Winter Outdoor Pursuits & Activities

December 28, 2015
Winter Outdoor Pursuits & Activities

Cold weather, hot attractions

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.


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 of all 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 6 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, December 13 vs. the San Francisco 49ers, and January 3 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. 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.

Check out the Cleveland Cavaliers' new flame-shooting, arena HD scoreboard or some 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 33 remaining home games this season, so make sure you score tickets to the greatest show in town.



University Circle's Rink at Wade Oval, located in the middle of Cleveland's world-class museum district, is open now through March 6, 2016. Activities include ice skating lessons, live music, open skating and movie nights January 23 and February 20, starting at 5 pm.

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.


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. Now through Dec. 20, the railroad offers a two-hour live reenactment of "The Polar Express," complete with elves, caroling, hot cocoa and Santa himself.



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 BMX 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.


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 zip lines 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 zip line, rock wall and trampoline access for any consecutive three hours from 3-10pm at $18.95.

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