Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
Medina County shines in the fall with colors, apples, and great fall festivals. Come visit and explore the possibilities.
Start the day off with the family at Mapleside Farms where they have all the staples of fall entertainment. Enjoy family-friendly weekend events such as Superhero, Great Pumpkin, Rocktoberfest, Wild Wild West, and Spooky Days. They also host Pumpkin Village which includes multiple corn mazes, Twin jump pillows, and a 311-foot slide down a hillside. In addition, there’s a petting zoo, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and so much more. The giant barn pumpkin wall is a spectacle to see and an ideal backdrop for a fall family photo. Oh, and of course, they have an apple orchard to boot.
Spring Mist Farms just south of Mapleside Farms on State Route 42 is a great petting farm. Pumpkin & Ponies events are offered on Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm, and Saturday evenings from 4pm- 8pm. They offer horse rides, pony cart rides, and hayrides for a small fee. Enjoy all of the farm animals on view.
If the day calls for indoor fun, Scene 75 has plenty to offer. Enjoy mini-golf, go-karting, and arcade games just to name a few pastimes. And when it’s time for a bite, try to decide which indoor food truck is calling you in Food Truck Ally.
Just a short drive east on State Route 303 is Hillside Orchard. Here, four generations of a family tradition started in 1948. Visit for farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and pick your own apples. Head west on State Route 303 for a stop at Beriswill Farms. They host a corn maze, slides, hayrides, pumpkins, and naturally raised beef. Further along 303 is Hill Haven Greenhouse. If you want to learn about water gardening make time to stop and talk to them about your needs or how to begin. They also have fall plants for sale. Skyview Lodge has a roadside market and seasonal events and hayrides.
Over at Medina’s Square family shopping abounds, plus there’s great food in locally-owned restaurants.
Just down the block is Christmas celebrations year-round at Castle Noel. It now takes reservations for weekend visits. Root Candles is nearby and has the perfect fall scents to choose from. Also in Medina is High Voltage Indoor Karting. It is a high-performance electric go-kart with European-style indoor racing. It is attached to Foundry Social, a destination for families and friends to play competitive table games and enjoy delicious food and drinks. South of Medina is Boyert’s Greenhouse offering all kinds of fall outdoor plants & trees. In their greenhouse, they have everything from bird feeders to indoor plants and anything else for your gardening needs. Inside they also have a great gift shop filled with holiday decorations.
Outside of Medina is The Alpaca Boutique. Watch the cute alpacas and other farm animals. They can be entertaining. Shop the small boutique selling items made from alpaca wool.
Continuing south on State Route 3 just north of Seville is Geig’s Orchard. It’s a family-owned and operated orchard and farm market. They have fresh apple cider, apples, pumpkins, jams, honey, and gourds. Not far from Seville on Route 42 is Richardson Farms which is also an apple orchard and farm market. They offer jams, jellies, and pick-your-own pumpkins, plus fresh fruits and vegetables along with fall plants. Call for the availability of hayrides. Further south on Route 42 is Earth Song Farm. They offer organic herbs and vegetables, many in heirloom varieties. They promote spiritual growth and healing with Tia Chi, yoga, Oi classes, and more. Discovery Park offers 3 ½ acres of fun for kids on the farm. Here the kids get a chance to grow and stimulate their senses in areas such as Tad Pole Hole, Jamming Tree, a pedal train test track, and other areas. Also on the Farm is a general store with natural liniments, produce, and more.
Head west to Pine Crest Farms. It’s a working farm that offers hayrides, pick your own pumpkins, a corn maze, hay maze, corn box, farm train a great location for family fun. They also have many fall plants for sale.
Travel these state routes and Medina County’s other backroads for brilliant fall foliage between the inviting small towns filled with great shops and restaurants. A must while visiting the area is the enchanting city and county parks. The Medina County Parks have numerous events as well. All of which are posted at www.medinacountyparks.com. And for a taste of fall brews, consider Medina County’s breweries and wineries.
Buckin Ohio will hold its last rodeo of the season at their Creekbend Farm in October. Spend an afternoon and evening watching professional bull riding, horseback riding, and lots of activities and events for the kids such as the kid’s ice cream eating contest. Oh, and there’s plenty of food, too.
Enjoy a Fall Foliage Tour. It’s a drive-it-yourself tour of historical societies, farms, and farm markets. Call 1-800-860-2943 to have a map sent or visit www.medinacountyparks.com to pull up the map there.
Medina County’s close proximity to Cleveland and Akron and easy highway access (from I-71, I-76/224, Rt. 18, Rt.162, Rt.303, Rt.83, Rt.94, and Rt.301) make it a great location for Fall Family Fun for everyone in Northeast Ohio or beyond! Explore the possibilities in Medina County at https://www.visitmedinacounty.com/.