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 enjoyed the ones we have attended in the past so much that I have decided to post one of them each month for our group.
Saturday's tour begins in front of Constantino's Market on W. 9th Street.
Admire breathtaking architecture as you learn about the historic Garment District, hardware industry and beautiful Victorian-style buildings of Cleveland’s First Neighborhood. Home to fabulous restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and close to 3,000 residents, the Warehouse District is a charming and lively neighborhood. Tour attendees may have the pleasure of meeting John D. Rockefeller or Levi Johnson along the tour route.
Please read all parking-related signage on streets carefully to avoid getting parking tickets, especially in construction areas. Convenient street parking and parking lots are available along West 9th Street and along St. Clair from West 3rd to West 9th. The parking meters downtown are free on Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
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.
After the tour, it would be fun to stop for lunch at one of the nearby spots!