USS Cod Submarine Memorial

#8 in Best Things To Do in Cleveland
USS Cod Submarine Memorial picture
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Key Info

1089 East 9th Street


Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located next to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this National Historic Landmark is a must-see. The World War II sub was placed in commission on June 21, 1943, under the leadership of Cmdr. James Dempsey and is famous for performing the only international submarine-to-submarine rescue in history. It still stands exactly how it did years ago during wartime, with no alterations. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided or guided tour of the submarine, as well as the Mark 14 steam-driven torpedo, a five-bladed bronze submarine propeller and a search periscope. Make sure to stop by the memorial and pay your respects to the nearly 4,000 men and women who lost their lives aboard U.S. submarines.

Visitors say the USS Cod is a hidden gem and perfect for the family as the kids will love the deck gun. Many said the best part of their visit was being able to walk around a genuine, historic unrefurbished WWII submarine and talking to the informational volunteers. Travelers should be warned that the entrance and exit are through the original hatchway, meaning the hallways are narrow and the ladders are steep, so it may not be easily accessible for small children, handicapped or those who are claustrophobic.

The USS Cod Submarine Memorial is stationed on the banks of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. It is easily accessible via public transportation, taxi, car and by foot if you're already in the downtown area. The L-line trolley, the Blue and Green rail lines and multiple buses stop nearby. The sub is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 to September 30. Tickets cost $10 for adults; $9 for veterans and seniors; and $6 for kids ages 6 to 18. The USS Cod is always acquiring new military weapons, so be sure to check out its website before visiting.  

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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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