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Why You Should Spend A Day In Medina Ohio

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Wondering how I ended up spending a day in Medina, Ohio? The plan was simple enough. Head to Cleveland to spend two days researching my SecretCleveland book. In January. In questionable weather conditions.

I didn’t say I always have the best plans, but sometimes a missed opportunity leads to something quite unexpected and enjoyable.

Secret Cleveland

I was supposed to go to Cleveland, but due to weather concerns a last minute change of plans ended up being one of the best-unexpected turns of events when I found myself in Medina, Ohio.

Downtown Medina Ohio
(c)Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau

How To Spend A Day In Medina, Ohio

Visitor Center

Our first stop was the local visitor center results in a great chat with Dan, Medina County Visitors Bureau Executive Director.

He has loads of knowledge about the area and I absolutely can’t wait to share some of his suggestions in the Secret Cleveland book and here on the blog.

Be sure to stop in and say hi and pick up a few suggestions beyond what is offered here of things to do in the area.

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Worden’s Ledges

One of the coolest things, in my opinion, in the area is nearby Worden’s Ledges. As soon as the weather warms up I’m checking it out in person.

Tonya visited on a warmer winter day and really loved it. She said “Worden’s Ledges are huge sandstone rock formations that feature the artwork of folk artist Noble Stuart.” and they are pretty spectacular. Seriously, click over and read Tonya’s story….I’ll wait.

Pretty cool, right? I love finding odd and quirky things like this and Worden’s Ledges is just the start for the Medina area.

Things to do in Medina OH

Castle Noel

During a visit, you’ll want to be sure to check out Castle Noel, America’s largest indoor Christmas entertainment attraction.

Of course, living near the World’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s, I was intrigued by a business that bills themselves as a Christmas entertainment attraction.

As luck would have it Castle Noel was closed during my visit. Yet another reason to return to Medina.

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Famous Root Candles

Root Candles is located here. It’s considered the best candle in America and has been around since 1869, so, you know, a few years.

Lucky for those of us on a budget there is a factory outlet store. The store is only 20,000 square feet so I’m sure you’ll be able to spend a bit of time wandering around.

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Little Library

For those that enjoy finding unique little libraries, you’ll find an adorable one just a couple blocks from the town square.

Located on South Broadway and along the Champion Creek Trail, you can take a book and/or leave a book.

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Lester Rail Trail

During the summer visitors have the opportunity to experience free train rides around a miniature railroad and staton house at the Medina Parks Lester Rail Trail with the Ohio Northern Live Steamers.

This is available on select weekends during the summer.


  • As you drive around Medina you may notice quite a few Victorian style homes. That is because the town offers some of the finest, best preserved Victorian architecture in the state.
  • Medina has ties to the underground railroad.
  • Drive about 12 miles Northeast of Medina and you can attend the annual Buzzard Festival each March in Hinckley.


If you get hungry during your visit you are sure to find something to tempt your tastebuds. There are 11 restaurants within a block of the town square.

During the warmer months, you can also stop by the farmers market on Saturdays for a bit to eat. We didn’t eat in town, but there are a lot of delicious looking places that look worth a visit.

I barely scratched the surface here. There is so much to see and do in Medina County OH. Request their visitor’s guide and start planning your trip today!


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