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  • Home / Why Ursuline? / Around Cleveland

    Around Cleveland

    Cleveland is a major (and growing) center of medicine, arts, culture, and sports that adds considerable value to the Ursuline education.

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     is located in northeast Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. It is part of the Great Lakes Region, the country’s largest fresh water source.

    Cleveland was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, originally as a manufacturing center owing to its location at the head of numerous canals and railroad lines. Cleveland is now noted for its health care institutions, the arts, research and technology, and its association with rock music; the city is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    What areas of Cleveland do Ursuline students enjoy most?

    University Circle: Just nine miles from Ursuline, University Circle is an urban oasis with more than 20 artistic and cultural institutions. These include the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

    Cleveland Metroparks: The Cleveland Metroparks, or the "Emerald Necklace," is a ring of 8 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, golf courses, lakefront parks, and a nationally-acclaimed zoo. The Acacia Reservation and South Chagrin Reservation are both a short drive from campus, where you can enjoy a walk/run, cookout, polo match, and more.


    Not only is downtown Cleveland home to the city's professional sports teams - IndiansBrowns , and Cavaliers - but it is also a cultural hub for theater, dining, and nightlife. Playhouse Square is the second-largest theatre district behind Broadway. Nearby, East 4th Street is a pedestrian-only street, featuring concert and comedy venues and world-class dining options - including James Beard award-winning restaurants. Each March, you'll also find the Cleveland International Film Festival in the heart of Public Square at Tower City Center.

    East Side

    • Coventry is a trendy area just off Cedar Road about 7 miles from campus. There you will find the Grog Shop - a venue for many popular musicians, Tommy’s Restaurant (vegetarian selections and the best milkshakes in town), Coventry Park, and many other restaurants and shops.
    • Pinecrest is the east side of Cleveland's newest mixed-use district, offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.
    • Beachwood PlaceLegacy Village and La Place Center: These three malls - one indoor and two outdoor – are all about 5 minutes from campus.
    • Chagrin Falls is a quaint downtown area near campus, where visitors can view the waterfalls, enjoy Jeni's ice cream, or sit down and eat lunch or dinner at Yours Truly, a family-run diner. There are also spas, salons, and clothing and gift shops. Every year, Chagrin Falls hosts the Blossom Time Balloon Festival, a magnificent display of hot air balloons.

    West Side

    • The West Side Market is a must-see Cleveland institution dating back to 1840. Located in Ohio City west of downtown, it's home to over 100 vendors selling meats, seafood, cheeses, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, and more.
    • A Christmas Story House is where one of your favorite Christmas movies was filmed. You can tour Ralphie's house and visit the gift shop.

    Other Local Colleges

    We may not have men’s sports teams, but guess who does? John Carroll UniversityNotre Dame CollegeCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland State University and the University of Akron are all within a short drive of campus for you to experience a different collegiate atmosphere and meet other people your age.

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    Students at Cleveland sign at Edgewater Park Beach

    Students sit on top and around of the Cleveland sign at Edgewater Park Beach.

    Students at Indians game

    Students in a line raise their hands and cheer for the Cleveland Indians.

    Five students pose near East 4th Street in downtown Cleveland

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    Students pose at Cleveland sign near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame