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Don't hide from winter -- enjoy it!

Outdoor winter activities guide




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:23 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


Ah, winter. For some, it's hot chocolate and staying inside by the crackling fire. For others, it's shoveling snow, freezing your tail off and darkness at 5 o'clock.

You, however, can make the best of a cold situation and have fun outside. Downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, hockey, snowmobiling, snowboarding, snow tubing, nature walks and a virtual buffet of other activities follow...

ICE SKATING

Outdoor Skating at County Parks

Rinks are only open when the ice has thickened to a safe depth. Pay attention to "Thin Ice" signs. Ice on lagoons must be at least six inches deep before skating is allowed.

Some venues also have warming houses, with varying hours of operation.

Public skating in County Parks is permitted between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. during the week and from noon until 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Rinks with concessions

  • "Slice of Ice" at Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water St.
  • Whitnall Park, 5879 S. 92nd St.

Additional Rinks

  • Brown Deer Park
    7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
    (414) 350-7502
  • Humboldt Park
    3000 S. Howell Ave.
    (414) 482-4270
  • Jacobus Park
    6501 W. Hillside Ln.
    (414) 476-4510
  • Lake Park
    3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.
  • Sheridan
    4800 S. Lake Dr.
  • Whitnall Park
    6751 S. 92nd St.
    (Temporarily closed due to thin ice)

SLEDDING/TOBOGGANING

Daytime Sledding Hills

  • Columbus
    7301 W. Courtland Ave.
  • Greene
    4235 S. Lipton Ave.
  • Hales Corners
    5765 S. New Berlin Rd.
  • LaFollette
    9418 W. Washington St.
  • Maitland
    6001 S. 13th St.
  • McCarty
    8214 W. Cleveland Ave.
  • McGovern
    5400 N. 51st St.
  • Sheridan
    4800 S. Lake Dr.
  • Wilson Recreation Center
    4001 S. 20th St.

Lighted Sledding Hills (day or night sledding)

  • Brown Deer
    7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
  • Currie
    3535 N. Mayfair Rd.
  • Humboldt
    3000 S. Howell Ave.
  • Pulaski
    2677 S. 16th St.

Tobogganing in Milwaukee County is available at Whitnall Park for a $7 per hour fee, which includes a toboggan and unlimited toboggan rides. Slide hours are Thursday through Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. You can reserve a group outing by calling (414) 425-7303.

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sas_tarr | Jan. 13, 2010 at 9:36 a.m. (report)

You forgot about another Wisconsin tradition - hunting. Now is the best time to scout your hunting area and if you meet a bunny you can bring home some meet too.

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PlayerGotGame | Jan. 13, 2010 at 12:09 a.m. (report)

Tyrol Basin, just west of Madison, should also make the list. It isn't as far as Cascade or Devil's Head and it just about as nice.

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