Youth Tours

School Program for Grades 1-12 – Basic City Tour

Big Buildings and History can be fun, especially on Lolly the Trolley’s Historic City Tour! Tailored to the grade level and interests of your students, the past, present, and future of Cleveland come alive in just one hour.


North Coast Harbor,  the Wm. G. Mather Steamship, USS COD Submarine, Burke Lakefront Airport, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, the Browns Football Stadium & the Port of Cleveland, Ohio City  (an early settlement & home to the county’s oldest church which played an important part in the African-American fabric of Cleveland) & the world famous West Side Market, Downtown Cleveland’s historic and contemporary buildings, monuments and public art, The Warehouse District  (Cleveland’s first Downtown – now a new place for people to live, work & play), The Flats and the mighty Cuyahoga River where Cleveland got its start, and Quicken Loans Arena & Progressive Field where a different kind of history is made!

Upon request, we can provide teachers with a short post-tour quiz for classroom use or a “bingo” sheet for younger students. We invite teachers to share curriculum requirements and their focus of study with us in advance of the tour.

*Please advise us if you have special needs students.*

Price per person (including adults): $9.00 from our station or a downtown location. Must have or pay for a minimum of 25 students for  One Hour City Tour before Teacher VIP can be given.

Reservations are required for all tours.
Call 216-771-4484 or 1-800-848-0173
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Lake View: Our Garden of History

Lake View Cemetery is an excellent teaching tool. History, sculpture, architecture, botany, photographic opportunities, . . . they’re all here! Our mini narrated tour of this famous “garden of history” is a must for students of all ages!

The tour includes stops at the Garfield Presidential Memorial and the Tiffany-designed Wade Chapel. You will also see the monuments of Cleveland’s celebrities and statesmen and hear their stories. Fall is a special time at Lake View, with the foliage in its bright array signaling the end of summer . . . Spring is the time for the full spectrum of color in the gardens and the promise of summer.

Price: $18 per person from our station or a downtown location. Minimum of 30 people required. Allow 2-2.5 hours for this tour.

Reservations required for all tours.
Call 216-771-4484 or 1-800-848-0173
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Mini-Ethnic Markets Tour for Language, Social Studies, Culinary, & Diversity Classes – 2 Options Available

Children and food . . . a natural combination! OPTION #1 provides your students with our One Hour City Tour, then you choose stops at 3 of 5 available markets which may include: Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Rim, Italian, German, Spanish, and the famous West Side Market. Spend half a day experiencing the unique smells, sounds and tastes of ethnic Cleveland.   Allow 3 hours for Tour + 3 Market Stops.

Or OPTION #2 lets your class visit 4-5 area ethnic markets with no City Tour. This option gives your group significantly more time to linger and explore the cultural diversity of each stop. Go around the world in just a few hours! A West Side Market drop-off is available at the end of the tour. Allow 3 hours for each option from the Powerhouse. (West Side Market is open only Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun.)

Price for either tour option:
$18.00 per person from our station or a downtown location. You must have or pay for a minimum of 30 people per trolley before Teacher VIP can be given. **West Side Market stop available only Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat.** All other markets are open Monday through Saturday. Guidelines & discussion sheets can be provided for teachers.

Reservations required for all tours.
Call 216-771-4484 or 1-800-848-0173
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Public Art Tours for Humanities, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, and Social Studies Classes

Cleveland is a treasure of sculptures, public art pieces, murals and architectural wonders that were created over the last 100 years. These 3 hour tours open your group’s eyes & minds to Cleveland’s cultural offerings. A basic Teacher’s Discussion Guide will be given when you book the tour.

OPTION #1: This more active tour includes our narrated One Hour Historic Tour with time for the teacher & students to explore on foot the art & architecture of Public Square, the Old Arcade, the Library and either Gateway or the West Side Market.

OPTION #2: This very visual tour covers almost all outdoor public art pieces and murals between Downtown and University Circle with some elements of our City Tour included where appropriate. The focus is to look at and think about the art for later discussion in class. Stops can be chosen by the teacher for photography, quick sketching or just to investigate a piece close up.

Price: $18 per person from our station or a downtown location. Minimum of 30 people required.

Reservations required for all tours.
Call 216-771-4484 or 1-800-848-0173
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  • Call Trolley Tours as early as possible!
  • May 1 – June 10 is our busiest time. If you can tour in the fall, winter, or early spring, you have a better selection of dates & times. If you must tour in May / June, please have several dates and times when you call us.
  • We will send you a contract.
  • Trolley Tours requires a school district purchase order for the full amount of your tour and your signed contract within 14 days or a credit card deposit of $100 to hold your trolley(s).
  • All Tours depart from the Powerhouse at Nautica on the West bank of Cleveland’s Flats unless otherwise arranged. Please check in at least 15 minutes before your tour time with an accurate count of students and adults.
  • There is free parking for school buses at Nautica. Directions to Nautica can be downloaded from our website or we can mail them to you.
  • Ethnic Market Tours without the West Side Market may be booked for any weekday. The Market is open on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat only.
  • Trolley Tours is proud to provide an informative and fun learning experience. We expect all students to conduct themselves like young ladies and gentlemen while on the tour. Teachers, chaperones, and students are expected to give their full attention to the tour guide in order to receive full value for the tour. If the group makes it difficult for the tour guide to conduct the tour, the tour may be terminated early without refund to the school.
  • Please note: Youth Tours booked for 5:00 PM or later on weekdays and on Saturday or Sunday are subject to slightly higher rates.