Illinois January 22, 2019
The Ultimate Illinois Winter Weekend Guide You Didn’t Know You Needed
Believe it or not, this time of year is actually ideal for fun trips and outdoor adventures. Use this winter weekend guide to help you get the most out of winter in Illinois.
If you like sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and skiing, this list is for you. Check it out:
1. Batavia Riverwalk
This is one riverwalk you can enjoy anytime of year. When temperatures get low enough, Depot Pond becomes the most amazing ice skating rink in the state. There is a flag that serves as a signal to guests for whether or not the ice is solid enough. If it's green you're good to go. Go on a weekend after it's been below freezing for a few days. Learn more about this winter attraction
2. Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
Any weekend that there is snow on the ground is a good time to visit this place. It features a 40-foot sledding hill that is good for hours of fun. Bring your own sleds or rent tubes at the Plum Creek Nature Center. Guests can also rent snowshoes from the center and explore five miles of trails. Ice skating and cross-country skiing are also available. Get more details
3. Northerly Island
Few people know that one of the most unique places to spend a winter weekend is this little-known island in Chicago. Enjoy fabulous views of the skyline and Lake Michigan while you easily walk across a snowy surface. Rent or buy your own snowshoes to enjoy this season in a whole new way.
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4. Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park & Wakeboard School
No winter weekend guide would be complete without some high-flying fun. Even if there is no actual snow, this place is a winter wonderland all season. Both snow tubing and skiing are popular here. Get more information about this popular spot
5. Snowstar Winter Park
Located along the Mississippi River around the Quad Cities, this winter sports attraction belongs on your bucket list. It has 15 trails, 11 snow tubing lanes, and a massive terrain park for free-styling. This place is open Friday through Sunday, making it the ultimate weekend adventure.
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6. Starved Rock State Park
This northern Illinois state park is the most popular in the Land of Lincoln due to its waterfalls, canyons, and other gorgeous views. During the winter, the waterfalls freeze and become ideal for ice climbing. You'll have to bring your own gear, and it is suggested that you sign in at the maintenance building. Even if you don't want to climb them, hiking to these frozen waterfalls is worth the trip just for the sights. Get more details about it
7. White Pines Ranch
Last but not least, our winter weekend guide takes you to a lovely farm with majestic horses. After a snowfall, the horseback rides offered here become even more magical. Tours lead you around the grounds as you sit atop your very own horse. Learn more about this place
Of course, if you’d rather forget that it’s winter, check out these
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What else belongs on this winter weekend guide? Share your favorite cold-weather activities with us below in the comments.