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 sites and attractions. 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 excursions 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

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.

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 15 min and walk for a total of 15 min to reach your destination.

Forget to pack some clothes on your way to campus, or looking for a new place to re-vamp your wardrobe? Then look no further than the Beachwood Place! A frequent for many CWRU students, you don’t want to miss your chance to get to know the nearest local shopping mall to campus. Bond with your fellow students and spend the day getting your shop on, with over 100 stores to choose from!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 30 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

At the heart of CWRU’s University Circle, The Cleveland Museum of Art is internationally renowned for its extensive permanent collection (particularly Asian and Egyption holdings) of over 61,000 works of art from all over the world. Just minutes away from campus, take a stroll through the gorgeous Wade Lagoon and Wade Park before stepping into the glass and marble architecture of the museum. And best of all, admission is always free to the general public!

Please note: You can expect to walk for a total of 3 min to reach your destination.

A hip neighborhood not far from campus, Coventry Village is frequented by students and community members alike. Never a shortage of antique stores, book stores, thrift shops, coffee shops, music venues, theaters, and restaurants, Coventry has something for everyone. Between explorations, stop by to cool off with a milkshake from Tommy’s (crowned best milkshakes in Ohio), or some rolled ice cream. Get a head start on exploring one of CWRU students’ favorite places to spend a night with friends or try a cool new restaurant.

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 8 min and walk a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

Host to over 1,500 high school, collegiate and adult athletes on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation facilitates and promotes the sport of rowing to the Greater Cleveland community. The sport of rowing is an extremely rewarding one, requiring that all eight individuals in the boat work together in order to move as fast as possible. Join CWRU’s very own rowing team, CWRU Crew, as they show you around the Cleveland Rowing Foundation Boathouse and introduce you to the basics of the sport. No prior rowing experience is necessary!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 20 min and walk 20 min to reach your destination. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes, as there will be a light workout!

Are you bringing a bike to campus? Look no further than this sustainable Discover Cleveland trip! We will take you on a tour of the best bike paths around campus and University Circle! Join CWRU’s very own Cycling Club on an adventure to marvel at the sights around campus and beyond, all from the comfort of your very own bike. Perfect for all skill levels -- stop to see the sights, grab a cup of coffee, meet new people, and more!

Check out a preview of the route!

Please note: You will need a bike and a helmet on campus to attend this trip. You can expect to bike anywhere from 10-15 miles over the course of this three hour trip, with some some stops along the way. It is also recommended to bring a bike lock, for these stops during the tour, as well as a filled water bottle. Please make sure your bike is in good working condition, as you will be responsible for your own bike in the event of any failure or damage.

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.

Please note: This is an extended DiscoverCLE trip, with altered hours. This is to accommodate for an hour-long commute. You can expect to ride public transportation, with a transition, for 35 min and walk for a total of 15 min to reach your destination.

Join Chabad at CWRU for a fun Shabbat afternoon discovering Israel through food & fun. Israel DIY lunch (Sabich & Falafel) provided!

Please note: You can expect to walk for a total of 5 min to reach your destination.

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

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 15 min and walk for a total of 13 min to reach your destination.

Travel to a nearby outdoor shopping complex that combines well-known, upscale stores like L.L Bean, Chico, and Nordstrom, with unique boutique shops. There are also many delicious and exciting restaurants, like Cheesecake Factory or The Capital Grille, along with scenic spots to lounge around, take photos, and get to know your peers! Along with shopping, Legacy Village offers live music!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 30 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

Take a tour of the stunning Maltz Performing Arts Center -- newly renovated in 2015 and a historical landmark in its own right. Now the epicenter of CWRU’s performing arts: including theater, music, and dance, the “Silver Hall” seats over 1200 people! A short walk away from campus along the gorgeous, new Nord Family Greenway, come and marvel at the incredible architecture and historical significance of this 1920-era Tifereth Israel Temple.

Please note: You can expect to walk for a total of 12 min to reach your destination.

Hang out at Cleveland’s lakefront on North Coast Harbor, home to many attractions and beautiful greenspaces to take in the scenery, such as Voinovich Bicentennial Park. On the coast, within walking distance are Cleveland’s iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame*, the Great Lake Science Center, the Cleveland Clinic Dome theater, and FirstEnergy Stadium- home to the Cleveland Browns. Only a short walk away is the Cleveland Free Stamp, the world’s largest rubber stamp!

Please note: This is an extended Discover Cleveland trip, with altered hours. This is to accommodate for a longer expected commute time of 50 minutes. You can expect to ride public transportation, with a transition, for 35 min and walk a total of 15 min to reach your destination. Admissions costs to attractions will not be covered on this trip. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance online if you are interested in visiting any of the attractions (note that the Rock Hall requires advanced ticket purchases). *The following admissions prices account for college student discounts: Rock Hall - $25, Science Center - $17, Science Center & Dome theater movie ticket - $21.

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.

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 20 min and walk for a total of 13 min to reach your destination.

Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts district in the country (second only to Broadway) 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. While walking among the theatres, stop by some fantastic restaurants and cafes, or explore the downtown area! And don’t forget to snap a picture under the world’s largest outdoor chandelier!

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will not be able to actually enter the theaters on this trip. You can expect to ride public transportation for 20 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

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!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 16 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

Architecturally, this hot spot has 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. Stop by for some sushi at Sushi86, or snack on giant cupcakes at Colossal Cupcake or some gourmet popcorn at Kernels by Chrissie. Join in the celebration as you explore the history, conveniently located right in the middle of Downtown CLE.

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 25 min and walk for a total of 7 min to reach your destination.

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 a popular destination with Cleveland residents. Stroll along the East River Walk or relax at Heritage Park. Take some stunning riverside photos for social media. 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!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 17 min and walk for a total of 20 min to reach your destination.

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. This district is perfect for taking candid photos and bonding with your peers. Located just east of the Cuyahoga River, this area is a must-see!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 25 min and walk for a total of 7 min to reach your destination.

A café and soul working space, ThirdSpace Action Lab is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative dedicated to solving complex socioeconomic problems with evidence-based strategies. A blackness first-safe space, they offer books, music, coffee, and more to feed the soul in an environment comfortable for all. Join the staff at Third Space to learn more about how they activate “third places” to create liberated spaces for people of color.

Please note: You can expect to walk for a total of 17 min to reach your destination.

Explore the heart of Downtown Cleveland! Take in the beauty of the urban park Public Square, discover the shops and history of Tower City (once the tallest skyscraper of Cleveland) 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!

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 17 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.

Discover the beautiful and delicious West Side Market located in the vibrant Ohio City neighborhood. Featuring over 100 vendors, the West Side Market holds an array of Cleveland-foodie classics, including prepared meals, sweet treats, fresh and locally-grown groceries, meats, seafood, spices, and more. This is the place to check out if you’re looking to stock your fridge! 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.

Please note: You can expect to ride public transportation for 20 min and walk for a total of 10 min to reach your destination.