Medina County Visitor's Bureau

Year-round family fun and a picturesque, old-town atmosphere await visitors in Medina County. A variety of museums and festivals celebrate the county's rich history in agriculture and industry.

There are all kinds of fun things to do in Medina County.

The county boasts a rich agricultural history that evolved along with a strong tradition of manufacturing from the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Wadsworth, for example, once was home to the world's largest manufacturer of safety matches — a distinction still celebrated during the city's annual Blue Tip Festival. The A.I. Root Co., in the city of Medina, began making honey four years after the Civil War ended, diversified into making bees wax candles during 1920s, and remains an international leader in the candle industry today. The Medina factory outlet is open for retail sales, and the factory offers tours for large bus groups.

Some of the best-preserved Victorian architecture in the nation, maybe most evident on structures on and around Medina's quaint Public Square, is another reason why camera-wielding tourists beeline to Medina County.

Among the most popular family-oriented attractions is Castle Noel, America's largest year-round indoor Christmas attraction. Castle Noel features iconic items from famous movie sets, like the Santa slide from "A Christmas Story," "Elf's" costume and Cindy Lou Who's bedroom set from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Castle Noel also features animated New York City Christmas window displays from famous department stores like Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.

The county's past and present agricultural heritage is on display at a variety of farms, like Spring Mist Farms, in Brunswick Hills, and Mapleside Farm, in Brunswick. Most local townships have museums that celebrate the history of the region. Among the county's popular museums are the Medina Toy & Train Museum, which includes airplane models, dolls and books about transportation, and the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, in Chippewa Lake, which emphasizes trolley trains with rides and walking tours.

With many wonderful parks for fishing, biking and hiking, there is plenty to do outdoors in Medina County as well.

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