Feeling Sad the Holidays Are Over? Try These Awesome Michigan Activities

Summer might get all the glory, but winter in Michigan is pretty amazing, too. And now that the holidays have come and gone, you actually have some time to embrace everything the season has to offer. Whether you’re starting to experience cabin fever or something more serious, like Seasonal Affective Disorder, use this list to get out of the house and have some fun.

  1. Take in the beautiful Michigan sights while flying down a hill. Sledding is a favorite pastime for many kids, but the fun doesn’t have to stop just because you’re older. There are lots of places around Michigan designed to give you a thrill on a hill. Check out Timberlee Hills in Traverse City, Cannonsburg in Belmont, Echo Valley in Kalamazoo, Treetops Resort in Gaylord and the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.
  2. Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa. It’s easy to whip up a delicious cup of hot chocolate at home, but why not treat yourself to these twists:
  • The Red Hook – It’s all about the toppings at this café, with locations in Ferndale and Detroit. It specializes in fresh, house-made marshmallows to float on top of your cocoa.
  • Mudgie’s Deli – Warm up with this Detroit spot’s hot chocolate. The traditional hot cocoa is perfect for the kids while the adults-only version gets kicked up with some booze.
  • Zingerman’s Next Door – If you find yourself in Ann Arbor, grab a cup of the hot cocoa at the coffee shop next to Zingerman’s Deli. There are other locally owned cafes all along Main and State Streets, too!
  1. Spy on some animals. The Detroit Zoo isn’t just a summertime attraction. This time of year it hosts Wild Winter Weekends, featuring music, zookeeper talks, games and crafts. There are indoor exhibits for you to escape from the cold and plenty of winter-loving animals to check out, like the wolves, polar bears, tigers, artic foxes and red pandas.
  2. Find a nearby festival. One worth a trip is the Let’s Chill Winter Fest in Wilson Park and Edgetown. Try your hand at miniature ice golf or broom ball or bundle up for its strolling wine tasting (adults only!). If you get cold, enjoy the warming stations and large bonfire.
  3. Hit the trails for some winter hiking at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. There you can snowmobile, cross country ski or snowshoe to the picturesque ice formations and frozen waterfalls. You may even be lucky to see the two moose that call the park their home. Afterwards, warm up in the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub for a microbrew beer and gourmet food.

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