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Things to Do in Michigan in Winter
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.
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.