While the crisp Fall air can feel refreshing, some chilly days require indoor time. One too many movies-on-the-couch days will leave you craving something fun to do under the protection of a roof. The good news is that Cleveland is full of indoor oases that attract fun-seekers during all four seasons. Ranging from indoor mountain biking parks to quaint art galleries, this city does not disappoint when it comes to cold weather activities.
Here are some of the best indoor Fall activities for cold Cleveland days:
Learn something new at a museum.
Cleveland is packed with renowned museums featuring famous art pieces, memorabilia, and fossils. Learn about our planet’s past at the Museum of Natural History or brush up on your art history at the Cleveland Museum of Art. More quirky options exclusive to the Cleveland area include A Christmas Story House and Museum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. No matter which museum you choose, you are sure to learn something interesting that you can pass along at your next dinner party.
Try your hand at bowling.
Whether you make consistent strikes or need the bumpers up, bowling can be a great way to escape from the nippy air and enjoy some friendly competition with loved ones. Some favorite Cleveland bowling alleys include The Corner Alley Downtown, Southland Lanes, and Yorktown Lanes. Most bowling alleys offer refreshments and some, like The Corner Alley Downtown, even host sporting events on ultra high-def TVs so you can watch as you play.
Taste some fresh beer.
Warm up with some fresh beer from one of the many Cleveland breweries. Most have indoor and outdoor areas so even if you prefer the chilly outdoors, you have access to a warmer alternative. Schedule a tour or simply drop by for beers on tap and a bite to eat. Local favorites include Great Lakes Brewing, Market Garden Brewery, and Platform Beer Co. After a few beers, you’ll hardly notice the Fall temperature.
Test your luck at the Hard Rock Rocksino.
Gambling and gaming provide the perfect escape from chilly weather because there are many exciting activities under one roof. A popular favorite is the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park. Guests can test their luck with over 2,300 games, see a live show, lounge at Club Velvet Bar, and indulge in a meal from Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill all without leaving the Rocksino. With so much to do, it’s easy for Clevelanders to spend an entire day having fun, sheltered from the cold.
Meander through an art gallery.
Cleveland hosts a unique mix of traditional art galleries and smaller, eclectic collections of work. The Galleries at Cleveland State University feature a rotating mix of artworks that are free to view year round. The Galleries also host shows and exhibitions that bring the works to life. Other options for appreciating works of art include Paul Duda Gallery, Spaces, The W Gallery, and Glass Bubble Project. Take your time appreciating each piece of work as you enjoy the escape from the cold.
Feeling antsy? If you’re used to getting outside and being active, it can be hard to adjust when the temperatures drop. Fortunately, Cleveland is full of indoor sporting activities that you can take part in to release your jitters and maintain your physique. Local athletes frequent Brookpark Skateland for roller skating, Serpentini Arena for ice skating, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and Ray’s Indoor Mountain Biking Park. If you prefer to watch from the sidelines, join the loyal Cavaliers fans at a basketball game.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
If you’re looking for some physically mellow indoor Fall activities, a show may be the best route to take. From the Cleveland Ballet to Broadway shows, there’s no shortage of entertainment in Cleveland, especially at Playhouse Square. The Playhouse Square event calendar is packed with dazzling shows that are perfect for those looking for simultaneous entertainment and shelter from the rain and cold winds of Fall. Another great venue for entertainment is Hard Rock Rocksino. Sporting event viewing parties, comedy shows, and live music fill up the Rocksino event calendar, providing guests with a variety of options based on their interests.
The colder months in Cleveland call for a balance of embracing the dropping temperatures outdoors and finding warmth indoors. Whether you like to stay active or lay low, the city has plenty to offer its residents and guests. On any chilly day, you can find Clevelanders getting lucky at Hard Rock Rocksino, perusing through an art gallery, or cheering on the Cavaliers. With so many indoor activities in Cleveland, it’s hard to feel cooped up during the Fall and Winter months.