The City of Elyria has lots to offer young families. There’s the cool, kid-friendly restaurants, great schools, and some fantastic places to play.
Elyria, Ohio is a hidden gem in Lorain County. The downtown area is one of the cutest in the state. There’s a great square where you can take in many events throughout the year, but there are also some enjoyable places to let the kids cut loose, that aren’t far from downtown, and won’t break your budget.
Let’s take a look at some of the top places in Elyria, Ohio where your kids (and you) will have a blast all year long.
Top Places For Kids To Play in Elyria, Ohio
- Cascade Park
- Ellywood Park
- Elyria Playgrounds
- Altitude Trampoline Park
- The Roll Arena Family Skating Center
Just a short distance from the center of Elyria, Cascade Park has rivers, waterfalls, and hemlock forests. The Black River's east and west branches meet in this 145-acre park and cascade over Berea sandstone.
These smaller streams create microclimates, which allow typically northern species of plants and trees to thrive here, including the hemlock. It’s just one of the species that is thought of as a northern tree yet is found in this unique setting.
The City of Elyria transferred Cascade Park’s management to Lorain County Metroparks In 2014. And the county is doing a great job providing activities the whole family can appreciate. There are playgrounds, walking trails, and bike trails to enjoy.
Cascade Park is also home to one of the best sledding hills in Lorain County. The famous sledding hill is visible from Cascade Park's main entrance. There is a sizable playground, as well as restrooms and Shelter #1 both at the foot of the hill. This area also houses the Cascade Nature Center.
Another great place to take the kids exploring in the summertime is Ellywood Park. Adjacent to Cascade Park, Ellywood has a separate entrance gate located at 556 Washington Avenue,
It’s known as a bird-watching park, so if you can bring a book along, you can spend a couple of hours with the kids trying to find the most interesting and colorful birds you can find in Elyria, Ohio.
Playgrounds Surround Elyria, Ohio
One check of the City of Elyria’s website will tell you there are plenty of places to take the kids to play any time of the year. Take a look at the list of playgrounds that you have to choose from:
- Abbe Road Park
- Bell Avenue Tot Lot
- Black River Audubon Park
- Cascade & Elywoods
- East Park
- Ely Square Park
- Finwood Estate
- Hilltop Park
- North Park
- South Park
- Washington Village Park
- West Park
- Academy Circle Park
Many of the playgrounds also have basketball courts, splash pads and plenty of room for the kids to run around.
Altitude Trampoline Park
On a bad weather day, a great place to take the kids to burn off some energy is Altitude Trampoline Park. Now, this place isn’t free, but it’s also not short on fun.
Your kids can spend hours bouncing around on all of the different trampolines. There’s 25,000 square feet of trampoline, to be exact.
The kids can also do things like play dodgeball and dunk basketballs.
The Roll Arena Family Skating Center
Walking into The Roll Arena is like traveling through a time machine. It’s a roller skating rink that offers all of the nostalgia you may have experienced as a kid. But this place has much more to offer, including:
- Roller Skating | Roller Blading
- Artistic Club
- Public and Private Lessons
- Birthday Parties
- Rock Climbing
- Arcade Games
- Fitness Center
It’s another fantastic thing to do in Elyria, Ohio, even when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.
Horizon Education Centers - Elyria
Horizon Education Centers is proud to call Elyria, Ohio home. Our Cascade Child Care Center and Dewhurst Child Care Center both have a 5-Star Quality Rating from the state. And we offer after-school care at East Recreation Center.
We have six locations throughout Lorain County, and all of them offer plenty of things to do and plenty of ways to enrich the education your child is already receiving.
If you’d like a little more information on the programs Horizon offers, feel free to contact us at any time to schedule a tour.