A few years ago, I was sitting in a cafe with some friends when somebody suggested we go on an adventure. Two and a half hours later, we were pulling up to Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, a since-demolished amusement park abandoned in the woods in Medina. Chippewa Lake ran from 1878 to 1978, when it was shut down. It was almost immediately forgotten, and the Earth quickly reclaimed the land. If the roller coaster pictured above was unsafe when the park was open, it was definitely out of commission.
The platform apparently still had levers on it, but it didn't seem sturdy enough to walk on to check them out. It was surreal to stand there imagining the people who used to come enjoy this park in the summertime while looking at full grown trees growing through the tracks in front of us.
The Ferris Wheel was probably the coolest thing in the park. As I understand, it is the only attraction left standing since the park was demolished in 2009. The trees growing through clearly indicated the time that had passed since the park had been abandoned. Next time you're looking for something to do, see if you can find a hidden gem like this in your part of the state. This is an experience I will never forget.