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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, Snowman build and more!

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

Please Thank Our Winter Fun Guide Sponsor:
Waukesha County Park System

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

Cross country ski.
Ice Fish.


Categories of Winter Fun

Sk_8 Slab HartlandNothing 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. Be sure to check status before attending as warm weather can cause the rinks to close. 

*Most of the outdoor rinks require families to bring their own skates. If you are looking for where to sharpen your ice skates locally, try one of these places:

  • The Howard G. Mullett Ice Center in Hartland on the Arrowhead campus
  • Nagawicka Ice Arena in Delafield
  • Hockey Haven in Brookfield

Waukesha County Ice Rinks –

*NEW in 2021* The SK_8 Slab at Hartland’s Nixon Park with Warming House
There is a new warming shed and ice rink at Nixon Park this year. In the past, there was an ice rink in the parking lot.  This ice rink is brought to you by the Village of Hartland and many generous sponsors including Lake Country Family Fun. Hours are sunup to 9 pm 7 days a week. Rentals are not available. The season will be based on weather. Follow Hartland Recreation Department on Facebook to stay in up to date on if the rink is open or not. Check status here or on the Village Recreational Department’s Facebook page. As of 1/4/22 the ice rink and warming house are OPEN! Plus, they have music playing!!

*NEW in 2020* Park Arthur Muskego
There is a lighted ice skating rink at Park Arthur located at S63 W17833 College Avenue! 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! Call the Hotline at (262) 679-5645 for the most up-to-date information. Per the hotline on 12/26, the outdoor ice rink is OPEN.

*NEW in 2020* Kiwanis Village Park Pewaukee
Come check out the ice rink at Kiwanis Village Park! It will be back for 2022! Check here for status. As of 1/7, they are now OPEN!

Delafield Fish Hatchery
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. Status for 2021 unknown.

Lowell and Buchner Parks Public Ice Rinks – Waukesha
There are two Ice Rinks that 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 or check here. At Buchner, (223 Oakland Ave) the rink is open all day; skating is free. There are no skate rentals available, so bring your own. A warming shelter is open from 12-3 on Sundays. As of January 7, 2022, “the Lowell Ice Rink and Buchner Ice Rink are both ready for skating.”

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.  As of 1/26/2022 the snow was shoveled off and it was ready and waiting for skaters!

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

It is common for the rink to be open and closed multiple times throughout the winter season. Stay tuned HERE. As of 1/10/22 the ice rink is OPEN.

New Berlin Library Ice Rink
A synthetic ice skating rink is currently open for public use at the City Center Plaza located on the East corner of Library Lane and Michelle Witmer Memorial Drive. Skate rental and skate sharpening services are unavailable. Open 9am to 9pm. 

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 maintains two ice-skating rinks on Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake when conditions allow. 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.  Per message on 1/11, “The rinks are open to the public daily from 6 AM to 10 PM.”

Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc (City Beach)
The City of Oconomowoc maintains two ice-skating rinks on Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake when conditions allow. When ice is thick enough to safely bring equipment on the ice, staff will groom it.  Bring your own skates and enjoy this unique opportunity to skate! When the rink is able to be regularly groomed, it is open to the public.  Per message on 1/11, “The rinks are open to the public daily from 6 AM to 10 PM.” 

Village Park in Eagle
401 Markham Rd, Eagle.
Check here for the ice rink status. 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. The rink is OPEN for the 2021-2022 season.

Lisbon Ice Skating Rink
N78 W26970 Bartlett Parkway
Lisbon, WI
Watch HERE for updates. Subscribe here to get updates. OPEN per update on 1/4/2022!

Outdoor Ice Rink at Dayspring Church – Pewaukee
There is public skating every Sunday. Event details here.

 ***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 – opens December 24, 2021 for the season!
920 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI

mULLET iCE SUMMER CAMP 2021Sometimes 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 Waukesha County SussexSledding 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.

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.


January weekend guide things to do Waukesha snow

12 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

Where to Cross Country Ski near me

Our newest guide: Where to Cross-Country Ski in Waukesha County comes in HOT (well, cold actually) with 8 groomed trails. Click or tap HERE to find all you need to knwo about these locations (like are there fees, where is the parking and how long are the trails).   You can also find out about local resources for rentals and more.

If you are looking for snowtubing hills, consider The Rock Sledding Park in Franklin and Sunburst in Kewaskum. These have costs associated for attending.

For a bit of a drive try: Nordic Mountain (Wild Rose), Tyrol Basin (Mt. Horeb) or Cascade Mountain (Portage).

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

TBD 2022 dates

January 8, 2022

January 8, 2022

January 29, 2022

Take a Kid Ice Fishing
TBD Dates 2022

January 14 – 16, 2022

January 29, 2022

TBD February 2022

February 19, 2022

February 19 and 20, 2022 

pictures of our local outdoor Ice rinks

SK_8 Slab in Hartland

Lowell Park

Kiwanis Park in Pewaukee

manchester Hill Park Pond

Lisbon Community Park

Civic Center in Sussex

Park Arthur in Muskego

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