When the temperatures dip below freezing and you’re tempted to stay inside, gather up your family and hit the road to experience winter in Iowa. You haven’t lived until you see how beautiful this state looks all wrapped in white. While we are so lucky to live in the Hawkeye State any time of year, step into some of these adventures this season.
Do you have a favorite memory of winter in Iowa to share? If so, please leave a comment below. Also, check out 11 of the coziest winter retreats you can find in Iowa. One featured place, Adams Street Country Lodge, has been reviewed on Tripadvisor.
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Carolyn Harmon|December 01, 2023
What are some of the best winter attractions in Iowa?
Skiing at Seven Oaks Recreation (Boone): The ski and snowboarding season starts in late November at this winter wonderland. If you lack the proper equipment, don't worry. The staff offers 600 ski rentals, 200 snowboard rentals, and 100 snow tubes for folks of all sizes. From beginner to pro, the slopes feature 11 runs with a space just for beginners and a four-chute snow tube park. The two triple chairlifts and two surface lifts keep the flow going. And tuck inside the Lodge at Seven Oaks for some hot cocoa, sandwiches, and the Coal Creek Lounge.
Ice fishing at Storm Lake (Storm Lake): Anglers from all over visit Storm Lake, making it one of Iowa’s top ice-fishing lakes in Iowa. And if this is your first time for this frigid sport, check out the Iowa DNR’s Introduction to Ice FishingGuide. Storm Lake is also a popular place for cross-country skiing. A trail map containing some rules and advice gives an idea of what to expect.
A sleigh ride at Jester Park Equestrian Center (Granger): On several dates every December, the staff here hooks up their draft horse team to a wagon or sleigh for a lovely 30-minute ride through the park. The snow is critical for sleigh rides, which require at least 6 inches of packed snow. Without enough snow, the wagon rides take place that also provide a picturesque view of the wintry landscape.