Operating Hours & Seasons

Park Open Hours
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open every day.

Some areas close at dusk. The remaining areas are open 24 hours.

The park operates on a seasonal schedule:
Spring = March, April, and May
Summer = June, July, and August
Fall = September, October, and November
Winter = December, January, and February

Boston Store Visitor Center

Boston Store Visitor Center

©Tom Jones

Boston Store Visitor Center
(330) 657-2752
1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264

(81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N)

The visitor center is a good place to start your visit at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet park staff, get questions answered, and learn more about park scheduled events and places to visit. There is a short park video available upon request. You can pick up relevant brochures, maps, passport stamps, purchase park-themed merchandise, and America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes.

  • Spring: Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in March and April; Daily, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in May
  • Summer: Daily, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fall: Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Winter: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed December 25, and January 1


Canal Exploration Center

Canal Exploration Center

NPS / Ted Toth

Canal Exploration Center
(216) 524-1497
7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside roads
Valley View, Ohio 44125
(81° 36.805' W) (41° 22.355' N)

The park's newest attraction was once used as a tavern, a general store, a residence, and a park visitor center. This historic building now features in-depth, interactive Canal Era exhibits for children and adults.

  • Spring: Wednesdays through Sundays,
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fall: Wednesday through Sundays in September and October, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hunt House

Hunt House

NPS/ Peter Wilson

Hunt House
2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula Roads
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.319' W) (41° 12.026' N)
Hunt House offers child-friendly nature exhibits, a rest area along the Towpath Trail, and information about nearby attractions.

  • Spring: Saturdays and Sundays (plus Monday, May 25), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in April and May
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fall: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. in September and October, Closed in November.
Winter Sports Center

Winter Sports Center

NPS Ted Toth

Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake
Truxell/ Kendall Park Road, 2 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 31.494' W) (41° 13.048' N)

  • There must be four inches of snow to open. Call (330) 657-2752 for current snowfall depth.
  • Open Saturdays and Sundays, December 12 - 20 and January 2 through February 28. Daily, December 21 - 31 (except Christmas). Monday holidays, January 18 and February 15. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall.

Special Event Sites

happy days visitor center

Happy Days Lodge

NPS / DJ Reiser

Happy Days Lodge
500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303)
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 30.499' W) (41° 13.859' N)
This is a special events site only.The facility is available for rentals, concerts, lectures, and special activities. For reservations call (330) 657-2909 ext. 119.
Howe Meadow Barn

Howe Meadow

©Sara Guren

Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road, 4 miles south of SR 303
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.912' W) (41° 11.359' N)
The facility is available for rentals, concerts, and special activities, including Saturday Farmers' Markets. For reservations call (440) 546-5944.

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