I’m really excited to interview Kevin Payne of Family Money Adventure about Cleveland, Ohio. Kevin’s tips for the best things to do in Cleveland are awesome because he’s been in Cleveland since he was a teenager. He loves how real Cleveland, how much history there is in town, and how the city embraces its rough edges. The city has everything you’re looking for in a big city but still maintains the small-town feel.

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Kevin and family at the Cleveland sign at North Coast Harbor

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland is in northern Ohio and is located on the shores of Lake Erie. To sports fans, the city is known for its pride in its awful sports teams. Until Lebron James led the NBA Cavaliers to a basketball championship in 2016, the previous major championship was in 1964. Even though it took 50+ years to win another championship, the people of Cleveland remained die-hard fans. That says a lot about their character and loyalty to their hometown teams.

Kevin says that Cleveland can go through 2 to 3 seasons in one afternoon. He recommends visiting in June or July for the best weather. Interesting events throughout the year include the Duck Tape Festival, Twins Days Festival, the Cleveland National Air Show, and the Cleveland International Film Festival. The Cleveland Orchestra is world-renowned and performs at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out This is Cleveland, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Kevin and family at the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame

Getting around Cleveland

The local airport is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), which is only about a 15-minute drive to Downtown Cleveland.

Kevin says that you don’t need to rent a car, but it is useful to get around. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has both buses and a rapid transit system to get you where you want to go. Uber and Lyft are excellent options as well.

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Tasty donuts at Brewnuts

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Kevin Payne about Cleveland, Ohio. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Green dots = best things to do in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Cleveland, Ohio

Who is Kevin Payne?

Kevin is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. He and his wife live in Cleveland, Ohio, and have been raising their kids in the community. His writing focuses on how to manage his family’s money better to reduce stress and enjoy life more. Kevin shares these life & money lessons with his readers to help other families learn and grow.

Through his family’s journey to becoming financially fit, they’ve been able to create a life filled with things they enjoy: family, faith, fund, experiences, and travel. If this sounds interesting to you, I highly encourage you to follow Kevin’s Family Money Adventure.

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Kevin Payne shares the best things to do in Cleveland, Ohio

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Kevin on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Two of Kevin’s children at the Art Museum

Stay tuned for our next episode


Listen to the next episode when Audra Meighan, the author of 100 Things to do in Lexington Before You Die, shares the best things to do in Lexington, Kentucky. Audra and I talk about Keeneland race track, Kentucky bourbon distilleries, and the home of KFC. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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