Winter Outdoor Recreation in Indiana’s Cool North

In the winter months, Indiana's Cool North truly earns its name with a variety of outdoor activities like ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. While some activities are weather-dependent, seize the days when conditions align perfectly. Moreover, there are specific ice skating opportunities available that don't rely on snow or cold weather, making them a must-see!

Zao Island Amusement Center for Mini-Golf and More

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Zao Island Amusement Center in Valparaiso, is a premier destination for family fun, featuring two mini-golf courses, go-karts, an extensive arcade, batting cages, laser tag, and a unique reptile exhibit. The center is ideal for birthday parties, group outings, and family gatherings. Visitors can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and explore the lush, themed landscaping, making Zao Island a well-rounded entertainment spot for all ages.

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  • 36 Minutes to South Shore
  • 39 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 69 Minutes to Elkhart County

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