Happy New Year! If your resolution involved getting fit this year, be sure to check out the many fun and exciting activities and attractions that will help you get in shape along the South Shore. From indoor fun centers to amazing outdoor trails and activities, there are ample opportunities to get active in Northwest Indiana throughout the winter months!


Numerous activities at JAK'S Warehouse

JAK'S Warehouse is a family fun center, offering several attractions including Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Sky Trail, Urban Golf and more. You'll be sure to break a sweat while having a great time playing with (or against!) family and friends!

JAK'S Warehouse is located at 221 Indianapolis Blvd. in Schererville.


Play volleyball at The Diggz of Northwest Indiana

The Diggz of Northwest Indiana offers six clear-span volleyball courts, a fully-stocked concession stand, fun center and a pro shop. Guests can enjoy court rentals, volleyball training, health and well-being training, party rental space and adult recreation programs. If you're really missing summer, The Diggz even offers customized beach parties with their indoor sand courts!

The Diggz has open gym every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., providing guests the opportunity to play volleyball, basketball and indoor sand volleyball. Visit them at 4590 W. 61st Ave. in Hobart.


Ice skate indoors at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Enjoy indoor ice skating at Midwest Training and Ice Center, Northwest Indiana's largest state-of-the-art indoor training and playing facility for ice hockey, figure skating, gymnastics, cheer and dance. Open skate sessions are offered daily.

Midwest Training and Ice Center is located at 10600 White Oak in Dyer.


Unique trampoline experience at Sky Zone

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park, offering open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball and the Foam Zone. On Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight, jumpers 16 and older can enjoy SkyJam, where they will be treated to 90 minutes of jump time, two slices of pizza and a soda, and plenty of music. Jumpers between the ages of 10 and 15 can enjoy their own 90-minute jump session on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sky Zone is located at 1035 Eagle Ridge Dr. in Schererville.


If you're looking to spend some time outdoors, try one of the following activities to enjoy winter along the South Shore while getting fit!

Cross-Country Skiing

With snow finally hitting the ground, a great way to exercise is by cross-country skiing. Visitors and residents can enjoy cross-country skiing at Hammond's Lost Marsh Golf Course, Lemon Lake County Park in Crown Point, Stoney Run in Leroy, Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park. Be sure to call ahead to verify that weather conditions permit skiing.

Walk, run or bike the miles of trails

Layer up and enjoy a walk, run or bicycle trip along the more than 125 miles of biking and walking trails in Northwest Indiana. Many of the region's trail systems run along abandoned railroad tracks and highlight the rich ecological diversity that make up the South Shore.

Go sledding

Get a great walk uphill after sledding down the hills of Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith or at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton! Oakridge Prairie does not offer rentals, nor does it allow sleds with wooden or metal runners, The Indiana Dunes State Park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and provides sledders with the ultimate sledding experience down Devil's Slide.

Watch for seasonal birds

Enjoy fresh air and a nice walk while bird watching along the South Shore. Be sure to visit Whihala Beach in Whiting for a chance to view snowy owls or check out Gibson Woods Nature Preserve to see small songbirds, waterfowl and various raptors.


Play a round of disc golf

Though it may seem like a sunshine activity, a great way to get outside and active during winter is by playing a game of disc golf. Lemon Lake County Park in Crown Point is a 403-acre park, offering guests a 72-hole championship disc golf course.


No matter the weather, stick to your New Year's resolution by getting fit and staying active along the South Shore!

Contributing Editor: Stacina Stagner
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.