#1 Hudson Springs Park in Hudson

One of my favorite walks in Hudson is walking the 1.8 miles around Hudson Springs Park. The trail goes around the lake through the trees. You can find lots of people jogging, walking and taking their dogs for a walk. There are benches along the way if you want to stop and enjoy the scenery. There is are 3 pavilions for picnicing right next to the lake and a playground for the kids. My kids loved to play there when they were younger. You can take a canoe or kayak or rowboat and go out on the lake and residents can buy a fishing license to catch bass and bluegill.

There is a trail on Victoria Parkway that winds through the trees and connects with Hudson Springs Park for an enjoyable walk through the woods. That was my favorite way to take the kids and dog to the park when I lived on North Hayden Pkwy. 

View of the Lake.


#2 Art on The Green in Hudson

Art on the Green takes place at the end of August every year. There are a  number of artists that show their work ranging from oil paintings, to jewelry. Kettle corn is always popular and there are several organizations such as the Masons and Rotary Club that serve lunch. I have seen woodworkers and pottery designers there as well. The weather is usually nice at that time of year as well. It is held across the street from the clock tower and a good time is had by all. Many local businesses have sales encouraging visitors to see their shops as well.

#3 First & Main Hudson

  • First & Main opened in 2004. It is approximately eight blocks behind Main St or Route 91 The new library was built there and there is a Heinen's grocery store. The buildings are built with brick and looks very quaint, like the buildings that run down Main St that were built 200 years ago.

  • It has a Village Green, a number of retail stores, restaurants and specialty stores, with women's and children's clothing stores. A few of the stores are Taylor Loft, Chico's, Coldwater Creek, Talbot's and Gymboree. Restaurants include Caribou Coffee, Cold Stone Creamery, Tomato Grill, and Aladdin's Eatery. I love to stop in Caribou Coffee to get a cup of coffee and sit and visit.

#4 Bow Wow Beach in Stow

Bow Wow Beach is at Silver Springs Park. It is a fenced in park for dogs and their owners. Dogs are allowed to be off their leashes, run and play, and swim in the lake. I watched one dog swim across the entire lake. His owner said he loves to swim. There is also a separate fenced area for small dogs. This beach has been very popular with dogs and their owners. Bring your dog down today.

#5 Leisure Time Golf Course in Stow Ohio

This 18-hole  par 3 course features 2,144 yards of golf for a par of 54. It is a great place for beginners and to practice your short game. I have found a number of lost balls when golfing here. I hit my ball in the woods one day and ended up with 10 balls, unfortunately, not my ball. I know I sometimes have a hard time giving up looking for my ball when it is in the woods or in the rough. I am sure I could find it, if I only look a little harder. I need a ball tracker! In 2009 they had a special on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for nine holes for $7.00. You don't have to be a member to play here. What a great time to play golf between showing homes and working at the office. It is only a few minutes from my office as well. I liked playing here regularly as I could see how much my score improved over the summer. No carts here, but what a great way to get some exercise walking the course carrying my golf bag, of course, you can always use a pull cart if you want.

I borrowed this picture from Leisure Time. This is hole number 9. On 10 watch out for the lake, it loves to eat balls. Be sure to check out their website at: http://www.leisuretimerecreation.com/

Leisure Time Golf

#6 Memorial Day Parade - Hudson Ohio

On Memorial Day there is a parade through downtown Hudson. It is about 30 minutes long and is very enjoyable. The Hudson High Marching Swing  Band marches.They are fantastic! The girl scouts and boy scouts march.  There are old cars, fire engines, dancers, sometimes even horses.

The parade lines up in the Acme Plaza and then proceeds on 303 to 91 and turns north and continues up to  Markillie cemetery. Come at least 15 minutes early and bring a chair to sit on. One great place to park is on the street by Western Reserve Academy or St. Mary's Church or in the downtown area by First and Main.

#7 Hudson Library - Hudson Ohio Hudson

The Hudson Library is a beautiful place. Here is the breath taking two story main room. You can find magazines, CDs, DVDs, and audio books in this room.



Look at the children's room, which lots of great children's books. You can even check out stuffed animals. My niece Isabella loved to pick out a new animal every week.

After finding the perfect book, stop in Brewster's Cafe where you can get a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

#8 Hudson Clock Tower


Hudson Clock Tower is one of Hudson's landmarks. Found on the Green in Hudson right next to Route 91/Main St. It was built in 1912 as a gift to the community from millionaire James W. Ellsworth. The clock was built by the E. Howard Clock Company of Boston. It runs on gravity.  The tower is 42 feet,nine inches tall.