Winter Activities in Louisville
When it’s the winter season, many prefer to stay indoors wrapped in their warm blankets. But what about those who are in the mood to leave the house? The good news is, Louisville has places to offer where you or your kids can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities during this cold season.
Although it doesn’t get cold enough to go ice skating outdoors, there are a couple of indoor ice skating rinks that Louisville can offer.
The first one is the Iceland Sports Complex which has two full ice skating rinks and skates rentals. It is open the whole year round and they offer Ice Skating and Figure Skating lessons. They also have Ice Hockey and a Pro Shop where they can sharpen your skates or repair it, and they also sell hockey equipment. Or you can just join others for a public skating session. The admission fee is $6.00 and the skate rentals are $2.00 for figure skates and $3.00 for hockey skates. Iceland Sports Complex is located at 1701 UPS Drive.
The second rink is the Alpine Ice Arena located at 1825 Gardiner Lane. The good thing about this one is that they have open skate hours every day of the week. They also have a pro shop and a snack bar. Your birthday falls on a winter day? Rent one of their five party rooms to celebrate your birthday! They also offer skate sales, repair and sharpening. And you can also enroll in their figure and hockey lessons. The admission fee is $6.00 and the skate rentals is for $3.00, but they give $1.00 off for kids aged 6 and under. Oh and do not forget to check out Daisy the Goat who lives behind the arena.
If you want to go sledding, Metro Parks designated 6 sites for public sledding. When it snows enough to sled, there are designated staffs to man the hills with first aid kits, to build bonfires if the temperature gets extremely cold and to call emergency services if there are any undesirable situations. The sledding hills will be open from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. The 6 hills that are approved safe for sledding are:
- Baringer Hill in Cherokee Park
- George Rogers Clark Park; behind the playground.
- Joe Creason Park; behind the Metro Parks administration building
- Tyler Park on the side of the Tyler Park Drive
- McNeely Lake Park; near the Korean War Memorial
- Charlie Vettiner Park; near the Easum Road entrance
If you’re more into skiing, Louisville doesn’t have a place where you can do that, but approximately one hour from Louisville is Paoli Peaks. They produce snow during winter months for people to have fun at the slopes. They also offer lessons and you can also do snow tubing and snowboarding. They also serve food, lodgings and rental for equipment. For the rates and further information, you may check their website: http://www.paolipeaks.com.
Another nearby place where you can go skiing is the Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg IN, which is approximately 2 hours from Louisville. The Perfect North Slopes lodge has 3 areas. The Main Lodge is where you can find a small cafeteria, while you can find a small skiing and snowboarding shop in the East Lodge. The West Lodge is the original one and the Main and East lodges where additions. They also have a 750-foot tubing run with 3 sections and 23 lanes. There are also two terrain parks which you can use depending on your skill level; there is an advanced terrain park and a beginner terrain park.
Whether you want to enjoy the winter season indoors, or you want to have more action in the snow, Louisville can give you both options. Do not forget to put on a lot of layers of clothes so you won’t get frost bite and enjoy every bit of the winter season!