15 Best Winter Activities to Do in Michigan!

Residents of Michigan have embraced winter, learning how to make the most of it. We've tracked down the top 15 winter activities in the Great Lakes State so you can get out and enjoy the cold weather. There's something for each kind of person, whether skiing at world-class spots, attending cozy holiday festivals, riding the rails, or even snowmobile drag racing. Make the most of the winter season and enjoy these Michigan winter activities.

Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect spot for family bliss. Whether you're looking for an adrenalin-filled escapade in the 38,000-square-foot indoor water park or want to check out all the local events and activities, there's something for every kind of person at this vivacious resort.

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth, MI

Discover Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, the World's Largest Christmas Store. It is filled with 27 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds, where you find your divine holiday decorations. Feel the joy of Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland for yourself.

La Dolce Vita, Detroit, MI

Have the Italian elegance of La Dolce Vita in Detroit. Enjoy classic gourmet reinvented with modern panache in a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere. Taste the freshest ingredients selected daily with creative and Italian cuisine. Let La Dolce Vita transport you into a new world of haute cuisine.

Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort, Iron Mountain, MI

Pine Mountain Ski Resort is where locals and tourists alike go for a legendary day out. With 220 acres of groomed runs and an unbelievable location in Iron Mountain, Michigan, it's no wonder they are the leading family ski resort in the state. From beginners to experts, everyone is welcome to savor the slopes of Pine Mountain.

Snowmobile Drag Racing at Vintage Snowmobile Michigan

Racing in Michigan is a well-known phenomenon, but most people might think that when the snow and ice start flying, that race action must stop. That's not the case, though; in Michigan, people just switch machines. Snowmobiling is a popular pastime, and sometimes, it takes on an even more exciting cast with snowmobile-based drag racing.

Michigan Iceboating

It's time to try ice sailing on Michigan's Great Lakes. Battle the powerful Michigan winds and feel the intensity as you glide in an ice boat across the ice. Kite surfers, sailors, ice skaters, windsurfers, skiers, and snowboarders will all appreciate this wild adventure.

Timberlee Hills, Traverse City, MI

Pack your winter gear and head to this snow-filled playground where families can delight in an action-packed time together, sliding and gliding down their no-lane tubing hill. After working up an appetite, take a break in the homey lodge to reheat and fill up.

Holly Dickens Festival, Holly, MI

The Holly Dickens Festival is a snowy paradise for visitors and locals in Holly. Stroll through historic Battle Alley, browse shops, sample delectable food, and treat your senses with the sights, smells, and sounds of the holiday season. Join thousands of spectators from all over Michigan and beyond for the longest-running festival.

The Christmas Express, Coldwater, MI

Step back in time and board the Coldwater and Quincy Railroad for a tremendous journey with Santa Claus. Gather for a round-trip steam-powered train ride through the countryside and get into the holiday spirit with a bevy of wintry bliss.

Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, Muskegon, MI

Traverse Muskegon State Park with a snowshoe trek. Take in the magnificent views of the white pine forest, Lake Michigan, and Muskegon Lake as you see the trail from the forest floor to the top of the dunes. Come get up close and personal with nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of Muskegon State Park.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

Feel the warmth of the holiday season and the charm of the Greenfield Village at this annual event. Step back in time and immerse yourself in Christmastime's traditional sights, sounds, and smells. Feel the season's joy as you mingle with merrymakers, listen to the carolers and fiddlers, and enjoy the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires.

Fat-Tire Biking at Michigan

Be adventurous this winter and take mountain biking to new heights. Fat-tire biking is the best way to check out the outdoors and enjoy some of the finest trails in the country. Plus, it doesn't matter how talented you are- anyone from novice to master can join the fun.

Michigan Ice Fest at Down Wind Sports, Marquette, MI

The Michigan Ice Fest is the place for aspiring ice monkeys and climbers in the Midwest. With shops full of the most advanced climbing equipment and ice conditions, as well as inexpensive equipment rentals, it's an enticing spot to learn from the pros and find just what you're looking for. Head out to Munising every year on the first weekend in February and prepare for an epic time.

Zingerman's Next Door Café, Ann Arbor, MI

With even more indulgence than Europe's finest, Zingerman's Next Door Café is the spot for a rich and creamy cup of hot chocolate. Get ready for the drinking with cocoa concoctions to entice your taste buds and indulge your sweet tooth. Be prepared to be impressed by this luxe cocoa.

Winter Wonderland Activities at The House on the Hill, Ellsworth, MI

The House on the Hill offers an expansive array of activities for an invigorating winter excursion. Check miles of Cross Country and Snowshoe Trails, glide across the ice at Winter Sports Park in Petoskey, and tackle the challenging terrain at Boyne City’s Avalanche Mountain Preserve. Challenge your limits at The House on the Hill.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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