Celebrate Thanksgiving Holiday at the Toboggan Chutes and at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with Cleveland Metroparks! Ohio’s tallest and fastest toboggan chutes open Friday, November 23rd from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is also thanking visitors this year by offering free admission on Thanksgiving Day.
Beginning this Friday, adventure-goers can experience the icy thrill of tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks Chalet in Strongsville. The twin toboggan chutes plunge down a 70-foot vertical drop and travel along 700-feet of ice while reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The refrigerated ice chutes can operate with or without snow, in temperatures below 50 degrees.
The chutes are fun for all ages as the toboggans are transported effortlessly by the Chalet's lift system. Gloves are required to ride the chutes and all riders must be 42" or taller. In between toboggan runs, guests can warm up by one of the fireplaces at the Chalet while enjoying a hot chocolate from the snack bar. The Chalet also features a loft with a view of the chutes.
Tobogganing is available from November 23rd through early March during the following hours:
- Fridays: 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Sundays: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Special events and discounts are available all season long including School and College ID Nights powered by MTD. Season passes are also available for individuals and families.
The Toboggan Chutes are located in Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Recreation Area, 16200 Valley Parkway, in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville. In case of warm or inclement weather, guests can call the Chalet at 440-572-9990 option #6 for operations updates. For more information on holiday hours, admission and season passes, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/tchutes
Free Entry to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Thanksgiving Day
This year, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is thanking the community by offering free entry to all visitors on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to free admission, guests will be able to enjoy animal enrichment activities across the Zoo. The enrichment activities encourage natural behaviors through unique activities based on the species needs.
Animal Enrichment Schedule:
- 10 a.m. – Lions (African Savanna)
- 10:30 a.m. – Orangutans (The RainForest)
- 11 a.m. – Tigers (Wilderness Trek)
- 11:30 a.m. – Snow Leopards (Asian Highlands)
- 12 p.m. – Fossa (Primate, Cat & Aquatics)
- 12:30 p.m. – South American Fish (Primate, Cat & Aquatics)
- 1:30 p.m. – Francois’ Langurs (The RainForest)
- 2:30 p.m. – Elephants (African Elephant Crossing)
- 3:30 pm. – Grizzly Bears (Wilderness Trek)
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