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Posted on: January 26, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Embrace Winter - Things to Do in Oconomowoc

Winter in Oconomowoc

We don't hibernate, we celebrate! There's still plenty to do outside. Here's some ideas on how to enjoy some frosty fun in Oconomowoc. 

Oconomowoc Chili Fest - January 29, Downtown Oconomowoc: This annual event brings all the fun. Chili tasting, bloody mary tasting, music, baked goods, an outdoor fireplace and more. Downtown Oconomowoc has the full details on there event at their website

Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin - February 19, City Beach: Have you had this on your bucket list? Jumping into a frozen lake? Our friends at the Western Lakes Fire District will be on hand with Special Olympics Wisconsin to help you out! This is an exhilarating way to say, "yeah I took on winter," and support a good cause! Check out more here

Ice Skating on Fowler Lake - Rink is open! Nothing beats the experience of skating outside on the lake. Downtown Oconomowoc offers the perfect scenery and location. After skating there are plenty of options for warming up at downtown cafes and restaurants! Park downtown and put your skates on at benches off of Village Green Park where there is an easy access point onto the lake. 

Sledding - There are many options for sledding in the area. Our friends at Lake Country Family fun have compiled a SWEET sledding directory. Close by you can slip on a small hill in Fowler Park. You can also go for something a big bigger at Nature Hill Recreation Area. All listed in the guide. 

Snow Shoe or Cross Country Ski - Our friends at local business Nordic Specialists can outfit you to do these winter sports. They offer rentals and gear at their location and they also keep hours at nearby Lapham Peak. 

Dress for the Weather - Speaking of winter gear. Local business Sherper's has also got you covered! Check them out for winter clothing and more including sleds. Great gift ideas!

Learn about Oconomowoc's Wintry History - Did you know there used to be a speed skating rink here? What about a ski jump? Learn all this fun info and more when you visit the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum. Hours are 10am-4pm Monday and Tuesday starting Feb. 1 through April. 

Linger at the Library - A cozy space during winter for sure. The Library not only has plenty to browse and check out all free with a library card. It also offers amazing programs for all ages including the upcoming Dungeons, Dragons and Donuts for teens!

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