2016 Winter fun! Here’s a list of family-friendly fun to beat cabin fever

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CLEVELAND – Wintertime has arrived on the North Coast and with it comes all sorts of fun activities. Starting with world class museums and moving on to the beauty of a Northeast Ohio winter, there’s lots to do, indoors and outdoors.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite winter activities. Whichever ones you choose, we hope you have fun!

And if you happen to have a favorite family activity that you don’t see listed, email us the information at adomeck@fox8.com. Please be sure to include the name of the activity, the specific location with address, times and dates and a website if there is one.

CLEVELAND AQUARIUM
Head downtown to go under the sea: get up close with a stingray or catch a dive show.
Click here for general hours and admissions information.

CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Botanical Garden is the perfect place to escape the cold and snow!
Click here for their general hours and admission information.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
Admission to our world-famous art museum’s general collections is free.
Click here for hours and admissions information.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
A great place for families and children!
Click here for hours and admission information.

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA 
Spend and evening or an afternoon with our world-renowned musicians at Severance Hall.
Click here for concert times and prices.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING 
Click here for Cleveland Metroparks’ lesson, rental and specific location information
Click here for Lake Metroparks’ cross country ski information
Click here for the Summit County Metroparks’ cross country ski information

CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
Hop a train to chase away the winter blues.
Click here for the schedule of rides.

HIKING
Click here for Lake Metroparks’ hiking trail information
Click here for Cleveland Metroparks’ hiking trail information
Click here for Summit Metroparks’ hiking information

ICE SKATING
The Rink at Wade Oval
Wade Oval at 10820 East Boulevard
November 27 – March 6 (weather permitting)
Click here for operating times and special events
Click here for Summit Metroparks’ ice skating information

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Head down to Canton, where football reigns supreme. The hall has lots of interactive exhibits and of course, the actual Hall of Fame itself.
Click here for admission info and hours.

SKIING (DOWNHILL)
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Area: click here for conditions and hours
Alpine Valley: click here for conditions and hours

SLEDDING
various locations throughout the area
Click here for Cleveland Metroparks sled hill information
Click here for Lake Metroparks sledding information
Click here for Summit Metroparks sledding information

TOBOGGAN CHUTES AT MILL STREAM RUN RESERVATION
Valley Parkway, Strongsville
Through March 6
Click here for operating hours and information

WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A great museum to take a look back at the history of our area: do not miss the Euclid Beach Park grand carousel – fully restored and on full display.
Click here for the society’s hours and admission rates.

WEST SIDE MARKET
Food shopping has never been this entertaining. Wander through the produce stands, check out the bakery offerings, sample the popcorn. And bring home dinner!
Click here for operating hours.

ZOOS
Cleveland Metroparks’ Zoo and Rainforest
Open every day, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. except for Christmas and New Year’s
Click here for information on zoo hours and admission
Click here for winter activities at the zoo

Akron Zoo
November – March, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Click here for hours and admission information
Click here for a list of specific zoo events and programs

Do you have a favorite wintertime activity? Mail the information (name of activity, location, time and website info) to adomeck@fox8.com.

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