Public Square


Cleveland's centerpiece got a makeover by the firm that designed New York City's High Line. The grassy expanse is a real gathering place now. Kids splash in the fountains, locals sit and read on the benches, and bands play in the performance area. Food trucks gather round at lunchtime on summer Tuesdays and an ice skating rink pops up in winter.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cleveland attractions

1. Money Museum

0.22 MILES

Pop into this small gallery inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and you'll emerge richer than when you entered. Literally, since the Money…

2. World's Largest Rubber Stamp


The kitschy 'Free' stamp sculpture by Claes Oldenburg is a photo op favorite. Food trucks congregate around it and there are live music performances on…

3. Great Lakes Science Center

0.57 MILES

One of 10 museums in the country with a NASA affiliation, Great Lakes goes deep in space with rockets, moon stones and the 1973 Apollo capsule, as well as…

4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

0.61 MILES

Cleveland's top attraction is like an overstuffed attic bursting with groovy finds: Jimi Hendrix's Stratocaster, Keith Moon's platform shoes, John Lennon…

5. World's Largest Outdoor Chandelier

0.62 MILES

Hokey but true: Cleveland owns the world's largest outdoor chandelier. The 20ft sparkler, with 4200 faux crystals, dangles over Playhouse Square and has…

6. The Flats

0.71 MILES

The Flats, an old industrial zone turned nightlife hub on the Cuyahoga River, has had a checkered life. After years of neglect, it's on the upswing once…

7. William G Mather

0.75 MILES

Take a self-guided walk on this humongous freighter incarnated as a steamship museum. It's docked beside the Great Lakes Science Center, which manages it.

8. Transformer Station

1.15 MILES

This provocative gallery partners with the Cleveland Museum of Art to showcase avant-garde paintings, photography and new media inside a repurposed…