Peninsula, Ohio is a quaint town nestled in the Cuyahoga National Park along the Buckeye Trail. Quaint does not mean boring, there is plenty to see and do here all year.
When you drive through Peninsula the first thing that will catch your eye are the beautiful historic buildings and homes. The Boston Township Hall was built-in 1887 and is the home of the Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum documenting the areas 200-year history.
From the museum take a short walk down Main street and you will pass art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Here you can rent a bike and take a ride down the towpath or a leisurely walk along the Cuyahoga River. This is also your stop to ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, winding you through the Cuyahoga National Park for wildlife viewing. The train runs throughout the year but during the winter it’s an abbreviated schedule. The Polar Express ride has become very popular for the children over the years. After you depart the train, stop by the Trail Mix for park souvenirs or a light snack.
Two great restaurants to choose from is The Winking Lizard Restaurant and Fisher’s Café & Pub. Great beer and great food, either place hits the spot after a long scenic hike through the park. Then a stop next door at the Yum Yum Sweet Shop for a variety of old-fashioned candy and specialty chocolates.
One place I enjoy visiting is Terry Lumber & Supply Co. I know… you’re thinking what? Terry’s has been in the area for 75 years and has some the coolest specialty household and outdoor items. Retro lamps, hooks, cabinet knobs, and cookware. I’m usually there longer than my husband!
There are a few B&B’S in the area and Lodging at The Inn at Brandy Wine. Peninsula is also a winter spot for skiers at the Boston Mills/Brandywine ski areas just north of town. Reasonably priced and not too big.
TIPS: Summer is always busy parking can be limited.