With a total solar eclipse, the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the reopening of a completely modernised Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cleveland is an exciting place to visit in 2024.
On 8 April at 3.13pm, Cleveland will be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. For nearly four minutes, the moon will completely block out the sun, one of the longest durations of any major U.S. city in the path of totality. With unobstructed views of the eclipse from Lake Erie or the many acres of greenspaces in and around the city and special science programming from NASA’s Glenn Research Centre and the Great Lakes Science Centre, Cleveland is an ideal location to witness the celestial event.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the 9th most visited U.S. National Park in 2022, with over 2.9 million visitors. The park is led by the mighty Cuyahoga River that winds through a wilderness of forests, valley landscapes and historic farms. Celebrations for the park’s 50th anniversary in 2024 are being planned, with staff delving into the fascinating stories of the valley’s past. Visitors can explore the park while hiking, biking, birding, or taking a picturesque ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
The $150-million redevelopment of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, which includes the addition of new public spaces and the expansion of the campus and its exhibits, is scheduled for completion in late 2024. Pioneering a new model for natural history museums, the redesigned exhibits place visitors at the centre of the museum experience and scientific discovery.
Located on the shore of Lake Erie, the world-famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host the annual induction ceremony in Autumn 2024, bringing music’s biggest stars to Cleveland. Inductees in 2023 included George Michael, Kate Bush, Sheryl Cole and Chaka Khan.
A new downtown hotel will open in 2024. The 97-room, boutique hotel will be named Fidelity Hotel in a nod to the building’s original name and will include a speakeasy-style bar.
In July, Cleveland will host the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games (PAMG), welcoming more than 7,500 athletes from more than 50 countries. Held every four years, PAMG is an Olympic-like sports festival for athletes over 30 years old. It features nearly 20 medal-contending sports including track and field, tennis, basketball, pickleball and cycling. www.thisiscleveland.com