3 Fun Winter Camping Activities

With winter comes a whole slew of exciting activities. From sledding to ice skating, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy during the cold season. Many people use the winter as a fun time to go camping! If you are considering a winter camping trip, you may be wondering what on earth people do when camping in such chilly weather. Swimming is definitely out of the question, and fishing on a frozen lake probably isn’t going to be enjoyable for most.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other activities that are made even better by winter weather. Of course, there are the obvious ones such as building snow forts, pelting one another with snowballs, and other typical winter activities like the ones mentioned above. However, sometimes snow just isn’t handy; other times, getting soaked with snow probably isn’t a great idea (this is especially true when camping, as it can be hard to dry and warm up).

Below are three fun winter activities that are best done during the coldest times of year. These do not necessarily need to be done in the snow, and certainly don’t require you to get wet.

1. Stargazing

Did you know that the very best time to look up into the night sky is during the winter? This is due to a variety of factors, including more hours of darkness to work with, clearer skies (due to lower humidity), and the direction the earth is facing during the season.

Take advantage of this by making some piping-hot cocoa, laying out a blanket, and snuggling up with friends and family while you gaze out into the endless night sky. Bring along a constellation book and see how many you can find. Alternatively, a telescope could be brought out in order to give everyone an up-close view of the moon, stars, and visible planets.

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2. Bird Watching

Bird watching can be done during any season. However, winter bird watching is especially fun due to the lack of leaves on the trees. This makes viewing our fine feathered friends an easy task, because there is no foliage to give them cover.

In order to attract birds to your site, set out a pine cone covered in both peanut butter and birdseed. Break out the binoculars and a birdwatching book, and see how many beautiful little flying creatures you can find.

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3. Animal Tracking

Animal tracking is best done when there is a nice, fresh layer of snow on the ground. However, even the soft, moist ground that is so often found during the snowy winter months would work. This is a wonderful activity to be done during a hike and is made even more exciting when a book on animal tracks is brought along.

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As you can see, there is plenty to do on a camping trip even in the dead of winter. However, if you are planning a trip for this year, it is important that you act fast. Spring is almost here, and although spring camping is equally as fun, it is an entirely different experience from the cold stillness of a winter trek in the wilderness.

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