Cleveland, Ohio, might have a working-class history, but in recent years, the city has gone through something of a transformation. Since its days as a manufacturing centre at the turn of the 20th century, Cleveland has worked hard to show that grit and sophistication can go together. The city has cleaned up its river, built attractions, and even established plenty of affordable, hip hotels.
Visitors to Cleveland can gaze at modern art inside a turn-of-the-century transformer station or listen to an orchestra perform live inside a local hot dog joint! It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, as Cleveland has plenty to offer, even in the depths of winter.
Tobogganing in the Mill Stream Run Reservation
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You might associate tobogganing with childhood, but it’s time to see this activity differently. The toboggan run at The Chalet in the Mill has two 1,000-foot refrigerated ice chutes that run with or without snow. They stay open throughout winter, from November to mid-March. These are the only public toboggan chutes in all of Ohio, so make sure you stop by when staying in Cleveland.
A single trip costs $6, or you can buy a day pass for $12 per person. Shooting down these runs is sure to make you scream with laughter!
Snowshoeing at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Just 30 minutes outside the centre of Cleveland is Penitentiary Glen Reserve, where you can explore almost 7 miles of snowshoeing trails. There are trails for people of all ability levels, and the Peppermint Trail is the easiest, at just under a quarter mile long. Rent your shoes from Chapin Forest or bring your own, and you’ll be good to go.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Ice skating outdoors always tends to be more enjoyable than skating indoors. If you’re heading to Cleveland this winter, then make sure you get the full ice skating experience by heading to the outdoor ice rink at Wade Oval. Admission is just $2, and you can rent skates for $3. This rink is open until the middle of February.
Alpine Valley Ski Resort
Ten miles outside of Cleveland is Alpine Valley Ski Resort, which takes the average ski lodge to a whole new level. Thanks to the park’s snow cannons, the resort is covered in white powder all winter, whether or not it’s snowed.
You can enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding on open slopes and wooded trails. If you dare, visit the XTreme park, which is home to Ohio’s largest half-pipe and a rail trail.
Visit Brite Winter Festival
On February 18, neighbouring Ohio City will once again serve as the venue for an outdoor and indoor music festival that pulls together some of the best local and regional bands. Sure, it might be cold at Brite Winter Festival, but no one seems to care. Bundle up, grab a warm beverage, and stand by the fire while enjoying the tunes. This year promises to be one of the best, so don’t miss it.
Indulge in Fondue
When the weather outside is too cold for you to bear, then head toward the Melting Pot for a warming fondue. There’s nothing quite like filling your belly with melted cheese to warm you up!
Watch the Cleveland Cavaliers
Whether or not you’re a basketball fan, you’ll want to catch a Cleveland Cavaliers game. In addition to the star-studded roster, there’s an in-game show and plenty of culinary classics to enjoy inside the arena. The team still has several home games to play this season, so make sure you nab some tickets this winter.
Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway
All aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, which winds through 33,000 acres of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is the 11th most visited national park in America, and the 12,000-year-old forest is bound to impress. Look out at the scenery while staying warm inside or take a themed trip where you can play murder mysteries on board, taste local beers, or enjoy a hearty brunch.