By Jonathan Eckelberg
If playing in the Wisconsin snow is pleasing to you, we've got some of the most fun frosty destinations for you to get your winter fix...and they're full of beauty too. Get out there and explore before the snow is gone.
1. Snow tubing at Cascade
A great activity for the whole family, Cascade Mountain in Portage offers up a 900' chute to glide down on a tube. Fear not. There's no need to walk back up the hill. Hop on the magic carpet ride back to the top, with tube in tow.
2. Merrill Sled Dog Race
See something impressive and adorable at the same time. Head to Merrill for their annual Winterfest Sled Dog Race. There's skijoring, kiddie and celebrity races too. Grab a spot on the sidelines and gaze on as 100 mushers and their dog teams rush by.
3. Snowshoe Nine Mile
4. Ice Fish Lake Winnebago
The largest inland lake in Wisconsin is home to species like walleye, perch, white bass and sturgeon. The lake sturgeon population here is rated as one of the finest in the country. Celebrate this big fish with a visit to the Sturgeon Spectacular!
5. Ice Skating at The Edgewater
Right in the heart of Madison, is a prime ice skating spot along the shores of Lake Mendota. The Edgewater's 4000-square-foot ice rink also sits in the shadow of the State Capitol, so the views you have no matter which way you spin are extraordinary.
6. Board a Snow Train
Wisconsin is home to various snow trains, all with their unique and exemplary twists. The Mid-Continent Railway Snow Train in North Freedom will take you through the winter wonderland of Sauk County. The train cars are kept warm with the old tradition of steam heating and coal-burning stoves, so no worries about being chilly!
7. Be Mystified by the Ice Caves
If conditions permit them to be accessible by foot, explore an ice cave this winter. Yes, we said ice caves and, no, it’s not the standard winter island experience, but that’s why more than 135,000 people visit the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in a year. The cold won’t take your breath away if you’re bundled up, but Mother Nature’s artistry will.
Be sure to keep an eye on the ever-changing winter conditions of the caves, and fingers crossed for a freeze over this year!