The 44th National Stereoscopic Association Convention

2018 3D-Con

July 17-23, 2018 • Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside • Independence, OH


All excursions are open to everyone. You do not need to be a registered Convention attendee to attend, but you will still need to purchase tickets using the Convention form. All excursions were chosen with regard to member interest, 3D photography opportunities, and uniqueness to the area. Itineraries may be subject to some modifications due to weather. Excursions require a minimum enrollment and are subject to cancellation. Please note that tripods are not allowed on three of the tours.

Excursion #1 - Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tour Around Cleveland, 8:30AM - 6:30PM, $70

Enjoy a full day guided tour of downtown Cleveland and the surrounding area. Lolly the Trolley will pick us up at the Embassy Suites at 8:30 in the morning and drive past many well-known sites such as Westside Market, First Energy Stadium, the Science Center, the Rock Hall of Fame, Public Square and the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument. We will stop at a Cleveland Script Sign where scenes of downtown Cleveland can be captured. A stop at the historic Arcade will provide many opportunities for 3D images. A tour of one of the many beautiful theaters at Playhouse Square is the next stop on the excursion. Lunch on your own will be at Little Italy, a quaint area with many wonderful restaurants. After lunch we will ride along Martin Luther King Drive and the International Botanical Gardens arriving at the Rockefeller Greenhouse for time to take pictures. We will then stop at University Circle where you will have the opportunity to explore several museums and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Cleveland Art Museum is free to the public. There is a nominal charge of $10-15 (not included in the excursion fee) to enter each the Cleveland Natural History Museum, the Cleveland History Center and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. We will return to the Embassy Suites at 6:30 PM.

  • Tripods, monopods and flash photography rules vary with the venues. Info will be given on the bus
  • There will be a special prize in the Onsite Competition for an image from this excursion
  • Please see below for information regarding a special exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
This excursion is limited to 34 people - if there is enough interest, a second trolley will be added.

Excursion #2 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
3D Movie Night at the Capitol Theater, 4:30PM - 9:30PM, $30

Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks and a movie in the historic Gordon Square Arts District. Ample time will be available for dinner on your own at one of the many culturally inspired restaurants within several blocks of the historic Capitol Theater. If you have time after dinner, be sure to check out Sweet Moses for a delicious dish of ice cream or another wonderful dessert. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be available at the theater before the show. We will be taking a trip back in time to enjoy a vintage 3D movie in the recently renovated Capitol Theater, originally built in the early 1920s. Gun Fury has been selected for our viewing pleasure. We look forward to seeing you here.

Excursion #3 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
Dinner with the Fishes, 6:00PM - 10:00PM, $40

This is one you don't want to miss!! We have reserved the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which occupies the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse building located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in the Flat's district, for this fun event. You will have two and a half hours to explore the many exhibits of local and tropical fish. A selection of food and snacks will be provided for you to enjoy as you wander about. Photography is permitted, but you won't be able to use a flash as it scares the fish - and you don't want to anger the sharks. Tripods and monopods will be allowed in the aquarium during this time.

Excursion #4 - Monday, July 23, 2018
Rocking the North Shore, 9:30AM - 6:00PM, $65

If you love rock and roll music, science and steamships, this is the excursion for you. We will be leaving the Embassy Suites at 9:30 AM headed for the north shore of Ohio. You will have all day to explore the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Science Center (including one 2D movie in the Dome) and the William G. Mather Steamship museum. The excursion fee includes entry into all three venues. Lunch is on your own at one of the museum cafés or the Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar, located just behind the Rock Hall. If you prefer to venture into town, the Winking Lizard Bar and Restaurant is within reasonable walking distance. One of the three Cleveland Script Signs is located along the boat docks behind the Rock Hall offering a fun view of downtown Cleveland. For an additional fee, you may also want to tour the USS Cod Submarine Memorial just minutes east of the Rock Hall. Maps showing other interesting venues will be provided on the bus into town.

  • Tripods, monopods and flash photography are not permitted in any of the museums
Special Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
July 7-September 30, 2018

This exhibit is NOT included in your Tuesday Excursion #1 tour ticket. We are including the following information as a courtesy for anyone wishing to make their own arrangements. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama's 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama's work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot "Happenings" in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the US debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama's captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go, exclusive to the exhibition's presentation in Cleveland. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors provides an unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world's most significant artists.

The following information comes directly from the Cleveland Museum of Art website,

  • Tours, Groups and Events:
    There will be no public tours, group visits, and/or private events accommodated due to the popularity of this exhibit.
  • Tickets
    Tickets are not yet on sale. Public tickets go on sale Monday, April 16.
  • All tickets must be purchased or reserved online or by phone at (216) 421-7350. There will be no onsite ticket sales.
  • Based on the exhibition's popularity, tickets are expected to book quickly. First choice of date and time may not be available, so have other date options in mind when reserving tickets.
  • Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 6-17 years of age and free for children 5 and under. Limit 2 children up to age 17 per adult ticket.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Ticket holders must present their government-issued ID card at the time of entry.
  • Check and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to receive the most up-to-date information about this highly anticipated exhibition.
  • There will be a limit of 4 public tickets per sales transaction.
  • This exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Closed Mondays.
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