TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS
1 GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi
GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, a state-of-the-art interactive museum, is located on Highway 8 West in Cleveland on the campus of Delta State University. The 26,000+ square foot facility is the first GRAMMY Museum® located outside of the original museum in Los Angeles. Mississippi has long been noted by music historians as the "birthplace of American music–blues, country, rock, gospel, pop." The museum is a tribute to that history, as well as the history of GRAMMY® and musicians and songwriters nationwide.
You'll love the relaxed shopping atmosphere in Cleveland where brick-paved sidewalks, landscaped walkways and victorian lighting make it more like a stroll through the park. No big city traffic hassles in Cleveland, just park your car, and take off on our historic walking trail for a shopping adventure you won't soon forget. Cleveland's notable antique shops boast timeless treasure for the passionate antique seeker. And, don't miss the shopping district's numerous boutiques and specialty shops for one-of-a-kind items you can't overlook, whether your taste leans toward funky or classic. Visitor information is available at downtown shops. See more at Team Cleveland Main Street.
Cleveland satisfies famished guests with a variety of dining atmospheres. When you're ready for a quick bite or a leisurely dinner, you'll find your choices are practically limitless. Whether you are looking for a cozy coffee house or a quaint bistro, a trendy eatery, or Blues and barbeque, Cleveland offers the best of the best in dining. Save plenty of time so you don't have to rush. You'll find the atmosphere and ambiance of Cleveland's restaurants are worth the experience. Discover our dining options.
4 The Blues
The Delta Blues has its roots in Bolivar County, along fabled Highway 61 and in unique towns like Merigold, Rosedale, Mound Bayou and Cleveland. Visit Dockery Farms, a Mecca to Blues enthusiasts and the home to Charley Patton, the "Father of the Blues". You'll find live Blues at a number of our local venues and you can't miss Po' Monkey's, in Merigold for an authentic Juke Joint experience. Follow the Mississippi Blues Trail to it's numberous sites of significance in Bolivar County at www.msbluestrail.org and scroll down for additional sites of interest. Also, don't miss the Cast of Blues exhibit in the office of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning.
5 The Arts and Entertainment
The Mississippi Delta, and particularly Cleveland, is rich in visual and performing arts. At the center of the lively entertainment scene is the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University, which attracts nationally acclaimed shows from Blues to Broadway to concerts from multi-platinum artists. Downtown, check out the beautiful Studio 230 in downtown Cleveland, along with the Mathews-Sanders Sculpture Garden located at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Cleveland also features an escape room, Delta Escapes; a Drive-In Movie Theater, State-of-the-art bowing alley and arcade, and much more!
Collectors come to Merigold from across the country to shop famous McCartys Pottery for its treasured items fashioned from Mississippi clay. While you’re there, tour the lush McCarty gardens and dine in their serene lunch hot-spot, The Gallery. Head north on Highway 61, and you’ll find another sought-after destination for handmade Mississippi earthenware, Peter’s Pottery.
7 Outdoor Recreation
In addition to hunting and fishing opportunities, Bolivar County offers a variety of other outdoor activities, including bird watching, boating, water sports and hiking are available, some of those at the Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge. One of the region’s most prominent geographical features is also the subject of historic legend and lore… the mighty Mississippi River, that forms the Bolivar County’s western border. Visit Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks for more information on fishing opportunities in the county, such as Lake Charlie Capps and Perry Martin Lake at the Great River Road State Park.
8 Heritage and Culture
Cleveland is a town built by the rail, and there is no better place to learn about the history of the town than at the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum. The museum features exhibits, artifacts and the largest O-gauge model train in the state! Only in the Mississippi Delta can you ‘experience a hundred years of history in twenty years’, according to legendary Delta author, Shelby Foote. Come to the Delta and immerse yourself in its land and culture--the Delta is known as a melting pot of many different cultures and a trip to the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum tells the story of many Mississippi Delta Chinese families. Bolivar County also has deep roots in the civil rights movement, and some of those stories are told through the Mississippi Freedom Trail markers that sit in front of the Amzie Moore home in Cleveland, as well as the T.R.M. Howard home in Mound Bayou.
9 Special Events
Cleveland and Bolivar County hosts a variety of popular events throughout the year, from Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival in April to Octoberfest and more. And, you’ll find the holiday festivities in historic downtown make shopping an event in itself, such as Cleveland's famous 50 Nights of Lights - an amazing lighting spectacular that happens nightly from mid-November through New Year's Day. Discover more of our special events.
10 Delta State University
Delta State University attracts more than 4,000 students, and gives Cleveland a lively and youthful “college town” atmosphere. The University serves as a center for culture and the arts for the Delta, as well, offering the Bologna Performing Arts Center, which brings world-class entertainment to the region; The Mathews-Sanders Sculpture Garden, located on the grounds of the Arts Center, and the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives building, home to the Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum, which chronicles the baseball career of the native son of the Delta, and fabled Boston Red Sox player. Delta State also has spawned many national championship sports teams and is home to a world-class aquatic center that hosts regional and national events. Visit www.deltastate.edu for more information or call 1.800.GOTODSU.