Having The Winter Blues? Check Out These Top 10 Things To Do In Michigan In The Winter.
I’ve got the blues. The winter blues that is. It’s no secret that winter in Michigan can often lead to feeling blue, or feeling like you are stuck in the house. But, Michigan is filled with a plethora of fun things to do during the winter to get you out of your house. We have counted down the Top 10 Things To Do In Michigan to beat those winter blues.
10. Dog Sledding.
Did you know that you can go dog sledding in Michigan? Well, to be honest, neither did we. There are four spots in Michigan that you can check out to have a one of a kind experience whether alone or with the family.
- Shemhader Dog Sled Adventures in Mancelona.
- Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures in McMillan.
- Husky Haven Kennels in Shingleton.
- Treetops in Gaylord.
These attractions fill up fast, so it is a good idea to book your reservations pretty far in advance.
9. Visit Mackinac Island.
I know that most people enjoy going to Mackinac Island during the summer to enjoy swimming, the falls, and boat tours. But, you shouldn’t let the winter stop you from enjoying Mackinac Island during the colder months as well. Mackinac Island offers breathtaking views during the winter as well. Some of the site you can experience during the winter include:
- Their breathtaking blue ice.
- The Mackinac City Winterfest.
- Headlands International Dark Sky Park.
- Annual Antique Snowmobile Mighty Mac Bridge Crossing.
- Carriage rides.
Plus, hotels are much cheaper staying in Mackinac Island during the winter months, and there are much less people.
8. Eben Ice Cave.
These ice caves located in Deerton are an absolute must. The trails leading up to the cave are located on private property, but the owner allows visitors to come and explore. Ice cleats are highly recommended as the trail is slippery, and the last .25 miles of the trail is a very strenuous hike. But I can assure you that the hike is worth the view
7. Michigan Tubing And Tobogganing.
Echo Valley located in Kalamazoo is the perfect place to have some fun this winter. Whether you want to sit by a cozy fire and sip hot cocoa, or go tubing down a sleddy snow hill, this place is a must visit this winter. While sitting by the fire warming up, you can gaze through the large windows and still see everyone zooming down the hills.
6. Great Lakes Crossing.
If being outside during the winter isn’t your cup of tea, great lakes crossing is the perfect place to go. With over 180 stores, you can easily spend the entire day here. With a large food court, play area, and a carousel, this is the go to place for a family day inside away from the cold. Some of the major attractions that are a must sea while at Great Lakes Crossing include:
- Sealife Aquarium.
- Rainforest Cafe.
My family and I visit the mall often, and our favorite attraction has been Legoland. I promise you will not be disappointed.
5. Tawas State Park and Lighthouse.
The views of Lake Huron, and of the Tawas Lighthouse are absolutely incredible. Hike the snowy trails, and gaze at one of the amazing great lakes of Michigan. The snow can get pretty deep during heavy snowfall, so snow pants, snow boots, and ice cleats are recommended. Much more of Tawas, and East Tawas are an amazing place to visit, so be sure to venture around the area while you are there to see what other beautiful winter sites you can check out while you’re there.
4. Ice Golfing.
Saint Ignace offers a fun twist on the golfing experience. You can go on frozen Lake Huron and golf with bright colored golf balls during the day, and then switch to glow in the dark golf balls once the sun sets. Even if you’re not the golfing type, this is an experience you will definitely want to try out!
3. Visit Frozen Waterfalls.
Michigan’s upper peninsula is a beautiful place to visit during the summer, but it can be even more beautiful during the winter months. Some of the amazing waterfalls in the U.P. can freeze during the winter making them a magical experience in the winter as well. Grab your ice pick, and climb up these frozen waterfalls. Walk across the frozen ponds, hike across the hills, and marvel at the beauty that is Michigan in the winter.
Bronners Christmas Wonderland is an absolutely amazing experience all year round, but during the winter it is like something out of a movie. From the lite up streets around the town, to the carriage rides, and the indoor water parks, Frankenmuth offers something for everyone. There are cute little shops to check out around riverplace that you can do your holiday shopping at also. With a ton of photo opps, Frankenmuth surely won’t disappoint.
1. Campus Martius.
There is no mystery that the hype of Campus Martius that happens every year is a big one. And for good reason. Ice skating at the park, the tree lighting ceremony, Holiday Markets & Cadillac Lodge, and more. This is a must see each and every year, and they always offer something different. Watching the kids giggle as they skate around the rink, while you’re sipping hot cocoa and taking in the view is an absolutely amazing experience.
Michigan in the winter does not have to have you feeling blue. Grab the family, or your spouse and go check out any or all of these amazing opportunities that we listed above. You can even make a winter bucket list and check off each one as you go along. You may even find new sites along the way. If you have visited any of the places mentioned above, be sure to mention them in the comment section below, and share your experience with us.