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Free Summer Fun – Take a Hike

The Take a Hike walking tours are in full swing now that summer weather has arrived, and, as  Laura DeMarco from The Plain Dealer/ notes, “…we NEED summer.  We need to embrace and enjoy every moment…”  Read her article about “100 Free Things to do this summer in Cleveland: 10 Top free activities” here.  

If you have heard about the Take a Hike tours and been meaning to take one, here is your chance!  Now is the time to make plans with friends or family, grab a bite to eat before or after the tour, and enjoy exploring Downtown Cleveland with a free, outdoor, guided walking tour.  At the end of each tour, the guides distribute special offers for restaurants located in the tour areas.  You might want to take advantage of the offers, and visit Flannery’s Pub (Gateway District), Merwin’s Wharf or the Flat Iron Cafe (Canal Basin Park), Barley House, Cleveland Chop or The Nauti Mermaid (Warehouse District), Blue Bar, Cowell & Hubbard or Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (Playhouse Square) and Pura Vida (Civic Center).  

Take a Hike is an award-winning walking tour program presented by Dollar Bank.  The program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway and Downtown Cleveland Alliance. 

There WILL be tours on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th, so bring your family and friends Downtown for some free, summer fun!

To get a video overview of the program, watch the Take a Hike segment on Channel 3’s Golden Opportunities show here.

To view the complete tour schedule, click here.


Walk & Dine

The 18th Annual Walk & Dine in the Gateway District is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th from 5:30 to 11:00 PM.  Experience the essence of Downtown in the Gateway District as we showcase appealing Downtown living options and exciting new developments!

Festivities will begin in the 5th Street Arcades (530 Euclid Avenue), where guests will pick up event buttons, mingle and enjoy food and beverages in the beautiful, historic shopping arcades filled with dazzling shops and activities.  Tour sites will include The Creswell, The Ivory on Euclid, The Lofts at Southworth, The Park Building, Progressive Field (left field) and the Schofield Hotel & Residences.  The Dessert Finale will be held at the Winking Lizard.  

Individual tickets are $65 per person ($50 tax-deductible amount) in advance.  Tickets are on sale now!  Tickets increase to $75 at the door.  Please note that this popular, annual event tends to sell out early.  Proceeds benefit the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation.

Discounted parking will be offered, courtesy of ABM Parking Services. 

Thank you to Walk & Dine’s Corporate Sponsors:  Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Indians, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Medical Mutual, Novogradac & Company LLP and Sandvick Architects!

Please call 216-771-1994 to make your reservations, or click here for a printable invitation.


Take a Hike Tours

The Take a Hike tours were pleased to be featured on Channel 3’s Golden Opportunities show on Sunday, May 31, 2015.  The segment provides a great overview of this award-winning, walking tour program.  Check out the segment here.

Take a Hike, presented by Dollar Bank, offers five, free, guided walking tours each week from now through September 16th of the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Playhouse Square neighborhood, Canal Basin Park in the Flats and the Civic Center.  Each tour highlights the history, architecture and future plans of the tour areas while featuring talented local actors and actresses portraying important Clevelanders from the past.   You may “meet” Coach Paul Brown, Alan Freed, Garrett Morgan, Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton or others along the way!  History truly comes to life on the streets of Cleveland.

Admission is free.  Donations are encouraged to help match grants and fund future tours.  Each tour lasts approximately an hour and a half in length.

This program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway and Downtown Cleveland Alliance. 

To view the complete tour schedule and details on how to “take a hike”, click here.



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