Spend the Day in Medina County
By Paola Santiago

Spend the Day in Medina County

Put on the sunscreen and head out for some fun in the sun!

Paddling on Hinckley Lake at Cleveland MetroParks in Medina County

Medina County straddles the line between family-fun adventure and foodie destination with charming ease. And as sure as summer brings sunshine and fresh air, it also brings endless excitement! From more than 40 parks stocked with activities to dozens of restaurants that would make any foodie gush, Medina County offers something for everyone, whether they’re a day tripping nature lover or long weekend warrior.

Can’t-Miss Outdoor Things To Do

Ditch the tablets and phones and connect with the natural world here. (Well, keep the phone close for the must-post photo ops).

Reagan Park and neighboring Huffman Park offer a combined 12 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails that offer a range of difficulties suitable for all riders (but beginners should stick to Huffman’s easier trail). Buckeye Woods Park, the largest park in the Medina County Park District system, offers hiking and biking trail options and a three-acre fishing pond. For a secluded forest-style hike, cross the bridge connecting Buckeye Woods to the Schleman Nature Preserve to see this undisturbed gem in Medina.

Head to Valley City’s Mill Stream Park for a family picnic. The hidden park along the banks of the Rocky River offers a large open-air pavilion. At the 330-acre Chippewa Lake, relax by soaking up the or fishing out on the lake (there’s a public boat launch for small craft, kayaks and canoes).

Head to the Cleveland MetroparksHinckley Reservation and take in the view from atop 350-foot tall ledges. The Whipp’s Ledges formation tower over Hinckley Lake and were formed more the 250 years ago. The reservation is also a spring hotspot thanks to the annual March arrival of thousands of buzzards returning home after winter.

Dig in at these Dining Spots

Now that all that outdoor adventure has worked up your appetite, the county’s distinct food and drink scene has some amazing things cooking up.

Start in Medina’s picturesque public square, lined with shops and restaurants that use local ingredients — some from local farmers markets — such as 17 Public Square. The new spot is in a mid-1800’s built historic building and offers a great selection of craft beers and cocktails Their gastopub-inspired menu includes appetizers like a cheese board and hush puppies, burgers and more. Don’t miss the gourmet mac and cheese made with a creamy blend of Gruyère, Parmesan, goat and sharp cheddar cheeses for a comforting meal that’s as good (or better) than mom could make.

A few doors down, Circles on the Square has dynamite doughnuts in creative combinations like Cinnamon French Toast that are delicious anytime of the day. And just off the square, Thyme2’s farm-to-table vibes offer a mix of gourmet and pub food sure to please any foodie. If wild combinations are your thing, Twiisted Burgers & Sushi has inventive and classic takes on burgers, sushi and more.

But Medina County’s food options offer so much more than just what’s in the city of Medina. Gandalf’s Pub in Valley City serves traditional Irish food as well as award-winning burgers. Try the Danny Greene Burger, which comes with corned beef, for a savory treat.

Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth is home to a steakhouse, sports pub and wine bar, an all-in-wonder of cosmic proportions that also sources beef from its own cattle farm. Panini’s in Brunswick features big-as-your-head sandwiches loaded with deli meats and hand-cut French fries. For Italian style dishes, check out D’Antonio’s Pizza off the charming square in Lodi. The spot’s been around for nearly 40 years and still serves up thick crust pizza pie that pleases.

Take a load off from your busy fall days with only-in-Medina County nightcaps. Beer heads should check out Wadsworth Brewing Co., which whips up brews like Fry’s Recliner Ale, a light, crips imperial cream ale. Wine lovers, head over to Jilbert Winery and Filia Cellars Winery for your vino fill.

For more about Medina County and other outdoor activities, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

About the Author

Paola is the social media coordinator behind Ohio. Find It Here.'s social media handles. She loves writing stories that matter, especially when they're about food and travel! You can usually find her trying out Columbus' new restaurants or experimenting with her own culinary concoctions at home. Find her living her best life on Instagram at @paolasantidc.