Yes, it is cold outside but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some other door winter fun. Dress warm and get ready to make some fun memories in Illinois when the temperatures are low.

There are some unique winter activities for the entire family awaiting in Northern Illinois, which you're about to learn about and likely add to your to-do list.

But first...

If you're close to the Wisconsin/Illinois border two winter favorites just officially opened for the winter season in Rockford.

Snow Park at Alpine Hills via Facebook
Snow Park at Alpine Hills via Facebook
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Snow Park at Alpine Hills, near E. State Street and Alpine Road, just opened and, with the cold weather sticking around, there's no excuse to not check it out. Just dress warmly.

Go Rockford via Facebook
Go Rockford via Facebook
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The lagoon at Nicholas Conservatory is also for public ice skating. You can learn more about both here.

Even more winter fun awaits nearby.

Snow tubing and ice skating are fun, don't get me wrong, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, these are definitely worth checking out.

White Pines Ranch via Facebook
White Pines Ranch via Facebook
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White Pines Ranch has a day/overnight of fun awaiting in Oregon, Illinois.

Guests arrive at 9 am to get their things settled before the fun begins, including horseback riding, grooming, orienteering, mapping, and horse saddling. There will also be sledding, cross-country skiing, hiking, crafts, initiative tasks, and wilderness survival tips.

White Pines Ranch via Facebook
White Pines Ranch via Facebook
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At night there are hayrides, indoor bingo, line dancing, and even a campfire before bed. Sunday includes breakfast and more activities until early afternoon.

The experience is on January 15 & 16, and February 12 & 13. You can read more about it here.

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Not only is it a prime opportunity to spot bald eagles high in the school at Starved Rock State Park, but it's also the time of the year to see winter magic in a natural setting.

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks via Facebook
Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks via Facebook
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All things Starved Rock can be found here.

[h/t Only In Your State]

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