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From hiking to arts, there’s plenty to do in Peninsula, Boston Township

A girl walks her dog past the Peninsula United Methodist Church. One of Ohio’s most scenic small villages, Peninsula’s population of fewer than 600 residents can swell to several thousand people on any fair-weather day.

One of Ohio’s most scenic small villages, Peninsula’s population of fewer than 600 residents can swell to several thousand people on any fair-weather day.

Wrapped in the bucolic Boston Township and the lush Cuyahoga Valley National Park, nature lovers are lured from miles around to rent bikes, go skiing, hike trails, ride a train or take a break in the quaint collection of stores and restaurants downtown.

A boy walks his dog on the Main Street that crosses the Cuyahoga River in Peninsula.

Location

The village and township are midway between Cleveland and Akron, on the Cuyahoga River and straddling state Route 303 in north central Summit County. Border communities are Cuyahoga Falls, Bath Township, Stow, Hudson, Boston Heights, Northfield Center Township, Sagamore Hills Township and Richfield Township.

Kayakers paddle along the Cuyahoga River in Peninsula.

Highlights

The area was once a bustling stop on the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Valley Railroad. In the mid-19th century, the township and village were home to mills, stone quarries, boat yards and five hotels.

Today, the village is something of an artists’ colony, with many residents involved in painting, writing, photography, music, instrument-making, dance, drama, jewelry and crafts.

The village and township have more than 20 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. One notable building in the center of Peninsula is Bronson Memorial Church, a Gothic Revival-style building erected in 1835 with the hope of saving the souls of misbehaving canal boatmen.