Whether the sun is shining or the snow is falling, one thing is for sure… your group won’t be lacking any amusement in Cleveland. Few cities of comparable size can match Cleveland’s mix of premier attractions, friendly atmosphere and big city feel. From cutting-edge museums, a spectacular theme park and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to big league sports, signature shopping and delicious food, Cleveland has what it takes to tailor an itinerary that’s right for your student group.
There’s a lot to love about Cleveland. Student groups visiting this diverse city will experience a charm only found here. Even the Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau brands the destination as “Positively Cleveland” because of its vibrant spirit, warm and friendly atmosphere, and the level of positive service the city provides to its guests. Cleveland offers more to see, do and experience than you and your group will ever imagine. When visiting Cleveland, expect to be “Wowed!”
Your Student Group Won’t Want to Miss…
Cedar Point Amusement Park: Voted as the World’s Best Park 14 years running, Cedar Point Amusement Park features 17 roller coasters, including four over 200′ tall, over 150 rides and attractions, award-winning entertainment and four children’s areas. Cedar Point also offers unique educational programs including weather education classes and physics activities, and classes where students learn the intricate details of running an amusement park. New for 2012: Luminosity, an incredible breath-taking show and dance party. Cedar Point also invites band, choirs, orchestras and dance ensembles to perform in their park.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: This museum is home to the history of America’s greatest musicians. Seven floors of exhibition space spanning 150,000 square feet hold 18 permanent exhibits and three to five featured exhibits that are introduced regularly throughout the year. The museum’s award-winning educational programs and exhibits teach students how music has played a role in social, cultural and political issues in modern history through live demonstrations, musical examples, video excerpts and multimedia presentations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is also a great performance venue for visiting bands, orchestras and choruses wanting a site to perform.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium: One of the country’s most unique aquariums, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium was constructed in the Powerhouse building along the Cuyahoga River in downtown. Being located in a National Historic Landmark (built in the late 19th century to provide power to the city’s streetcars), the aquarium’s nearly 5,000 underwater residents swim in tanks doubling as smokestacks and coal tunnels, framed by original bricks lining the 70,000 square feet environmental experience. This repurposed historic building includes 40 tanks and 1 million gallons of water. One of the most exciting exhibits is the SeaTube which allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 150-foot walk-through tunnel. Students enjoy an exciting journey through four aquatic habitats during hands-on educational tours.
Great Lakes Science Center and Omnimax Theater: Experiment with sound, light, gravity and more at the Great Lakes Science Center. Situated right next door to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Great Lakes Science Center offers 400 hands-on experiments, daily demos, the NASA John H. Glenn Visitor Center, Steamship William G. Mather and an Omnimax Theater with a giant domed screen six stories high. Schedule a camp-in to explore the science center after dark and sleep among the many exhibits.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The Rainforest: Home to 3,000 animals from six continents, student groups can connect with wildlife and learn about nature and conservation. Speaking about wildlife projects, they don’t get much bigger than the massive African Elephant Crossing at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which opened in 2011. Five acres of grasslands, swimming ponds and a heated outdoor range give animals natural habitats. Your student group will see elephants, plumed birds, meerkats, African rock pythons, pachyderms in addition to many other animals. The zoo also has open-air views, a nose-to-trunk window, an easily spotted feeding station, gated elephant crossing and an education center modeled after an African village. Beyond traditional zoo field trips, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers overnight adventures in the Australian Outback and the African Savanna. The zoo also offers supplements for groups, like veterinarian role-playing activities and cell phone audio tours for a more hands-on zoo experience.
Playhouse Square: Located at University Circle, Playhouse Square is the second largest theater district in the nation. Visit The Idea Center, the home of the arts education programs of Playhouse Square, providing opportunities for students leading to discovery, appreciation and development in and through the performing arts. Enjoy a theater post-show discussion, behind-the-scenes tours, spoken word poetry workshops, and mentoring sessions with actors, choreographers, and set designers.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Located at University Circle, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the nation’s most preeminent art museums featuring 6,000 years of the world’s great art. The museum offers student groups hands-on art classes for grades 1-12, with studio topics including animals in art, landscapes, and classical art. Students may sketch with pencils in the galleries on their visit if arrangements are made in advance. Guided tours and scavenger hunts are available as well.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History: From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a beautiful blend of traditional and interactive galleries related to history, art and the natural world. Located at University Circle, this museum offers various hands-on workshops for students from interaction with live animals to planetarium activities. Examples include Stars in the Universe, the Science of Climate Change, and Prehistoric People. Mentor Marsh, an off-site interpretive nature preserve of the museum, also hosts student groups. Distance-learning and treasure hunts are available as well as performance venues for band, orchestras, choirs and dance ensembles.
The Cleveland Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra hosts educational performances specifically designed to introduce students to the format of orchestral programs. Pre-concert materials are provided to help students better understand orchestral music. Tours of Severance Hall, pre-concert seminars, and student orchestral clinics are available.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens: With 10 acres of gardens and an exotic glasshouse, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens is a one-of-a-kind visit for student groups. The garden offers interactive 1-hour programs where students get a hands-on learning experience, supplemented by pre- and post-visit activity suggestions. Topics include food chains and webs, symbiotic relationships, and evolution plus adaptation. Students may tour and learn about urban farms and healthy local food from Green Corps staff also. The Botanical Gardens loves to play host to middle school and high school band, choral and orchestra performances as well.
Cleveland Browns & Cleveland Indians Stadium Tours: Behind-the-scenes tours of Cleveland Browns Stadium and Cleveland Indians Progressive Field are popular amongst student groups. These stadium tours are filled with fun facts and historical details, including press box, luxury suites, locker room and more. There’s only one thing better than taking a tour though… actually seeing a game!
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum: Students learn why we have money, how money helps the economy prosper, and what gives money value with 30+ displays and hands-on exhibits. The museum offers 1-hour interactive lessons in a classroom on the topics of inflation, saving vs. spending, bartering, and the Federal Reserve System.
Of special note, in addition to the above-mentioned attractions, museums, educational opportunities and performance venues, Cleveland is home to Cleveland State University, where music clinics and workshops are offered to visiting bands, choirs and orchestras.
Overall, there are few places where a destination can offer so many fascinating attractions and museums all within minutes of each other. Cleveland provides student groups and class trips a wonderful opportunity to study music, science, history or just have plain ole fun. For educators, Cleveland should be at the top of the list when selecting destinations for student group trips. Without a doubt, Cleveland will entertain your group like no other city.
Steve is the Marketing directory for Kaleidoscope Adventures. Being in the tourism industry for 21 years, group travel is a passion of mine. My background is as an Independent Contractor in Tourism Sales and Marketing in Orlando, Florida. My goal is to greatly increase revenues within the companies I work with via sales and marketing efforts.
Born and raised in southern Illinois, I have lived in Orlando, Florida since 1986. I have a beautiful wife, two daughters and love to write, sail and exercise.