Frozen in Cleveland: The Engage! Winter Bucket List

West Side Market Have you declared hibernation in the past few weeks? Well, you’re not alone. Winter in Cleveland can be brutal, but it can also be an adventure.

Don't resort to the couch on a cold Saturday afternoon. Check out Engage! Cleveland’s list of favorite winter activities, and create your very own "staycation" here in Northeast Ohio.

Frozen in Cleveland: Top 10 Winter Activities 

  1. Begin by brunching. Cleveland is known for it’s homegrown diners—especially when it comes to brunch. A few fan favorites include The South Side in Tremont (heads up: Sunday only), Sweet Melissa in Rocky River, Grumpy’s Café also located in Tremont, and XYZ The Tavern in Gordon Square.
  2. Grocery shop at the West Side Market. Established in 1840, the West Side Market in Ohio City offers cuisine from more than 100 local vendors. You can roam the aisles for your weekly groceries, or buy treats for eating on the spot. Choose from produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, seafood, among others. Check out the full list of options.
  3. Appease your dramatic side with a night of theatre at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Upcoming shows include Five Guys Named Moe, The Musical Box and Dirty Dancing. Visit the events calendar to view your options.
  4. Get outside and get active. Bundle up and play in the snow at Cleveland Metroparks’ toboggan chutes. Or, lace up your boots for a winter hike.
  5. Take a tour at Great Lakes Brewery. Check out the magic behind the tap with one of Great Lakes’ free brew tours. Or, become an unofficial taste tester for an evening to determine your favorite brew.
  6. Go creative with glass blowing. The Glass Bubble Project offers one-on-one or group classes. Not sure what you’re doing? Try Glass Art 101.
  7. Try something foreign. Namely, Cleveland’s new German microbrewery, Hofbräuhaus. The menu and atmosphere replicate an authentic Oktoberfest. See the menu for details.
  8. Experience culture. See the Cleveland Orchestra perform at one of the city’s historic buildings—Severance Hall. A recognized landmark, the orchestra has called Severance Hall home since 1931. Not feeling musical? Check out Cleveland Botanical Garden’s line-up of events and exhibits. The Garden’s will feature Orchid Mania in March and is also offering a HORTiculture class.
  9. Book date night at Capitol Theatre. Head over to Gordon Square for a movie at one of Cleveland’s longest-standing theatres. Capitol Theatre was established in 1921, and is now known for “…detailed wall murals, classically-inspired architecture, and a vaudeville stage.”
  10. Get jazzy at Nighttown. Soon celebrating its 50th birthday, Nighttown features music and performances by both local and out-of-town jazz musicians, as well as dining and private parties. Destination Cleveland says, “For 50 years, it has been a warm, welcoming hangout for locals and the most discriminating jazz lovers.”

Planning on exploring Cleveland with our bucket list? Tell us about your adventure, or post a picture using the hashtag #FrozenInCle.

And—something to look forward to in the summer months—you'll have a chance to experience all that our city has to offer at our upcoming YP Week. Mark your calendars for June 1 – 6.

Post written by Sandie Young

Image Credit via Flickr Creative Commons, Erik Drost