Things to Do in Ohio During the Winter

Things to Do in Ohio During the Winter
Things to Do in Ohio During the Winter
Ohio has a population of more than 11 million people and an average temperature of 30 to 40 degrees F on most winter days. Although it may be freezing and blustery, there is no shortage of things to do in this state during the colder months. Ohio offers a variety of large and small scale events in larger cities and small towns alike. From world-class museums to scenic driving tours, Ohio has a number of activities that are sure to please visitors and locals.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland hosts exhibits that trace the history of rock through its blue grass roots up to contemporary artists. Fans participate in educational programs, watch performances and view artifacts owned by artists, such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Except on major holidays, the museum operates most days from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
751 Erieside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 781-ROCK

PNC Festival of Lights

Families visit the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden for the largest holiday light display in southwestern Ohio. Festival-goers enjoy displays covered in 2.5 million lights, carolers, train rides and hot chocolate. The event kicks off before Thanksgiving and doesn't wind down until after Christmas. Admission is free for zoo members nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 281-4700

National Museum of the United States Air Force

It may be cold outdoors, but you can let your imagination soar indoors at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. The museum, which also houses the National Aviation Hall of Fame, earns the designation as the top attraction in Ohio with more than 1.3 million visitors per year. If you plan to go, wear comfy shoes as the museum displays more than 400 aerospace vehicles amid 17 acres of exhibit space. The exhibits range from early military aircraft to Cold War bombers and modern spacecraft. The museum operates daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of holidays and admission is free.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(937) 255-3286

Maple Madness Tour

Find a sweet reprieve in Ohio during winter with the March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself-Tour. On two weekends in March, more than 20 sugar houses throughout Geauga County in northeastern Ohio open their doors to the public. Visitors learn about maple syrup production or buy maple candy and stirs. Admission to the sugar farms is free. If you plan to go, wear boots and outdoor clothing. Note Amish farms are open on Saturdays only and cameras are not allowed.

Geauga County Tourism Council
14907 N. State Rd., P.O. Box 846
Middlefield, OH 44062
(800) 775-8687

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Renee Vians has been writing online since 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism and language arts certification from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her articles have appeared on various websites.
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