Sightseeing from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck
The Terminal Tower Observation Deck was once the second tallest building in the world, and although today that title is long gone the 52-story is still an iconic and well-known structure in downtown Cleveland. Standing at 708-feet tall, the Terminal Tower Observation Deck offers a 360-degree view over Cleveland and Lake Erie.
The Terminal Tower Observation Deck opens seasonally from late spring until summer. In 2021, it will be opening on June 5. With summer fast approaching, here's a guide on how to visit the Terminal Tower Observation Deck.
Before you go, know that the tickets to the building are only sold online through evenbrite.com. The tickets cost $5 per person with an extra $1.27 ticketing fee per order.
They enforce several time slots of 30 minutes per visit in a day, therefore it might be a good idea to secure your tickets early. Not to worry, the tickets are usually available for purchase a month in advance for the forthcoming weekends. After the tickets are secured, the only thing left to do is to visit the building. It is recommended to arrive a few minutes earlier to check-in.
The entrance of the Terminal Tower is through the Public Square. Upon entrance, you will pass through a huge hallway with a vaulted ceiling and Jack casino signs before entering the second lobby, where you will find the information table to check-in. You need to bring a printed or a digital copy of your ticket. Then you'll be buzzed through by an employee to a series of doors before you reach the elevators.
There are two separate elevators that take you to the Observation Deck. The first elevator only takes you up to the 32nd floor. After arriving on the 32nd floor, you will need to follow the sign that points you in the direction of the second elevator that will take you up to the 42nd floor.
Arriving on the 42nd floor, there will be large windows that will allow you to see Cleveland from up above and see everything. Just be sure to visit on a clear day so that you will get a full experience watching from above. From 668-feet above, you'll be able to see Lake Erie, all the sports stadiums in the city, the Cuyahoga River and its bridges, the Flats, all the notable downtown buildings, and of course— the Public Square.