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50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Winter

Andrew Norton

Based on the continued popularity of my post about 50 Fun Things To Do In Michigan This Summer I thought it was well past time to give the same treatment to Michigan's winter.

It seems like summer and fall get all the love, but Michigan has a lot to offer during the winter months. It’s interesting to visit the same places you usually only see in the summer and how different they appear during the winter.

Michigan winters create numerous opportunity for outdoor adventures. Did you know that a number of state park campgrounds and forests allow winter camping? Winter will be over before you have time to hike, bike, snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile the thousands of miles of trails throughout the state.

This was a fun list to put together. Let’s get started on our list in no particular order.

1._Visit an ice enclosed lighthouse - it’s a great photo opportunity. Just be careful on the ice!

2. Go for a hike in the woods. Stunning views abound along the lakeshore at Pictured Rocks

3. Go snowshoeing through Tahquamenon Falls State Park

4. Learn how to go ice sailing. The video below shows the many ways you can ice sail.

50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Winter

5. Read a book set in Michigan’s winter - A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton is a great winter mystery .

6. Go snowmobiling on over 6,500 miles of Michigan’s trails

7. The quarter-mile long Echo Valley toboggan runs reach speeds of up to 60 MPH

8. Take up cross-country skiing - Michigan’s terrain makes for excellent cross-country trails.

9. Attend the UP Sled Dog 200

10. Go downhill skiing at one of Michigan’s more than 40 ski resorts.

11. Outdoor ice skating at one of Michigan’s numerous outdoor rinks - Rosa Parks Circle ice rink in downtown Grand Rapids is one of the best.

12. Learn the sport of luge at the Muskegon Luge Track - one of only 4 luge tracks in the United States.

13. Enjoy a fun winter afternoon snow tubing at one of Michigan’s numerous tubing hills.

14. The Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech had its humble beginnings back in 1922.

15. Go ice fishing - there is usually a free fishing weekend in February, no license required.

16. Take part in or go watch the U.P. Pond Hockey Championship in St. Ignace.

17. Like beer? You definitely don’t want to miss the Annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park.

18. Ice Climbing in the Munising area.

19. The onset of winter doesn’t mean you have to stop biking. Try out Fat Tire Biking.

20. Think Summer at the Detroit Boat Show.

21. Enjoy all kinds of fun at the Kalkaska Winterfest.

22. Winter wine tasting - less crowded tasting rooms are a big plus.

23. Escape the cold at Klassic Arcade in Gobles and play classic arcade and pinball games for just $7 all day.

24. Make your own snowshoes at a Michigan state park.

25. Spend an afternoon out of the cold at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.

26. Get your sugar rush at the Hamtramck Paczki Day.

27. One of the most unique things you will see in a Michigan Winter - Trenary Outhouse Classic.

28. Make a day or a weekend of it at one of Michigan’s many indoor water parks.

29. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn has a number of great exhibits to see on a cold winter’s day.

30. Every Saturday until the end of March - Snowshoes, Vines, and Wines at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.

31. If the weather gets too bitter, burn off those Paczki calories at one of Michigan’s indoor roller skating rinks.

32. Rent a cabin in the Porcupine Mountains.

33. Explore the Eben Ice Caves.

34. Spend the night in a yurt at Craig Lake State Park.

35. Don’t just see the Mackinac Bridge in the winter, drive across it for a real thrill.

36. Take in the competition at the Pine Mountain Ski Jump near Iron Mountain.

37. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway. You can be a big help and get to know your neighbors better.

38. Catch a hockey game at any of the college, minor league, or pro (go Red Wings!).

39. View elk while on a sleigh ride at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman.

40. Take a winter road trip. There’s less traffic and the local businesses delight in the off season business.

41. Go on a night hike during or directly after a snowstorm. Pure magic.

42. Build a snowman. It doesn’t matter how old you are - it’s still fun.

43. Guided Winter rafting via Jordan Valley Outfitters.

44. Mt. Bohemia, out near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, was recently ranked the second best ski resort in North America.

45. Visit your local library and find some books to cozy up with.

46. Hike to the top of Mt. Lookout, near Eagle Harbor, for a breathtaking view of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

47. Surf Lake Superior for a truly unique winter experience.

48. View the night sky in winter at Headlands International Dark Sky Park just west of Mackinaw City.

49. Watch a winter sunset over Lake Superior while dining at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in Eagle River.

50. Experience the uniqueness of winter camping.

Please share what you love to do during Michigan winters in the comments below!

Fall Colors in Michigan Are Changing - Slowly

Andrew Norton

Take a look at the fall color in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula:

I admit it. I'm still a sucker for a beautiful stream of images alongside a wonderful voice-over from Tim Allen. Fall foiliage has been slow to change here in Michigan so I am getting a peak at what might be yet to come via the Pure Michigan ad, Deep Breath.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FPzUCbMXQ

Michigan's warm September has slowed down the onslaught of fall color we normally are experiencing at this time in the fall. I have a feeling that when the color finally changes, it's going to change fast and the fall color show will not last long.

Good Hart is looking Good!

Here's a few links related to Michigan's fall colors:

Michigan's 10 Best Fall Color Drives

Top Ten Things to do in Michigan in the Fall

Check out ArtPrize 2015 - it ends this weekend!

10 Vistas On A Northern Michigan Fall Color Tour

M-22 voted America's Best Scenic Autumn Drive

Fall color update and things to do this fall in Michigan

Andrew Norton

Fall officially begins one week from today (on September 23rd), but the past few nights/mornings have felt very much like fall here in southwest Michigan. Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have been experiencing cooler weather as well and the trees are beginning to show some color. Down here, I've noticed a smattering of color changing in the Maple trees as well as along the fringes of swamp areas. Nothing major and few and far between.

Pure Michigan has some short video campaigns showing off interesting things for the fall season.

Interesting Eats and Drinks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm07izmimp8

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aOU87zibvI

Every year I say to myself that I need to get up to ArtPrize and this year I hope that things actually fall into place and I can make it happen. I hear and see all about it on social media and regret not making it so I am going to work hard to make it.

Top 10 Things I Love About The 313

Andrew Norton

Today is March 13th (3/13) and a lot of folks are celebrating Detroit in honor of 313 (Detroit's area code for those not in the know). It's a great excuse to show your love of The 313 and I wish to do the same. I'm setting this post to publish at 3:13 on 3/13 :).

Here are 10 Things I Love About Detroit -

  1. Watching baseball at Comerica Park
  2. The People Mover - yes, I actually do use and enjoy it!
  3. Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown - great cannolis!
  4. Eastern Market
  5. Campus Martius Park
  6. Greektown
  7. The wonderful Architecture
  8. The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village
  9. Belle Isle, Michigan's newest State Park
  10. Detroit RiverWalk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpsaL-WAqBY

Michigan Labor Day Weekend Links

Andrew Norton

The weather is going to be quite like mid-summer this Labor Day Weekend, which is commonly thought of as the unofficial end of summer. Other than the heat, it is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend.

The best news for those traveling in Michigan this weekend is that MDOT is suspending most road construction and lane closures beginning at 3pm on August 30 through 6am September 3rd.

Here is just a small sample of the events going on across Michigan from the U.P. on down to Detroit this weekend -

Pure Michigan ads for summer of 2013

Andrew Norton

The Pure Michigan campaign is rolling out the new ads for the summer of 2013. Featured places this summer are Tecumseh, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, Manistee, Mount Bohemia, Frankenmuth, and Detroit. Here are the ads for Manistee and Tecumseh -

Manistee:

Tecumseh:

Bonus - Detroit Tigers Pure Michigan: This fun little spot showcases members of the Detroit Tigers organization explaining what Pure Michigan means to them.