Take it outside

Bemidji, Minn.

Outdoor enthusiasts can try golfing on ice, turkey bowling and sled building during the Polar Daze Festival Friday through Jan. 24 in Bemidji, Minn. Folks looking to treat their palate can check out the Taste of Northern Minnesota Jan. 24 at the Northern Inn Convention Center; tickets are $15 (call 1-218-444-3541). Other festival activities include a polar plunge, candlelight skiing and snowshoeing (1-800-458-2223; www.bemidji.org).

Winter in motion

Spicer, Minn.

A winter festival Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 9 in Spicer, Minn., will include activities for shaking off cabin fever such as a fish fry, wine tasting and art exhibit. Outdoor events include snowboarding, snowmobiling, a 5K run/walk, softball tournament and polar plunge. Or, take a horse and buggy ride, go to the fireworks and see the ice castle (1-320-796-8066; www.spicermn.com).

Fur traders frolic

Pine City, Minn.

The North West Company Fur Post in Pine City, Minn., hosts its annual Winter Frolic Saturday. Visitors can try snowshoeing and curling and learn about winter travel in the fur-trade era. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $4 for children ages 6 to 17 (1-320-629-6356; www.mnhs.org/nwcfurpost).

Tracking the eagles

Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, Wis.

Bald Eagle Watching Days Saturday and next Sunday in Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, Wis., feature bird-watching tours, live birds of prey, children's activities, exhibits and wildlife photography (1-800-683-2453; www.saukprairie.com).

COLLEEN A. COLES