There’s over 25 wineries in Northeast Wisconsin! No surprise… We wanted to bring you some of the wineries that aren’t Downtown or right off a major route. These are the wineries that are tucked into the woods a little bit.
If you live in Wisconsin, you’ve no doubt had a conversation and either defended or cursed the Wisconsin winter. Although we agree that the winters can get dragging and sometimes make it difficult to get out of bed, we at Venture Wisconsin know that Wisconsin winters are what you make of them. If you are looking for ways to not be bored this 2017-2018 winter season, here are some suggestions to start getting you into the season.
1. See Larry the Cable Guy
Oshkosh just built an awesome new stadium next to Lake Winnebago for their new basketball team. The benefits of that new stadium are opportunities for awesome live events. Live events like Larry the Cable Guy! Buy tickets and watch The Cable Guy live on January 27th.
2. Candlelight Hikes Through the Woods
Hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski through Northeast Wisconsin’s landscapes via candle light. A few state parks, nature centers, and public lands are hosting candlelight hikes and walks like this through January, including: Navarino Nature Center, Hartman Creek State Park, and Horicon Marsh. Check out this link for DNR sponsored candlelight walks across the state this winter.
3. Keep warm with a show at the PAC
The PAC has a few events this winter. Most notably The King and I and The Nutcracker. Either way, it’s worth checking out. Buy a friend tickets to go with you to a show this winter or plan a date night!
4. Go to the Green Bay Garden of Lights
Bring some friends to the classic Green Bay Botanical gardens for their annual Garden of Lights. It’s their 21st year of operation in Green Bay, and they have some special events this year.
5. View Christmas Lights with Your Friends
Warm up the car and take your friends on a cruise around the Fox Valley or Northeast Wisconsin in general checking out some of the awesome Christmas decorations that people work on. Go Valley Kids even made it easy, they have a list of the best lights in town here.
6. Watch a Laser Light Show at Barlow Planetarium
Barlow has a great variety of popular music and holiday based light shows. Some of the music shows include classic albums like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, or groups of artists like their Laser Tribute, which features the mega hits of music superstars of the past that have passed away. Either way, at $10, it’s a new experience to have while the weather outside is below freezing.
7. Go Ice Skating
You could skate at indoor locations like Memorial Park in Appleton, or you could head up to Green Bay and check out the new Titletown Skate Rink near Lambeau Field! The outdoor skate rink resembles something that you would see in Chicago, and is definitely worth checking out.
8. Remember Bowling?
For some people bowling is what they do. Many who aren’t in bowling leagues often don’t think of bowling when looking for things to do. The Fox Cities has a good number of bowling alleys waiting for you to visit.
9. Visit the Theater
Visit one of the local movie theaters this winter and enjoy the newly updated recliners at many of the locations.
10. Go Cross-Country Skiing
Nature spots on the West side of Lake Winnebago are pretty easy to count on both hands, and many of them have cross-country skiing available. There are many more places for cross country skiing once you go east of Lake Winnebago. Here is a list to check out. We recommend the Reforestation Camp in Green Bay by the NEW Zoo.
11. Go to One of Northeast Wisconsin’s Museums
If you are stuck inside and want to get out on your day off, check out one of Northeast Wisconsin’s niche museums. Northeast Wisconsin doesn’t have much outside of the Appleton History Museum and Neville Public Museum for regular exhibit museums. NE Wisconsin does however, have many crazy weird niche museums focusing on things like paper, paper weights, airplanes, railroads, many artists, and more. For some museums you can check out this list.
Even the most seemingly boring places that you may live in this world have parks, trails, and natural areas full of potential and unique wildlife. The reason people don’t visit new parks, nature and wildlife areas, and trails is the same reason people don’t read blog posts word for word, it’s not convenient enough for our instant world. A great way to have the desire to explore new places more often, is to have something to do when you get there. Here are some suggestions of activities and hobbies that you can adopt to motivate you to utilize the outdoor areas in your local area.
Don’t just read the headers, find an activity that jumps out at you and plan a day trip around it for next weekend!
Climbing can be as professional and dedicated as rock climbing or as simple as finding trees to climb. Climbing a good tree is a childhood activity that gets put on the “adults don’t do this” shelf, and really can be a fun way to interact with nature. Exercise caution while climbing, and climb within your abilities.
If you don’t like exercise, you like to push the boundaries of extreme leisure, or you just enjoy relaxing, hammocking is a great and low key way of getting outdoors more often.
3. Canoe or Kayak
If you or a family member don’t already have one, a canoe or kayak can turn a local river, even a brook or stream into a new adventure. You can always get a cheap or inflatable kayak or buy a used boat if you’re budget is low.
4. Swim (Be creative)
As with many of these outdoor activities, the more you do any activity, the more doors open to do more of everything. This happens by being becoming more creative and in better shape. For swimming, you don’t need always need a beach, but you may have to become more comfortable with silt or water that isn’t quite as warm as a hot tub. Swimming creatively could involve a ledge dive, cliff dive, skinny dip, or Frisbee. Be creative and careful and you won’t be disappointed. Skinny dip only where it is legal of course.
All you need is a heavy duty truck strap and two trees to go and slackline. This is another easy activity that can scale as simple or extreme as you’d like.
Fishing is a popular way of getting outdoors for its enthusiasts, but anyone with a license can fish with an old pole, a bobber, and a worm. You can use a boat or fish off the shore. Fishing is a great way to combine two activities. You can fish from the hammock, fish from the kayak, or hike to a fishing spot.
Although expensive and not for everyone, hunting or trapping is a great way to get in touch with nature and be outside. Especially a good activity during the colder months leading into winter.
8. Break Out a Camera
Taking pictures is a great excuse to get outside and appreciate the small details of nature. If you don’t like hunting or it’s out of season, photography is a great excuse to sit in a blind and wait for animals to show themselves. You don’t need a DSLR or professional setup. Go out and use your phone or digital camera that’s been in your cabinet since 2007.
Biking is limited to trails if you respect the landscape, but consider looking up mountain biking trails in your area or planning a trip. You never know what you’ll find.
10. Wading, Snow Shoeing, or Cross Country Skiing
These are mixed season suggestions, but trudging through a body of water and walking or gliding on snow is a creative way to have fun, see new things, and be outdoors. Once again you can combing these with other activities like photography and fishing.
Here are ten of unlimited activities that can give you an excuse to visit your local parks and small natural areas. This is a list of things that you can do just about anywhere.
Let us know your favorite outdoor activities. They may even be featured in our next post.