Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall#6 in Best Things To Do in Cleveland
Originally opened in 1931, Severance Hall is home to The Cleveland Orchestra and regarded as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls. If you happen to be in town when there is a concert, you should consider shelling out the money for a ticket to see the world-renowned orchestra play pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, among other composers. But if you're on a tight budget, you can still tour Severance Hall and revel in its impressive architecture. There is also an on-site restaurant for those who want to grab a bite to eat.
Visitors who had the chance to see The Cleveland Orchestra perform at Severance Hall call it a once-in-a-lifetime experience and say the building is one of Cleveland's hidden gems. The hour-long tour also comes highly recommended as you'll have the chance to better appreciate the architecture and learn a bit about the building's history. Many past visitors particularly enjoyed The Cleveland Orchestra's Christmas performance.
Severance Hall is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, about 5 miles east of downtown in University Circle. You can use a car or public transportation to get to the site. The university has multiple parking garages, one adjacent to Severance Hall. Parking permits can be purchased for $11 (if space permits) or pre-purchased for $15 per concert. You can take the rail's Red Line toward Windermere and get off at the Cedar-University Station or the BRT's Healthline to the Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road Station; there are also multiple bus routes that stop nearby. Free guided tours of Severance Hall are offered on select Sundays. To see a current schedule of tours and concerts, visit Severance Hall's website.
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More than 21,000 acres of nature preserves make up Cleveland's extensive metropolitan park system. There are 18 parks and reservations throughout the Cleveland area that offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more. Visitors can learn about the reservations at any of the 10 nature visitors centers or partake in group programs like animal tracking and nature explorers. Bring lunch and rest your legs in the picnic areas located throughout the parks.
Although all the reservations provide endless amounts of outdoor fun and gorgeous scenery, the Rocky River Reservation and North Chagrin Reservation come highly recommended from past visitors who said the views were incredible and the nature sightings were aplenty. Many reported seeing a variety of ducks, frogs and birds. The thousands of trails are also great for walks, hikes and bike rides. The Lakefront, Brookside and Washington reservations are within the downtown Cleveland area, and are convenient alternatives if you don't feel like making the trek to the Rocky River and North Chagrin reservations.
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