Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lolly the Trolley, a great way to see Cleveland.

As you all know we are travelers, we just love to go out and explores new places. Recently my family went on a little vacation to Cleveland, Ohio.

When I was planning the trip, and others asked where I was going, and I said Cleveland. 90% of the people I told asked Why?

Who questions where you want to go on vacation? Well nearly everyone asked why go to Cleveland? Well I wanted to visit the city, just because, that is my answer. I know there are a lot of neat things to visit in Cleveland, and I was able to take a Lolly the Trolley tour to see Cleveland. My family took the 2 hour Lolly the Trolley tour. The tour began at 9:30 we were up early and ready for a fun tour.

Or driver could not have been nicer, she was so sweet and knowledgeable. At the beginning of the tour we were greeted with a little candy treat. Who can say no to candy? Of course we would love some! And then we were off to discover Cleveland.  The trolley was filled with large windows making it easy to see and take pictures and that is great for me, I am quite the picture taker.

The tour brings you all over the city, over 20 miles of city to see, here is the breakdown according to the website:

 The tour begins at The Flats, Cleveland's North Coast Harbor featuring the world's only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center;  Downtown Cleveland, with its mix of historic and modern architecture; The Warehouse District with loft apartments, restaurants & galleries in downtown's oldest and newest "neighborhood"; Ohio City, with both Victorian homes renovated by "urban homesteaders" and the West Side Market, one of the world's largest indoor/outdoor food and produce markets; the Gateway Sports complex; Playhouse Square, the nation's largest theater restoration project and 2nd largest performing arts center; The Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s premier medical centers, University Circle, a focal point for our cultural, educational and medical institutions and a drive through the historic Cultural Gardens.

My family loved the tour, my daughter is only 7 years old but the tour kept her entertained and we all had fun and learned a lot.  Her favorite part was the women’s aviation museum, this was a hidden gem.

The cultural gardens were breathtaking, and every nationality was represented with their own garden.  This was something I wish my city had, a way to get all cultures together, and have your own little oasis in the park.

This tour gave us so many great ideas of where to visit next in Cleveland. If you plan to take this tour, here is a little tip when planning make sure to schedule this tour for the very beginning of your trip. I was so happy that I planned this for the 2nd day, so I still had a good amount of time to visit a good amount of the places we passed on the trolley.

Did you know that Cleveland was the first city in the world to be lit outside by electricity? Well there are a lot more interesting facts that I learned on the trolley tour.
Millionaires row, I loved seeing all of the majestic mansions, there were only a few left but they looked amazing. I would love to take a tour of each of them. Why so few? Well  some of the aristocrats that lived in the houses did not want anyone without an excessive amount of money to live in their house after they died, and many wrote specifically in their wills to have the house destroyed when they die. Wow, well that explains why there are so few of the mansions left.Very fascinating.

Of course we passed by the iconic building that is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I never knew, that this plaza was designed to look like a record player and stylus, but I can see it now. The Westside Market was also a must do for my family.

Now I know why people love to visit Cleveland it is a fun city, that is thriving it is a nice clean city that is fun. We will surely be back.

I would highly recommend Lolly The Trolley if you are a visitor of Cleveland, you will be able to discover the great city. And if you are from the area, you can rediscover the great city you live in.  The 2 hour tour is fun and informative. You will see the city and really get a feel for what Cleveland is all about.

Here is the fare and schedule information for Lolly the Trolley  

Adults 2 Hr. $17.00 ($18.32 w/tax)
  1 Hr. $11.00 ($11.85 w/tax)
Seniors (60+) 2 Hr. $16.00 ($17.24 w/tax)
  1 Hr. $10.00 ($10.78 w/tax)
Children (17 and under) 2 Hr. $12.00 ($12.93 w/tax)
  1 Hr. $8.00 ($ 8.62 w/tax)

Children under age 5 are not permitted on the 2-hour tour, but are very welcome on the 1-hour tour!

Tour times and prices are applicable through April 30, 2013.
All fares are now subject to a 7.75% sales tax.

November 1st - April 30th
Friday & Saturday 1 Hr. 12:30 P.M.
  2 Hr. 2:00 P.M.
May 1-31 and October 1-31 Season
Monday through Saturday 1 Hr. 12:30 P.M.

2 Hr. 2:00 P.M.
Sunday 2 Hr. 1:00 P.M.

1 Hr. 3:30 P.M.
June 1 - September 30 Season
Monday through Saturday 2 Hr. 9:30 A.M.

1 Hr. 12:30 P.M.

2 Hr. 2:00 P.M.
Sunday 2 Hr. 1:00 P.M.

1 Hr. 3:30 P.M.
* Friday & Saturday 1 Hr. 5:00 P.M.

 If you are planning to be in the Cleveland area I would recommend Lolly the Trolly, it is a great way to see the city, and have fun while you are doing it.

Make sure to check out the website if you need any more information Lolly the Trolley 


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1 comment:

mryjhnsn said...

Yay Cleveland! I am so glad you had fun in my city ;) I love the pictures.

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