2019 Guide to Winter Activities in Cleveland Ohio
Cleveland has plenty of fun winter excursions in and around the city to get some fresh air, with activities only the winter time can offer. So here's a complete list of winter adventures all around town.
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After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays in December, it starts to become harder to find fun activities to enjoy the winter weather and get out of the house. Fortunately Cleveland has plenty of fun winter excursions in and around the city to get some fresh air and appreciate the special activities only winter time can offer.
Whether you are planning to buy a new home in Cleveland, or already live there, we have a complete list of winter adventures all around town.
Skiing & Tubing
10620 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, OH
Mon-Thu: 3:30pm-9:30pm | Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm | Sun: 9am-9pm
TUBING HOURS *Weather Permitting
Fri: 5:30-9pm | Sat 11am-9pm | Sun 11am-7pm
This quaint ski resort, located a quick 45 minute drive from Cleveland, is great for beginner skiers and snowboarders. While no lodging is available on site there are plenty of options nearby if you’re not up for your drive back into the city. As subsidiary of the Peak Season resorts it offers all the fun and comfort you can expect at their resorts. The lodge hosts comfort foods to warm up after a brisk run on the slopes. From the gentle glide of the beginner slopes to the more challenging pitch of the advanced slopes, moguls, and terrain parks, Alpine Valley serves skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels of expertise. Grooming is done nightly to provide a nice surface for skiing and snowboarding.
“Came with my daughter for a day of skiing on New Year's weekend. Loved the smaller feel of the lodge and the fireplace. We skied the green and blue slopes and the natural snow was fantastic! My wife enjoyed reading in the lodge and drinking coffee. Seems to be a better place for families and beginners. Slopes are nice for learning on with chances to learn for every level of skier. The lifts seemed in good shape and the lift operators were very friendly. Ski Patrol was very attentive. We decided this was our favorite local ski spot and will be back!”- Charles L. Yelp Review
Boston Mills Brandywine
7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, OH
Mon-Thu: 10am-9:30pm | Fri: 10am-10pm | Sat: 9am-10pm | Sun: 9am-9pm
1146 West Highland Road, Sagamore Hills, OH
Mon-Thu: 3:30pm-9:30pm | Fri: 3:30pm-10pm | Sat: 9am-10pm | Sun: 9am-9pm
Polar Blast Tubing
Thu-Fri: 5:30pm-9pm | Sat: 11am-9pm | Sun: 11am-7pm
Currently held at Boston Mills till further notice
Sat & Sun: 8pm-1am *run from end of Dec to end of Feb
These sister resorts sit 3 miles apart about 40 minutes south of Cleveland. Brandywine is slightly larger, hosting 11 trails, while Boston Mills hosts 7. Both have a variety of food and drink options in their lodges. While no Ohio slopes will compare to Colorado, there’s a nice variety of trail options from beginner to advanced and moguls at both resorts, with Brandywine also hosting the Polar Blast tubing park for fun for all ages.
“Our favorite nearby ski/snowboarding place. Plenty of hills, great service! It's a fun place to hang out - especially if you're with a group!” - Tiffany S. Yelp Review
Cleveland’s SKi Club Big Creek Ski Area
12721 Concord Hambden Road, Concord Township, OH
Mon-Thu: 6pm-10pm | Fri: 6pm-11pm | Sat: 12pm-10pm | Sun: 10am-6pm
Located in the snow belt a short 40 minute drive east of Cleveland, Big Creek Ski is surrounded by the beautiful Lake County MetroParks. You can experience the best ski elevation in Ohio, with five runs including a double black diamond. The hill is owned and run by the Cleveland Ski Club and membership is required. Membership will include unlimited skiing and snowboard, so join today for an avalanche of winter fun!
Cleveland Foundation Ice Rink
50 Public Square, Suite 1700, Cleveland, OH 44113
Mon-Fri: 3pm-10pm | Sat: 12pm-10pm | Sun: 12pm-8pm
Nothing is more quintessentially winter than a playful skate around an outdoor ice rink. The Cleveland Fountain rink is located in the Public Square, for a truly metropolitan experience surrounded by Cleveland’s bustling city center. The rink is open from late December through February, and you can easily rent skates on site.
The Rink at Wade Oval
10820 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Fri: 3pm-9pm | Sat: 12pm-7pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm
Nestled within University Circle which is brimming with cultural institutions and beautiful parks, The Rink at Wade Oval is open from late November through mid February, offering very affordable skating and rental rates. You can even receive discounts at nearby attractions like the History Center and Museums of Art and Natural History with your wristband!
City of Cuyahoga Falls Outdoor Ice Rink
2085 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Fri: 3pm-8pm | Sat-Sun: 12pm-8pm
Take a quaint trip just 45 minutes south of Cleveland to Cuyahoga Falls. There’s more to Cuyahoga Falls that the stunning Blossom Music Center. During the winter months you can enjoy exploring the local shops and dining, followed by outdoor ice skating at the brand new rink by the Downtown Pavilion and Amphitheater. You can rent skates onsite for just $4.
200 S Main St, Akron, OH
Tue-Thu: 11am-9pm | Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm | Sun: 11am-6pm
Head to Akron to experience Ohio’s largest outdoor ice rink at 10,000 square feet. Skating is only $4 and include skates, or just $2 if you bring your own. Located in the heart of Main Street, you can also enjoy “Polar Putt Putt” and Reindeer Run 150 foot slide. There’s even a more petite Polar Cub rink for the little ones and beginners 14 and under.
There’s nothing quite like zipping down a powdery hill of fresh snow! Sledding is a great way to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. There are plenty of places around the Cleveland area to cart your sleds to and have a snowy adventure.
Cain Park Village
14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, OH
Wonderful sledding hill is located at Taylor and Superior Roads
Sledding Area at Big Met Golf Course
Rocky River Reservation, Fairview Park, OH
Sledding at Big Met Golf Course at Tee #11
Sledding Area at Kelley Picnic Area
Euclid Creek Reservation, South Euclid, OH
Sledding Area at Kelley Picnic Area
Sledding Area at Mastick Woods Golf Course
Rocky River Reservation, Cleveland, OH
Sledding Area at Mastick Woods Golf Course
Sledding Area at Old River Farm Picnic Area
North Chagrin Reservation, Willoughby Hills, OH
Sledding Area at Old River Farm Reserved Picnic Area
Sledding Area at Sleepy Hollow
Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville, OH
Sledding Hill at Sleepy Hollow Course at tee #10
Memphis Sledding Hill
Big Creek Reservation, Brooklyn, OH
Sledding Hill at at the intersection of Memphis Avenue and Tiedman Road
Strongsville Toboggan Chutes
16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44136
Fri: 6pm-10:30pm | Sat: 12pm-10:30pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm
If you’d like to take your downhill excursions to the next level head to Strongsville Toboggan Chutes for a high speed winter adventure. No snow required!
Ice Fishing at Hinckley Reservation
1822 East Dr, Hinckley, OH 44233
Hinckley Lake is a great spot for kayaking and fishing in the warmer months, then when the weather turns colder it makes a great spot for ice fishing.
Ma & Pa’s Sleigh Rides
15161 Main Market Rd (Rt 422), Burton, OH 44021
Sat: 12pm-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm
If you’ve ever yearned to dash through the snow, Ma and Pa’s offer whimsical winter sleigh rides through the woods. The trip will conclude at a cabin with a warm fire, Ma’s cookies, hot cocoa and maple coffee. Reservations are required so book your ride today!
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Excursions
2325 Stine Road, Peninsula, OH 44264
Departure times - Sat/Sun: 9am | 12pm
Departure times - Sat/Sun: 9:40am | 11:10am | 12:40pm
Akron Northside Station
Departure times - Sat/Sun: 10:30am
All aboard! Take in all the beauty of the wintery Ohio landscape, aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Railway. The National Park Scenic Excursion runs January through May, and offers unique glimpses of local wildlife. You can board at one of the three stations and offers a variety of seating options.