Experience Cleveland's rich history on five unique guided walking tours - complete with historical characters from Cleveland's past!
- This series has been awarded “Best Promotional Event” in the state from Heritage Ohio and recognized with a Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association. Over 22,200 people have taken a hike to date. It's definitely a top-of-the-list Canalway adventure!
How Does it Work?
Five times a week - Take a Hike tours are held. Each day hosts a different tour - and a different glimpse into Cleveland's past.
To join the fun, simply pick a tour and go. While reservations are not needed, groups of ten or more are asked to call 216.771.1994 in advance.
While on your tour, you never know who might show up - it could be John D. Rockefeller, Daniel Burnham, Mrs. Alfred Kelley or the original Rock-N-Roll deeJay Alan Freed. Part of the fun is seeing which historical character appears to add some tales to the tour!
2016 Season - May 15 to September 18
Canal Basin Park Tour
- 10 a.m.
Meet at the Flat Iron Cafe (1114 Center Street, Cleveland)
Kick off the Season as Take a Hike celebrates the 25th Annual River Day with a special Canal Basin Park Tour
Saturday, May 21 - 1-2:30 p.m.
Meet at 1 p.m. at the Flat Iron Cafe - 1114 Center Street. It will be followed by a visit to the Lorenzo Carter Cabin Open House from 2-4 p.m.
Special Feature in 2016 - The Lorenzo Carter Cabin Opens for viewing 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Select Dates
Head there after the Canal Basin Park Tour - May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, September 4, September 18
Civic Center Tour
- 6 p.m.
Meet at The Old Stone Church (91 Public Square, Cleveland - Tour will begin inside the Church)
Warehouse District Tour
- 6 p.m.
Meet in front of Constantino's Market (1278 West 9th Street, Cleveland)
- 6 p.m.
Meet in the State Theatre Lobby (1519 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland)
Gateway District Tour
- 10 a.m.
Meet at The Arcade (401 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland - Inside the doors on the Euclid Side of the Arcade)
Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. They are provided free of cost, but for those so inclined - $5 donations - or contributions of any amount - are most appreciated to support the heritage program. Each hike offers a great way to learn more about Canalway & Cleveland heritage and do a bit of time traveling! Tour attendees will learn about the history, architecture, interesting trivia and future plans of each tour area, and encounter travelers from historic Cleveland's past, such as John D. Rockefeller, Alan Freed, Linda Eastman, Mrs. Alfred Kelley, Garrett Morgan and others along the way.
Learn more - including tour summaries and parking tips - at http://www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com/history/heritage-tourism/
- or call 216.771.1994
Did You Know?
This program is funded, in part, by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Strategic Initiatives program!