Cleveland, Ohio

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by wellswa, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. wellswa

    wellswa Member

    160
    Sep 13, 2011
    SE Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer
    7.4L 310HP Twins with Hurth V-Drives
    Previous Boat
    1997 Sea Ray 210BR Signature
    Has anyone visited downtown Cleveland by boat recently? Things to do, places to go, etc.We are wondering whether or not to make the trip next year along with a few other stops along the way from Lake St. Clair.
     
  2. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Yeah, it's a great time, as long as you're ok using cabs or Uber etc to get around. You can stay right at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the brand-new Rock & Dock marina. (also next to the Mather Freighter and the science center)

    POI's include a casino, the bars and restaurants of the theatre and warehouse districts, Tremont and Ohio City. The Westside Market is fun and if you can, dinghy tours up the river.

    We stopped there last year and had a blast. A few days later, I docked in Vermilion next to the boat that was next to us in Cleveland. They were bored and disappointed in the city. After a brief discussion, I realized that they had expected to walk to attractions and they didn't have internet access to help them plan and get around.
     
  3. munko

    munko Member

    54
    Oct 16, 2012
    Lake Erie
    330 Sundancer 1994
    454 Mercruiser
    Also the east bank of the flats might be back as an entertainment destination. New restaurants and night clubs should be open or opening soon.
    http://flatseast.com/
     
  4. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    It's still quiet down there compared to the old days, but we spent a few hours at Westside market and then went for lunch at Lago (Phase I on that website). It was an outstanding meal. I want to go back.
     
  5. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    We are talking about Cleveland right?
     
  6. Lakebum431

    Lakebum431 Member

    141
    Jan 9, 2012
    Norris, TN
    2004 Sea Ray 220 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0
    Bravo III
  7. geo737

    geo737 Member

    147
    Jun 5, 2012
    Oak Harbor, Washington
    1979 sea ray 195 I/O, White over blue. no electronics as of yet. Pulled behind 2004 Ford Expedition
    228 Mercruiser - 5.0 Chevrolet engine w/Alpha Outdrive
    Lived 16 years in one of the suburbs of Cleveland before moving to the pacific northwest- lots to do and see. inner harbor has the science center-(alot of info on the great lakes environment), the rock hall of fame and just a few blocks away, a WWII gato class fleet sub. terminal tower and the soldiers monument are interesting. unless its changed, you can go to top of terminal tower (on the weekends-during the week its an office building as well as shopping center) and on a clear day see into canada. at the soldiers monument there were open horse drawn carriage rides available thru the city. if you wander around after dark, try to stay west of Cleveland state University - the neighborhood gets a little rough in that area. The old courthouse is still standing and in use that Elliot Ness got his start when he was the safety director of cleveland in the twenties. At the flats, there are dinner cruises available - makes a nice evening.
     
  8. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    When and how much time are you planing to spend?

    Plenty to keep you occupied for a couple of days. As RollerCoastr said most of it is short cab rides but..

    Walk-able from Rock and Dock is
    The Rock and Roll hall of fame (you actually dock in the shadow of it)
    Great Lakes Science Center / NASA Glenn visitor center
    USS COD if you happen to be a WWII submarine buff (supposed to be the best preserved WWII sub on the planet)
    Cleveland Browns Stadium (If you are up for some misery)
    The Mather - Great Lakes freighter that is a floating museum

    Long walks (cab might be better) will get you to the casino, or Jacobs Field for and Indians game (public square is torn up due to the Republican National Convention rolling into town next year - yea.)

    Cab rides: Dining and entertainment can be found in East 4th or West 6th (Warehouse district) Also a 'House of Blues' over at East 4th
    And if for any reason you want to see a show, in the theater district are the Allen, Ohio and State Theaters so there is almost always something going on
    All three theaters renovation is now complete - they did a nice job!

    Also By Cab is Ohio City and also as RollerCoastr mentioned The West Side Market - No better place on earth to re-provision the boat.
    Tons of bars and restaurants in Ohio City including Great Lakes Brewing.

    By Boat: Yes - The Flats East bank is Back - about 6 restaurants and bars now open (more coming) - ranging from reasonably priced to wholly crap (Ken Stewarts - great food though) West Bank has Shooters on the Water, Music Box Supper Club and the Cleveland Aquarium also on the west bank is The Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - check the schedule and see if there is anyone playing there that you like - cool place to see a concert. Also my favorite hole in the wall, the Harbor Inn!

    Also by boat is Whiskey Island Marina and what used to be the Sunset grill. Definitely everything from soup to nuts but a cool place to just sit and be for an evening.

    You can take a dinghy or boat ride up the river and there is a bit of scenic views of downtown and every different kind of bridge you can think of - but once you get to the steel mills you might as well turn around. There is also a small restaurant tucked away that you can dock at called Merwin's Wharf - haven't hit it yet but I've heard good things.

    Burning River Fest was last weekend and that was a good time!
    Cleveland National Airshow 3 days this weekend with USAF Thunderbirds - Always fun to be downtown at one of the outside bars when they practice on Friday!
    Depending on when you were planning to stop in - there is usually something special going on downtown or on the river.

    Any specific thing you want to do - drop me a PM.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Old Picture - where that boat ahead of me is, now is where the Rock & Dock is at - The 'Mather' a great lakes freighter is to my starboard just out of view
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    Last edited: Aug 31, 2015
  9. geo737

    geo737 Member

    147
    Jun 5, 2012
    Oak Harbor, Washington
    1979 sea ray 195 I/O, White over blue. no electronics as of yet. Pulled behind 2004 Ford Expedition
    228 Mercruiser - 5.0 Chevrolet engine w/Alpha Outdrive
    Northshore- what part of Cleveland do you live? We lived in Strongsville- nice area. there are a lot of things we miss from the area. having been gone for a few years, sounds like a good amount of renovation is going on. Do miss the theatre district. The wife and I were season ticket holders for the Broadway series- once a month we were in the theaters for a show - good times. Cleveland has gotten a bad wrap for quite a few years, but the city has a lot of great activities going on during the warm weather. when the weather gets chilly, the local pubs come alive are a good place to visit.
     
  10. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    3/5ths of my family lives in Strongsville! I'm in North Olmsted - You know, West Side, Best side!
    Not sure how long ago you left but things are getting a bit nuts - 94% apartment occupancy rate for Downtown Cleveland!
    There was another article in the paper about another new apartment building to go up close the the one that is being built now and a few more buildings in the Warehouse District be redone as apartments. A kid that I work with just moved into the what used to be the Statler Office tower - Now the Statler Arms!
    And what had to be the most interesting article http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2015/08/manhattan_institute_study_laud.html
    Brain Gain.... Interesting little renaissance were going through....

    BTW: Have you scene Playhouse Square since the redo - damn nice!
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2015
  11. Docsteder

    Docsteder New Member

    55
    Jan 26, 2015
    Normandy TN
    2008, 185 Sport
    MerCruiser 3.0
    If you have time you may want to check out the Lake Erie islands, Sandusky, Port Clinton. These are heavy boating attractions.


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  12. noodles37

    noodles37 New Member

    20
    Oct 8, 2015
    Cleveland, Ohio
    1996 37' Sea Ray Sundancer
    Twin 7.4L Mercruisers
    I live on the east side of Cleveland and boat out of Fairport Harbor, approx. 25 miles from downtown Cleveland. Went to the new Rock N Dock marina behind the Rock N roll Hall of Fame and Science Center 3 times this summer. Brought our folding bicycles and rode through downtown. I was a tourist in my own city. We had a great time riding though downtown and into the flats. There is a lot going on downtown and in July 2016 it will be wild when the Republican National Convention is here.
     
  13. PatSea

    PatSea Member

    54
    Aug 9, 2008
    Lake Erie
    boatless
    boatless
    Our yacht club stopped there for two days and everyone had a great time. Plenty to see and do.
     

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