- Published on Monday, 05 March 2012 12:47
- Written by Mark Wright
Things to Do
If you're looking for things to do in and around Wellington, you've come to the right place. There is much to see and do in Wellington and Northeastern Ohio, so whether you enjoy nature, sports, museums, or just spending time with the family, there is something for everyone. While this list is not exhaustive, I'm including as many of the options as possible.
Wellington Recreation Park
This is a major regional park that is located on the western border of the village, just north of State Route 18. This park hosts several large tournaments in softball. The village is constantly making improvements to the park, which contains baseball and softball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic pavilions, a playground, horseshoe pits, and a splash pad.
Lorain County Metroparks
The Lorain County Metroparks operates several parks around Wellington that are available for picnics and relaxation.
- Wellington Reservation opened in 2005 through the joint efforts of the Metro Parks and the Village of Wellington. This is a 550 acre park surrounding the South Reservoir on Jones Road and featuring hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. Relax and watch the wildlife in the wetlands! There are over four miles of paved and stone trails looping across the wetlands and grasslands. Cruise the 21 acre reservoir on a paddle boat - free of charge! There is also a visitor's center available for rent.
- The Metroparks operate Splash Zone in southern Oberlin. Splash Zone features an indoor 8-lane pool, a tot lagoon, outdoor zero-depth entry pool, water toys, a 24-foot high water slide, playground, fitness room, aerobics room, water jets, and a waterfall.
- The Charlemont Reservation is a 757 acre park that is located in Rochester and Huntington Townships, just minutes from Wellington. This undeveloped park features miles of equestrian trails. This is the only park in the system that allows hunting (for rabbit and pheasant).
- Caley Reservation is located on 507 acres off West Road, just north of Webster Road. The park features wetlands, forest and field habitats, two large ponds, and a stretch of the Wellington Creek. Wildflower hikes and fishing are popular at this park just north of Wellington.
- The Carlisle Reservation off of Diagonal Road north of LaGrange is the largest park in the system. At 1,820 acres, there is plenty to do here. This park includes a visitor's center, duck ponds, Forest Hills Golf Course, equestrian trails, and picnic pavilions.
Findley State Park
Findley State Park is run by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Findley features a 93 acre lake surrounded by 838 acres of mostly wooded terrain. Findley's 272 campsites are open year-round and a typical summer weekend will find the park near capacity. The campground features showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, game room, and a camp store. Pets are permitted on some sites. Electric motors are permitted on the lake, which has two separate boat launches. Canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats are available for rental on the beach side of the lake. You can enjoy 435 feet of beautiful beaches, over 10 miles of trails, and many nature programs that are provided at the park.
Lorain County Fair
The Lorain County Fair is run by the Lorain County Agricultural Society. This is the second largest county fair in Ohio and is one of the oldest. The fair is always two weeks before Labor Day, at the end of August. Join us for hundreds of vendors, tons of food, rides, games, and animals.
This roller rink is located in Pittsfield, just a few miles north of Wellington. Enjoy a session of roller skating - fun for the whole family!
Lake Erie and The Islands
One of America's "Five Great Lakes", Lake Erie and her beaches are just 25 minutes from Wellington. Enjoy a day at the beach building sandcastles and swimming or have an outing on the lake with a Lake Erie cruise, rental boat, or your own boat. Take a ferry to one several islands and enjoy a day in paradise! Visit Put-in-Bay, the "Bass Islands" (South, Middle, and North), or Kelley's Island.
Get to the Point, Cedar Point! America's Roller Coast! According to Cedar Point's website, "Cedar Point is known for a couple of things. It’s known as the roller coaster capital of the world. But some just refer to Cedar Point as the world’s best amusement park. Cedar Point is an amusement park that brings people together through thrills. With 120-mph roller coasters that have 80-degree drops. An amusement park that, on top of roller coasters, has exhilarating thrill rides. An amusement park that has rides for the entire family and gives you water rides that make you wonder why it’s simply only the roller coaster capital of the world. And, of course, Cedar Point amusement park gives you great dining. What else would you expect from the roller coaster capital of the world? Or, as some say, the best amusement park in the world. Cedar Point is the place to strengthen family bonds and stomachs. Cedar Point. Thrills Connect." All this fun is located in Sandusky, just an hour from Wellington!
Cleveland - So Much to Do!
Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio and among the largest in the United States. This historically industrial city has worked hard to refine itself into a clean, modern city. Yes, we know all of the jokes about Cleveland ("The mistake on the lake", the river that caught fire). But that is all history now! See how things have changed and explore all that there is to do! Wellington is less than an hour from downtown Cleveland and its many attractions and activities.
There are museums galore! The Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the all-new Cleveland Aquarium are all fun for the whole family. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is situated on the shore between the science center and Browns Stadium, just minutes from the Hard Rock Cafe located in Tower City Center. Let's not forget the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Also the William G. Mather Museum, NASA Glenn Research Center, the Children's Museum, or any of the sites of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Cleveland is also home of the Horseshoe Cleveland Casino on Public Square. Or if you are looking for a different type of gambling, check out the first ever Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park featuring horse races, slot machines, live concerts, and several restaurants (including a Hard Rock Cafe) just 50 minutes from Wellington!
Enjoy Broadway? Cleveland offers the largest theater district in the USA outside of Broadway! When shows move off Broadway, Cleveland is usually the next stop! With nine theaters - including five historic theaters - Playhouse Square offers something for everyone!
Yes, winter in Cleveland can be cold and snowy! So why not take advantage of the situation? Check out Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Resort!