Winter in Ohio can be a real downer; however, you can perk up your spirits with a toboggan chute adventure in Cleveland Metro Parks located in Strongsville. Our family picked up and went tobogganing one Sunday afternoon after we had enough of being indoors and having cabin fever. We were so glad we did because our winter adventure at the toboggan chute in Strongsville, Ohio was one of the most amazing things, we have experienced so far this year! FULL DISCLOSURE: Our tickets were sponsored by Cleveland Metro Parks

What Are Toboggan Chutes?

What is a toboggan run? Honestly, until a few years ago I had no idea anything like this existed, so I had to look up what these were. The simple definition of a toboggan run is a slope that you can slide down on a toboggan.

This might lead you to ask, what is a toboggan? A toboggan, per Merriam-Webster, is a long flat-bottomed light sled made usually of thin boards curved up at one end with usually low handrails at the sides. Toboggans look like sleds but are really in a class all their own.

Where Do You Go to Take a Toboggan Ride in Cleveland, Ohio?

So, now that you know what a toboggan chute and toboggan are you probably want to go and do it! Let me give you the skinny on where to go and what to expect.

These toboggan chutes are ONLY located at the Strongsville Cleveland Metro Park and specifically at The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation, 16200 Valley Parkway Strongsville, OH 44136. We drove from central Ohio and after putting the address into Google maps we made it without a hitch.

What to Expect at the Toboggan Chutes

Since we had never been to the Toboggan Chutes, we had no idea what to expect. For some reason I thought it would be a bit like snow tubing. This could not be FURTHER from the truth. These are two exceptionally different experiences.

Be prepared to climb quite a few stairs (108 to be exact) because I was quite winded before I reached the top. As we climbed up, we saw signs that said “Two hour wait from here.” and “One hour wait from here.” Fortunately for us our wait time was less than 40 minutes and I felt like that time went by pretty fast.

The Toboggan Experience

Watching all the other people get ready and head down the toboggan chute had me really excited for the coming experience. I LOVE adrenaline rushes and I was confident this experience was going to be amazing!

One of the best parts of the toboggan experience is you only must climb the stairs, everything else is taken care of for you. You don’t have to lift a finger to get ready, the Cleveland Metro park staff takes care of everything!! I found out the toboggans can weigh up to 40 lbs. each, so I’m glad they do the prep.

Getting onto the toboggan was interesting. You can get up to 4 people on each one and then you interlock your legs over one another and grasp the ropes on the sides. Thankfully the staff is very patient and thorough getting us situated.

Once you’re in place, the staff moves a wooden lever forward and off you go. Admittedly, I screamed on my way down because it was really fast. You can hit speeds over 50 miles per hour on the chutes. Coming to a stop at the end of the chute, I found my eyes were watering from laughter and sheer excitement.

Tumbling off the toboggan, our family dashed off to do it again! Suffice to say, THEY LOVED IT!

Spend the Day at Strongsville

You can spend the whole day at the toboggan chutes and chalet in Cleveland Metro Parks. There is a stocked snack bar, great places to relax and sit back and a glowing warm fire to enjoy while you are there.

However you should note, Mill Stream Metro Park offers more than just tobogganing, have a peek at everything there is to do here in winter!

We did not have time to try anything else here, but I am excited to come back again and enjoy everything they have to offer!

Things to Know:

Strongsville toboggan chutes only operate on the weekends and holidays

  • Fridays: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Toboggan RATES:

  • Adult (all-day ticket): $12
  • Children 11 and Younger (all-day ticket): $10
  • One-Ride Ticket: $6

You MUST KNOW these BEFORE you get there.

  • All riders must be at least 42 inches tall to ride
  • Children must be present at the ticket booth for a height check
  • All Riders must Wear Gloves or Mittens (Heavy gloves recommended) Fingerless gloves are not permitted
  • Limit 4 Riders Per Toboggan

Truly, tobogganing has become one of my all time favorite winter activities! It’s fast. It’s fun. It slides winter blues out the window and replaces it with winter adventure excitement!

Happy WINTER adventures,

The Gleason Family

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