Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Terminal Tower Tour

From my seat at a recent Tribe game. Terminal Tower in the corner.

When it was built in 1930, Cleveland's Terminal Tower was the fourth largest building in the world. The city has had significant changes since then, but the one thing that has remained constant is this integral focal point in Cleveland's skyline.

The Observation Deck of Terminal Tower has been closed off and on to the public. It was closed off to the public in 1976 when a gunman stormed a conference room. Yikes. It was later re-opened, only to be closed again after 9/11.

It has been open on weekends for a couple of years now, and I finally made it up to the 42nd floor.

The color splash is the Sherwin-Williams bball court.

On a clear day, you can see 30 miles around the city from the Observation Deck. You can get tickets two ways - you can either go online here or you can buy them day of. If you get them the day of, you save yourself the processing fee, but you have to go on what feels like a snipe hunt trying to get your admission ticket. You can buy your ticket from the Tower City Information Desk, and then go back to security to go up the tower.

The views are, of course, spectacular.  I was surprised that there wasn't more of a wait for the elevators, and I was also surprised by the amount of spiders.


Ok, the spiders are not *inside* but they are outside some of the windows and they were HUGE and had icky webs. I couldn't help but wonder how many generations of spiders it took to get to the top


The Lake. The Browns Stadium. A beautiful day.
For five bucks, it was a totally Cleveland way to spend about an hour from start to finish. On the deck, there are a few historical things to look at and there are volunteers selling Cleveland books.

Before you cough up your hard earned coin at the Casino, take some time to check out the city from a new view.


  1. Ive been wanting to try this myself thanks

  2. Looks awesome! Glad I found your site! We have a Google+ Community for travel writers in the Midwest: "Midwest Travel Talk" if you want to share your Midwest (which includes Cleveland!) posts!