Sunday, August 16, 2015

Take a Hike in CLE!

Hey Clevelanders and Out-of-Towners!  You still have exactly one month from today (August, 16) to take a guided hike in Cleveland.  The Take a Hike tours are sponsored by Dollar Bank and cover different neighborhoods that make up Downtown Cleveland.  Along each hike you will meet one or two important people that helped shape Cleveland in the past and is still present today.  These hikes are great for everyone - the outdoor enthusiast, the urban lover, the foodie, the art enthusiast, the history buff, the Cleveland proud, and the tourist.  I have been on every single Take a Hike tour and have loved each one!  

Each tour is about 1.5 hours long and is filled with interesting information.  The guide(s) are very knowledgeable and easy to talk to - a complete love of sharing Cleveland history.  The walk is at a comfortable pace and covers a good amount of ground - wear comfortable walking shoes.  The tour guide(s) also have great restaurant recommendations - don't eat right before and try one of the many delicious, local restaurants in Cleveland after the tour!  Make sure to take your camera to capture the amazing art and architecture along the tour.  Also, take the survey at the end of the tour and be entered to win one of many prizes!

There are five tours offered:
Sunday, 10:00AM - Canal Basin Park in the Flats
Tuesday, 6:00PM - Playhouse Square
Wednesday, 6:00PM - Gateway District
Thursday, 6:00PM - Civic Center
Saturday, 10:00AM - Warehouse District

I recently attended the Civic Center Tour with my mom and sister.  We met the guides and other participants at the Old Stone Church in Public Square.  We learned about the history of the Old Stone Church, the Free Stamp, Veterans Memorial Plaza.  We also learned about the new green spaces and I am amazed at how much I just want to picnic and play there!  I enjoyed taking in the architecture of the beautiful buildings in the area.  We even met architect Daniel Burnham and Cleveland Browns Coach Paul Brown.  Daniel Burnham spoke to us about the different buildings in Cleveland he designed and Coach Paul Brown excitedly told us about how he turned the Browns into a winning team!

 Paul Brown
 Beautiful architecture

I can't wait to attend the other four to see who I will meet and what I will learn this year!

Information taken from the Take A Hike website.  Click here for more information and meeting spots for the Take a Hike tours!  Have fun!

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