Top 10 Things To Do in Ohio When it Snows
By Meg Berno

Top 10 Things To Do in Ohio When it Snows

Embrace winter in Ohio with these must-do activities.

Toboggan Chutes in Strongsville

Snow fall doesn’t have to mean hibernation while you’re traveling in Ohio. Tackle the slopes by skiing or snowboarding, reach ultimate speeds while sledding or hike through beautiful winter wonderlands – all on an outdoor adventure in Ohio. The snow is sure to bring you and your family endless fun this winter season!

Hit the Slopes

Nothing beats the thrill of carving out your path while skiing in Ohio. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes by skis or snowboard this season. Check out the Meadow Trail at Alpine Valley in Chesterland or challenge yourself on the Alpine Trail at Snow Trails near Mansfield for a glimpse of a snow-covered wonderland.

Click here to find out more about skiing in Ohio.

Skate Away

It’s a picturesque scene – a glittering frozen pond surrounded by a blanket of bright, pristine snow. Sharpen your skates and glide across the ice (or try your best to) at Coffman Park in Dublin or Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Akron’s outdoor ice rink where you’ll find the unique experience of bumper cars – on ice!

Hike to New Heights

Snow days are some of the best times to get out and explore Ohio’s 75 state parks. Explore winter wonderlands with help from ODNR. With organized group hikes and other winter activities, you’re sure to be motivated to get out and get active this winter. One of our annual favorites includes the Sweethearts Hike at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills taking place in February.

Click here for a list of organized hikes.

Sled Downhill

Nothing says winter in Ohio more than tackling the highest sledding hills around! Feel the cold winter wind breeze through your hair as you rush down the snow-laden hill at Westlake Recreation Center Park or Fairfield’s Harbin Park. Feeling adventurous? Catch the varying heights of three different sledding hills at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

See Wildlife in a New Light on a Winter Safari

Take a snow day adventuring to the next level this season on a wintery safari at Winter at the Wilds. Get a behind-the-scenes look at many of the animals and learn more about their winter activities. You’ll even get an opportunity to see the baby rhinos and giraffes!

Click here to learn more.

Try Out a New Pair of (Snowy) Kicks

Watch your surroundings sparkle as you snowshoe throughout beautiful winter scenery at Milan Towpath Metro Park. Once an early canal and railway, this park is the perfect spot for both outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. Or head to Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can rent your own snowshoes for free!

Check the ODNR website for more locations perfect for your next adventure.

Reel In a Catch

When the ice is solid, many head to lakes around the state to try their luck at ice fishing. Ohio offers plenty of ice fishing spots, including Atwood Lake in Mineral City, Deer Creek Lake in Mount Sterling, Indian Lake in Lakeview and Lake Erie. Before you head out, be sure to check the conditions and have a valid fishing license.

Click here for ODNR’s tips, tricks and important things to remember when ice fishing in Ohio.

Chute for the Stars

Hold on tight as you speed down-hill on the icy, 700-foot toboggan chutes in Strongsville. The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation is the perfect place for your next snowy adventure. While no snow is technically required, a little dusting can make for a gorgeous thrill. Be sure to come back in the fall for seasonal hay rides and concessions.

Ride through the Wilderness

Snowy country-sides make for scenic train rides and Ohio is rich in railways with gorgeous routes. Head to Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can travel back in time as you board one of their new Zephyr Cars, first made back in the 1940’s.

Find A Fest

Ohio celebrates the snowy season with dozens of winter-fests bound to keep you out and about during your trip. Watch in awe as ice carvers shape chilly creations at Mohican Winterfest. Or wonder at over 25 ice sculptures at the Logan Frozen Lake Festival on January 18th. Tired of the cold? Get your flex on at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus March 5 – 8. Ohio has a fest for whatever sparks your interest this snowy season.

For more can’t miss events this #WinterInOhio, check out #OhioFindItHere at

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.