Brunswick’s convenient location near Cleveland, the Ohio Turnpike and the airport has contributed to its growth over the years. Residents often cite its schools, family-friendly neighborhoods and abundance of restaurants as boons to living there.
When the city was formed in 1960, some citizens wanted to retain the township form of government, and so Brunswick Hills Township was born. The community continues to preserve its rural appeal, with small farms and lots of open space.
Brunswick is located along the northern border of Medina County; it can be reached by Interstate 71 and state Routes 303 and 42.
• When Brunswick was founded on Jan. 1, 1815, its name was selected randomly during a naming contest.
• In 2018, MSN.com named Brunswick the smartest choice for buying a home in Ohio, using a study that considered a “livability” score that factored in everything from home values to crime and education metrics. The study commented that Brunswick was “one great place to live that many people could actually afford.”
• Despite its small size, Brunswick Hills Township maintains its own independent police and fire departments.
Please note: As the area recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are altering their hours of operation. Be aware that the information reported in this list may change.
† Scene75 Entertainment Center is 85,000 square feet of fun and games for all ages, year-round. There are electric go-karts, a two-story laser tag arena, Food Truck Alley, arcade games, and the Center Bar. Located at 3688 Center Road. scene75.com/leveland
† Hollo’s Papercraft, 1878 Pearl Road, is a destination for area scrapbook and papercraft fans. Open weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and closed Sunday. hollospapercraft.net/book
† Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road, is a 122-acre fruit farm and apple orchard where visitors have been enjoying country air, homegrown produce and 17 varieties of apples since 1927. It also doubles as a popular concert venue, with a hilltop backdrop that features a 50 -mileview. In addition to summer concerts and fall festivals, bands play in a barn during the winter. The site can also be rented for weddings and special events. mapleside.com
† Sidelines Bar & Grill, 1165 Pearl Road, is entering its 13th year as a premier sports watering hole, with lots of TVs to help diners keep up with the action. It’s a popular spot for fundraisers and fantasy league sports as well. Open 11 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday. Find a menu at sidelinesbrunswick.com
† West Branch Malts, 2866 Nationwide Parkway, is a grain-to-grass malt house and distillery. Take a one-hour tour to see the inner workings of the modern malt house, then sample craft spirits in the tasting room. Visit westbranchmalts.com to learn more and schedule a tour.
† Donut Land has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1972, according to the diner’s website. This donut destination offers homestyle sweets and treats at 1321 Pearl Road. Visit donutlandohio.com to see a gallery of their standard and custom creations.
† Heritage Farm is a restored 1860s small Ohio family farm, spread over 32 acres and including a museum and a mile-long walking trail through tall grass prairie land. Located at 4613 Laurel Road, it is operated by the Brunswick Area Historical Society and only open during special events or by appointment. Learn more at facebook.com/brunswickhistory
† Cossett Creek is one of several golf courses in the area. This one, at 4900 Center Road, boasts watered fairways and undulating greens in a wooded setting. cossettcreek.com
† Lager Heads Smokehouse, 2832 Abbeyville Road, touts its “secret recipe” barbecue menu and craft ales from its own microbrewery. Open noon to 9 pm Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 pm Sunday. bearingheads.us
• For ethnic flavors, try Larb (452 Pearl Road) for Thai cuisine. Due to limited staff, reservations for dining in are required. Visit larbohio.com to see the menu. Also, Muchos Bueno’s Mexican Grill, 1421 Town Center Blvd., for southwestern fare. facebook.com/muchobuenos for hours and specials.
† Plum Creek Park is one of the region’s best examples of recycling. The former township landfill has been transformed into a scenic park by the Medina County Park District. It’s nearly 200 acres, featuring several short trails, picnic tables with grills, a playground, two stocked fishing ponds, and shelters available for rent. There is an entrance from the south at 2500 Plum Creek Parkway, and an entrance from the north 2390 Plum Creek Parkway, although the north entrance is closed until June. Learn more at medinacountyparks.com/index.php/parks/parks/plum-creek-park
† The Susan Hambley Nature Center at Brunswick Lake, 1473 Parschen Bvd., totals over 79 acres, including the 13-acre lake. Visitors can explore the wooded area on a half-mile nature trail. Park district naturalists operate programs throughout the year. medinacountyparks.com/parks/parks/susan-hambley-nature-center-at-brunswick-lake
• The annual Brunswick Summer Celebration has been scheduled for June 3-5 this year. It will be the 40th anniversary for the hometown gathering, which was suspended the past two summers because of the pandemic. The festival features a weekend of food, live entertainment, games, contests and a parade. Watch for news and updates at facebook.com/BrunswickSummerCelebration.