Header photo from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Flickr. 

Winter is here! Will you be building a snowman, Christmas shopping, or curling up on the couch to binge-watch Netflix? If you’re feeling adventurous take a look at these eight, great spots to enjoy this season. 

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in winter
  1. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter
    Snow covered dunes are fantastic fun in the winter! Grab your sled (snowshoes, cross-country skis or hiking boots) to enjoy some time outdoors. 

  2. Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton 
    The Indiana Dunes State Park is home to Devil’s Slide, and with a name like that, you know it’s going to be fun! You can also hike, cross-country ski and snowshoe at the State Park, if you want to take a break from sledding.

  3. Sledding at Lake County Fairgrounds - Crown Point
  4. Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S. Court Street, Crown Point
    Growing up in Lowell, this was one of my family’s go-to sledding hills. I can’t wait to go back this year; it’s easy to get to and parking is free.

  5. Cross Country Skiing - Lake County Parks
  6. Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point
    Lemon Lake offers not only sledding hills, but also trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Don’t own your own skis? Not a problem. You can rent them Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  7. Lost Marsh Golf Course - Hammond
  8. Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th Street, Hammond
    When the golf course closes, the sleds come out. Visitors are asked to check in at the club house upon arrival before they take to the course for some fun. 

  9. Sunset Hill Farm in Winter - Valparaiso
  10. Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso 
    Enjoy hiking among the 230+ acres and sliding down the hills. Bring your own equipment and enjoy sledding and hiking from dawn to dusk.

  11. Don’t stop at sledding! Enjoy ice skating in the region as well. 

    Central Park Plaza Ice Skating - Valparaiso
  12. Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso is $5/person and offers skate rentals. The plaza is open seven days a week (hours vary). Fridays feature Rock’n Skate from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Tuesdays are Two for Tuesdays! Visit online (www.centralparkplazavalpo.com) for hours of operation and rental fees. 

  13. Midwest Training and Ice - St. John
  14. No snow? Don’t let that stop you from winter activities. You can ice skate indoors at Midwest Training and Ice Center in St. John. Midwest offers open skate daily and Cosmic Skate on Friday evenings starting at 10:00 p.m. Visit www.midwesttrainingandice.com/ice/calendar for open skate hours and rental information. 

Do you have a favorite winter location? Tell us about it below.