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The Elgin Area’s Ultimate Winter Activities Bucket List

Winter is special. It’s a magical time to explore a different side to the woods. From cold, crisp, frosty mornings, to chilly, starlit evenings. Discover a whole winter wonderland with our icy activities list.

By: Breanne Moreno


Cross Country Skiing Trails at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin

  1. Go ice skating! In the Elgin area, you can go indoors at Leafs Ice Centre, or head outdoors to City Skate downtown Elgin.
  2. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding or the largest tubing park in the area at Villa Olivia!  Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to skiing, Villa Olivia offers a fun range of options for your whole family. Enjoy the chairlifts and gentle or more challenging slopes; private and group lessons are available.
  3. Looking for free Elgin area winter activities?  Walk or snowshoe the Fox Riverfront and take a look at how beautiful the frozen trees and river look as the sunlight gleams upon them.
  4. Have fun outdoors doing something other than sledding and tubing!  Try snowshoeing along the Fox River Bike Path or any of the areas  20,704 acres of beautiful forest preserves for a new adventure!
  5. Go cross-country skiing at Bowes Creek Country Club! Call or visit the proshop for more details.
  6. Ice Fishing is pretty fun and the basics are simple. All you need is a frozen lake and a fishing pole. Enjoy the day with a buddy oron your own.  Only available at Paul Wolff Forest Preserve
  7. Explore one of the best Snowmobiling trails in Illinois on the Great Western Trail

Kane County Forest Preserves Winter Brochure

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