Cleveland has undergone a renaissance over the past few years, and even long time residents are often surprised to see all of the changes. A guided tour is an ideal way for visitors and suburbanites to get up to date on all that Cleveland has to offer. Tours are available on foot, on two wheels, four wheels, by rail and by boat. Most tours require reservations, so be sure to contact the operator before heading out.
Cleveland Bike Tours
Anne Smith founded Cleveland Bike Tours and is its lead tour guide still today. She regularly holds tours of downtown Cleveland as well as nearby Ohio City. On the downtown tour, you’ll visit all the major attractions from Public Square to Playhouse Square, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Gateway District. On the Ohio City tour, you’ll discover an eclectic group of businesses and restaurants featuring the West Side Market and Ohio’s most famous haunted house.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
P.O. Box 158
Peninsula, OH 44264
Trains have been following the Ohio and Erie Canal since 1880, primarily transporting coal and farm produce. The National Park Service has since purchased a good portion of the canal, transforming it into Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad now operates regular rail excursions including the popular and extremely affordable Bike Train. Consult the website for weekly rides as well as special events like wine tasting tours and the kids’ favorite, Polar Express.
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Lolly the Trolley
P.O. Box 91658
Cleveland, OH 44101
When people think of Cleveland tours, Lolly the Trolley is probably the first name that will come up. If you want to see the most of Cleveland in the shortest amount of time, this should be your choice. Both one-hour and 2.5-hour tours are available. All tours start at the First Energy Powerhouse in the Nautica Entertainment Complex in the Flats. Use 1101 Winslow Avenue as a street address if you are trying to find it via GPS.
Taste Cleveland Food Tours
Cleveland has become well known recently for its fabulous food scene. With iron chefs and others opening dozens of new restaurants each year, one has a hard time knowing where to start. A food tour is an excellent way to sample your way through town and discover a new favorite. Sample foods in historic Victorian buildings from the 19th century on the Tremont Neighborhood Tour. Cleveland’s top concentration of Italian eateries can all be sampled on the Little Italy Food Tour. There’s also a tour of the world renowned West Side Market for those who want to shop and take their food home to enjoy.
825 East Ninth Street Pier
Cleveland, OH 44114
Cleveland used to be famous for the Cuyahoga River which was quite polluted and actually caught fire back in the ’60s. Jump forward 50 years and the Cuyahoga has been completely cleaned and is a great recreational area now. Sightseeing trips of the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie are now available on the Goodtime III, Cleveland’s largest excursion ship. Lunch and dinner tours can be booked as well as Friday happy hour and Saturday dance cruises.
Take a Hike Tours
401 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Cleveland has a number of distinct districts and neighborhoods, and walking tours are ideal for asking questions and getting the “inside scoop.” The Warehouse District Tour introduces you to the first of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Visit the amazing brass and glass arcade on the Gateway District Tour. Most people are surprised to find that Cleveland has the country’s second largest performing arts center on the Playhouse Square Tour. Additional tours are available to see Cleveland’s Civic Center and the historic Canal Basin Park along the river.
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