Northeast Ohio is a fantastic area if you like to see weird stuff. Here are 10 places you’ve got to visit if you’d like to see the weirder side of our region:
10) The Cleveland Toynbee Tile
Toynbee Tiles are mysterious sidewalk tiles began appearing in the 1980s, tiles with cryptic messages of an unusual nature.
Cleveland joined the list some years back when the unknown tile-maker put one at W. Prospect and W. 3rd. Another appears at East 14th and Prospect, though it’s suspected that one is a fake. It’s very weird and worth seeing.
9) The Haserot Angel, Lake View Cemetery
Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery is filled with unusual statues, stones and sites, but the Haserot Angel is probably the most famous. Its real name is The Angel of Death Victorious, and it looks like it is weeping black tears. You can see it at section 9 on lot 14.
8) The Sidaway Avenue Footbridge
You’ve probably never seen it, yet this is Cleveland’s only suspension bridge! Erected in 1931, this pedestrian bridge was in use until 1966, until it was set on fire in a war between neighborhoods. What’s left of the still-standing bridge can be found near E. 65th Street and Kinsman Road.
7) Chippewa Lake Park
This used to be an amusement park about 20 miles outside of Cleveland, but it’s been abandoned since the late 1970s. This is private property, so don’t go exploring, but if you can get official access you’ll see decaying rides, ancient coasters, a Ferris wheel covered with trees, and more. It’s a weird place!
6) Helltown, Ohio
Human sacrifices, Satanists, mutant snakes, ghosts, and more. Supposedly, that’s Helltown, located a short drive out of Cleveland inside Boston Township. This is an abandoned village that is more than a little creepy to visit (even if the stories about it ARE just tall tales).
5) The “A Christmas Story” Museum
A museum devoted to the modern Christmas classic is a little offbeat but definitely worth seeing. It’s even located in the actual house featured in the movie! Located at 3159 W. 11th Ave. in Cleveland, the inside is a perfect replica of the film set. Go see it!
4) Cleveland Coast Guard Station #219
Head to Whiskey Island in Cleveland to get a look at this abandoned location. It’s only accessible by boat, so you won’t be visiting it, but you can still get great views of this old Coast Guard station, which is now claimed to be haunted.
3) Dittrick Medical History Center
This is a strange museum filled with creepy old medical equipment. It’s supposed to be educational, though, and it’s that, too. Located at 11000 Euclid Ave, this place is packed with relics that will make you love modern medicine once you see how scary old medicine used to be!
2) Johnnycake Lock
Take a trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to visit Lock 27, also known as Johnnycake Lock. The name originates in 1828, when a major storm filled the canal with mud. A boat got stuck inside for days withno food except for Johnnycakes. The rest, as they say, is history. Oh, and it’s haunted!
1) The Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception
Part of the Dittrick Medical History Center, the Percy Skuy Collection warrants being mentioned on its own. This is a collection of over 1,000 strange and sometimes scary contraceptive devices from throughout history. It’s weirder than you imagine, including cat bones, spider carcasses, and other oddness. Really!