Operating Hours & Seasons

Boston Store Visitor Center

Boston Store Visitor Center


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
(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.

The visitor center is open daily, but closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The quarterly schedule is below.

  • 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, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in September and October; daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in November
  • Winter: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Winter: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

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.
  • The typical schedule is Saturdays and Sundays in December, January, and February; daily, December 26 through 31; and the holidays of Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall.

Special Events Sites

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
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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