From indoor and outdoor state rinks to wide-open spaces at state parks, winter fun is always within reach in the Show-Me State.
While the Lake of the Ozarks is best known as a summer getaway, one of the area’s attractions is designed for winter fun. The Ice at Old Kinderhook is at the Old Kinderhook resort, five miles west of Camdenton. The outdoor ice rink is especially beautiful at night. After several turns (falls?) on the ice, step inside for a meal at the Trophy Room.
If ice skating is indeed your thing, Missouri has you covered. In Kansas City, for example, the Crown Center Ice Terrace is a well-known landmark that offers outdoor fun November through March. Take your own skates or rent some at the rink. If you get cold, walk across the street to Crown Center for food, shopping and kid-friendly attractions, including SEA LIFE Aquarium, LegoLand Discovery Center and Kaleidoscope, where children can express their creativity through hands-on art projects.
Ice skaters also enjoy visiting the Rink at Burlington Creek in Kansas City, which offers public skate sessions, skating lessons and pond hockey.
Across the state, Steinberg Skating Rink is a popular choice for those visiting the St. Louis area. Steinberg is one of many attractions found in Forest Park, where the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum offer a warm environment for those seeking entertainment.
Several more ice-skating venues are found across Missouri, including the Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City and Centerpoint Medical Center Community Ice at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
If your travels lead you to Springfield, don't miss the ice-skating fun at Mediacom Ice Park, an expansive indoor skating venue that's open for public skating. It's also the home ice for Missouri State University's Ice Bears.
While in Springfield, be sure to visit the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park (check their website for winter hours), a destination that’s sure to please visitors of all ages. Guests meet with a variety of animals, from sheep and goats to pheasant and quail. In the cozy environs of the farm’s big red barn, you can escape colder temperatures. If the weather cooperates, young visitors generally take time for the outdoor playground (farm themed, of course), so plan accordingly.
Because you can't spend the entire winter on ice skates, you'll need footwear of a different sort when you visit Echo Bluff State Park near Eminence. From the spacious lodge to cozy cabins, you find plenty of options for overnight lodging. Spend your days hiking or mountain biking on the park's trails and soaking up the region's natural beauty.
Speaking of biking, when was the last time you crossed Missouri on your bike? It's now a little easier, thanks to Missouri State Parks opening of the Rock Island Spur, off the Katy Trail. The spur, which spans about 47 miles, meets the Katy near Windsor and stretches west to Pleasant Hill - meaning you now can bicycle from the St. Louis metro area to the Kansas City metro area along one trail line.
Winter is here, but cold temperatures don’t stop the fun in Missouri. Learn more about the Show-Me State as you explore VisitMO.com. Remember to always verify hours of operation and admission prices at the attractions you plan to visit.