Winter Outdoor Pursuits & Activities in CLE
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
Cheer on your hometown hockey heroes, the Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland's American Hockey League team. Did you know that 88 percent of the players you see in the NHL got their start in this league? The Monsters will take to the home court at The Q 38 times this year and always put on a great show for people all of ages. For the complete schedule, click here.
Going to a Cleveland Browns game, complete with tailgating around First Energy Stadium or at one of Downtown Cleveland's finest bars is an experience unlike any other in the NFL. Remaining regular-season home games include December 7 vs. the Indianapolis Colts and December 14 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, CLE's in-state rival. If you're in town during an away game, not to worry. Watch the games with the locals at one of Cleveland's best sport bars.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are kicking off the team's most anticipated season this year with the return of LeBron James and All-Star players, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Check out the Cavs new flame-shooting, arena HD scoreboard or some of CLE's 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 will play 42 home games at home this season, so make sure you score tickets to the greatest show in town.
PLAY IT COOL
OUTDOOR SKATING, SNOWSHOEING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND HIKING
University Circle's Rink at Wade Oval, located in the middle of Cleveland's world-class museum district opens Nov. 28 and stays open through March 8, 2015. Activities include ice skating lessons, open skating and movie nights January 24 and February 21, starting at 5pm.
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 parks 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 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 offering 88 acres of groomed slopes with 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. But for one month each year, it heads to the North Pole. From Nov. 14-Dec. 21, the railroad offers a two-hour live reenactment of "The Polar Express," complete with elves, caroling, hot cocoa and Santa himself.
INDOOR MOUNTAINBIKING/BMX RIDING
At this "fun, no-attitude, indoor bicycle park," let your inner daredevil do the biking. Open only October through April, Rays Indoor MTB 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 ZipCity. The world's only indoor ziplining park, ZipCity, 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 and trampoline access for $19.50 from 7-11p.m.