Hi there, HALFA.
I worked downtown at Terminal Tower's main desk for a few weeks so I have a pretty good idea of what's within walking distance of Browns Stadium and Tower City. I also have a pretty good lay of the entire metro area.
You can get an all-day RTA express pass for $3.50 each day and it is good until 2:00 AM
the next morning. The all-day express pass allows you to ride all forms of RTA transportation that you would use during your visit - busses, trains and circulators.
My first suggestion is to get a hotel reservation ASAP. With the popularity of both Browns football and the Cavaliers, if there's a double in-town engagement that weekend you will be hard pressed to find a good room within five miles. The downtown hotels are expensive - plan on $150 per night. There are better rates in the suburbs and if you e-mail me, I will give you some well placed suggestions.
Here's a good itinerary for a Saturday:
Morning: Take the #66 Red Line rapid train to Cedar/University Circle station (or the #9 or #32 bus) and get on the free CircleLink bus at the loop on the hill side of the station. Take the CircleLink to the Cleveland Museum of Art where some exhibits are open. CMA
is free to the public although for the special exhibits you need to pick up a timed ticket at the information desk. Within a block of CMA
are the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Western Reserve Historical Society is three blocks away - all charge admission but are well worth the price.
At noontime you can walk a few blocks to Sergio's for Brazillian cuisine or to one of the restaurants on Euclid Avenue near Mayfield Road. The Arabica Coffeehouse is also very close. You can also take the CircleLink back to the rapid station and pick up the #821 Cleveland Heights/Shaker Square circulator (covered by your RTA pass) to either the Coventry or the Shaker Square district for finer dining.
If you go to Shaker Square, you can then take the #67 Blue/Green Line rapid train back downtown and connect to the Waterfront Line at Tower City (your train from Shaker Square may be through to the Waterfront.) Take the Waterfront Line to East 9th Street station, where you will get a preview of Browns Stadium as you walk the block to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or two blocks to the Great Lakes Science Center (west) or the USS Cod Submarine Museum (east). The GLSC has an IMAX theatre and you can buy a discounted combined ticket. If you are a AAA member or a student, remember to bring your cards for possible additional discounts.
When you are done at one or more of the North Coast museums, walk up East 9th Street to St. Clair Ave and then walk west to the Warehouse District, east-west between West 3rd and West 9th Streets and Lakeside and Superior Avenues north-south. For the finest of Cleveland dining I suggest the Spanish restaurant Mallorca (make a reservation) if you have at least $30 per person. The service at Mallorca is im-pec-cable. You can also try one of the steakhouses or hit one of the clubs.
For Sunday, if you are at all church oriented, I can suggest several beautiful downtown churches that are historically or architecturally notable.
If you have any other specific questions you can e-mail me via my profile.