Fall. The one season with a mile long list of things to do and only a couple weeks to do them all. Between fall festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween parties and the BEST weather of the entire year, it’s no wonder I have a jam packed schedule. Weekends during this time are precious, and I’d argue the best place to go for a worthwhile fall experience is Szalay’s Farm & Market in Peninsula. I truly love Szalay’s and here’s why: it seriously has something for everyone.
For the Outdoors-Person:
What really sets Szalay’s apart from other seasonal businesses is its location. Szalay’s is situated in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, making it perfect for the outdoorsy people of the world. If you’re a biker, you can ride down the Towpath Trail and arrive for a pit stop. If you’re out on a hike, you can swing by Szalay’s on your drive home- it’s just around the corner from some quality trails. My family and I hiked on the Perkins Bridle Trail, which was a short five-minute drive from Szalay’s.
For the Family:
Szalay’s has been a family owned market for four generations and offers fun activities for any age. Families can pick out pumpkins, take photos next to a giant hay bale spider, walk into “The Spinning Barn,” play mini games like ball tosses and target practice and meander through a corn maze. Even as adults, my family and I loved playing at the farm. Watch us discover one of eight hidden pumpkins in the corn maze in the GoPro video below!
For the photographer:
Szalay’s is a beautiful place with fantastic photo opps everywhere. You can see it for yourself when you search Szalay’s location on Instagram! It was funny to check the feed when we got home because almost everyone I saw there posted a photo of themselves at Szalay’s… including myself! From magazine worthy pumpkins to perfectly assembled ice cream cones, Szalay’s is a photographer’s paradise.
For the Foodie:
It’s in the name: Szalay’s Farm & Market is a market full of delicious, locally grown food for you to enjoy there or take home! The market also has cozy rocking tables where you can sit, swing and eat a tasty snack. Order a hot lunch from one of their four food stands! I highly recommend the deli dog and lemonade.
For the Local:
In addition to the hot food stands, Szalay’s also has an extravagant market filled with seasonal produce, flowers and homemade products. If you’re looking for a new place to pick up your groceries for the week, Szalay’s has everything you’ll needto make a meal and at a competitive price.
For the Visitor:
If you’re from out of town, Szalay’s is hands down the perfect place to go for a genuine taste of Ohio. It shows a glimpse of the beauty Ohio has to offer both in the landscape and the people who live here.
What to Wear
Ready to make your trip to Szalay’s? Don’t forget to pack a pair of sunglasses and wear older shoes. The farm and market can easily become muddy from heavy foot traffic.
What to Bring
Do NOT forget to bring cash to Szalay’s! Most of the family activities cost a couple bucks and unfortunately they don’t take credit or debit. However, if you do forget your cash, no big deal. There’s an ATM in the market area for guests to use. I’d also highly suggest bringing a camera- this place is too unique to not snap a couple photos.