Take a Hike! - Gateway District Tour

Every year from May 15 - September 16 the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation hosts Take a Hike! -tours of five different areas of downtown Cleveland. The tour guides are excellent and very knowledgeable, and there are usually appearances by historic figures portrayed by actors. We so enjoyed the ones we have attended in the past, that I have decided to post one of them each month for our group this season.

Wednesday's tour--about the Gateway District--begins inside the lovely Euclid Arcade.

Learn about the Gateway District’s historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the incredible Arcade, which was modeled after the great light courts of Europe, the East 4th Street Entertainment District, Rose’s Folly, the Caxton Building and more.  Mayor Tom Johnson, Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton or inventor Garrett Morgan may drop in for a visit along the way.   

The tour meets inside the doors on the Euclid side of the Arcade.  Suggested parking can be found across from Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue, in the parking garage of 200 Public Square on Superior Avenue or in the 515 Euclid garage at the corner of East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue.
       *                   *                    *                    *                        *                    *                    *                     Take a Hike! is free, but donations are encouraged to help fund future tours. Tours take place rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  And, don’t forget to bring along your water bottle on hot days.  

The parking meters downtown are free on Saturdays and Sundays.  They are also free after 6 PM on weekdays.  Please read all parking-related signage on streets carefully to avoid getting parking tickets, especially in construction areas.

Take a Hike! is presented by Dollar Bank.  It 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.  

Program partners include Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, PlayhouseSquare, Bob Zimmer of Keller Williams, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Canal Corridor, and WDOK Cleveland’s New 102.


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  • Val

    NICE PICTURE TAKING LYNDA !
    You have a "photographer's" eye. :)

    May 30, 2014

  • Val

    The Chocolate Bar was the perfect way to start the evening !!! What a nice evening !!! Thank you Lynda for organizing !!!
    It was discovered that 3 out of 4 people have cats

    May 29, 2014

  • Linda C

    I'm so sorry I missed this! Glad you all had fun :)

    May 29, 2014

    • Lynda

      I'm sorry too! You can catch this tour any Wednesday through Sept. 10.

      May 29, 2014

    • Linda C

      Thanks Lynda!

      May 29, 2014

  • Roger P

    Great street-level history walk and talk with a knowledgeable guide. Crappy old Euclid Ave is finally looking pretty good.

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is truly a great experience. I look forward to attending all the take a hike programs. Thank for letting me know about them.

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Lynda

    I am sorry that I didn't get to meet some of you... It's really hard at a public event like this. I wore the blue jacket as advertised, but didn't know how to identify which guests were members of this group unless you stepped forward and introduced yourselves :-\
    The next Take a Hike I have scheduled is on Sat. 6/28. I'll try to be more outgoing next time!

    May 28, 2014

  • Cindy

    As long as it doesn't rain I plan on going to the Chocolate Bar inside the arcade before the hike. The invitation is open to all to join their martinis are very good

    May 27, 2014

    • Cindy

      I'll be at the bar starting around 4 pm it's never crowded at that

      May 28, 2014

    • Lynda

      Remember: What happens at the Chocolate Bar stays at the Chocolate Bar ;-)

      May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to cancel on such short notice. My front tire needs to be repaired.

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Were is best to park?

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My guest and I will be departing eastlake at 5:15. Hope we are able to get there on time !

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited for the tour!!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Sandy

    sorry to miss this... have to cancel

    May 27, 2014

  • Linda C

    Sorry for canceling. I just realized I double booked with a work event! Have fun.

    May 25, 2014

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