If you’re looking for a winter activity suitable for all ages, give curling a try. Players slide granite stones down a sheet of ice toward a target and score points based on how close it gets. Whether you’re a curling veteran or completely new to the sport, here are three places to curl in Cleveland.
Cleveland Skating Club
This athletic club provides an open-skating facility for all to enjoy the sport, as well as other activities such as tennis, swimming and more. “Most curling clubs in the U.S. are standalone clubs, where we’re not. We’re a piece of the larger skating club,” says curling chair David Canaday. “So, if you’re a member of the Cleveland Skating Club, curling basically can just be a part of that potpourri of activities that you do at the skating club.” 2500 Kemper Road, Cleveland, 216-791-2800, clevelandskatingclub.org
Mayfield Curling Club
While some facilities allow other ice sports to use the rink, that is not the case here. This club is the only dedicated curling facility in Northeast Ohio. It also brought in an ice system from Germany, which provides the systems for the Olympics and national competitions. “We decided we wanted the best ice,” says president Sue Frankel. “We’re going to have the best ice in Northeast Ohio, if not in the Great Lakes region.” 23103 Miles Road, Warrensville Heights, 216-510-6001, mayfieldcurling.com
Platform Beer Co.
The curling court here takes up a small portion of The Lot, located only a few steps away from the brewery, with a synthetic year-round ice rink. The stones were made specifically for the court and do not require any sweeping. Instead, they rely solely on the momentum of the player. “We wanted to do something that people would still want to come out during the winter,” says brand manager Mark Frabotta. 4157 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-202-1386, platformbeer.co/curling-league