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Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation

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Open Now: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Outstanding Park

A wonderful visitor’s center, hiking trails, lots of things for kids and adults, Penitentiary Glen... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Alliance, Ohio
via mobile
The Beauty of Mother Nature Preserved

From recovering Birds of prey to a beautiful park with pavilions and paths to walk and ponds to... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Mike B
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“hiking trails”(5 reviews)
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8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful visitor’s center, hiking trails, lots of things for kids and adults, Penitentiary Glen is an usual and memorable park. It is definitely a good weather place; however, even on less than ideal days, there’s enough to experience in the visitor’s center that it’s...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

From recovering Birds of prey to a beautiful park with pavilions and paths to walk and ponds to fish, all around our nature at our fingertips.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The camp site is only a short walk from the parking lot. Amenities include a fire ring, picnic table, BBQ grill, and plenty of free firewood on site. Hammock campers will find great tree choices, and tent campers have at least a half dozen good...More

Thank Chuck_6141
Reviewed June 21, 2018

I had never been to a park like this one; my husband and I visited with our son-in-law and 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. She had a blast! The play area is all "natural" - logs and stumps and things on which to climb, which...More

Thank retchemteach
Reviewed June 19, 2018

I went here to go hiking with my son. There are many trails offered with different degrees of difficulty. If you want something even more, they have guided hikes that go off the path that are offered at different times. My son loves the animals...More

Thank taradubois917
Reviewed May 24, 2018

My family visited the Lake Shore Live Steamers for their public day. Their track layout is very impressive and the free train rides were lots of fun! Everyone was very friendly and it was nice of them to offer the free train rides. I suggest...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

If you're looking for a Lake County park that will have something for everyone, this is your best bet. The nature play area is great for kids (big and little) and when the trains are running, you'll see kids and adults enjoying those as well...More

Thank WHMeg
Reviewed January 16, 2018

Right now it's winter, but there is plenty to do at Penitentiary Glen. Of course, there are the trails -- those are good in any season! But you can also obtain snowshoes in the winter! There is a nice indoor display area that features both...More

Thank WHMeg
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

Really cute Candy Land holiday display here! Great activity for little kids to get in the spirit of Christmas and take cute photos. Had a great time checking tgus exhibit out!!

Thank lynnc156
Reviewed August 7, 2017

I loved the nature center and I learned a lot....especially about poison ivy and butterflies. I made a special trip to see the wildlife center right next to the nature center and was very happy to see the two attractions in the same place. There...More

Thank Michael M
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August 1, 2017|
Response from WHMeg | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are a number of picnic tables in a variety of areas. Dogs are required to be on a leash.