Looking for things to do this winter? Discover the top 9 things to do for this winter in Central Wisconsin. View the Rotary Winter Wonderland. Hit the trails at Standing Rocks Park. Explore holiday displays at Le Chateau The Manor. Read on to learn more about the top spots to find winter fun in Central Wisconsin!
#1 – View the Rotary Winter Wonderland Lights
When it’s time to break out the holiday spirit, it’s time to head over to Rotary Winter Wonderland at Wildwood Zoo. The zoo glows and twinkles with two million LED lights. While the 15th season will look a little different than previous years, we are excited about moving forward with another year of Christmas magic. Organizers have consulted with numerous health officials in Wood County and the Marshfield Clinic Health System to ensure necessary safety precautions for this event to run as smoothly and safely as possible. The local food pantries served by this event need your generosity, now more than ever before. Admission is free, but cash or food donation is suggested.
#2 – Hit the Trail at Standing Rocks Park
Venture to Standing Rocks County Park, for fat tire biking and gain some speed on the miles of trails within the park. Want to warm up? Check out the newly constructed Behnke Olson Outdoor Recreation Center, open weekdays from 11am to 4:30pm, and on the weekends from 8:30am to 4:30pm when conditions exist. The park also offers plenty of other winter recreation options, including a lighted cross-country ski trail (with rentals available).
Photo by Lex Bernsteen Photography
#3 – Play in the snow – with the whole family
Fly down a hill at Nepco Lake County Park or enjoy the serenity of a snow-shoe walk through the forest. Want a little exercise? Try the 4.4 mile cross country ski trail. Check out Winter Activities in the Wisconsin Rapids area.
#4 – Shop Downtown & Cozy Up with a Cup of Coffee
Start your morning with a perfectly crafted latte and delectable pastry at Uptown Coffee Company or the The Daily Grind. You’ll find warm, friendly service as you come in from the cold to taste seasonal flavors. Find a unique array of gifts for your friends and family – take care of your holiday shopping at the variety of eclectic stores in downtown Marshfield.
#5 – Explore the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective
Visit popular craft breweries, wineries, and a distillery that call the Stevens Point Area home – known as the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective. From the iconic Stevens Point Brewery, which has been brewing since 1857, to the newest additions of District 1 and Backcountry Brewing – you won’t want to miss these spots filled with local flavor.
Photo by @cobalt_brewing
#6 – Experience Holidays & History
Experience the wonder of the holidays on a Christmas Tree tour at the historic Arpin home Le Chateau The Manor. Each year the bed and breakfast transforms with over 65 individually decorated trees. The tour is about an hour. Be sure to wander around the hummingbird gift shop. For more unique hometown shopping visit VisitWisRapids Shopping.
Photo courtesy of Le Chateau The Manor
#7 – Get Outside
Add these to your winter to-do list! Kick-off your day with some fresh air on Marshfield’s trails—snowshoeing, fat tire biking, and cross-country skiing. On a weekend afternoon, (starting in January), head to nearby Powers Bluff County Park, a winter playground for all ages. View the wildlife or take a run down the ski and tubing hills, conditions permitting.
#8 – Mix the Outdoors & Art
Grab your boots (or your snowshoes) and explore the connection between the outdoors and the arts on the 1/2 mile Stevens Point Sculpture Park Trail. The 20-acre park offers stunning winter views with an interesting backdrop of regional, national, and international artwork. Want more? Check out a part geocaching, part art adventure hunt with Sculpture Quest or venture to the region’s newest mural on north wall of Zest Bakery near the UWSP campus.
Photo and work by Peter Krsko
#9 – Catch a Hockey Game
Check out a Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings game! Building hockey up and down the river, the program focuses on development advancing players to the next level. Come watch our USPHL Riverkings heat up the ice! Home games are at the South Wood County Recreation Center. Precautions for the safety of players and fans are in place. For the schedule and other events Click Here.
WR Riverking Hockey 2020 photo courtesy of B.Violet Photography
If you’re looking for more things to do this winter in Wisconsin, you’ll find more resources (including free guides and maps) to help plan your fun in central Wisconsin here.