Obviously, I live in Florida. I am originally from up north and with the recent blizzard that hit the north-east, the longing for snow has hit our family like a hard, frozen chunk of ice. Alex saw snow when he was little, but we moved when he was 22 months old. Abbie has never seen snow except in movies or television, and in half of them it was animated or "fake" snow. We still have family up north (the majority of which are still in New York, but some through Pennsylvania and Ohio,) and seeing the photos of their kids making snow forts, igloos and snowmen is really making me miss it.. for the kids.
While checking my in-box and facebook today, I saw an article from Positively Cleveland promoting the winter activities in the Greater Cleveland area. You all know that I had such a blast last spring when I attended the media tour of the greater Cleveland area, and have been gushing about it ever since, but it was so super cool to watch this video and see Progressive Field in a different type of setting!
How much fun does that look like?! My kids would flip. Seriously, aside from needing an overdose of hot cocoa, I really think they could spend the whole day at the Cleveland Indians Snow Days sledding, skating and playing!
If that's not enough, Cleveland offers many fun outdoor activities during the winter from ice-skating in Cleveland's University Circle, to ice fishing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and even feeding the chickadees by hand at a variety of Cleveland Metroparks.
Now, I know that snow isn't as exciting for all of you northerners that have to shovel and de-ice everything that Mother Nature touches, but Cleveland has something for your needs, too. This mid-winter recess stay warm and pretend to be far-far away while you and your family catch Shrek the Musical or South Pacific, or one of the many shows offered in Playhouse Square.
Whatever you are in the mood to eat, there's a restaurant for that. Whether you want a thick, juicy steak, pasta, amazing pierogi or bratwurst, or something light, delicious or vegan, Cleveland has what you're looking for.
Catch up on your family fun time at any of the beautiful indoor waterparks like the gorgeous, African- themed Kalahari Resort & Spa, the cozy, Carribean inspired Castaway Bay, or the down to earth, eco-friendly Great Wolf Lodge. Water-slides, splash parks, and beautiful rooms make you feel as if you took off for your vacation half way around the world!
While you're in Sandusky, the horror-film lover in your family (or the person 10 and up who LOVES haunted houses!) can check out the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center. Spend the evening rollerskating, playing in the arcade, & experiencing an XD 3D movie that truly feels like you are "in" it.
You can still play tourist in the City of Cleveland and visit the great Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Ralphie's house from the movie "A Christmas Story," check out the "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen" exhibit at the Kent State University Fashion Museum, wander the halls of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, or the Cleveland Museum of Art, or stay and play for awhile at the Great Lakes Science Center.
No matter how you decide to do it, experiencing Cleveland Plus in the winter and creating memories like these means making your winter vacation something you and your family will never forget.
Please visit Positively Cleveland for more information on restaurants, hotels, museums or other tourism in the Greater Cleveland area.