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Embracing Michigan’s Winter Wonderland: Top Ten Activities to Enjoy this Season

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Top Ten Activities to Enjoy this Winter Season in Michigan

Michigan’s winter transforms the landscape into a snowy playground, with an array of activities for residents and visitors alike. While the lower peninsula is overdue for a good dose of the white stuff, rest assured, it will come. From the warmth of winery tours to the exhilaration of ice fishing, Michigan offers fun for everyone. Bundle up and discover the top ten fun-filled activities to make the most of the colder season in the Great Lakes State.

1. Winter Winery Tours: Michigan’s wineries aren’t exclusive to warmer months. Wintery winery tours, across the state and especially in regions like Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula offer a unique blend of snowy landscapes and locally crafted wines. Savor the flavors while surrounded by the tranquility of the vineyard in winter.

2. Ice Skating: Experience the enchantment of winter with outdoor ice skating. Outdoor rinks offer a festive atmosphere and fun for all ages. Our favorites? Campus Martius Park in Detroit and Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. Both deliver a bit of magic while skating under the twinkling lights at the heart of the cities. Here’s a list of rinks, compiled by Pure Michigan in the Lower Peninsula! 

3. Skiing: Michigan’s ski resorts, like Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands cater to all levels of skiers. With well-groomed slopes and stunning vistas, these resorts offer a variety of skiing and snowboarding options for both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts. Check out this list of upcoming events, provided by Ski Michigan.

4. Snowshoeing: Discover Michigan’s winter landscapes with trails designed for snowshoeing. Destinations like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Picture Rocks National Lakeshore offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of snow-covered forests and dunes. The Awesome Mitten shares more options located across Michigan with, 27 Frosty Places for Snowshoeing in Michigan with Scenic Views.

5. Ice Fishing: For an adrenaline rush on Michigan’s frozen lakes, try ice fishing in popular destinations like Houghton Lake, Lake St. Clair or Saginaw Bay. Bundle up, drill a hole and enjoy the thrill of catching perch, walleye or northern pike while surrounded the calm of our frozen lakes.

6. Tubing: For another family-friendly adventure, try tubing down snow-covered hills. Resorts like TreeTops in Gaylord provide groomed tubing lanes and return services, making it a thrilling and accessible activity suitable for all ages. For more locations, visit Pure Michigan here.

7. Winter Night Walks: Enter a magical winter realm with night walking trails, like Glenlore Trails in Commerce Township. Illuminated walking trails guide you through enchanting woods, creating a perfect atmosphere for family strolls or romantic evenings. OnlyinYourState shares a list of 9 Picturesque Trails In Michigan That Are Perfect for Hiking… be sure to confirm these are prepared for night walks when traveling.

8. Snowmobiling: Enjoy the rush of the cold by exploring Michigan’s extensive network of snowmobile trails, particularly in the Upper Peninsula. Glide through miles of groomed paths surrounded by breathtaking snowy terrain.

9. Ice Shows and Winter Festivals: Indulge in the artistry of ice sculpting like Plymouth’s Ice Festival, ice skating and more by attending one of a variety of wonderfully fun festivals. Travel Michigan has a few recommendations!

10. Winter Photography: Capture the breathtaking beauty of Michigan’s winter landscapes through photography. From snow-covered lighthouses along Lake Michigan to frozen waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan offers countless opportunities for stunning winter shots that will leave you in awe. Just Google “Michigan winter photography” for ideas!

Michigan’s winter season offers activities for every age and preference. Whether you crave the tranquility of snowshoeing or the excitement of tubing, Michigan provides an enchanting backdrop for winter memories. Embrace the chill and make the most of the snowy season.

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