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Lake Country and Waukesha Country Winter Fun Guide

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Are you ready for some wintertime fun? We hear a lot of people complain about the snow and cold. I’m one of those people some days. The post-holiday blues are a thing and January and February can seem like the longest months of the year… January 74th anyone?? But, family fun can be found everywhere if you know where to look and switch your mindset! Lake Country Family Fun believes in finding family fun 365 days a year, even in January and February!! My biggest tip is to find a winter hobby to truly enjoy these months. So, if you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for things to do in Lake Country and the Waukesha County area in the winter, this list is for you! Grab your kids (and maybe a brave grandparent), put a smile on your frozen face, and go enjoy the outdoors even in the wintertime! 

Bundle up and have a great time in the snow or on the ice!

If you are looking for winter fun in the Waukesha County or Lake Country area, look no further, this one is for you!
Ski, Ice Skate, Sled, Snowmobile and more!

If it’s crazy cold, be sure to check out Lake Country Family Fun’s Indoor Play Guide  😉

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Waukesha County Park System

Do MORE at Waukesha County Parks this winter (and all year long)!

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3. Muskego Ice Rink at Marx pioneer inn

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Nothing says winter in Wisconsin like ice skating outside! Find outdoor ice skating rinks at Waukesha County parks and other local parks located throughout Lake Country. 

Waukesha County Ice Rinks –

*NEW* Muskego Ice Rink at Marx Pioneer Inn
Stop on down tonight for some adult beverages! Also serving HOT COCOA & HOT APPLE CIDER! Yum. Skate hours are weather dependant but are TH 2-9, FR 2-9, SAT 12-9 and SUN 12-4.

*NEW* Park Arthur Muskego
A friendly winter PSA, thanks to our Public Works Department we now have a lighted ice skating rink at Park Arthur! Lights are simultaneously activated with the push of the button at the sledding hill. We must add to all who are not familiar, the sledding hill at Park Arthur is a great way for the kids to burn some energy and to get outside! Stay tuned for maybe a couple more added items to Park Arthur this winter!

*NEW* Kiwanis Village Park Pewaukee
Open for the first time – come check out the ice rink at Kiwanis Village Park! Be sure to share the ice with other guests and social distance while skating. Check here for status.

Oakwood Community Park
A 39-acre park located on the northwest corner of STH 83 and Oakwood Road in Delafield. The ice skating rink is 52 feet x 100 feet. There are two hockey goals available. It is free to use and has a portable restroom and benches. Users must bring their own skates and are encouraged to wear helmets and other protective equipment such as elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards.

Lowell Park Public Ice Rink
If the weather cooperates, the Lowell Park Ice Rink will be open for use this winter season in the city of Waukesha. Call the Parks Information Line at 262-522-9356 for the most up to date information on conditions.

Manchester Hill Park
A 15-acre park located in the north central part of Muskego: W167S7650 Parkland Drive, Muskego. A pond on the park’s south end provides ice skating during the winter months. Call the Hotline at (262) 679-5645 for the most up-to-date information.

Civic Center Ice Rink 
N64 W23760 Main Street, Sussex.
Please bring your own ice skates. No skate rentals are available at this time. The rink is always “open skate”; there are no designated times for specific skating activities. There is a designated area to remove ice skates before entering the lobby. Skating Daily 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

Civic Center Restrooms Available: 
Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

OPEN for the 2020-2021 winter season. It is common for the rink to be open and closed multiple times throughout the winter season. Stay tuned HERE.

Marx Pioneer Inn in Muskego
W180S7808 Pioneer Dr Muskego, WI 53150
Marx Pioneer Inn in Muskego is working to get an outdoor ice skating rink up and running for the public by mid January 2021!

Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc
A 10-acre community park located on the eastern shore of Fowler Lake central Oconomowoc: 500 Oakwood Ave., Oconomowoc. Access from Municipal Lot by fishing pier. Here is a video about the City of Oconomowoc’s Ice Rink grooming from 2016.

The City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department maintains an ice skating rink on Fowler Lake when ice thickness in the rink area is 12 inches or more. Ice was measured on January 7, 2021 and was only at 5 inches.

Not yet open for 2020-2021 winter season.

Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc (City Beach)
Not yet cleared for ice skating in 2021 winter season.  

Village Park in Eagle
401 Markham Rd, Eagle.
The ice rink at Village Park in Eagle is not yet open for the 2020-2021 winter season. When it is, it will be skate at your own risk. Must bring your own skates and equipment. Dates of operation will be dependent on the weather.

Lisbon Ice Skating Rink

N78 W26970 Bartlett Parkway
Lisbon, WI

Watch HERE for updates.

***Disclaimer – This information can change as ice skating is weather dependent, and weather in Wisconsin is unpredictable. Caution must be used at rinks that are on water (not land rinks) to ensure ice is thick enough to skate on. Skate at your own risk. ***

Milwaukee County Fun –

This is not an exhaustive list of outdoor skating in Milwaukee County.

Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park

920 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI

Sometimes winter weather doesn’t cooperate to ice skate outside. It can be too warm or too cold or the worst – rainy! Luckily, there are many indoor ice skating rinks in the Lake Country and Waukesha County area for your family to enjoy!

Mullett Ice Center – Hartland

  • 700 North Ave. Hartland, WI
  • Click this LINK for public skate times.

Eble Ice Arena – Brookfield

  • 19400 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI
  • To see Lake Country Family Fun’s guest contributor’s experience, click here.

The Ponds of Brookfield Ice Arena

  • 2810 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI

Naga-Waukee Ice Arena – Delafield

  • 2699 Golf Rd, Delafield, WI
  • View their calendar for open skate times
  • To see Lake Country Family Fun’s guest contributor’s experience, click here.

Petit National Ice Center in West Allis

  • 500 S 84th St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Click this link for open skate times

Wilson Ice Arena

  • 4001 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Click this link for open skate times

Sledding is by far our favorite! Our family is lucky to live on a hill, so we just slide down our backyard – but there are many public sledding hills throughout the area, including a toboggan run at Lowell Park in Waukesha.

See Lake Country Family Fun’s Guide to 22 Sledding Hills for all the details + a map.

My husband is an avid snowmobiler. He takes multiple trips in the winter to northern WI and Upper Michigan, but loves it the best when we can snowmobile at home. Thus, our kids have been snowmobiling since they could walk. It can be a great family vacation and we’ve already been on one trip in Northern WI this winter ❄️

Here’s what you need to know:

Did you know that all the snowmobile trails in Wisconsin are volunteer maintained by local snowmobile clubs? Pretty amazing how it all works.

If you plan to snowmobile, it’s best to join a snowmobile club first. And you must have a WI DNR sticker on your snowmobile. The sticker is less expensive if you are a snowmobile club member. Perk of joining the club, not to mention making new friends!

You can only snowmobile when the trails are open. You will be fined and ruin the fun for others if you go out on the trails when they are closed. Trails are publicly and privately funded and volunteer maintained by local snowmobile clubs. Consider joining a local club or attending a local fundraiser if you enjoy snowmobiling, too. Find a local snowmobile club here.

For trail conditions call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association’s Hotline at (414) 299-0330.

For trail conditions call the Jefferson County Snowmobile Alliance hotline at (920) 699-SNOW.

For trail conditions call the Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance hotline at (262) 742-2664.

For trail conditions call the Dodge County hotline at (920) 386-3705.

There may not be any mountains in Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hop a plane to downhill ski or snowboard. Find many ski hills within an hour of Lake Country. 

Ausblick Ski Hill
W260N6395 Maryhill Rd, Sussex, WI

Ausblick is a private ski hill in Sussex. Families can purchase memberships and bring guests. Patrons can ski or snowboard.

Little Switzerland Ski Hill
105 Cedar Creek Rd, Slinger, WI

Little Switzerland is open to the public. Guests can purchase season passes or daily passes.

Heiliger Huegel Ski Club
5482 WI-167, Hubertus, WI

Heiliger Huegel Ski Club offers a family-friendly private ski club experience. 

Sunburst Winter Sports Park
8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, WI

Sunburst Winter Sports Park offers the public snowboarding, skiing, and tubing.

Alpine Valley Resort
W2501 County Road D, Elkhorn, WI

Alpine Valley Resort offers the public a skiing hill and skiing lessons for children and adults.

The Rock Snow Park
7900B W Crystal Ridge Rd., Franklin, WI

The Rock Snow Park offers guests skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI

The Mountain Top offers guests 20 downhill ski runs for children and adults.

Cascade Mountain
W10441 Cascade Mountain Road, Portage, WI

Cascade Mountain offers guests downhill skiing and snow tubing.

Our newest guide: 9 snowshoe trails to stride this winter! Click or tap HERE to find all you need to know about snowshoe-ing in Wisconsin. 

*Gear (where to buy locally as well as through Amazon)

*Where to go

*Where not to go

*Map of trails


How would we get through winter, without awesome winter events? Don’t miss these family friendly winter events to chase the blues away!

Camp MacLean Public Tobbogganing 2020
Come enjoy YMCA Camp MacLean’s toboggan slide on select Sunday afternoons from 12:00 pm to 4:00pm in January and February 2020.

January 9, 2021

Winter Fest at the Corners of Brookfield
January 17-19, 2020

January 16, 2021

Take a Kid Ice Fishing, Dousman
January 16, 2021

January 15 – 24, 2021

January 23, 2021

February 6, 2021

February 6, 2021

February 19 and 20, 2022 (yes, we mean 2022)

Winter Fun Guide Where to ski, snowmobile, snowboard, ice skate and sled in Waukesha County and Lake Country
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