Wisconsin Winters Bring Indoor and Outdoor Fun

Outdoor fun in Wisconsin doesn’t stop when the flurries start falling. In fact, many would say that’s when the good times really get rolling. Whether you’re a snow bunny or you prefer to stay cozy indoors, these Wisconsin destinations have something for you this season.

Spend a day downtown practicing your figure eights amidst the bustle of the city at Red Arrow Park. The “Slice of Ice” free outdoor ice-skating rink even has a warming house offering skate rentals and a café. Once you’ve mastered the half axel (or at least managed to stay upright for a loop or two), warm up with a show at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to fabulous shows year round from Broadway performance to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Eau Claire
Strap on your cross-country skis, grab your snowshoes, or rev up your snowmobile and tackle the Chippewa River State Trail. Enjoy the trail’s variety of landscapes from river bottoms to prairies to bluffs.

If winter sports aren’t your style, try out the indoor climbing wall and ropes course at UW Eau Claire, open Sundays through Thursdays. The 28 foot high wall is great for all skill levels.


Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Step back in time at the Hearthstone Historic House Museum.

You’re never too old for sledding. Luckily, Plamann Park has two levels of sledding hills to fly down – a large one for the big kids (or those still young at heart), and a smaller hill for the younger bunch. The park is also home to 3.5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Once you’ve spent a few hours in the great outdoors, head indoors to the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, a beautiful Victorian landmark that was the first home ever lit by a hydroelectric central station based on Thomas Edison’s system. This step back in time will leave you with a real appreciation for modern conveniences.

If you’re eager for more ways to enjoy Wisconsin’s winter wonderland, we’ve got everything you need in our winter sports directory and all the snow details in our snow conditions report. Want more arts and culture options? We’ve got you covered there, too.

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