Activities & Attractions: Medina County

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9/11 Memorial
Located next to Fire Station No. 1 in Medina, a sculpture featuring a piece of steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers stands in memory of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. There’s a small park surrounding the memorial, including a picnic pavilion and benches, as well as forty boxwood shrubs symbolizing the 40 people who died on United Airlines Flight 93. The plane passed over Medina County at exactly 10:03 a.m. on 9/11, before crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (300 W. Reagan Parkway, Medina 44256)

 

Alien Vacation Mini Golf & Sci-Fi Museum
Experience the coolest, freakiest, 3-D blacklight miniature golf course in the universe! Your journey will take you through 18 holes of Freaky 3D landscapes filled with interactive, animated features an authentic Hollywood movie props from your favorite sci-fi flicks. Halfway through the course, take a break at the Mars Bar, featuring kid-friendly refreshments and alcoholic beverages for grown-ups. Alien Vacation is located on the lower level of Castle Noel (see below) in the heart of downtown Medina. (260 S. Court Street, Medina 44256; 330.721.1224; alienvacationminigolf.com)


Brunswick Lake
Brunswick Lake is 13.2 acres and is part of the nearly 80-acre Brunswick Lake Nature Preserve. / Photo: David Harrison

Brunswick Lake Nature Preserve
This park, which includes the Susan Hambley Nature Center, is operated by the Medina County Park District in partnership with the City of Brunswick. The park comprises nearly 80 acres, including the 13.2-acre lake, and features trees that are over 200 years old. Visitors can explore the wooded area on a short nature trail created with the help of the Brunswick High School track and cross-country teams. The trail winds through the forest, passing wetlands inhabited by turtles, frogs, wood ducks and mink. Park naturalists operate the Nature Center, where you can see a variety of live native Ohio animals, relax and read a book in the library, make a craft in the kid’s area; or just sit and watch the birds that regularly visit the feeders. (1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212; 330.722.9364; medinacountyparks.com)


Buckin Ohio
Bull riding at Buckin’ Ohio in Medina County. / Photo: ©PlatzImages.com

Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeos
Yee-haw! Once a month, from May to September, Creek Bend Ranch in southwestern Medina County hosts the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeo series. Each show features all the adrenalin-inducing excitement of competitive bull riding, barrel racing, bronco busting and “mutton bustin’” for the little ones. Interested in trying your own hand at hanging on for dear life? Sign up for the ranch’s yearly weekend-long Bull-Riding School for ages 18 and over. There’s also Mutton Bustin’ School for ages 5–9. (8154 Garman Road, Burbank 44214; 330.624.7205; buckinohio.com)


High Voltage Indoor Karting
A change in weather never has to stop the fun—enjoy indoor entertainment and a rush of adrenaline on an indoor go-kart track complete with monitors throughout that allow racers to check their standings against the competition. Race solo, with friends or with the whole family! (333 Foundry Street, Medina 44256; 330.333.9000; highvoltagekarting.com)


Lake Medina
Managed by the Medina County Park District, Lake Medina is a hidden oasis nestled between Route 18 to the south and Granger Road to the north, just west of Interstate 71. Hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing are just a few of the activities visitors enjoy here. The 1.2-mile Lake Medina Trail is an asphalt path that follows the west branch of the Rocky River and connects to the city of Medina’s paved trail along Reagan Parkway. (3725 Medina Road, Medina 44256; 330.722.9364; medinacountyparks.com)


Medina Community Recreation Center
With 110,000 square feet of recreational space, the Medina Rec Center offers everything residents need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The facility features not only a fitness center but a jogging/walking track, two pools, a field house with four full-size courts, the Rascal Room Child Activity Center and a host of classes, programs and sports leagues for all ages. Whether you’re looking for an early-morning workout, a late-night pickup game or after-school swim lessons for your kids, the Rec Center is where you’ll find just what you need. (855 Weymouth Road, Medina 44256; 330.721.6900; medinaoh.org/medina-rec)


Oenslager Nature Center at Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary
Managed by the Medina County Park District, this outdoor learning center offers nature programs for school groups and the general public. The grounds of the center include the Wolf Creek Educational Wetlands area, which has a boardwalk permitting visitors to travel "into" the wetland for study and wildlife viewing. An accessible path makes the wetlands, deep-water pond and prairie areas easy to visit for people of all abilities. Since Wolf Creek is a wildlife sanctuary, pets, fishing, biking and picnicking are not permitted. (6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center 44281; 330.722.9364; medinacountyparks.com/index.php/parks/oenslager)


Scene75
Race against 10 other cars (at speeds up to 20 mph) at Scene75's Thunder Volt Speedway. / Photo: Medina County Visitor's Bureau

Scene75 Entertainment Center
Looking for an action-packed family outing or a place to let loose with your friends? Scene75, the largest indoor entertainment centers in the country, offers incredible indoor attractions including: Go-Karts, laser tag, 150+ arcade games, mini-bowling, blacklight mini-golf, bumper cars, bouncing inflatables, virtual reality, a 4-D Motion Theater and more. Best of all, there’s no admission charge, so you can customize your fun and spend as much or as little time as you have, doing just what you want to do. (3688 Center Road, Brunswick 44212; 234.803.1100; scene75.com/cleveland)

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