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#CMWorld 2016 Guide – Local Attractions

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If you’re headed to Content Marketing World 2016, there’s truly never been a better time to visit Cleveland.  Thanks to the Republican National Convention in July, Downtown Cleveland has never looked better. Most notably is Public Square, the heart of the city, which underwent a $50 million renovation. It now features green space, a water feature with fountains, a pavilion and more. Even if you aren’t staying near Public Square, it’s worth a walk to check it out.

Of course there are plenty of other great attractions around Cleveland if you have some spare time or if you’re thinking of adding a day or two to your trip.  Many of the museums as well as bars and restaurants offer special discounts to convention attendees, courtesy of Destination Cleveland (our convention & visitors bureau). You can check out the list here— just make sure you have your CMWorld attendee badge to receive the discounts.

Here are some places to check out:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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If you’re a music buff, then the Rock Hall is a must see if you’re in town. The Rock Hall houses more than 30 exhibits that showcase the evolution of music from Elvis to the Beatles to Pink Floyd and much, much more. You’ll be dazzled by the largest collection of rock and roll artifacts in the world, including Michael Jackson’s sparkly glove, Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, Joey Ramone’s leather jacket, Les Paul’s electric guitar, and other eclectic music memorabilia. For hours and admission prices, check out their website.  Visit: and click on “buy tickets” in the upper right corner of the page.  Attendees receive rate of $17.75 (a 25% savings) adult gen admission with the promo code Mega2 at checkout.

Great Lakes Science Center

If you’re up for a little hands-on science fun, then check out the Great Lakes Science Center right on the shores of Lake Erie next to the Rock Hall. There are more than 100 hands-on exhibits, including The Indoor Tornado, The Bridge of Fire and The Shadow Room. The Science Center is also home to the NASA Glenn Visitors Center – where you can check out the 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command module or examine a moon rock from Apollo 15.

Other attractions include the historic Steamship William G. Mather, a floating maritime museum (a giant ship in the water behind the Science Center) and the six-story OMNIMAX Theater. The Science Center is open every day – check out more on their website.

Cedar Point

If you’re a thrill seeker who enjoys 120-miles per hour roller coasters that have an 80-degree drop, then you’ll want to venture out to The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point in Sandusky. The theme park is home to over 70 rides, including 17 coasters. Its latest addition is Valravn, the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world.  For ticket prices, here’s the website.

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Cleveland Aquarium 

Another great downtown attraction is the Greater Cleveland Aquarium located on the west bank of the flats along the Cuyahoga River.  It features over 8 galleries with 50 exhibits including the Coastal gallery featuring an 11,000 gallon touch pool where you can interact with the friendly stingrays.  Another fan favorite is the Shark SeaTube, where four species of sharks live. Hours and prices are on their website.

Cleveland Museum of Art

The museum is internationally renowned for its diverse collection which includes almost 45,000 objects from around the world and spans 6,000 years.  It includes “Gallery One,” a 12,000 square foot interactive learning center featuring the Collection Wall, the largest multi-touch screen in the U.S. and a new glass enclosed atrium. At 39,000 square feet it’s the largest free public space in Cleveland.

The museum is free. (But closed on Mondays.) It’s located in University Circle – where many of our other museums are located. There is also a great restaurant and cafe inside.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens

While in University Circle, you may consider taking a stroll through the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  It’s 10 acres of beautiful, lush gardens, with a surprise around every corner.  Relive your childhood by exploring the magical, interactive treehouses tucked away in the trees.  Or be mesmerized by the butterfly-filled rainforest in the exotic Glasshouse, complete with a real waterfall.  It’s truly a peaceful oasis among the urban landscape.  CMWorld attendees get a discounted rate of $9.00 per adult from September 6-10.  You must have your badge to receive the discount.

Cleveland Indians

What’s better than catching a baseball game on a beautiful Cleveland September day?  If you’re a MLB fan, the red hot Cleveland Indians will be playing down at Progressive Field.  If you’re in town a few days before #CMWorld, the Indians are playing at home September 2-8 against the Marlins and the Astros.  For the schedule and ticket prices, check out their website.

Keep revisiting this post, because as new ideas or attendee discounts arise, we’ll add them here! We can’t wait to see you in September. You’re not registered yet? That’s OK – there’s still time! Register today with code BLOG100 to save $100!


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