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Magnificent Medina

If you enjoy history, toys, Christmas, parks, and small-town charm, Medina’s a great place to spend a day or two.

Once a part of the Connecticut Western Reserve Area of Ohio, Medina County has a rich history, much of which can be seen at the John Smart House, where artifacts include those from the early pioneers and Civil War, as well as Native American tools. The collections are made possible by the Medina County Historical Society, now celebrating its 90th year. And at the newly opened Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum, you’ll see and learn about the history of Medina and the Square.

Medina is also home to Castle Noel, where Christmas never really ends. Considered to be America's largest year-round indoor Christmas entertainment attraction, you’ll find New York City Christmas windows, Hollywood props, and of course, Santa and his elves. And in a town where Christmas is a year-round attraction, it’s only fitting to also have a museum devoted to toys and trains. Located on Medina’s picturesque town square, the Medina Toy & Train Museum is a must. 

After you visit the museums, soak up Medina’s small-town charm. From the Victorian gazebo in the grassy and tree-shaded town historic Public Square to the eclectic shops and eateries, Medina really is a special place to hang out.

That’s especially true on Saturdays, now through Oct. 18, from 9am to 1pm, when the Public Square hosts more than 80 farmers, bakers, and artisans. A Medina favorite for 12 years, this Farmers Market is a great place to sample locally grown veggies and fruits, breads and pies, and a variety of artwork by local craftsmen and artists.

You may also want to check out the local wildlife while you’re here. Medina has a bounty of city and county parks and a state wildlife area. The parks offer fishing, hiking, swimming, boating as well as sports fields for soccer, ball fields, skating, kids parks and a nature center.

For something out of the ordinary, Buckin’ Ohio is well worth the 20-minute drive from Medina. This family-owned-and-operated bucking bull ranch features Bull-Riding, Barrel Racing, and Mutton Bustin’ shows and kids contests such as ice cream eating and stick-horse races. For something less competitive, there are horse and wagon rides. 

And just a little more than a mile from Buckin’ Ohio is Lodi Station Outlets, a 300,000-plus-square-foot, turn-of-the century outlet mall featuring vintage trains and more than 60 stores, that include high-quality deals from brands such as Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Izod, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others. Perhaps you’ll want to stop here to buy your bull-riding-watching outfit before visiting Buckin’ Ohio; we’ll leave that for you to decide. 

For information on more amazing places and events, call the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.860.2943.