Winter doesn’t seem to have a lot of fans. Most of us tend to pass the time patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaiting spring’s arrival. But what if we decided to make the most of the season instead of always noticing how cold, dreary, and gray it gets? What if, instead of bemoaning the frozen precipitation that adorns our lawns and sidewalks, we take with us the spirit of summer and seek adventure? It’s out there, and we know where you can find it – right in your backyard. Here are 5 of our favorites:
Skating at Steinberg Rink
Getting outside regardless of the time of year is incredibly beneficial to your health. Take it a step further and get your blood pumping at Steinberg Rink in St. Louis. It’s the largest outdoor rink in the Midwest and is open every day during winter! Don’t forget to take a break from skating once in a while and warm up with some hot cocoa by the bonfire!
Visit the Penguins at the Zoo
We know what you might be thinking – this sounds way too cold of an adventure to have in winter. After all, St. Louis Zoo’s Penguin & Puffin Coast is the perfect place to go in July or August, not January. But only in the winter can you see these adorable creatures waddle outside! If you’re lucky and the conditions are just right, you might get to witness an adorable penguin parade at the zoo.
Hit the Trails
Hiking isn’t only reserved for the warmer months. In fact, there’s so much more you can see and enjoy when the leaves have all fallen! Quiet and observant trailblazers may notice several species of birds like dark-eyed juncos, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, and woodpeckers enjoying their day. Besides, there’s really nothing like the serenity of a trail in winter, making it the perfect place to appreciate your surroundings and just be.
Spot Bald Eagles in Alton
During the colder months, bald eagles journey down to the lower 48 states – and Alton is one of their favorite spots. Hit the Great River Road to see how many you can find! You’re sure to have luck if you visit Pere Marquette State Park, the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, or the Confluence Tower. Keep your eyes peeled, scan the trees in silence, and you just might see a few of these majestic birds!
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron
If you want to get out of the house but dread enduring the cold, then we have the answer for you. The Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden is a balmy 85 degrees year-round! Escape the winter weather for a little bit by walking through the palm trees and tropical plants as the sound of gentle waterfalls runs in the background.
How do you enjoy the winter season? Did we overlook any seasonal adventures? Let us know in the comments!