Winter has settled its harsh temperatures over the Sandhills. With snowcapped trees, iced over lakes, and the frost covered streets, the evenings have become frigid and the days cool. But even with the snow covering the grass, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to partake in while you are on vacation. With many different things to do in the winter, we wanted to help you out by giving you a few ideas of ways to celebrate the last few months of winter before it gives way to spring.
- Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. This is a great way to take your hike to the next level. Rent some snowshoes or cross-country skis from the local outdoor store and go to some of the higher elevations where there is a significant amount of snow. Ask any of our Sandhills staff for their favorite hiking spots to go snowshoeing at.
- Have a photo expedition. The snow creates a magical new world that looks completely different even to those who know the area like the back of their hands. Your outdoor activities don’t have to be super strenuous. Just take a camera (your phone will do) and go out for a walk and take some fantastic pictures of the newly painted landscape.
- Have a winter picnic. Who says that picnics are only good for the summer? One of our favorite things to do in the winter is packing a picnic basket and going out for a winter picnic. Pack numerous blankets and soup in a thermos and head out to your favorite grassy spot for a picnic. You can even take some hot chocolate or apple cider along for something warm to drink.
- Build a snow fort. Get in touch with your inner Eskimo and enjoy building a snow fort. Another popular winter outdoor activities include having a snow ball fight. Your snow fort is your home base and snow ball storage area. Loser buys the winners hot chocolate.
- Go ice fishing. Its’ a tricky, but rewarding outdoor activity that can really teach your kids great life skills. Do some research before going and make sure you have the proper equipment. Ask any of our Sandhills staff which their favorite lake is to go to for ice fishing and plan accordingly. Don’t forget the blankets and warm clothing!
There are plenty of things to do in the winter that can be done outside, rather than staying inside and being a hermit. The rolling Nebraska Sandhills prove an excellent backdrop for winter outdoor activities that are an experience anyone can enjoy. Just don’t forget the hot chocolate!