Cold Weather, Hot Attractions
Get outside this winter with these fun activities fit for the whole family
Whether you're into outdoor pursuits or extreme indoor sports, you can find just about anything for you or the family to enjoy on the North Coast this winter.
SHOOT, SCORE AND SLAM
Check out the dominant, star-studded roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers and enjoy the in-game show on the flame-shooting, HD arena scoreboard. While you're there, nosh on signature culinary classics from Cleveland's award-winning chefs like Iron Chef Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer and Rocco Whalen, who have stands inside the Q. The Cavs have plenty of home games remaining this season, so make sure you score tickets to the greatest show in town.
Cheer on the Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland's American Hockey League team and defending Calder Cup champs. Did you know that 88 percent of the players you see in the NHL got their start in this league? The Monsters always put on a great show for people all of ages. For the complete schedule, click here.
PLAY IT COOL
OUTDOOR SKATING, SNOWSHOEING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND HIKING
Ice skate to your heart's delight at the beautifully renovated Public Square's Cleveland Foundation Skating rink. Glide alongside Cleveland's most iconic buildings seven days per week through February 28. Pick a time that coincides with one of the many events taking place this winter in Public Square to get the most out of your visit.
University Circle's Rink at Wade Oval, located in the middle of Cleveland's world-class museum district, is open now through March 5, 2017. Activities include ice skating lessons every Saturday, live music, open skating and movie nights January 14 and February 11, starting at 5 p.m.
Away from urban sprawl you can enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, sledding and ice fishing in Ohio's only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park's Winter Sports Center at the Kendall Lake Shelter rents snowshoes or cross-country skis. In ideal conditions, the center is open weekends December through February.
SLEDDING, DOWNHILL SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Just west of Cleveland in Strongsville, The Chalet Recreation Area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation boasts two icy toboggan chutes, which plummet a brave 1,000 feet at 40-plus mph. Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resorts, just down the road from one another, offer some of Ohio's best skiing and snowboarding with 88 acres of groomed slopes and 264 feet of vertical. Their Polar Blast area also offers 20 lanes of snow tubing between the two resorts.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad chugs through 33,000 acres of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio's 12,000-year-old forest and the 11th most visited of all national parks in the country. Take a trip with a view and choose your favorite themed event, including murder-mysteries, beer tastings or brunches, among others.
INDOOR MOUNTAINBIKING/BMX RIDING
At this "fun, no-attitude, indoor bicycle park," let your inner daredevil do the biking. Open only October through April, Ray's MTB Indoor Bike Park offers MTB and MBX courses geared at all levels of difficulty. Worried you won't have a shred of dignity left after trying your hand at riding? Check out the "1st Timer Deals" or take advantage of the free intro lessons offered every Saturday morning.
INDOOR ZIPLINING AND TRAMPOLINE PARK
Costa Rica, New Zealand, Hawaii and ... Cleveland? Yep, you can now count Cleveland among the world's most fun ziplining destinations, thanks to Zip City. The world's only indoor ziplining park offers five ziplines that allow you and yours to fly three stories high. Add in a trampoline park, arcade and rock-climbing wall for a ridiculous amount of year-round fun. Pro tip: Fridays are "Discount Nights," offering unlimited zipline, rock wall and trampoline access for any consecutive three hours from 3-10 p.m. at $18.95.