Winter in Milwaukee


Journal Sentinel

One of the many entertaining, winter activities available in Milwaukee is ice-skating at Red Arrow Park.

Jenna Nelson, Staff Writer

With the icy temperatures that Wisconsin offers and the huge snow storms that may be approaching, people are often stuck when deciding what to do in the winter. There are many things to do in the winter that you can’t do in the other three season. It doesn’t matter if you’d rather stay inside or show off your braver side and adventure into the great outdoors. There is something for everyone.

If you’d rather stay indoors this winter, take a trip to the Domes. Going to the Domes during the winter can give you a temporary break from the freezing temperatures. You can pretend you’re on a tropical vacation while you are there. The Domes are located at Mitchell Park in Milwaukee.

If you’re looking to relax, than you could grab some hot chocolate or a hot mocha at one of the various Colectivo coffee shops downtown. Instead of going to Starbucks or McDonalds, try something else. Colectivo has been around town for many years and still continues to satisfy their customers. You can find one on North Lincoln Memorial Drive, South Howell Ave, and North Prospect Ave.

Next, if you’re in the Christmas spirit, you could go to Candy Cane Lane. Just north of Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis, there is a neighborhood where over 300 homes stream Christmas lights. It has been a tradition for many years. It is free and you don’t have to get out of your warm, cozy car. It’s a great thing to do with your family to start off the holidays.

If you don’t mind the Wisconsin weather, head down to Red Arrow Park. If you start to feel too cold, there is a warming house and Starbucks coffee to warm you up. Red Arrow Park is located on 920 N. Water St. and is only $8 a person to rent a pair of skates and $7 if you are under age 17. The ice skating rink is open until March.

If you want to show off your dare devil side, then you could take The Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. This event requires you to go to Lake Michigan’s Bradford Beach and plunge into the icy waters with over 2000 others. It’s a tradition that Milwaukee does every year.

Last, Milwaukee is known for its basketball during winter time. You could head on down to a Bucks, Marquette, or UW- Milwaukee game with family and friends. They are going on all winter long and are lots of fun.