Have you ever been snowshoeing before? It's basically just hiking on top of the snow. And if you can walk, you can snowshoe. See the forest in a whole new way!
The following nature centers offer snowshoe rentals, kid-friendly trails, and guided snowshoe hikes.
Havenwoods State Forest (Free!)
6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee, WI 53209
Snowshoers are welcome to explore over 6 miles of trails in Havenwoods State Forest, and you can borrow snowshoes any time the nature center is open. The “People and the Land” trail is especially kid friendly at just 1.3 miles.
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132
For a small fee, anyone over five years old can rent snowshoes for up to three hours between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for $10/pair. You can use them throughout Whitnall Park. The center offers over five miles of hiking trails.
The Lake Loop is a one and half mile easy hike that takes you along the shores of Mallard Lake, and leads you right to a waterfall into the Root River. For very young kids, try the Family Friendly Trail, a simple half mile hike with lots of benches and photo opportunities.
Urban Ecology Center
Riverside Park: 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee, WI 53211 - (414) 964-8505
Washington Park: 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208 - (414) 344-5460
Menomonee Valley: 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53215 - (414) 431-2940
By becoming a member at the Urban Ecology Center, you’ll have the opportunity to rent out their nature equipment, including snowshoes.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Keep an eye on the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center website and calendar. They occasionally offer low-cost, guided Family Snowshoe events, during which they provide the snowshoes.
1130 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Keep an eye on the Hawthorn Glen Facebook Page. They occasionally offer low-cost snowshoe hikes for which they provide snowshoes. Sometimes the hikes are even candlelit!