Winter is here, and lucky for us we have so many fun things to do all around Northwest Indiana. If you are looking to get out and play in the snow, enjoy the sights, or simply spend time with your friends and family, check out these wonderful winter activities!


Ice Skating

Ice Skating at Deep River Waterpark

Deep River Waterpark - This waterpark turns its plaza into an ice-skating rink with twinkling lights above. If you don’t have skates, you can rent them here. This rink also has a concession stand with hot chocolate and snacks for when you need a break from the ice. This rink is not covered, so make sure to check the weather.



Sunset Hill Farm is a great spot for hiking and for sledding! Grab your sled and enjoy the scenery while you’re there. When you’re done sledding you can hop in the car to warm up while you drive through their Christmas light display and get into the holiday spirit.

Centennial Park in Munster has lots of space for sledding on its large hillside. There is plenty of parking available in this area. Just bring your sled and dress warm! There are also walking paths surrounding the lake that make for a beautiful winter stroll around the park.

You can also try cross-country skiing throughout the area if there's enough snow.



Nature Notes: Bison, Facing the Winter Head On

The bison at Kankakee Sands is a great site to see in the winter. These magnificent mammals are covered in thick fur that keeps them warm in the cold months. You can find them snuggled up to each other, covered in snow as they walk the prairies at the Kankakee Sands Nature Preserve.


Shelf Ice

Shelf Ice at Indiana Dunes

The shelf ice that comes and goes at the Lake Michigan shoreline is a must-see. The amount of ice varies on the weather and the tides each year. Make sure to view the shelf-ice from a safe distance and do not walk on or near it - we list some safe viewing locations here. There is no telling how thick certain areas are or where it begins since some areas may just look like snow-covered sand.


Holiday Fun

“A Christmas Story” Comes Home at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond is open until January 2nd this year. You can sign up for photos with Santa online and stop in to see the seven animated window displays from Macy’s in New York! You can find out more about this annual tradition at

Holiday lights are a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Head to Harvest Tyme Family Farm and drive through their Christmas Tyme Lights display. Millions of lights are set up around the farm for you to enjoy while you sip hot cocoa and don't forget to keep your eyes open so you can spot Santa.

The Forest of Lights at Fair Oaks Farms is also a magical spectacle to see this holiday season. Take a walk through the illuminated trees and statues then warm up around a bonfire to make smores. You can also rent a private igloo to enjoy dinner before at the Farmhouse Restaurant!

Find more holiday light displays here.

No matter what activities you partake in this winter season, be safe and have fun exploring all there is along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Share your photos with us by using the hashtag #AlongtheSouthShore when you post so we can see and share your experiences.