Although Indiana’s temperatures have dropped, we can still stay active outdoors this winter. Follow Visit Indiana’s guide to outdoor recreation to experience Indiana’s beautiful winter, whether planning an adventure near home or making a weekend getaway at the opposite end of the state.
Spend time outdoors at one of several Indiana outdoor ice skating rinks, many of which are in the heart of some Hoosier downtowns. Ice skaters can go shopping or stop by a local coffee shop for some hot chocolate to help stay warm between skating sessions.
Hilly southern Indiana makes for some great downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing, with locations in Lawrenceburg and Paoli, while northern Indiana is home to cross-country skiing on the 6.4-mile Ly-co-ki-we Trail at Indiana Dunes National Park.
Also in southern Indiana, Hoosiers can hit the throttle on a snowmobile with more than 60 miles of trails in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, or try out the famous sledding experience at Pokagon State Park’s Toboggan Run, the only refrigerated toboggan run in the Midwest.
For those looking for an experience without the snow, consider a trip to Turkey Run State Park to see the habitats of bald eagles, go horseback riding in Hendricks County, or explore the Indiana Cave Trail where the temperature never changes.
Check out VisitIndiana.com to plan one of these adventures or find others close to home. As you plan for the outdoors, dress appropriately for the weather by bringing boots, mittens and winter coats, and don’t forget the camera for capturing the scenery and memories. Most important, have fun!