The first rock concert in the U.S. took place in Cleveland in March 1952, and today the city is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Spanning six decades of rock history, the hall showcases the world’s largest single collection of rock memorabilia in an I.M. Pei-designed glass building right on the Lake Erie shoreline. Exploring its six floors, you’ll enjoy the memories, and your kids will gain a greater understanding for how rock came to be and how it influenced the world. The six interactive listening rooms alone are worth the price of admission. On display, you’ll find Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to “Purple Haze,” Mick Jagger’s flag cape, Janice Joplin’s hand-painted psychodelic Porche, John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper jacket, Stevie Wonder’s harmonica, one of Michael Jackson’s glitter-studded gloves — even Jim Morrison’s childhood Cub Scout uniform. You’ll also see film clips and interviews of some of the biggest stars in the business. By the way, the hall of fame celebrates not just the rock stars themselves, but also the songwriters, producers, and deejays who were an equally indelible part of rock’s history.
Money-saving tip: You’ll get a discount on parking at the Great Lakes Science Center Parking Garage if you get your parking pass validated at the Hall of Fame’s information desk.