Seasonal Special Happenings

Hayrides Through the Metroparks

When: Sat., Oct. 23 2010

In another month or so, the Mill Stream Run Reservation's Chalet Recreation Area will be ground zero for wintertime tobogganing fun. But for now it's all crisp autumn weather and panoramic beauty as the Metroparks host their family hayrides this weekend and next. Sunday night's action is particularly festive: From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. they'll be offering up old-fashioned horsedrawn rides. Twelve bucks gets you the horsey ride, cider, hot chocolate, and snacks — plus goodie bags for kids under 12. (There'll also be pumpkin carving and painting, ranger demonstrations, and live animals. Reservations are a must; call 440-572-9990 to secure your spot.) Not the horse type? There's also tractor-driven hayrides today and next weekend, featuring square dancing, a hay maze, scavenger hunts, and face painting. The rides run from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 23 and 30, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 31, every half-hour on a first-come, first-served basis. Tractor rides are $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 3 to 11; everything else is free. It all happens at 16200 Valley Parkway in Strongsville. Go to for more information. — Pantsios

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