If you’re lucky enough to spend a winter or two in Ohio, you’ll fall in love with the scenery and the snow as long as you can get past the chill! Do you have a bucket list? What about a winter bucket list? I hope our Ohio Winter Bucket List gives you a few ideas!
It’s just not Christmas without a trip to the A Christmas Story House. It’s located directly across from the A Christmas Story Museum, which features props from the classic movie.
My Ohio Winter Trips
A few years ago, we took my Mom to the Butterfly Show for her birthday. Riley wasn’t sure what to think at first, but the butterflies grew on her after a while. I remember she wouldn’t even look at the camera because she was too distracted by all of the butterflies flying around!
The Butterfly Show isn’t the only reason to visit the Krohn Conservatory, though. They have events year round, including the live Nativity scene in December. You can always visit the various “houses”: Desert, Orchid, Tropical, Palm. Enjoy exotic plant displays and the famous rainforest waterfall, too!
Another place I visited in December was Downtown Wooster. If the cool name isn’t enough to get you to visit, let me give you a few more reasons: St. Paul Hotel, Broken Rocks Cafe, Local Roots, and more. Check out my entire post about my Wooster Ohio Visit.
One of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world, the Wilds at the Columbus Zoo is a 10,000 acre home to many endangered animals. You’ll see rhinos, zebras, cheetahs, and even giraffes roaming freely at The Wilds.
The Zoo has so much to offer! Any day in January where it’s 32 degrees or below, it’s declared a Polar Bear Day. How fun! Learn more about their winter events before heading out.
Of course I can’t mention zoos without talking about my hometown zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens! Through January 1, 2017 you can visit the PNC Festival of Lights. The whole family will love the lights and of course the animals.
Sneak in Some Learning
We love to sneak in fun that is also educational!
The Creation Museum is technically in Kentucky (you know how that goes), but earned its spot on our bucket list because it’s a state-of-the-art museum about Creation that allows you to experience Biblical history in an interactive way. There’s a planetarium, petting zoo, and more. What better way to learn about God than with hands on exhibits and fun?!
Free admission to a museum is pretty rare, so free admission to the Cleveland Museum of Art is an extra special treat. The atrium is worth the visit alone, but combined with the other exhibits you could definitely spend an entire day here. The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of those places that the whole family can enjoy!
On the subject of free and amazing museums, the Toledo Museum of Art is equally educational and fun! The exhibits here change frequently which means you can visit several times and never get bored. Again, fun for the whole family, especially the glass making demonstrations!
Equally as educational as the art museums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts related to Rock n Roll history.
The EnterTRAINment Junction is all about – you guessed it – trains! It’s not just a museum, it’s an indoor railroad-themed family entertainment center. The train display is 25,000 square feet, with more than two miles of track! The 90 trains depict every era of American railroading. It truly is one-of-a-kind!