Snow What If It's Cold Out? 5 Ways To Enjoy Your Parks In Winter

January 6, 2017 by Lauryn Stalter

Friends, there are lots of chilly days ahead. But with so many ways to enjoy your parks in winter, we hope you'll join us outdoors. Trust us, the brisk is worth the reward.

Whether you're the type who likes to bundle up and explore snowy trails, or the type who'd rather find a warm place to nestle in on a cold afternoon, read on for just a few of the countless ways to enjoy your parks in winter.

Skaters at the Schenley Park rink. Photo: Melissa McMasters

1. Lace up at the Schenley Park ice rink

Seven days a week, you can take part in the Ice Capades at the Schenley rink. Sprinkled throughout the skating season are Citiparks' annual events like Mascot Skate and Valentine's on Ice. Find prices, hours, and information here.

Image of a girl throwing snow into the air2. Take a hike, explore a winter wonderland

Your parks in winter are a wonderland; and more often than not they're quieter and less crowded, almost like you have them to yourself. Trails are open all year, but take care to watch for icy and snowy conditions. Trails aren't salted, so as to protect park ecosystems. 

3. Discover something new with a naturalist

Our naturalist educators are a wealth of parks knowledge. Check our online calendar regularly for opportunities to take part in free, family-friendly hikes and events that happen outside and in our cozy Frick Environmental Center classrooms. Check the schedule here. 

4. Meet new park pals

Get together with others who are passionate about parks at monthly events with Urban EcoSteward volunteers. New to the group? No problem! These events are open to all. The first event of the year is the January Winter Gathering at Wigle Whiskey. Proceeds benefit the Urban EcoSteward program! Learn more and see upcoming events here. 

Urban Ecostewards on a hike in Frick Park

5. Warm up at a cool spot

When you just gotta come in from the cold, there are quite a few spots that boast a great view of the parks while you get warm. Wrap your hands around a warm beverage at the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center; grab a bite at The Porch at Schenley; or spend an afternoon in the living room of the Frick Environmental Center.

There are countless ways to enjoy the parks even on the coldest days. We'd love to hear what inspires you to play outside. Share your thoughts below!

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