Discover 18 Midwest Winter Adventures
Play on frozen ponds
You don't have to skate like Wayne Gretzky to play games on the ice. Heck, you don't even have to skate. Just bundle up, grab some brooms and a ball and head to the pond. In this twist on hockey, everyone seems equally awkward, which gives nonathletes a fighting chance.
Make a party out of icy games at the annual University of Okoboji Winter Games (uofowintergames.com) in northwest Iowa. The event includes softball, bowling and miniature golf -- all on the frozen West Okoboji Lake.
Wherever you head out on the ice, be safe. Look for 6 inches of clear, fresh ice or stick to areas declared ready for use by local recreation departments.