Playing in the Wisconsin snow is an enchanting experience, and we've got some of the most sparkling, beautiful destinations for you to get your winter fix along with your friends and family. Get out there and enjoy these only-in-Wisconsin places.


1. Snow tubing at Cascade

A great activity for the whole family, Cascade Mountain in Portage offers up a 900-foot 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 in Merrill, home of the annual Winterfest Sled Dog Race. There's skijoring (skiers pulled by dogs), kiddie and celebrity races too. Grab a spot on the sidelines where you and the little ones can marvel at 100 mushers and their dog teams rushing by.


3. Snowshoe Nine Mile

Slip on snowshoes and hit the trails at Nine Mile Forest in Wausau for a heavily wooded blend of snowy, scenic views. A 4-mile trail is also available if you're looking for a shorter trek. Snowshoeing side-by-side with friends is our recipe for great winter memories.


4. Ice Fish Lake Winnebago

The largest inland lake in Wisconsin is home to a variety of species like walleye, perch, white bass and sturgeon, making it a prime spot for ice fishing. The lake sturgeon population here is rated as one of the finest in the country. Celebrate the big fish with a visit to the Sturgeon Spectacular, Fond du lac’s 3-day winter festival in February.


5. Ice Skating at The Edgewater

Right in the heart of Madison, The Edgewater hotel is a prime ice skating spot along the shores of Lake Mendota. This 4000-square-foot ice rink also sits in the shadow of the State Capitol, so the views you have while skating hand-in-hand are extraordinary.


6. Board a Snow Train

Wisconsin is home to various snow trains, all with their unique and exemplary twists. The East Troy Railroad Museum, for example, hosts holiday train rides in December. Purchase tickets in advance for your family, then enjoy getting into the holiday spirit while riding through a Wisconsin winter wonderland.


7. Be Mystified by the Ice Caves

Explore an ice cave this winter — fingers crossed. If conditions permit them to be accessible by foot, a truly mystifying experience, and that’s why we love visiting the Apostle Island National Lakeshore even in the heart of winter. 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!