Winter Fun

Winter Activities Guide

When cabin fever kicks in, find plenty to do in the parks this winter. Read on for ways to make the most of your parks!

Skating at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park

Ice Skate Downtown

We'll be building the ice for the 2021-2022 season!  Wear a mask and bring your own skates to skate for free, or you can rent skates from us!

Reopening date: December, 24th 2021 at Red Arrow Park

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Winter Wonders Drive-Through Holiday Light Display

See a Holiday Light Show

Winter Wonders

Drive through a serene wooded setting filled with more than one million LED lights — all seen from the safety and comfort of your car! 

Through Jan. 3, at area surrounding Boerner Botanical Arboretum, Whitnall Park

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Holiday Lights

Enjoy free, festive displays in downtown Milwaukee. 

Through Jan. 1, at Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette, Zeidler Union Square 

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See Floral Shows at The Domes

Escape to a floral show combined with tropical and desert getaways — all under the three iconic domes!

Through Jan. 32,  Holiday Floral Show: Keep, or start, a tradition with a visit to our festive floral wonderland - hundreds of colorful poinsettias, snow white mums and deep green fern foliage wrap the show dome in holiday cheer, with and our brightly decorated pines.

Jan. 15 - April 3rd,  Garden Train Show: Escape the winter weather with a visit to the Domes - it's always warm in here! On Wednesdays during the run of the show, all visitors receive a free commemorative sticker, while supplies last!

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Winter Snowshoeing at Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe

Keep fit when there's snow! All Milwaukee County Parks allow cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Groomed cross-country trails are available at Brown Deer and Whitnall Park, and trails at Wehr Nature Center are ideal for snowshoeing.

On weekends, when conditions allow, the Whitnall Park Golf Clubhouse will offer rentals of both skis and snowshoes. For updates, call (414) 525-4765


Go Sledding & Tubing

A dozen County Parks have hills ideal for sledding, when conditions allow.  Due to COVID-19,  warming houses will not be available this season.

Daytime-Only Designated Sledding Hills 
Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
Indigenous Peoples' Park, 7301 W. Courtland Ave.
Greene Park, 4235 S. Lipton Ave.
Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Rd.
Kletzsch Park, 6560 N Milw. River Pkwy.
LaFollette Park,9418 W. Washington St.
McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave.
McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51 St.
Wilson Recreation Center, 4001 S 20 St.
 
All-Day Designated Sledding Hills
Lit from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd. (Lit until 10 p.m.)
Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

Whitnall Park, 5879 S. 92 St. (Concessions available weekends when conditions permit. Carry-out only.)

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