What to do and see in Shaker Heights, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 25, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Shaker Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 28,448. Shaker Heights is an inner-ring streetcar suburb of Cleveland, abutting the eastern edge of the city's limits. In July 1911, a petition by property owners was successful in detaching a long strip of land from the south of Cleveland Heights, to be named Shaker Village. In November 1911, the voters of Shaker Village formed Shaker Heights Village, which was incorporated in January 1912.
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1. Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1797 +1 216-421-7340
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Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 "for the benefit of all the people forever." Renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, the museum includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education and recently completed an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

Reviewed By carpe_itineris - Carlsbad, California

This museum is a gem for the city of Cleveland. We had to drive quite a bit to get here, but it was worth it. Well curated, interesting pieces, and a great breadth of art. We arrived just after the museum had opened and stayed, with a break for lunch, until closing, and it was not enough.

2. Shaker Historical Society and Museum

16740 S Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120-1641 +1 216-921-1201
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Shaker Historical Society and Museum

The Shaker Historical Society is a non-profit organization, established in 1947 to provide stewardship for our region’s significant history by nurturing respectful discovery, preservation, collection, and public dissemination of the history, traditions, and heritage of the Shaker sect, Shaker Heights, Warrensville Township, and the surrounding areas.The home of The Shaker Historical Society is situated on the grounds of the former North Union Center Family’s apple orchard and vegetable garden and was the former home of Louis Myers, a real estate agent for the Van Sweringen Company, and his wife, Blanche.One of the first homes on South Park Boulevard, 16740 was built in 1910 and the 2.3-acre lot extends from South Park Boulevard through to Shaker Boulevard. In 1969 Frank Myers, elder son of Louis and Blanche, donated the house to be used as a museum.The Meyers House and grounds are available for many types of events, from business meetings to luncheons, cocktail receptions to formal dinners. Contact us today about scheduling your next event!The Museum displays the Society’s substantial collection of Shaker artifacts and preserves the Shaker legacy of perfection, simplicy, utility, and durability.The Elizabeth Nord Library is located on the second floor of the Museum and named in honor of the Museum’s first curator, Elizabeth Nord. It contains an extensive collection of books and archival materials about the Shakers, early Warrensville Township, and the development of Shaker Heights. The Library is open during Museum hours by appointment.

Reviewed By Ligaya2 - Portland, Oregon

This museum is part of the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) museum sites throughout Ohio. The museum is located in residential area of Shaker Heights and with a nice park across the street. Museum does a very good job to give historical perspective of Shaker religion beginnings and how it fits in the shaping of Ohio history - plus the surprisingly and amazing innovations from the Shakers. Beautiful garden around the house. Worth the visit. Note - call ahead or look at website for hours of operations (not usually open on Saturdays).

3. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122-3270 +1 216-593-0575
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5 based on 96 reviews

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Reviewed By Stephen B

It was interesting to learn about Jews settling in America besides NYC. Exhibits were informative and the section on WW2 was well done. We toured the exhibit on our own, but there is a docent led tour twice a week. Several items brought back pleasant memories.

4. Cedar Lee Cinema

2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-2975 +1 216-321-5411
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Cedar Lee Cinema

First opening its doors on Christmas Day 1925 as an 1,100 seat, single-screen theater, the Cedar Lee Theatre was transformed into a twin-screen theater in 1983 to compete with the increasing number of multiplexes and to meet the demand to play an ever growing number of specialty films. Two Hollywood-style screening rooms were added in 1991 - allowing guests to the theater to enjoy truly specialized films. Finally in 1994 two modern stadium-style theaters were added to bring the current screen count to six. For more than three decades the words "Cedar Lee Theatre" and "specialty film" have been synonymous in Cleveland. Ushering in an era when specialty film would transcend art-house appeal, and coupled with its unique concession stand the first to offer baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and imported beer and wine the Cedar Lee Theatre continues to be the movie theater of choice for many Greater Clevelanders.

Reviewed By jaseaton - Silver Spring, Maryland

We went to see this movie based on the end of actress Gloria Grahame with my mother-in-law who used the closed captioning device provided by the theater. Nifty doohickey! She had no trouble following the film. The small, stadium are seats were unexpectedly comfortable, too. A Good place to see indie and foreign films.

5. Trapped!

1796 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-1630 +1 216-309-1796
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Trapped!

Trapped! is Cleveland's first fully-interactive and immersive group gaming experience where players are locked in a room and must use logic and teamwork to find their way out . . . in under 60 minutes. Sound easy? Did we mention the riddles, mind tricks, gadgets, and mysteries that impede your progress? It will take problem-solving, creativity, and resourcefulness to escape. Can you escape?

Reviewed By TJS1313 - Collegeville, Pennsylvania

We did two rooms on 1/1 (chainsaw and pirate tavern) and the rooms were just okay. The chainsaw room needed more puzzles that take less time. The room had 4 hard puzzles and it got too frustrating. They need to add short easy puzzles so it feels like you are doing something instead of being frustrated. In the pirate tavern room the puzzles were good but the name didn't fit. The only reason it was a tavern was because it had a bar. They need to change the name because it has nothing to do with a tavern.

6. Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall

11001 Euclid Ave, Summer Performances: Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, Cleveland, OH 44106-1796 +1 216-231-7300
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Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall

Reviewed By Roballclean - Cleveland, Ohio

Absolutely wonderful time as always If you have never seen the Cleveland Orchestra I highly recommend ?

7. Big Fun Toy Store

1814 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-1611 +1 216-371-4386
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Big Fun Toy Store

Reviewed By Ohiocean - Cincinnati, Ohio

This store is jam-packed with toys, figurines, collectible cards, games and gag gifts, but it did not take me back to my childhood as much as other reviews suggested it would.

8. Cain Park

Lee & Superior Roads, Cleveland Heights, OH +1 216-371-3000
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Cain Park

Reviewed By kcjones - Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Cain Park comes alive in the summer with many types of activities and entertainment.
Every July there is an arts festival that runs Friday/Saturday/Sunday with quality artisans.

Parking can be a challenge on big event days, you either park on the many side streets in the neighborhoods around the park, or for certain events there is a shuttle bus that runs from Severance Center, a shopping plaza about 1 mile away where there is plenty of parking.

Even when there are no events Cain Park is a great place to walk. There are also tennis courts and a kids wading pool area.

9. Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-4393 +1 216-421-2665
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Lake View Cemetery

As a tourist destination, The Lake View Cemetery offers a variety of walking, bus, and self-guided tours. Among the tour topics are geology, architecture, horticulture, nature, animals, and history. In addition, there are picnic sites and hiking trails. Some of the well-known points of interest include: The Garfield Monument Open April 1 - November 19, seven days a week, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Both buildings are staffed with interpretive guides during open hours. Dedicated in 1890 to honor James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States 180' tall, 154 steps Architect — George Keller Caskets of the President and his wife, Lucretia, are displayed for viewing Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Wade Chapel Open April 1 - November 19, seven days a week, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Both buildings are staffed with interpretive guides during open hours. Built in honor of Jeptha Wade, founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company and first president of The Lake View Cemetery Association Made of granite from Barre, VT with an interior and window by Louis Comfort Tiffany studios Architect — Hubbell & Benes Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Rockefeller Monument Erected to honor the family of John Davison Rockefeller, financier and philanthropist, founder of Standard Oil Company 65' tall; 357,680 lbs. Made of one piece of granite, the largest piece ever quarried for memorialization purposes in Barre, Vermont Community Mausoleum Dedicated in April, 1990 1148 crypts, 928 niches Contemporary architecture Architects — Harley Ellington Pierce Yee Associates, Inc., Southfield, Michigan Builders — Carbone Construction Lake View Cemetery Dam (Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Project) Dedicated in 1978 The largest concrete-poured dam east of the Mississippi at the time 500' across, 60' above grade, 30' below grade Holds 80M gallons storm water

Reviewed By Roballclean - Cleveland, Ohio

Even when unfortunate circumstances arise the Beautiful scenery here is calming and peaceful ? A Cleveland landmark

10. Dobama Theatre

2340 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-3444 +1 216-932-3396
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Dobama Theatre

Dobama Theatre is the region's leading professional theatre exclusively presenting premieres of the best new plays from On and Off Broadway.

Reviewed By bankscottage

We enjoy live theater and my wife found the Dobama Theatre and the play "A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration" for our anniversary weekend in Cleveland. It was a refreshing uplifting musical set in Washington, DC at the time of the civil war. The talented local actors did a fantastic job telling their story.
The small, modern, intimate theater is in the lower level of one of the buildings in the Heights Library System. Stadium seating only 5 rows deep place you almost on the stage. You could almost reach out and touch the actors.
The volunteer staff run a small concession stand for intermission with Great Lakes beer, coffee, tea, hot cider, water, and a few selections of candy. Tickets seemed like a bargain at $31 each.
Free parking is available around the building or nearby. An elevator is available to the lower level.
The only problem we had was finding the building in the dark. Lee Road is a busy thoroughfare but the "Dobama Theatre" sign was not lit. At night, the lit "Heights Library System" sign made the unlight sign even harder to see. A GPS will get you directly there (trust it, but be aware, there are two 2340 Lee Road options offered).

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