Discover Cleveland

group of case western reserve students walking through downtown cleveland during the discover cleveland event


During Discover Week, you will experience a one-day Discover Cleveland excursion, exploring the city’s scenic sites and attractions. Register via your Roadmap, for a guided off-campus activity. You will learn how to use your Greater Cleveland RTA pass, which allows you to use your student ID for unlimited access to the bus and transit systems. There are many excursion to choose from including opportunities to explore University Circle, Downtown Cleveland and even Ohio City, home of the famous West Side Market. 

You'll find the full list of Discover Cleveland excursions at the bottom of this page.


Architecturally, these hot spots have it all! The Arcade was the first indoor shopping center to open in America! Since it’s opening in 1890, The Arcade has become not only a place to shop but also a beautiful attraction with glass ceilings and iron balconies. The Cleveland Public Library is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year! Join in the celebration as you explore the stacks and the history. Both of these attractions are conveniently located right in the middle of Downtown CLE. 

Explore the unique dining, cultural, and shopping options of this distinct neighborhood. AsiaTown’s vibrant restaurants will take you on an exciting trip to Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, China and many more destinations to satisfy your palate. And don’t forget to check out the indoor shopping centers - Asian Town Center and Asia Plaza! The neighborhood is also filled with outdoor shops for you to visit on a sunny day. There is always somewhere to discover in AsiaTown.

A hip neighborhood not far from campus, Coventry is frequented by students and community members alike. Never a shortage of antique stores, book stores, thrift shops, coffee shops, music venues and restaurants, Coventry has something for everyone. Get a head start on exploring one of CWRU students’ favorite places to spend a night with friends or try a cool new restaurant.

Cleveland is located along one of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie. On this trip, spend a day relaxing, swimming, and soaking in the sun at Edgewater Beach. Don’t feel like laying down? Pick up a volleyball and play with your friends! Overlooking a panoramic of Cleveland’s downtown, the beach also has one of the famous Cleveland signs with plenty of picture opportunities for your social media. Purely picturesque, Edgewater Beach is always a good time with new friends and old.

Already familiar with Cleveland? Spend your day getting fit with One to One fitness on campus and experience a variety of the services One to One offers CWRU students!  

The beautiful Cuyahoga River is the heart of the post-industrial region of Cleveland. Now a hub for entertainment and beautiful views, The Flats are frequented by all walks of life in Cleveland. Stroll along the East River Walk or relax at Heritage Park. You may even spot some puppers at the Downtown Dog Park! After taking in the views, enjoy a variety of cafe and lunch options along the river!

Gordon Square Arts District is spunky and fun! With cool shops and delicious (and sweet) stops, there is tons to do as you roam the storefronts and the local parks. Galleries are plentiful, but additional art can be found among the walls and sculptures lining the streets. Gordon Square has a lot to offer to foodies, art lovers and more!

If you are observing Shabbat, join the members from Chabad at CWRU for a Falafel/Sabich Fest followed by a fun afternoon discovering Israel - the land, and Israel - the people! 

Stunningly beautiful, Lakeview Cemetery is a breathtaking must see for any CWRU student. Along with the beauty of the land, there are historic monuments and chapels. Whether you’re exploring the grounds, checking out the James A. Garfield Monument (while overlooking the city!) or learning something new about the many other historical sites in Lakeview Cemetery, you will truly love this experience!

Neighboring Shaker Square, Larchmere is filled to the brim with local restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, galleries, a bookstore and more! Enjoy this community driven neighborhood as you peruse the sidewalk sales and experience the charm! With so many unique places to visit, Larchmere is packed from one end to the other with fun, food and friends. 

Travel to a nearby outdoor mall that combines well-known outlet stores with unique boutique shops. There are also many delicious and exciting restaurants in the area and cool spots to lounge around and get to know your peers! Along with shopping, Legacy Village offers live music! Nearby is the popular Beachwood Mall with additional shopping and browsing options!

Running along our campus, Little Italy is swarming with CWRU students. This favorite neighborhood has deep Cleveland history, placing roots in the mid-1800s. Today, there are over 20 galleries and shops to explore, over 15 restaurants - both bakeries and traditional Italian cuisine - and surrounding parks. Dive into this little piece of Cleveland History and experience Cleveland’s Italian culture!

Hang out at Cleveland’s lakefront, home to many attractions and beautiful greenspaces to take in the scenery, such as Voinovich Bicentennial Park. North Coast Harbor is a common event hub and a favorite escape for Clevelanders near and far to unwind. Only a short walk away is the Cleveland Free Stamp, the world’s largest rubber stamp! Additionally, you can explore the first ever Cleveland Pickle Fest, with pickle themed attractions and live music!

With over 250 local businesses, exploring Ohio City is a great way to dive into the heart and soul of Cleveland. With unique venues such as the Glass Bubble Project, Tabletop Cafe, AffoGATO, the original Mitchell’s Ice Cream and more, Ohio City never disappoints! Ohio City is the second most walkable neighborhood in Cleveland, after Downtown, where you can access shops, restaurants, parks and various community centers and organizations. 

Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts district in the country and is home to multiple theatres with dazzling architecture. The neighborhood was developed in the early 1920s and after many rebirths is now stronger and more vibrant than ever. Among the theatres, stop by some fantastic restaurants and cafes, or explore the Heinen’s downtown! And don’t forget to snap a picture under the world’s largest outdoor chandelier! 

Shop in one of a kind locally owned shops, catch an exciting movie or dine in a variety of restaurants. Shaker Square cultivates a friendly sense of community in a fun and unique shopping and exploration area. Built throughout 1927 to 1929, Shaker Square, added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1976, is the oldest shopping district in Ohio and the second oldest in the nation. Spend the day exploring this little piece of history!

Explore the heart of Downtown Cleveland! Take in the beauty of Public Square, discover the shops and history of Tower City and stroll down the popular East 4th Street for a unique dining and entertainment experience. There is always something new to find Downtown and this is the perfect chance to get started! Looking for shops, restaurants, art, history, nature or new friends? You can find it all here!

Explore historic Tremont, rich in architectural finds, artsy boutiques and atmospheric coffee shops. Roam the galleries, shops and restaurants - both quick bite and meal styles. Check out what the past has to offer at gorgeous churches and historic attractions such as the Ukranian Museum Archives. This unique neighborhood is a favorite for indie-loving Clevelanders or anyone looking to learn more about classic CLE!

University Circle is a cultural epicenter. Breathe in the beauty of the Cleveland Museum of Art, take a stroll around Wade Lagoon, experience something new at the Museum of Contemporary Art and learn more about the Circle you’re going to call home for the next four years. These resources right around the corner are astounding and are vital to the Cleveland and CWRU experience. 

Visit this collection of restaurants from burger joints to Insomnia cookies to sushi, as well as many art galleries and unique stores. Coined “Cleveland’s First Neighborhood,” it is clear to see that the Warehouse District is brimming with history as you walk through streets lined with Italianate Victorian architecture. Located just east of the Cuyahoga River, this area is a must-see!

Discover the beautiful and delicious West Side Market located in the vibrant Ohio City neighborhood. The West Side Market holds an array of Cleveland-foodie classics, including prepared meals, sweet treats, groceries and more. Opened in 1912, the West Side Market is the oldest publicly owned market in Cleveland and is filled not only with great food, but also with extensive CLE history.