Go Take a Hike – Cleveland’s Walking Tours

I travel a lot, visiting friends who live out of town. One of things they always say to me is how nice it is to do some of the “touristy” stuff around town, as they normally don’t make the time on a day to day basis to explore their own city. The same could be said for me as a Clevelander. I always see fun tours going on and I think how I’d like to do that some time. Time to make that happen!


One of the coolest (and free) ways to explore Cleveland and learn more about our city’s history is through the Take a Hike tours. These walking tours explore different sections of downtown Cleveland and last about an hour and a half. The best part is that they are offered weekly from May 15 – September 16, so you have no excuse not to find a time and day that works for you!

To add to the excitement, each tour has live actors that play important Clevelanders from the past. For a real treat, check out the Playhouse Square tour that features my dad as Alan Freed, the DJ who coined the term Rock n’ Roll. Start practicing the signature Alan Freed howl while you’re there!

{Pictures courtesy of the Cleveland Gateway District website}

The Take a Hike Tours are shown below:

  • Gateway District Tour: Wednesday, 6 p.m. starting at the Arcade (401 Euclid Avenue)
  • Warehouse District Tour: Saturday, 10 a.m. starting at Constantino’s Market (1278 West 9th Street)
  • Canal Basin Park Tour: Sunday, 10 a.m. starting at Settler’s Landing RTA Station (1025 West Superior Avenue)
  • Playhouse Square Tour: Tuesday, 6 p.m. starting in the State Theatre Lobby (1519 Euclid Avenue)
  • Civic Center Tour: Thursday, 6 p.m. starting at the Old Stone Church (91 Public Square)

For more information, visit http://www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com!


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