Winter is coming. But hey, that doesn’t give you an excuse to sit home and binge watch Netflix (although that can be fun too). Even with those cold Wisconsin winters, there are plenty of fun things to do. Here are some unforgettable places in Wisconsin to visit this winter.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing
I've definitely felt like I was on a dogsled walking my crazy dog in the winter, but I've never been on a dogsled. Well, apparently it is amazing and we all need to go. At the top of the pack (pun intended) is Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing, located in Bayfield. Your four hour adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and even includes a hot lunch!
2. The Milwaukee Curling Club
You might giggle when you see curling during the Olympics, but have you actually tried it? Turns out it takes a whole lot of skill. It's loads of fun and great for people of all ages and abilities. The Milwaukee Curling Club is one of the best.
3. Madison Winter Fesitval
Man, the Madison Winter Festival really showcases what it is like to celebrate winter in Wisconsin. Do fun things like ice hockey and ski jumping, and see an ice sculpting exhibit. The festival is February 13-14, 2016.
4. Trophy Ice Fish
You might be an avid fisherman, but have you ever tried ice fishing? It is a totally different game out there on the ice. But the people I know who have gone have absolutely loved it. Nowhere is ice fishing more popular in Wisconsin than up in Door County. Trophy Ice Fish will get you a good first experience. Located in Sturgeon Bay.
5. Alpine Valley Resort Wisconsin
There are plenty of places to ski in Wisconsin, but Alpine Valley Resort is one of my favorites. It's homey and has a variety of ski runs for people of all skill levels. Located in Lafayette.
6. Mercer Area Sno-goers
Oh lord, I LOVE to go on a snowmobile in the winter. Who doesn't? For some of the best trails in Wisconsin, visit Mercer (southern Iron County). This organization maintains over 200 MILES of trails. Yeah! Why stop when you can cruise all day?
7. Racine Big Chill Snow and Ice Festival
On January 8-10, 2016, Racine is hosting its annual Big Chill Snow and Ice Festival event. Perhaps the best part of this event is that snow artists from across the Midwest come and--what else--transform snow into art. You will be blown away by their talents and ashamed by how poor your Frosty the snowman turned out.
8. Wilmot Mountain
Sure, you can find a nice big hill and go snow tubing - but can you find one as big as Wilmot Mountain? Doubt it. Wilmot Mountain also offers skiing and snowboarding if that is more up your alley, but honestly, going down a tube is classic Wisconsin winter fun. Located in Wilmot, of course!
9. Apostle Islands
We can't say enough about how awesome the Apostle Islands are, but they are even more awesome during the winter. Yes, you can tour these ice caves in the winter time. Make sure to bring warm clothes and a camera as you will want to try to capture this.
10. Bigfoot Zipline Tours
I had no idea that going out on a zipline during winter was a thing. This is awesome! I am so looking forward to channeling my inner Kevin McCallister from that scene in Home Alone. Located in the Wisconsin Dells--which are a lot of fun during the winter, too! Also a lot cheaper.
11. Tenney Park Shelter
Is there anything more wonderful during winter than to go ice skating outside? Tenney Park, in Madison, might be the best place to grab your honey and go a few times around the rink.
12. Copper Falls
People love waterfalls, but have you ever seen a waterfall in the winter? It can actually be even more spectacular. One of the best frozen waterfalls to see is at Copper Falls. Copper Falls State Park is located in Mellen.