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Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation

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Open today: 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Rustic Camping

The camp site is only a short walk from the parking lot. Amenities include a fire ring, picnic... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio
via mobile
Great park for kids!

I had never been to a park like this one; my husband and I visited with our son-in-law and 2 1/2... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
Forest, Virginia
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“nature center”(12 reviews)
“hiking trails”(4 reviews)
“live animals”(2 reviews)
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8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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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

Thank SuperPoser
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 Lynn C
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
Reviewed July 10, 2017

This park has a ton of trails, amazing bird exhibit, lots of wildlife ( often see rat snakes) and has a new area for the kids that is awesome!

Thank TheTravelingRoss
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing place to visit with our kids. So many fun things to do and so many animals to look at. I would come back again when we are visiting family!

Thank Ray S
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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.