We love Michigan. From the hustle and bustle of the big cities to the peaceful quiet of Up North and the Upper Penninsula, there’s so much to do and see but here are a few activities every family should experience in the Great Lakes State. 

World of Winter 

Experience the World of Winter at Grand Rapids. The Midwest’s largest winter festival takes place January 12th to March 10th. Bundle up and enjoy the FREE interactive art installations during the day or on an evening riverside stroll. While you’re there be sure to also visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum or Grand Rapids Children’s Museum downtown.

Crystal Mountain Resort

Get away for a couple days and enjoy the best of Michigan at Crystal Mountain Resort. From skiing to skating and snowmobiling there’s plenty of winter fun to be had and no prettier place to do it.

Muskegon Adventure Sports Park

Learn to luge like an Olympian on a one-of-a-kind natural ice track at the Muskegon Adventure Sports Park. You can go skiing, skating, and snowshoeing too!


Head to Little Bavaria for chicken dinner, fudge and Zehnder’s Snowfest! The timeless classic is great for a daytrip or overnight stay. The Snowfest is held from January 24th – January 28th this year.

Traverse City

Traverse City is every Michiganders favorite city and it’s at its best in the winter. Go skiing, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing and more. If you love winter sports, head Up North.

Dow Gardens & Whiting Forest

Explore nature in mid Michigan at the Dow Gardens and take a walk along the nation’s longest canopy walk, 1,400 feet long, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground.

Boyne Mountain

Ski, board, Sno-Go Biking, snow biking and more on Boyne Mountain and then rest and relax at Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa. Check out Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark while you’re there – the kids will LOVE it.

Echo Valley

Echo Valley is ideally suited for families and groups seeking winter fun around Kalamazoo. Not only can you go snow tubing, there is also a 60 miles per hour Everslide tobogganing slide!

Tahquamenon Falls

Experience the beauty of nature in the UP and see the frozen falls. Michigan’s second-largest state park trails the Porcupine Mountains along the majestic Lake Superior.

Headlands Dark Sky Park 

Bundle up and cuddle up on the snowy shore and see the stars (and satellites) like never before at one of the first Dark Sky Parks in the world! When in Mackinaw, be sure to visit Mackinac Island – it’s uniquely peaceful in the winter months.

Downtown Detroit

There’s no better place to be in Michigan than Detroit! Home to 4 major league sports, world-class museums and entertainment venues, a beautiful and walkable riverfront, special events throughout the year and an ever changing skyline – Michigan’s largest city is a must-visit.

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