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Things to Do in Michigan in Winter

Updated on December 1, 2014

Michigan in Winter

While Michigan is perhaps better known for being a water and camping wonderland in summer, there is plenty to do during the winter months, both indoors and out.


Michigan has lots of snow and numerous ski hills scattered around the state.  These aren't the mountains of Colorado and Switzerland, but they'll do for a few fun afternoons.  Some of best known are Boyne and Crystal Mountain at the northern end of the Lower Peninsula, but there are other spots around the state, including Caberfae in Cadillac, Cannonsburg in Grand Rapids, Pine Knob outside Detroit and many smaller spots.  If you already know how to ski, you're all set.  If you don't, you can rent skis and sign up for a class and you'll be zooming down the bunny hill in no time.  The black diamond might take a little longer.

Indoor Water Parks

Popular with kids, teens and adults, indoor water parks are kept at a balmy temperature and are filled with slides, splash pads, swimming pools, hot tubs - a welcome relief from the snowy weather outdoors. There are several in Michigan, including Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain, Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City and in Splash Village in Frankenmuth.


City Delights

Have a fine meal, enjoy a play or music concert, attend a sports event and browse a museum in one of Michigan's cities. You can find all these activities and more in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Lansing.


If gaming is your pleasure, or you just enjoy a night out at the casino dining and listening to live music, you can check out one of Michigan's casinos. The glitziest are the Detroit casinos: Greektown Casino, Motor City Casino and the MGM Grand, but there are smaller, Native American casinos around the state, like Little River Casinoin Manistee and Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant.

Winter Sports

If you look around, you'll find that most larger towns in Michigan have a place for sledding and ice skating. A few offer more unusual activities, like the luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex or snow tubing at the Double J Resort in Rothbury.

Luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex


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