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How to Enjoy the Wintry Outdoors in Ohio

Living in Ohio, you either love or dread wintertime. Like it or not, the snow will fall, so make the most of it by scheduling a weekend road trip or starting a new family tradition. Here are our favorite outdoor activities to explore in Ohio this winter:

Children skiing together on snow covered hill
Hit the slopes

Ohio’s ski resorts offer winter thrills for the whole family. The little and less coordinated can enjoy the slopes by tubing, while adventure seekers can ski and snowboard. Ohio has some great trails in our backyard including Mad River Mountain (Bellefontaine, Ohio) and Snow Trails (Mansfield, Ohio).

Parents and child wearing cold weather gear and walking on a snow covered path
Take a hike

Plan a weekend getaway to Hocking Hills (Logan, Ohio) and enjoy hiking through the wondrous ice and snow-covered woods. After a long hike, you can plan a relaxing evening in a quiet cabin and enjoy a warm hot tub beneath the winter sky.

Or create your own winter hiking adventure at a local trail like the Marion Tallgrass Trail (Marion, Ohio) and be sure to pack plenty of warmers and a thermos of hot chocolate!

Couple and two children sitting on sled on snow covered hill
Sled in the snow

Sledding is the perfect impromptu winter activity for school cancellation days or beating the winter blues. Purchase sleds for the family and have them ready for that first big snowfall. You can even take a road trip around town and create a sledding bucket list of locations to try this winter.

Every try tobogganing? The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation (Cleveland, Ohio) offers 700-feet of fun through refrigerated ice chutes all winter long come snow or sun.

Young child smiling while an adult puts an ice skate on their foot
Ice-skate outside

Find an outdoor ice-rink to take the family on a winter day. Dayton’s MetroParks Ice Rinks (Dayton, Ohio) offers leisurely ice-skating activities for the whole family through February. You can even try out broomball and curling!

Two penguins in the snow at the zoo
Walk through the wilds

The penguins will still waddle and the manatees will still wade all winter long at Ohio’s five zoos (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo). Members can receive discounted tickets at all Ohio zoos so you can plan a visit to a neighboring zoo as well.

The Winter at The Wilds Tours offers an unforgettable opportunity to see the animals up-close and in their winter housing.