Favorite Milwaukee Winter Activities?

What are your favorite Milwaukee Winter activities? I will spread word about activities I have in mind, but I want to make sure I cover as many as I can. This blog could be a place for people to share their joy in winter experiences. What makes you happiest to be in Milwaukee during Winter?

Don’t forget the solitary actions that can bring quiet appreciation – or the playful opportunities for fun!

Some of my favorites:

1. Special events, and everyday activities, available at the Urban Ecology Center: http://urbanecologycenter.org/programs-events-main.html

2. Milwaukee events listed at the Downtown Holiday Lights Festival: http://www.milwaukeedowntown.com/about-us/special-events/milwaukee-holiday-lights-festival

3. Going for a walk, and watching the snow closely: see some of what I enjoy at: https://milwaukeesnow.com/2012/01/13/wildness-of-snowfall-transforms-milwaukee/

4. Your local park or nature center! Find examples at: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/blog/winter-activities/winter-activities-at-wisconsins-nature-centers

5. 2015 special events:

http://www.walkacrosslakewinnebago.com/, held each year (if its cold enough)

The WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship, http://www.wissa2015.com/general-information.html, this year held in Fond du Lac!

I am a champion of winter. I ask of you: look for the opportunities winter has to offer! Do not just frustrated as you stay inside. Remember how much your place has to offer, both in season-specific (playing on the snow) and year-round (stores and recreation) possibilities. With a spirit of openness to the season, it will be easier to avoid complaining about what you feel you cannot do… and to focus on enjoying what you can do 🙂

See also other helpful lists, including: http://www.wisconsintrails.com/travel/100-things-to-do-in-wisconsin-in-the-winter-b99381498z1-282640021.html

For my picks for best outdoor winter activities of 2012-3, see


For a recap of some of my experiences at winter events, see


For a list, with details, of events during 2011-12, see https://milwaukeesnow.com/winter-events-in-milwaukee-2011-2012/

About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at ambassadorofsnow@gmail.com.
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