WISCONSIN — Winter can mean cold air and snowy ground, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside.
There are many outdoor events and activities taking place in Wisconsin this winter season.
Here are just a few of them.
Now that the ground is frozen, many places offer ice skating, with skates available for rental at the respective places.
Ice skating is available all winter at Hy-Vee Plaza. Passes and skate rentals are available in the Admissions building, which is adjacent to Ariens Hill. Whether you bring your own skates or rent them, you must pay the entrance fee, which is $8 daily, $3 on community nights, and $15 on game day. Packages are also available.
More information can be found here.
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Enjoy the sights of downtown on skates at Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park. It costs $10 to rent skates for those under 18, $8 for those under 17, and $6 for sharpening. In January and February you can visit the ice rink Monday to Thursday from 11:00 to 20:00, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00. However, rentals sometimes start later than the ice rink opens. Check opening hours and find more information here.
The Edgewater Ice Rink in Madison is complete with surrounding fire pits and a pizza restaurant. Keep an eye on the website for special skate nights. It is open Wednesday to Friday from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. It is recommended to purchase tickets for a 60 minute time slot before setting off.
Green Bay area
In addition to ice skating, Titletown also offers tubing on Ariens Hill. It’s $8 for daily unlimited tubing, $4 for a single ride, $3 on community nights, and $10 on game day (single ride only).
Rock Snowpark in Franklin offers weekday and weekend tubing. During the week tickets start at $20, while on weekends they start at $25 for a two-hour experience. Glow tubing is one of the unique features of this hill. When the lights go out on select Saturdays in January, the hilltop is illuminated with colored lights and music. That starts at $35.
Although Sunburst ski area is just outside of Milwaukee, it has over 40 slides, a 30-foot drop, and speeds up to 30 miles per hour. It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 3pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9.30am to 9.30pm and Sunday from 9.30am to 7pm. It’s $20 all day Tuesday through Thursday and $25 for two hours on weekends. More information can be found here.
Cascade Mountain in Portage is one of the larger, closer ski slopes in the area for tubing. With a snowy 900 foot track, it’s sure to be an exhilarating, exhilarating ride. However, to ride down this hill, you must prepay for a specific time slot. On non-peak days, it’s $35 for kids under 7 and $19 for kids under 6. On peak days, it’s $40 for kids under 7 and $23 for kids under 6. A full list of opening hours can be found on their website.
Most of these places also offer snowboarding, skiing and other fun winter activities.
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From January 7, 2023 to February 25, 2023, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host several candlelight events in parks throughout Badger State.
“Candlelight activities are a great way to see the parks in a different light. This year we encourage you to invite someone to a candlelight event in 2023 if they have never been there or neither of you have been there before,” said Steve Schmelzer, director of Parks and Recreation Management.
These hikes are free to inexpensive for participants and start around sunset. Most require a Wisconsin State Park 2023 admission fee or a State Trail Pass to get to the event.
Whether hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, there are many ways to enjoy the candlelight events. Many of the events also include bonfires, hot chocolate, cider and other refreshments.
Here is the full list of events:
- Point Beach State Forest Candlelight Ski
- Candlelit hike through Horicon Marsh
- Candlelight Night on the Stower-7 Lakes State Trail: XC Ski, Hike, Snowshoe, Fat Bike
- Rib Mountain State Park Candlelit Snowshoe Hike
- Brule River State Forest Ski and Hike by Candlelight
- Black River State Forest Ski/hike/snowshoe by candlelight
- Interstate Park Candlelight Night
- Pike Lake Ski & Hike by Candlelight
Further information on the individual events can be found in the events calendar of the DNR.