When the snow falls and winter comes, it can be tempting to curl up on the couch and hide under the blanket until spring arrives. Fortunately, there are plenty of enjoyable outdoor winter activities in Kentucky to keep you entertained. From skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing to tobogganing, snowshoeing and more, here are the 10 best winter activities to do outdoors in Kentucky.
If the winter blues have really got you down, why not take a family break to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, approximately three hours from Lexington, Kentucky? You'll find something to enjoy regardless of age or ability - why not pick up skiing or snowboarding lessons, rent equipment if you need to, or enroll the kids in the excellent Doodles Program, which gives them professional teaching by very friendly instructors? And afterwards, you can all sit down together, warm up and reflect on the day's adventures over a delicious meal.
Red Bird State Forest offers over 28 miles of marked and groomed trails for snowmobiling. With picturesque views of the Red Bird River Valley and plenty of accommodations, it's the perfect spot for an unforgettable day of snowmobiling.
Bobby and Barkley lakes are two of the state's premier destination for ice fishing. The lakes are connected by a canal and are stocked with plenty of bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. A fishing license is required.
Do you feel the need for speed? Come on down to Joe Creason Park, which is located at 1297 Trevilian Way, for an unforgettable tobogganing experience. Challenge your bravery and take a ride down the enormous hill - you're sure to have a blast! It's near the Louisville Zoo, the Mega Cavern, and the lovely Audubon Park neighborhood, so why not make a day of it? Show gravity who's boss!
Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the seasonal scenery in Fort Boonesborough State Park. The park offers a self-guide tour and various snowshoeing trails, which are suitable for all skill levels.
Families have been enjoying sledding at Chautauqua Park for decades now. The 900 Baseline Road hill, otherwise known as “Chautauqua Hill”, has become an iconic spot for everyone in the city. The expansive slope allows for several children, friends, and families to go zooming down the hill at the same time. With its perfect combination of width and steepness, this hill is the perfect spot to get the best sledding experience ever.
When the snow falls, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is an ideal destination for winter hiking. The park has over 80 miles of hiking trails with stunning winter views, plus plenty of camping and other winter activities.
Northern Kentucky Ice Center is the premier all-year indoor ice rink in Northern Kentucky, boasting two ice surfaces including a full-size NHL rink and a smaller studio rink. From sticktime, beginner skaters, private parties and broomball to hockey games, figure skating and public ice sessions, there is something for everyone. It has a rich history producing many national and international figure skaters, as well as hockey players who have progressed to junior and college levels.
Liberty Park in Lexington is home to a large snow tubing and sledding area. The park also has a number of winter activities, such as tobogganing, ice skating and snowman making.
For an adrenaline-filled experience, check out the Zip Line Canopy Tour Park in Lexington. The park offers a variety of snow tubing activities, such as single tube runs and family courses.