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7 geeky attractions in Cleveland, OH you must see if you’re ever in town

So, I get it. Cleveland might not be the first place you think of when making a list of nerdy attractions. Heck, I’m well aware that it’s not even a huge place for tourists (besides the Rock Hall and the Cavs). However, it’s home to me and I appreciate it for all of the little hidden gems that it holds. Since I’ve lived in northeast Ohio my whole life, I know the geeky attractions in Cleveland to check out if you’re into that stuff. That’s mostly because it’s breaking news on our local TV when a film chooses to shoot in Cleveland (and makes it that much harder to get through downtown traffic).

While we might not always have the best sports teams (we’re getting better though) we certainly have one of the best superheroes. If you ever find yourself in “The Land” here’s some geeky attractions you should check out.

1. Superman’s birthplace

Duh! This is a no-brainer to me, but some people aren’t aware that Cleveland is the birthplace of Superman! Superman was created in 1932 by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster who lived in Cleveland! Side note: both were also in high school at the time which is super impressive. In 1938 they sold Superman to Detective Comics (we all know what that became) and the rest is history. You can visit the outside of Siegel’s old house (currently lived in and private property), the lot that used to be Shuster’s apartment home, and a pretty cool plaque about Superman off E. 105th Street.

Siegel House: 10622 Kimberly Ave., Cleveland, OH

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Superman Plaque: E. 105th St., Cleveland, OH

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Shuster lot: The corner of Amor Ave. and Parkwood Drive, Cleveland, OH

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2. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop

This is, in my opinion, the best comic book shop in northeast Ohio. The people here know their stuff! They’ve got comics shelved wall-to-wall, action figures, collectibles, and so much more. They get in new stuff weekly and even custom order products in for you. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop has a renowned presence in the community, especially with their Free Comic Book Day! Not to mention they were the only Ohio stop on the Rickmobile tour from Rick and Morty. They’re basically a big deal.

Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop: 17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH

3. Harvey Pekar statue

Just as John mentioned in the video above, one of the geeky attractions in Cleveland is the Harvey Pekar statue. Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer best known for the American Splendor series which was later turned into a movie adaptation. He is now commemorated with a statue in the Cleveland Heights- University Heights library where he was said to have visited almost daily.

Harvey Pekar Statue: 2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH

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4. The Avengers film locations

I remember hearing about how the Avengers were coming to Cleveland in 2012 and everyone lost their gd mind. It was one of the first times I could recall actually searching the scene of a movie to find something I knew. My city was in the background! The movie did have multiple film locations, some of which were edited to roll into each other so it is a bit tricky to pick out exactly which pieces are from Cleveland. The NASA facility at Plum Brook was a big location as well as areas of downtown Cleveland. A few that I know you can check out are where some of the major fight scenes happened. One thing to note is that some of the fight scenes in the movie had buildings with doctored fronts, so it might not be exactly the same for the set vs. real life Cleveland.

Terminal Tower: 848 Public Square, Cleveland, OH

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East 9th Street, Cleveland OH (between Euclid and Pospect)

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5. Fear’s Confections

If you’ve made it this far on the list, you’ve probably got a hankering for something to eat. Fear’s Confections in Lakewood, OH (just outside of Cleveland) is a sweets shop that caters to lovers of all fandoms. This place has Doctor Who and Star Wars (Han Solo in carbonite….I’m in love) shaped chocolates just to name a few delectable treats. This place is seriously worth a visit if you live in the area or are visiting. Plus, I gave you an excuse to go eat candy. You’re welcome.

Fear’s Confections: 15208 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH

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6. The Side Quest bar

When you’re finished viewing all that is Cleveland, you definitely need to swing into The Side Quest. This board game bar is so geek-rad-tastic. (Did I just make up a word?) They’re got food and drinks that are named after your favorite characters, movies, and games. Grab some cocktails and rent a board game! Not to mention, they’ve got lots of themed nights and events so you can hit them up for some trivia on your favorite fandom.

The Side Quest: 17900 Detroit Rd, Lakewood, OH

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8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier film locations

There are a ton of scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier filmed around northeast Ohio. The Triskelion building which served as a S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters also functions as the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s got a fantastic atrium and a lobby with a glass roof (which we think you should visit anyways). Peggy Carter’s nursing home that Cap visits is a 1915 mansion in Cleveland Heights. We also see Steve Rogers riding his motorcycle on the Lorain Road Bridge and at one point in an Apple store at the Tower City Center with Black Widow.

Cleveland Museum of Art: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH

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Mansion: 2178 Harcourt Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH

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Lorain Road Bridge over Rocky River

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Tower City Center: 230 W Huron Road, Cleveland, OH

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Bonus Round: Parts of Spider-Man 3 were also filmed in Cleveland, but with all of the web-slinging and fighting I found it a bit hard to actually distinguish a “visit-able” location!

So if you’re ever in the area, you should definitely take a peek at these film locations, shops, and attractions! Have you ever been to Cleveland and seen any of these? Tell us your favorite experiences or geeky attractions in Cleveland, OH!

 

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Jackie Krych

When I was four years old I went as Robin for Halloween and almost beat Chris O'Donnell out for his role. Now, you can find me writing about all things DC, Marvel, Horror, Music, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. I'm also all about the occasional cosplay, tacos, dogs, psychology, girl power, and hockey. Cleveland born and raised. #BirthPlaceofaSuperhero

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