So embrace the colder temperatures and experience all the area has to offer to keep you busy on a Lake Geneva winter getaway.
Tour an Ice Castle
Colorfully luminous, imaginatively shaped, and sprawling across an acre of Riviera Beach in downtown Lake Geneva, Ice Castles is a majestic treat for residents and visitors this winter season. Featuring ice-carved slides, tunnels and crawl spaces, be sure to wear boots and bring a small sled to pull children. This undeniable attraction will draw thousands so buy tickets in advance at www.visitlakegeneva.com.
Take Hovercraft, Helicopter, and Zipline Rides
Get adventurous with a different kind of ride. Try a hovercraft ride during the Lake Geneva Hovercraft Challenge held on January 26th. Rides are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old. Or fly high with helicopter rides offered February 2nd and 3rd during Winterfest. Lake Geneva Canopy Tours is open all winter long offering clear views of the sky as you zipline through the bare trees.
Go to a Festival
Winterfest: January 26th – February 3rd
Celebrate the season at Lake Geneva’s annual Winterfest. This nine-day festival offers more than a dozen fun events and activities for all ages. Choose from Human Dog Sled Races, a wine pairing dinner, magic and illusion shows at the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, helicopter rides, live music and entertainment, and a winter carnival at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort. Find more Winterfest details and special packages at www.visitlakegeneva.com/winterfest/.
See a Competition
United States National Snow Sculpting Championship: January 30th – February 2nd
Watch teams of the most talented sculptors and artists from across the country create works of art out of 8-foot wide by 9-foot tall snow blocks. After about three days’ work, competitors will vote to name the best of the best. There is also a “people’s choice” winner based on ballots available to the public at the competition.
Amsoil Championship Snocross National Tour: March 15th – 17th
Head to Grand Geneva Resort & Spa to see the top professional snocross racers and leading freestyle athletes compete in Nielsen’s Grand Finale of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series. The track on Grand Geneva’s Mountain Top ski hill allows for both indoor and outdoor viewing of up close, high-flying snowmobile action.
Go Skiing or Snowboarding
No worries if fresh falling snow is not in the forecast, the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort and nearby Wilmot Mountain make their own snow. So strap into skis or a snowboard and enjoy the fun offered at these easily accessible and affordable ski resorts.
Fly a Kite
Head to Lake Lawn Resort’s Sky Circus on Ice, February 15th – 17th, to see gigantic kite displays and airborne performances by world-class kite teams. Hands-on kite making workshops, expert-led kite flying lessons and family winter activities add to the fun throughout the weekend. Check out the special Sky Circus on Ice stay packages.
Explore Scenic Trails
Lake Geneva has many scenic trails and nature areas for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice-skating. Canopy Tours rents snowshoes for $15 per day including access to their nine miles of Arbor Trails.
Get on the Ice
New this year, an ice-skating rink has been added to Flat Iron Park in downtown Lake Geneva. Ice skaters can also find rinks at The Abbey Resort, The Ridge Hotel, Lake Lawn Resort and Grand Geneva Resort. The best sledding hills are at Big Foot Beach State Park and near the parking lot at Sage and Mill Streets in downtown Lake Geneva. Anglers will find plenty of action ice fishing area lakes. Geneva Lake, Delavan Lake and Lake Como all have large pike populations. Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle and Lake Geneva Fishing Guide Service offer guides and equipment rental.
Take it Indoors
While area resorts and hotels offer indoor pools, a perennial favorite is Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark at Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva. The Waterpark boasts 50,000 square feet of water fun with two gigantic heated waterslides from a 35-foot tower, one of which has you swooshing to music and flashing lights.
Consider live entertainment with cabaret style music shows at Rosewood, Vegas-style equestrian shows at Dancing Horses Theatre, or musical theatre, drama and comedy shows at the Belfry Music Theatre. Lake Geneva Clue Room escape games are challenging and fun and The Tristan Crist Magic Theatre show is a must.
Shop, Dine and Stay
Stroll the downtown streets of Lake Geneva and Delavan for one of a kind shops and small-town hospitality. The five specialty shops at The Fireside Dinner Theatre also offer one of a kind items and well-known gift lines.
Favorite breakfast spots include Egg Harbor, Joni’s Diner and Simple. Great pizza is found at Oakfire, Next Door Pub and Pie High Pizza. Dinner favorites include Café Calamari, Pier 290 and Tuscan Tavern & Grill. Resort fine dining options include 240° West at the Abbey Resort and Ristorante Brissago at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Frontier at Lake Lawn Resort and Hunt Club Steakhouse at Geneva National.
Area hotels and resorts make it easy to get cozy and relax with fireplaces, lounges, spas and more. For help finding your place to stay during your winter getaway, call (800) 345-1020 or go to www.visitlakegeneva.com.