5 Recommendations for Wintertime Fun in Cleveland

Today is the Ohio Blogging Association‘s All State Blog Swap where bloggers from all around the state are swapping posts.

This guest post is by Danielle from Find Time for Fun. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Danielle wanted to share her love of the area with her two young children but  struggled to find information about family friendly activities. Visit FindTimeforFun.com to learn about events, attractions and ideas for fun at home.

Then visit Poise in Parma to read the rest of today’s All State Blog Swap posts and check out my post Clue Into Cleveland’s Top 5 for Out-of-Town Guests.


Winter is right around the corner, which means the snow will be here before we know it!  While winter certainly isn’t my favorite season, I do try to make the best of it.

Thankfully, Cleveland offers many fun wintertime activities; some will have you playing outside while others will help get you into the Holiday spirit.  Below are my five recommendations for winter fun in Cleveland.

The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation (photo from www.clemetparks.com)

Tobogganing at the Chalet in the Mill Stream Run Reservation – Remember how much fun it was to go sled riding when you were young?  Channel your inner child this winter and go Tobogganing in the Cleveland Metroparks.  The Chalet has two 1,000-foot refrigerated ice chutes that can operate with or without snow and are open from the end of November to the middle of March.

Snowshoeing at Penitentiary Glen Reservation – Lake Metroparks offers nearly 7 miles of snowshoeing trails for guests to explore.  Beginners can start with the Peppermint Trail, a short quarter-mile loop.  Snowshoes can be rented by the hour or by the day, and rental is available daily from the middle of November through early March.

Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Rink at Wade Oval – There is something about ice skating outdoors that makes it even more enjoyable.  This winter, get the full ice skating experience at the outdoor Rink at Wade Oval.  Admission is FREE and Skate Rental (if needed) is only $3 per person.  The Rink is open from the end of November through the middle of February.

Lolly the Trolley Holiday Tours – Riding through Cleveland on Lolly the Trolley is a great way to see the city.  Add Christmas lights and decorations to the mix and you have a truly unique and memorable experience.  During the month of December, there are a number of Special Holiday Tours including: A Christmas Story House Tours, Silver Bells Plus Tours and Family Fun Night Tours.

2012 Glow at the Garden (photo from www.cbgarden.org)

Glow at the Garden – While visiting The Cleveland Botanical Gardens is always a great option, it is especially enjoyable during the holiday season.  From late November through the end of December guests can view the decorated trees and gingerbread houses while listening to Christmas music, ride on the garden express train, decorate their own gingerbread houses, and do some holiday shopping at the gift shop.

Those are just some of the events and activities that make winter in Cleveland fun.  Leave a comment below and let us know some of your favorite wintertime activities in Cleveland. 

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  1. Snowboarding at Boston Mills/Brandywine and participating in winter trail races!

  2. Between running and riding on the trails in Mill Stream, I have passed Chalet 100x’s. I should go tobogganing this year, I have always wanted to try it! Snow shoeing sounds different too! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Those ice chutes sounds amazing! I’d love to try that!

  4. Thank you for the great ideas. I have a bunch of grandchildren coming in for Christmas and look forward to trying some ice skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing!

  5. It’s a holiday tradition to go to the Botanical Gardens while the gingerbread displays are up. I just love it! One of these years, I’m going to submit one for the competition. Tobaggining has been on my list for a long time and this winter (provided we have snow!) I’m going to cross it off. It sounds like so much fun.

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  7. The little hills in the valley are perfect for sledding, building snowmen and making angels. The most fun we have had is building monstrous, upside down, snowmen and seeing which one of us it falls on – then off to the big fireplaces at PJ’s, Stone Mad or the old Sullivan’s to dry off.

  8. Thanks again for the swapping posts with me today!

  9. I was wondering if anyone had any resources for a single mom with three boys needing help with Christmas presents. Please feel free to call me 216-682-5978
    Anything is appreciated. Debra Lightfoot 11321 Linnet ave cleveland! Ohio 44111

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