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In movies, time travel generally comes with a cost, like running from a melty robot that wants to destroy you or taking your mom to her school dance so she’ll fall for your dad while you invent rock and roll. So, when someone offers you a journey through time for the low, low price of free, we understand if you’re a bit skeptical.
Fear not, brave time traveler. We can assure you that the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation's Take a Hike® Tours – now in their eleventh season – are not only completely on the up and up, but are also an amazing way to see Cleveland while learning about its history.
The 90-minute tours cover different segments of the city, each focusing on a different aspect of its past and present. Actors dressed up as notable figures—like DJ Alan Freed on the Playhouse Square tour, or legendary (and titular) Browns coach Paul Brown on the Civic Center route—pop up along the way to add insight on the people that helped make this city great.
Like we said, the walks are completely free (although donations are accepted) and also family/pet friendly. No reservations are required unless you have a group of 20 or more people. Look for a tour guide wearing a bright yellow shirt at the meeting location and you'll know you're in the right place.
While the tours generally occur in the Spring and Summer months, two new fall tours have been added on alternating weeks in October and November that highlight Historic Euclid Avenue and Early Cleveland:
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Where/when to meet: Saturdays, Oct. 5 & 19 and Nov. 2 & 16, at 10 a.m., on Euclid Ave. side of The Arcade.
What it covers: Explore the history and architecture of the Gateway District on through to Playhouse Square. Enjoy guest appearances from such historical figures as Garrett Morgan (famed Cleveland inventor responsible for the first traffic light), Milton Krantz (longtime manager of the Hanna Theatre) and former Cleveland Mayor Tom Johnson.
Where/when to meet: Saturdays, Oct. 12 & 26 and Nov. 9 & 23, at 10 a.m., outside Phoenix Coffee.
What it covers: Journey from the Warehouse District through the Flats and experience the history of early Cleveland’s first entrepreneurs and industrialists. Meet historical figures like George Worthington (founder of what was once Cleveland's oldest company), Carl Stokes (former Cleveland mayor that helped launch an environmental movement after the famed Cuyahoga River fire) and Levi Johnson (shipbuilder who helped make Cleveland a maritime trade destination).