By Wade Ellett, Let’s move Quad Cities Outdoor Blogger
Happy 2017! When my wife and I left the Quad Cities to visit family for the holidays, snow covered the ground, and the temperature hovered in the single digits. We were a little surprised to return to 40-degree temperatures and nary a snowflake.
I imagine there are two groups of people reading this: the first celebrated clear roads and the dearth of winter coats as they hung up their snow shovels. The other camp lamented the lack of snow on the ground as they longed for all of their favorite outdoor winter activities.
If you’re one of the latter you’re in luck, because cold temperatures and snow are coming back (if they haven’t shown up already)! If you’re in the former group however, I’m going to encourage you to give winter another shot.
Check out my Favorite QC Winter Ways to Have Fun.
You’ll find more hills around the Quad Cities than most places, so if you feel like a thrilling ride, pick up a sled and head out.
You can find especially good sledding at Fejervary Park and Duck Creek Park in Davenport, Scott County Park in Eldridge, Camden Park in Milan, and Lincoln and Longview Parks in Rock Island.
You’d think that a guy like me would have done a little snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at some point in his life, but I actually never have!
I’ve decided to change that this year, by heading out to the Wapsi River Center in Dixon, IA, for some beautiful snowy days.
Call ahead to schedule your outing, and to make sure there’s enough snow on the ground.
They have equipment that will fit both children and adults, so bring the whole family! Go here for more information.
3. Ice skating
Check out Frozen Landing Ice Rink in Bettendorf. The rink is open to everyone, regardless of skill level or age, and skates are available to rent for $2.00. Hours vary according to the weather, so check here and call ahead to ensure the rink is open.
Ice skating is also available at Riverside Park Lagoon in Moline and Vander Veer Park Lagoon in Davenport. You’ll have to provide your own skates.
Be sure to check the posted signs indicating whether or not the ice is safe for skating!
4. Race away the cold
If you like to run, and still want to get outside, there are more races coming up!
There’s always races going on in and around the Quad Cities, so keep your eye on upcoming runs here.
5. Skiing and snowboarding
Snowstar Winter Park in Andalusia, IL, serves up plenty of snowy fun for the whole family.
Whether you want to snowboard or ski, or if snow tubing is more of what you’re looking for, Snowstar Winter Park has you covered. Don’t worry if you’ve never had skis on your feet or balanced on a snowboard before; trained instructors offer group lessons and private instruction to get you on the slopes.
6. Winter Fun and Valentine’s Day Events
Maybe you’d be better served by hitting up an event like Scott County’s Winter Fun Day on Saturday, February 11, or Black Hawk State Historic Site’s Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk on Tuesday, February 14.
These events would be a good opportunity to get a little bit of time outside while retaining the ability to retreat back into the warmth, if that’s what you need to stay active over the winter months.
Embrace your inner snowman!
Just make sure to layer up, stay warm, and get that hot chocolate when you’re back inside!
|Meet Wade Ellett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Outdoor Blogger. Wade is an outdoor adventurer who shares his passion for QC outdoor adventures here! Read his other posts by clicking here.|