North Coast Harbor

Sean D. Tucker flies over North Coast Harbor during the 1999 Cleveland National Air Show.

North Coast Harbor is a district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The district serves as the home of the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, FirstEnergy Stadium, the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum, the USS Cod, Burke Lakefront Airport, Voinovich Bicentennial Park, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. It is served by the West 3rd and North Coast stations on RTA's light rail Waterfront Line.


The harbor was the site of the Great Lakes Exposition, a historic event starting in 1936 that commemorated the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city.

North Coast Harbor has been the home of multiple events over the years: Cleveland Pride, RoverFest, Cleveland National Air Show, Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland Triathlon, Rock Your World with STEAM Family Festival, Gay Games, Rock'N'Roll Cleveland 1/2 Marathon

In the summers of 2007 and 2008, the harbor hosted the AST Dew Tour's Right Guard Open. In the summers of 2010 and 2013, the Port Authority sponsored an event called Cleveland Tall Ships, which visits Cleveland's North Coast Harbor every 3 years and is presented by The Rotary Club of Cleveland.


Boats in the harbor; the entrance is visible in the distance, between the lighthouses

The Cleveland Browns are spearheading development plans to construct an entertainment and commercial district in the area behind FirstEnergy Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center.

Randy Lerner, the former owner of The Browns, stated: "This is a unique opportunity for Cleveland to come together. We think the time has come to make the Lakefront a more dynamic and inviting area. We are very pleased to help with this concept, and we hope our interest attracts other private sector development geared toward making the Lakefront what it could and should be for the Cleveland community."[1]

While the Browns aren't getting into the real estate business, they would like to stimulate private investment, "bridging a gulf that local governments and foundations aren't flush enough to fill."[2] Cleveland politicians and planners have floated many ideas for lakefront development over the years, yet much of the city's downtown waterfront is undeveloped and inaccessible.[2]

On March 19, 2012, Cleveland City Council approved key pieces of Mayor Frank Jackson's lakefront plan, a development plan to transform the waterfront by remaking the shoreline from the Cuyahoga River east across Burke Lakefront Airport, while building on existing attractions, such as the East Ninth Street pier, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center and FirstEnergy Stadium. Architectural drawings include shops, restaurants, offices and a hotel tied together by walking and bicycle paths.[3] The Rock & Dock at the North Coast Harbor Transient Marina in Downtown Cleveland opened behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in June 2014.[4]


  1. "Cleveland Browns Join Civic Efforts to Improve Lakefront". The Lakefront District. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  2. 1 2 Jarboe McFee, Michelle (2011-04-20). "Cleveland Browns pitch mixed-use lakefront vision, hope to attract Cleveland Clinic, private investors". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  3. Ott, Thomas (2012-03-20). "Cleveland City Council OKs lakefront plan". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  4. Grant, Alison (2014-06-26). "Transient marina opens new waterfront doorway to downtown Cleveland". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
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Coordinates: 41°30′30″N 81°41′47″W / 41.50833°N 81.69639°W / 41.50833; -81.69639

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