7 ideas for all ages

Michigan winters present a whole new set of activities for people of all ages, and that’s just one of the perks of living here. Here are some of the best things to try this winter.


☃️ Wintering in Michigan

Winter in Michigan. It’s cold, it’s snowing and sometimes it’s super fun. Go out and enjoy! Here are some recommendations from Pure Michigan:

Fat Tire Bike

A bike with big tires can get you through just about anything, including a heavy blanket of snow. There are some great trails around Michigan to tire him out, including:

  • Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea

  • Noquemanon trail network near Marquette

  • Singletrack Winter Sports near Traverse City

  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area in Middleville

Find other potential fat tire bike paths through the Mitten here.

Go ice fishing

Maybe you’ve heard, but Michigan has a lot of lakes. And in winter, many of them turn into ice rinks.

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Ice fishing takes a bit of experience to start with, so bring someone you trust and find some ice that can hold you back.

Ice fishing. (Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels)

The state has over 150 species of fish and almost all of them can be caught through ice. Popular species when ice freezes include sunfish such as bluegill and perch as well as northern pike, walleye and various species of trout.

Families and friends can take advantage of the free fishing from February 19-20, 2022. (Read more about ice fishing here)

Dog sled

Dog sled. (Photo by Lars Ley from Pexels)

Dive into winter with the dog sled! From dog sledding to races, it’s oddly common and easy to find in Michigan:

For adventures, walks and excursions:

For sled dog races:

  • The UP 200 sled dog race (February 17-21): The UP 200 held in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the top sled dog races in the United States. The race track covers over 240 miles of difficult terrain through the Marquette, Grand Marais, Wetmore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore areas and ends at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. (More info on the race here)
  • The Midnight Race – Marquette: This race is in the middle of the UP 200 race. The midnight mushers, with a team of eight dogs, left Washington Street Marquette shortly after the UP 200 mushers.

Find more information on dog sledding activities across Michigan here.

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Hit the slopes

Michigan has the 2nd largest ski resort in the United States, thanks to our usual abundance of snow and hills. It’s a big draw, especially for the Up North area.

Ski. (Photo by Visit Almaty from Pexels)

Favorite alpine ski resorts include Boyne Mountain Station, Boyne Highlands Resort, Crystal mountain and Cannonsburg Ski Area, among many others. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park not only offers alpine and Nordic skiing, but also winter chalets.

Find more information on skiing and snowboarding here.

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♨️ Treat yourself

If you don’t get the outdoor vibe (hey, it’s cold, I don’t blame you), snuggle up at a Michigan resort for a weekend. Here are some recommendations from Pure Michigan:

Enjoy a comfortable winter getaway for adults at Amway Grand Plaza Curiosity Collection by Hilton. The hotel turned heads in 1913 when its builders included one of the world’s largest gold leaf ceilings in the construction, and the Amway Grand remains one of Michigan’s most romantic getaways. .

For a boutique experience at Detroit, discover the glam of the past Mermaid, the industrial-chic flair of Detroit Foundation Hotel, the modern and eclectic rooms of Trumbull and Porter Hotel, or the look inspired by the cogs and gears of Shinola Hotel, enjoy a curled up night with elevated room service provided by the famous restaurants below.

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In the Petoskey area, the Inn in Bay Harbor offers comfortable rooms overlooking Lake Michigan. Dine at the Vintage Chophouse Wine Bar, relax in the on-site spa and sip afternoon tea. Wine lovers make themselves comfortable at Sutton’s Bay’s Inn at Black Star Farms, which is part of Black Star Winery. Luxury overnight accommodations include premium wine tastings, gourmet breakfasts, and a rural landscape covered with snow-capped fir trees, all surrounded by the award-winning Traverse City wine country.

Escape further north with a stay at Keweenaw Mountain Cabin, located in Michigan Upper peninsula. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is a historic resort town built in 1934 on top of Keweenaw Mountain. The property offers one, two and three bedroom cabins. Use the resort’s trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (snowshoe rentals with poles available) to explore the designated state and national historic site. Then enjoy a meal in the lodge’s dining room, a drink from the bar or something from the cabin cafe.

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Check out the local Pure Michigan support guide here.

🧊 Find frozen waterfalls

One of the most satisfying and adventurous things you can do in winter is go looking for a frozen waterfall. You’ll have to head north to find one!

The waterfalls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula take a stunning turn in winter, when the waterfalls freeze into oversized icicles. Try your hand at ice climbing frozen waterfalls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Near Munising Michigan Ice Fest offers ice climbing opportunities for experienced climbers and free clinics for beginners.

Discover more finds of frozen waterfalls here of only in your state.

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Want more? The Pure Michigan Winter Guide has more ideas, like snowshoeing, equipment rentals, permits and more links to places and events to enjoy this winter.


Get set, get set, score! ️

Here are some upcoming events in the city to mark on your events calendar!

  • Cold Rush in Warren: On January 22 at Warren City Square near City Hall, activities include ice skating, ice carving, bonfires, food trucks, music and more.
  • Plymouth Ice Festival: February 11-13 in downtown Plymouth. Enjoy the festive space with sidewalks lined with ice sculptures. The sculptures can be viewed 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event – weather permitting. More info here.
  • Winter explosion at Royal Oak: The festival will take place east of Main and south of 11 Mile, near the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market and Centennial Park. The event will feature an outdoor skating rink, ice sculptures, live music, family activities, marshmallow rotisseries, winter slide and more. Admission is free, from February 18 to 20. More here.

For more events each day around Metro Detroit – or to submit an event yourself – check out our live guide here.


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