Cleveland Experiences

Cleveland Experiences

Add one or more of these unique tours to your registration to make the most of your time in Cleveland! 

All proceeds from the Cleveland Experience tours will go to Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), this year's identified non-profit organization for the ASAE Meeting Community Needs initiative. Learn more here.

Saturday, August 10 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 13 | 2:45 - 5:30 p.m. 

All tours will depart from Huntington Convention Center with transportation provided by Destination Cleveland. 

additional fee Separate registration required. 
 


Cleveland Cultural Gardens Tour additional fee 

Saturday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

Immerse yourself in Cleveland’s rich cultural history and learn more about the many diverse groups and ethnicities that make The Land such a delightful melting pot. Stroll through more than thirty of these gardens, ranging from Irish to Slovak to Ukrainian to African American, with each one shaped by the community that it honors. Converse with residents from the nearby neighborhoods and cultural groups and hear their stories and experiences firsthand. The tour culminates with refreshments (featuring tastes from around the world) at the Centennial Peace Plaza. 

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Darl Collection at The Carnegie additional fee 

Saturday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

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The former Broadway branch of the Cleveland Public Library—which now houses the Darl Center for the Arts—is an architectural marvel steeped in history. The very first library built by Andrew Carnegie in Cleveland, this decagonal-shaped stunner features a grand staircase and large glass rotunda befitting the treasures that await inside. 

The central room and numerous individual galleries contain a captivating assortment of over 400 paintings, sculptures, curios, pieces of art, antiques, and other mementoes discovered during Darl’s lifetime of international travel. And, through it all, Darl plays host by regaling visitors with memories and stories. He envisions this Center for the Arts becoming a unifying force for the Slavic Village neighborhood—and a destination spot for art-lovers far and wide. 

 


Cuyahoga River History & Rowing additional fee 

Saturday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

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Make a splash during your stay in CLE with a trip down to The Foundry on the eastern edge of Columbus Peninsula. There, you will learn more about how Cleveland’s community rowing and sailing organization fosters a love for these nautical sports in the next generation of Cleveland student-athletes by providing introductory lessons and programs. And if you’re not quite ready to tame the twists and turns of the Cuyahoga River out on the open water, The Foundry’s state-of-the-art Tankhouse offers the full rowing experience in an indoor environment. 


 


In Our Living Room: Black Cleveland additional fee 

Saturday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 30 people 

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With ThirdSpace Action Lab, step back in time and experience the art, food, and history of Black Cleveland between 1940 and 1980. You will journey through the unforgettable stories of our Chocolate City Cleveland sites and hear from Black City Makers over lunch. This inspirational and uplifting event promises to bring the community together to recover its collective memory of the past and work towards a brighter future for Cleveland’s Black neighborhoods. 
 


Performance Art & Cultural Experience additional fee 

Saturday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

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Get ready for a night of creative performances and cultural enrichment at the 74,000-square-foot Pivot Center for Art, Dance, and Expression. Arrive early and nibble on savory pre-show appetizers—before enjoying a mini-concert of two shorter works by the Inlet Dance Company repertory. 

Then, it’s showtime: The cast of Trópico Macbeth—presented by the LatinUs Theater—takes center stage and brings Shakespeare’s classic to life with a twist. It’s the same tale of powerful women, political intrigue, ideological divisions, and unrestrained ambitions—but now set in the Caribbean circa 1935. 

After the actors take their final bows, enjoy a champagne toast, and pull a screen-printed poster designed especially for ASAE by Future Ink Graphics. 
 


All Urban: Farming to Hiking additional fee 

Tuesday, August 13
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

Get back to nature—without even leaving the city limits—at Ohio City Farm. Powered by Re:Source Cleveland, this six-acre urban farm provides employment and training for its refugee workforce and fresh, local, and healthy food for under-served residents who live nearby. 

This one-hour guided farm walkthrough—complete with fresh harvest tasting (yum!) and stunning views of Downtown Cleveland—will give visitors a whole new appreciation for how farms like this one boost local economies and the importance of a complete food system. 

After the tour, you can either hop aboard a bus for the return trip to the Convention Center or embark on a guided urban hike through Cleveland. We will stop at the Irishtown Bend renovation project and the Cuyahoga River—before indulging in a sweet treat from the legendary Mitchell’s Ice Cream. (Trust us, this ice cream is totally worth the extra steps.)

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Soul Food & Cultural Tour additional fee 

Tuesday, August 13
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

History, culture, and food collide on this relaxing stroll through some of the oldest streets in Cleveland. Along the way, you will learn more about those visionary African Americans who called Cleveland home while furthering the fight for equality. Visit historical landmarks like Woodland Cemetery and witness firsthand how former slaves and migrants built their homes, businesses— and futures—here in The Land. 

Cap off the day with stops at some of our city’s best Black-owned soul food restaurants. Prepare to be enlightened and inspired—with a heaping side of authentic soul food. 

 

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VIP Foodies Tour additional fee 

Tuesday, August 13
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people
SOLD OUT

Tricia McCune, a well-known CLE foodie, will take your taste buds on a personalized VIP tour of the best eats that The Land has to offer. Hit Cleveland’s award-winning hotspots, uncover hidden gems, and get a full sense of our city’s gastronomic soul with Tricia as your fearless guide. No one knows the local food scene better—and she will happily tailor each food tour around any palate or taste. Culinary wonders await! 

 

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Playhouse Square Theatre Tour additional fee 

Tuesday, August 13
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Capacity: 50 people 

Join a knowledgeable RedCoat volunteer for a trip through the proud history of Playhouse Square—which just so happens to be the second-largest theater district in the whole country. (We go big or go home here in The Land.) 

Learn about that time, decades ago, when these magnificent gems were saved from the wrecking ball and then lovingly restored to their original splendor. Sneak a peek behind the curtains, marvel at the sparkling new marquees, and try to spot all of the architectural details in every nook and cranny. Trust us, these century-old theaters have never looked so good. 

Is it any wonder that Playhouse Square attracts more than one million guests—along with countless world-class performances—each year?


 


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