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Fun & Cozy Things to Do in Cleveland in the Winter

By: Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic / 15 Feb 2019
Fun & Cozy Things to Do in Cleveland in the Winter

Fun Things to Do in Cleveland in the Winter: Relax, Play & Explore

Shake off the chill this winter and discover a city of endless diversions, no matter what the temperatures are outside. Find world-renowned museums and off-the-beaten-path surprises. Embrace the outdoors or stay warm inside. Discover multi-sensory experiences, from railroads and toboggan rides to saunas and room service. Make your winter one to remember with all of the unique things to do in Cleveland!

Be Inspired by Creative Geniuses at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission at this world-class museum, one of the most prominent collections in America. Located in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, it features a wide variety of artwork including French Impressionism, medieval armor, and Asian works. There's also a great gift shop and a relaxing café when you need a break during the day.

Gaze Up at a 23-Foot-Tall Money Tree at Cleveland's Money Museum

Situated inside the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank in downtown, this unique museum features 25 exhibits on the history of money, the lifecycle of American currency, and its role in our culture. Its highlight is a 23-foot-tall money tree that's made out of real, out-of-circulation bills.

Chug Across the Winter Landscape on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Travel through the peaceful Ohio countryside on this 3.5-hour train trip that runs between Independence and Akron, Ohio. You can stop to get out and explore at Rockside Station, Peninsula Depot and Akron Northside Station. Special trips happen frequently, including farm explorers, beer tastings, and wine-themed trips.

Stay In & Savor a Delightful Dinner in Your PJs with In-Room Dining

Sometimes you just want to stay in and chill out. Find a good movie on TV and order in-room dining. How about a house-made calzone, some penne pasta with meatballs, or a grilled strip steak and a glass of red wine? Be sure to save room for dessert like the warm jumbo chocolate chip cookie with ice cream.

Warm Up in a Tropical Oasis at Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

Discover a unique collection of succulents, cacti, and flowers at this hidden-gem garden. Orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical flowers bloom throughout the year – and the greenhouse is rarely crowded in the winter. It's also free year-round.

Fly Down the Hill at the Strongsville Toboggan Chutes

Are you up for a thrill? Kids of all ages love this high-speed, twin toboggan chutes that run 700 feet down the hill. Located at The Chalet on the Mill Street, they take sledding to a whole new level.

Enjoy Free Concerts at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Students from this four-year music school go on to join the most prominent symphonies in the country, including the Cleveland Orchestra. Choose from over 500 concerts each year, most of them free. Performers are usually students, faculty, or alumni of the school, but outside artists (like Yo Yo Ma) do make appearances now and again.

See Amelia Earhart's Flight Suit at the International Women's Air & Space Museum

Small but powerful, this downtown museum is located inside the lobby of the Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland. Along with Amelia Earhart's flight suit, you can see exhibits on the all-women space corps Mercury 13 plus several early aircraft owned by female aviators.

Take a Carriage Ride in Downtown Cleveland with Your Sweetie

Ready for a little romance? Ambling around the sparkling streets of downtown Cleveland on a cold winter evening will inspire snuggling and shared sips of hot apple cider. Tour the sites and cozy up on an old-fashioned city tour. Carriage rides leave from Public Square.

Marvel at Magnificent Dinosaurs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

You could spend a whole lifetime exploring this museum's magnificent collection, which includes specimens of paleontology, zoology, archaeology, mineralogy, and ornithology. You can't miss the Stegosaurus model on the lawn or the new Tyrannosaurus skeleton on display.

Play Pinball at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

One of the newest exhibits at Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball. Your admission ticket to the Hall of Fame comes with special tokens that you can use to play the vintage machines (and you can also purchase more). Pinball machines feature musical themes including KISS, Guns 'n' Roses, Alice Cooper, Dolly Parton, The Who, and Elton John.

Soak Away Stress in the Sauna After a Relaxing Swim

When you've been out in the cold all day, nothing feels better than a hot sauna where you can sit and do nothing for a while. Sweat it all out and purify your body with the age-old practice of sauna at our hotel. Enjoy an invigorating swim beforehand to really get your circulation going.

Wake Up Your Winter with a Cool Cleveland City Break

Don't succumb to cabin fever this winter – awaken your senses with a well-timed break to the vibrant city of Cleveland. Located on the Cleveland Clinic campus, our hotel offers a great central location for exploring all the fun things to do in Cleveland in the winter. We're just 1 mile from the Cleveland Museum of Art and 4 miles from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning to start your day of adventures, along with appealing extras like an indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, and café. With unique package deals and special offers, we're the perfect home base for your winter getaway to Cleveland.

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