Take advantage of all the natural beauty and romance Ohio’s winter season offers by packing your bags for a getaway with your special someone or a family outing. Whether your preferences include woodsy hikes, snuggling by the fire or a rollicking toboggan run, start your travel planning at Ohio.org.
• Winter events
Bird in Hand, through Feb. 24
Become one with nature at Beech Creek Gardens’ annual Bird in Hand in Alliance. Explore the outdoors and hand-feed wild chickadees. Your little ones will love the “Play-viary” filled with a variety of both fun and educational activities, and all can enjoy an outdoor fire, hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows.
Family Day at Snow Trails, Feb. 3
Bundle up and enjoy discounted family fun at Snow Trails in Mansfield. Catch a ride on the ski lift, try your hand at skiing, or snow tube with the entire family. Save on everything from group lessons to rentals at this all-day event.
WinterFest, Feb. 8-9
Both you and your little ones will enjoy Bowling Green’s annual WinterFest. Featuring everything from an ice garden and carving demos to a Winter Market, live entertainment, snacks and carriage rides. Get ready for a great two days of festivities.
A time-honored tradition, Ohio does sledding like nowhere else. With snowy weather on the horizon, now is the perfect time to grab your sled, a toboggan, a tube, and your family. This will be a winter to remember.
Snow Trails Ski Resort
A favorite tubing spot and Ohio’s oldest ski resort, Snow Trails serves the Mansfield area with 1,100 long tubing lanes and a cozy lodge to grab a bite to eat. The best part? You don’t have to carry your tubes back up the hill. Conveyer belts make it easy for even your little ones to go up and down the hills with ease.
Visit www.snowtrails.com for more information.
Avalanche Tubing Park
About 600 tubes ensure that no matter the crowd, you and your family can find a tubing seat. These grades are perfect for all ages and don’t have height requirements. Join a group of friends at the park’s premier concert and event venue, The Loft Bar and enjoy occasional national music acts and a huge beer selection.
Visit www.skimadriver.com/avalanche-tubing-park/ for more.
Ohio State Parks
Find sledding all over the state, like known favorite Punderson State Park, which provides a slight grade lighted sledding hill along with a winter sports chalet. Check out their website for a complete list of all parks that have a designated sledding hill — just make sure to bring your own equipment.
Visit http://ohiodnr.gov for the best sledding locations by park.
The Beach Mountain
Usually a summer attraction, the Beach Waterpark doubles a tubing location in the winter. Just north of Cincinnati, this park is beloved by local families and can accommodate small children.
Visit cincinnatiusa.com for more information.
The Chalet in Mill Stream Run
With or without snow, the Chalet runs through March and offers a perfect experience for thrill-seekers. The twin, 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes can accommodate a small group or a single person, so challenge your friends to take the plunge.
Visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com for more.
Wright Memorial Park
With excellent access and plenty of parking, the designated sledding area offers trails that range from bumpy to perfectly smooth. About 700-800 feet, this 40-degree hill is also situated in perfect proximity to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park. You can also visit cultural and historical centers that detail Wilbur and Orville Wright’s journey through aviation.
Visit www.nps.gov/daav for more.