Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is home to the Cuyahoga River, a river running through the entire city. The "Falls" extends about 2 miles, which is farther than Niagara Falls, and is a sight to see whether you live in Ohio or are visiting for the first time. With Cuyahoga Falls' scenic recreation areas, biking paths, hiking trials and places to picnic, there is always something free to do alone, with friends or with your entire family.
Parks and Hiking
Located behind the Water Works Family Aquatic Center, Water Works Park and Shelters (no website; 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls; 330-971-8299 ) features a playground area for toddlers, a jungle gym and a fountain. Bring bread for feeding the ducks and birds and enjoy a barbecue with friends and family. Or, take advantage of the equipment and grassy fields at Preston School Park (no website; 650 Taylor Ave., Cuyahoga Falls; 330-971-8299). Place your baby in a safety swing and enjoy the afternoon as your older children climb the structures, ride the slides and play ball on the athletic fields. In addition, Gorge Metro Park (summitmetroparks.org) features 33.5 miles of biking and hiking trails, in addition to rock walls. Spend the day hiking on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (ohioanderiecanalway.com), a major trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From this one trail, branch off to many free, natural and historic sites in the park.
Concerts and Activities
Visit the City of Cuyahoga Falls website (cityofcf.com) for a list of free festivals, concerts and events in Falls River Square and elsewhere in the community. Flicks on the Falls (cityofcf.com), for example, is a free, family movie night offered every Thursday from June through August. A popular winter activity includes the Ice Rink at Falls River Square. With proof of residency, you can skate for free. In addition, take your chair or blanket to Oak Park, where free music concerts fill the summer air.
Take your children to the Cuyahoga Falls Library (cuyahogafallslibrary.org) for story time and crafts. Everyone is welcome and all activities are complimentary. During October, take your children to the Quirk Cultural Center (cityofcf.com) for the Annual Halloween Party, while In the spring, Water Works Park offers families the annual Easter egg hunt featuring a petting zoo, pony rides and separate egg-hunting areas for children, divided by age.
Sightseeing and Browsing
Browse the Farmers Market (cityofcf.com) every Friday and enjoy free samples of homegrown fruits and vegetables and homemade baked goods. Or, check out Community Days at the Akron Zoo (akronzoo.org). Residents of Cuyahoga Falls are allowed four free admission tickets, per household, during a specific two-day period each year.
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