Coming to Cleveland? Here’s What You Need to Know.
Whether you’re cheering on masters athletes or competing for gold, we invite visitors to experience our favorite city. We may be biased, but we feel that Cleveland embodies the spirit of the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games: pride, competition, culture, vitality and FUN.
The Greater Cleveland area has no shortage of attractions to keep you occupied when you’re not competing or cheering on other athletes. Consider visiting Downtown must-see spots including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, Playhouse Square (and its giant outdoor chandelier), or JACK Cleveland Casino.
Nearby, the vibrant neighborhood known as University Circle is home to the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art (it’s free!) and Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland History Center, and Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.
Feeling more outdoorsy? Not only is Cleveland situated on Lake Erie (with plenty of waterfront activities), but we’re also surrounded by greenspaces that help you breathe deep, explore, and become one with nature. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park was recently ranked the #2 national park in the country thanks to its beautiful hiking trails and scenery, and the Cleveland Metroparks, also known as the Emerald Necklace, is made up of 23,000 acres including 300 miles of hiking trails, eight parks with lake access, eight golf courses and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
If you’ve got a few days to spend in Cleveland before or after PAMG, consider a day trip out to Cedar Point Amusement Park, known for its record-breaking roller coasters and thrill rides.
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Eat & Drink
Treat your taste buds and fuel up for competition with a variety of cuisine from around the world, or some very specifically Cleveland foods. Downtown, you’ll find high-end eateries like Marble Room Steak & Raw Bar, Acqua di Luca, RED The Steakhouse, Goma, or Cibreo Italian Kitchen.
Local favorites for casual or classic fare include Mable’s BBQ (by Iron Chef Michael Symon), Merwin’s Wharf, Alleycat Oyster Bar, Saigon, and Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar. Oh yes, and lots of pizza spots!
If you’re into the drinking scene, you can pull up to one of several high-quality local breweries in or near Downtown Cleveland, including Butcher & the Brewer, Collision Bend Brewing Company, Noble Beast Brewing Co., Masthead Brewing Co., and Great Lakes Brewing Company. Most of these breweries offer delicious food options from snacks to full entrées. Don’t miss Bar 32 Cleveland at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown for cocktails with a view. For other lounge-style sipping, try Society Lounge, Bin 216, or Vault.
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Cleveland is what we like to call a “small big city.” It has all the amenities of a large metropolis, but it’s considerably easier to get around than most large cities.
Home to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and a short drive from Akron-Canton Airport, Cleveland also offers rail and bus service for getting around town. There are also several reputable private transportation companies and ride share companies that operate throughout Northeast Ohio.
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With nearly 20 hotels downtown and many more in the immediately surrounding area, there’s a style to meet everyone’s needs and preferences. Book as soon as possible, as this event is expected to bring more than 10,000 guests to Cleveland. Browse hotels here. PAMG welcomes spectators and athletes from near and far, and this page shows just the tip of the iceberg.
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