The winter weather may make you feel like staying inside, but there are a lot of reasons to get outside during the cold winter months. Whether it's ice skating, sledding or even snowboarding and skiing, there are fun things to do during winter days and nights in St. Louis.
Steinberg Skating Rink - One of the most popular outdoor ice rinks in St. Louis is Steinberg Rink in Forest Park. In fact, it's one of the largest outdoor rinks in the Midwest, and it offers beautiful views of the park while you skate.
After a few spins around the ice, you can warm up with hot chocolate or a meal at the Snowflake Cafe. Steinberg is open every year from mid-November to March 1, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Skate rental and skating lessons for children or adults are also available.
Shaw Park Ice Rink - The Shaw Park Ice Rink in Clayton is centrally located and easy to get to whether you are in the city or the county. The rink offers public skating sessions most days from the end of November through the end of February. The rink does close if warm weather causes unsafe ice conditions. There are also special Stick & Puck sessions just for hockey players. Rink workers set up goals on the ice and allow players to practice their hockey skills.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Hidden Valley Ski Resort - When you want to go skiing or snowboarding, there's only one place to go in the St. Louis area. Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Wildwood has more than 30 acres of skiable terrain and more than a dozen trails from beginner to expert.
Hidden Valley is most popular for its night skiing and midnight ski sessions on Fridays and Saturdays during the season. The slopes open each year in mid-December and close in February or March depending on the weather. There is a Kids Zone for young skiers and ski and snowboarding lessons for children and adults.
For non-skiers, Hidden Valley has the Polar Plunge, a snow tubing hill for visitors of all ages.
Art Hill in Forest Park - When the snow falls in St. Louis, you'll find hundreds of kids and parents dragging their sleds and toboggans to Art Hill in Forest Park. The long wide hill stretching from the Art Museum to the Grand Basin is considered by many to be the best sledding hill in St. Louis. Or at least the most famous.
Blanchette Park - For those in or near St. Charles, Blanchette Park is the place to go. It has several large open hills where sledders can take a ride on snowy days. Blanchette Park is located at 1900 West Randolph Street.
The Dam at Lake St. Louis - For residents of western St. Charles county, or anyone that's looking for one of the steepest sledding hills in the area, it's hard to beat sledding down the backside of Lake St. Louise (the "little lake") at Lake St. Louis. It also bundles two winter activities together. If the lake's frozen solid, and the ice is smooth, you'll find kids and adults alike skating on the lake. The dam at Lake St. Louis is located at the intersection of Deloire and Savoy Drives.
Louis County is often crowded with sled riders of all ages. The hill is long with a nice but not too steep slope. Suson Park is located at 6059 Wells Road.
Bluebird Park - Bluebird Park in Ellisville is another sledding hill for those who like speed. The hill is long and steep enough for a fast ride, but you do have to watch out for trees. Bluebird Park is located on Kiefer Creek Road south of Manchester Road.
Bald Eagle Watching
Alton & Grafton, IL - Along the Great River Road in Alton and Grafton, you'll find one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the United States. Hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of bald eagles return every winter to build nests along the Mississippi River. You can see them as you drive along or attend one of the many bald eagle events for a closer look.
Clarksville, MO - The small and otherwise sleepy town of Clarksville attracts thousands of visitors during the winter.
Its location on the Mississippi River makes it a prime spot for eagle watching. The Clarksville Visitors Center even offers binoculars and spotting scopes for public use. And because Clarksville's business district is filled with unique shops and restaurants, it's a great destination for a winter day trip.