas with his unusual family and his dream of getting a BB gun from Santa. Allen Theater celebrates 30 years of this great story. Experience Christmas in the eyes of children, renew the meaning of the holidays and put the Christmas sparkle in the eyes of all. “A Christmas Story” is a great way to kick off the holiday season. If looking for a live performance to entertain children and teenagers, this is the venue best suited to keep everyone entertained.

Christmas Story House
3159 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 298-4919

After watching the classic story of “A Christmas Story,” visit the house where it all began. Wonder through the hallways where Ralphie and his brother walked to their bedroom or see the little kitchen where their mother slaved over making TV dinners and see the famous leg lamp shining proudly in the front window. The Christmas Story House brings the movie to life and sparks memories of your own holiday traditions and memories. This museum attracts large crowds throughout the holiday seasons, so prepare to be patient but know the wait is well worth it.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
University Circle
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 321-4600

Cleveland Museum of Natural History may not come alive like “The Night At The Museum,” but it comes pretty close. The museum provides twists and turns allowing visitors to experience life with dinosaurs and prehistoric times. Learn about historical wars and life in the deep southern mountains. Relive events that shaped the city of Cleveland. The museum offers hands-on programs and special events for children and every exhibit and display provides an education and expansion of knowledge from the past as well as the future and is a great way to spend the day with family and friends.

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Greater Cleveland Aquarium
2000 Sycamore St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 862-8803

Unless a scuba diver, the world under water is foreign to most of us. But Cleveland is fortunate enough to have the most wonderful facility offering a glimpse into the underwater and fascinating world of sharks, hundreds of different variations of fish, starfish, sea turtles and much, much more. Sit alongside a huge tank of jelly fish and be mesmerized by the gracefulness of their movements. Enter through the eerie thick-glassed shark tunnel and be up close and personal with man’s most feared creatures. The Aquarium offers hands-on activities for children and a nice oasis for adults.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
750 E. 88th St.
Cleveland, OH 44108
(216) 664-3103

Winter in Cleveland brings bare trees and a colorless atmosphere as winter approaches. Bring color back to life by visiting a place where beauty and color are abundant year round. Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse offers a sanctuary of relaxation through plants, flowers and wonderful and unique gardens. It is a great place to shed those unwanted calories from the consumption of Thanksgiving dinner with a long walk.

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