Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes return for another year of icy fun
For most of us, Thanksgiving is a four day holiday that gives us a chance to work off all those extra calories that we piled on with the holiday dinner. Since you have all that time on your hand, why not plan a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes in Strongsville.
On Friday, November 29, 2013, the Toboggan Chutes will officially open with special holiday hours of noon to 10:30 p.m. The twin refrigerated (no need to worry if it is cold enough outside for the ride) ice chutes measure around 700 feet long with an initial vertical drop of 70 feet. Think of it as an icy roller coaster with just one hill. It will still get your blood pumping.
Now for the best part. In the past you had to lug the 40 pound toboggan allllll the way up the stairs to the top of the chute. This is a thing of the past. Now, Cleveland Metroparks Chalet staff will load and unload the toboggan lift. All you do is walk up the stairs to the top of the chutes, get loaded on the toboggan and off (or down) you go.
This season's public tobogganing hours are
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
(in January, February and March 2014)
6:00 - 10:30 p.m.
noon to 10:30 p.m.
noon to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays - visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call for holiday hours (December 20 through January 4, January 20 and February 17, 2014)
The daily admission fee is only $10 for adults, and $8 for children, ages 11 and younger, which includes unlimited use of toboggans for the day. One-time ride tickets are also available for $4.
Season Passes: You can ride the toboggans all season long. Take advantage of unlimited rides, all season long. Season passes are available at $40 for adults, $30 for children ages 11 and younger, and only $110 for a family (up to four people). And, when you purchase your season pass by December 24, receive a discount and a free gift pack. Individual season passes come with one Cleveland Metroparks drawstring bag, a pair of gloves and an ice scraper. Family season passes come with one Cleveland Metroparks drawstring bag, four pairs of gloves and four ice scrapers. Gift packs must be picked up at the Chalet.
Group Discounts: Group discount rates, for 20 or more people, are available for rides during public hours. Groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Group rates are not valid for season pass holders.
The Chalet Recreation Area, including the use of the toboggan chutes, can also be rented for exclusive use during non-public hours.
The Chalet Recreation Area is located at 16200 Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville - just a short distance from I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.
For more information and for group or private reservations, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-572-9990.