The St. Louis winter weather may make you want to stay indoors for the next five months, but there are lots of fun things to do in the chilly months that don’t involve gaining winter weight and sitting on your couch all day, every day. There is no reason to not get outside and enjoy the weather, even if it’s five degrees out!
Ice skating is one of the most popular winter activities, especially in St. Louis. Steinberg outdoor skating rink in Forest Park is one of the most popular places to be in the long winter months and is one of the largest outdoor rinks in the Midwest. You can skate, hang out by the fire, take in beautiful views of Forest Park, or eat and drink at the Snowflake Café.
Steinberg offers skate rental and skating, and even lessons for all ages from mid-November through the beginning of March. Admission for skating is $6 and skate rental is only four dollars. Group rates and season passes are also available.
For more information and hours of operation, check out their website here. Some other ice rinks in the area are Kirkwood Ice Skating rink, iceZone at St. Louis Mills Mall, and Shaw Park Ice Rink in Clayton.
Another winter weather favorite is snowboarding and skiing. Hidden Valley Ski Resort is the place to go if you want to go skiing or snowboarding in St. Louis. Hidden Valley, located in Wildwood, has more than a dozen trails and over 30 acres of terrain. The most popular nights to go are Friday and Saturday for night skiing and snowboarding.
The slopes usually open in mid-December and remain open until February or March. Hidden Valley also offers lessons for snowboarding and skiing for children and adults and also a kid’s zone for the kiddos. Check out their website for information on when they will be opening and rates here.
Sledding is always a go to winter activity. Yes, it’s something that you can do in your own back yard but why settle for that when you can visit Art Hill in Forest Park? Here, you’ll find hundred of kids, teenagers and even adults dragging their sleds up the hill and sledding down time after time. The huge hill stretches from the Art Museum to the Grand Basin and is known as the best sledding hill in St. Louis and has even become a tradition for some families and the best part, it’s free!
Other famous places in St. Louis to sled are at Blanchette Park in St. Louis, Suson Park in South County, the Dam at Lake St. Louis, and Bluebird Park in Ellisville.
So once the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling, grab your friends and family and head out to have some winter weather fun!