Anything but an industrial city, the city of Cleveland is chocked full of activities for vacationers and travelers alike. Even though Cleveland has architecture that has been around since the 1800s, the people of this city are always ready to welcome visitors to experience the features and beauty of this thriving city.

Whether you arrive there by plane, train, bus or your choice to drive there, advance planning will ensure that your trip to Cleveland is an enjoyable one.

One of the first things you should do on arriving in Cleveland is to take a river cruise on either the Nautica Queen or Goodtime III, as both these vessels will afford the visitor and advantageous view of lake Erie and many of the popular shopping districts, where many of the buildings has been revitalized.

Not just for kids, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a great way to spend the day. With more than 3,000 animals and more than 165 acres, it includes an indoor tropical rainforest.

In addition to visiting with more than 600 variations of animals, you can also enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants located on the premises. Now that you have taken the river cruise, it is time to experience Lolly the Trolley, which is intended to carry you through the neighborhoods, historic sites and points of interest located in Cleveland.

Cleveland is also home to the USS Cod, which now stands ready to provide tourists with hands on information about a submarine from world war II and in fact was a functioning Naval reserve training ship. Step aboard the Steamship William G. Mather Museum which offers a glimpse of a six hundred and eighteen foot ship which carried cargo such as iron, stone and coal for about fifty five years.

During the warmer months, Edgewater Beach welcomes you to picnic, do some swimming, ride bikes or spend some time fishing.

Not everything in Cleveland will cost you money, in fact, some of the best things in life are free. One of the better kept secrets in Cleveland is the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, featuring a variety of trails, which are intended to illustrate at least six natural habitats. There is no cover charge to appreciate this attraction. If you do nothing else, you should include a visit to The Arcade in your itinerary, where shoppers will enjoy hours of browsing.