At this point in winter, there is a good chance you start to get a little case of cabin fever and cannot wait for spring to arrive. It also doesn’t help that good old Mother Nature hasn’t put much snow on the ground for those traditional outdoor winter activities but that’s okay! The Fox Cities still has some fun things to do that will get you outside and moving!
Hiking – Winter scenery offers amazing sights in the Fox Cities and with many nature preserves and trails to enjoy, it’s a great way to spend a nice afternoon. 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna sits along the Fox River with an abundance of wildlife, and High Cliff State Park in Sherwood with it’s gorgeous views of Lake Winnebago, provide some of the best winter scenes. Click here for a full list of trails.
Ice Skate and Hockey – The Fox Cities has a few rinks that allow both ice skating and hockey. Pierce Park in Appleton, Washington Park in Neenah, and Heesakker Park in Little Chute. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, Appleton Family Ice Center has plenty of opportunity for indoor skating or hockey.
Platform Tennis – A newer sport to the Fox Cities, platform tennis is played on a raised court with heaters underneath, allowing the sport to be played year-round. Two courts, located at the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, can be reserved through the Bridgewood Platform Tennis Club.
Fat Tire Bike – If you are a proud owner of a fat tire bike, Riverview Gardens has the perfect trail for you. The Fox Valley Mountain Bikers are hosting the Fat Cupid Classic Fat Bike Race on Sunday,February 12th at Lecker Park in Grand Chute.
Ice golf – On Saturday, February 4th, Menasha Rotary Club is hosting the Arctic Open Charity Golf Outing on Lake Winnebago. Grab a friend, your choice of “club” (tennis racket, golf club, hockey stick, etc.), and hit the ice! The event will be held at Waverly Beach in Menasha. A warming tent will be available and chili from Mihm’s Charcoal Grill will provided!
Sturgeon Spearing opening day – Although the sturgeon spearing license deadline has passed, it is still exciting to be around the festivities of opening day on Saturday, February 11th. Waverly Beach in Menasha and Payne’s Point in Neenah are great places to see the sturgeon up close as they are brought in from Lake Winnebago to be weighed, measured and registered.
And if we ever get enough snow to play in…..
Sledding – Several parks in the Fox Cities are home to great sledding hills. Click here for information on sledding hills in the Fox Cities.
Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe – If you have access to a pair of cross-country skis, Bridgewood Golf Couse, Reid Golf Course, High Cliff State Park, and Plamann Park are all excellent options. Bubolz Nature Preserve offers snowshoe and ski rentals for use both on the preserve and off-site, and Heckrodt Wetland Reserve offers rentals for on-site use only. Keep an eye on park websites and social media for updates on trail conditions.