In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the beauty of winter can be seen everywhere you look. Take some time to embrace the excitement of the season with one of the many exciting events going on near you.
If you enjoy frolicking in the snow and getting out on the ice, then Breezy Point Resort’s Ice Fest,in Breezy Point, Minnesota is perfect for the whole family. On January 6 and 7, 2012, Breezy Point welcomes you and your family to enjoy a fabulous variety of winter events, from dog sled rides and snow golf to sleigh rides, hockey tournaments and even the Power Ice Auger World Championships. After the bonfire and entertainment Friday night, start Saturday with a satisfying pancake breakfast, then cap the entire event with fireworks on the bay. While you’re visiting the resort, check out other exciting winter activities like tubing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even skating on the lit rinks. Plan your winter getaway at www.breezypointresort.com/recreation/events/icefest.html.
Spend your New Year’s Eve watching the mind-boggling, gravity-defying skills of The Peking Acrobats, hosted by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) in Duluth, Minnesota. Since 1986, The Peking Acrobats have strived to redefine Chinese acrobatics with amazing tricks of contortion, flexibility and control. Described as “an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival,” this performance will make the New Year’s celebration one to remember. Purchase tickets online and check out other upcoming performances at the DSSO at www.dsso.com.
As the temperatures drop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s time to strap on those ice skates and head down to Red Arrow Park for a popular winter pastime – Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
. Named in honor of the 32nd
Red Arrow Division of the U.S. Army, Red Arrow Park’s outdoor skating rink can hold up to 100 skaters at a time and is
open December through February. Skate rentals are available. If you get too cold, the Warming House offers hot coffee, sweet treats and a great view of the ice for you to enjoy. For hours and other information, visit http://county.milwaukee.gov/RedArrow11930.htm.
Spend an afternoon or a whole day embracing the serenity and beauty of winter at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Popular winter activities in the park include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, hiking and more; with nearly 10,000 acres to explore, you’ll be eager to come again and again. The park offers more than five miles of cross-country skiing trails with two loops of varying difficulty. Start in the Steinke Basin meadow, then work your way through oak, hickory, ash and maple forests; it’s a perfect way to experience the park this season. Learn more about what to see and do at Devil’s Lake State Park at www.devilslakewisconsin.com/activities/winter-recreation/.
There’s plenty to see and do in the region this winter, so make this season one to remember.