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As winter rushes into Ohio, with long nights and cool temperatures, the Buckeye State becomes an exciting winter destination – and basketball tops the list. In Columbus, and surrounding central Ohio, natives go bonkers for the Buckeyes.
Join the crowds at Value City Arena to watch Ohio State's men's and women's teams battle the competitive Big Ten Conference – wear scarlet and grey and cheer them on as they battle for turn at the Big Dance in March. If college games aren't enough, head into downtown Cleveland and visit Quicken Loans Arena, home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Watch as the Cavs fight for the title.
In Cleveland, be sure to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – it's just down the street from Cleveland Browns Stadium. Outdoor winter fun is just 35 minutes from Cleveland, skiers can rip up the slopes at Big Creek Ski Area – it's "The only ski club in Ohio with its own hill." Explore the shores of Lake Erie this winter, or visit any of the charming and fun roadside attractions across the state.
Cincinnati, in the southwest corner of Ohio, is another basketball-crazy city. Join the excitement at Fifth Third Arena for the fast paced action of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats enjoy the show as the Bearcats slam and jam their way through the Big East Conference. Back in Columbus, hockey fans experience the rush of a Columbus Bluejackets game – visit the Nationwide Arena and cheer them on to victory.
Winter in Ohio is also the most ideal time to hit the open road on a drive tour. Check out the Northeast Ohio Wineries tour, the Lake Erie Shore Tour, Ohio & Erie Canalway Tour, or the Southwest Ohio Tour. And be sure to visit the First Ladies NHS, William Howard Taft NHS, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the James A. Garfield National Historical Park.