Winter in Michigan can often make it difficult to find things to do. We all love getting out of the house and enjoying the great outdoors, but what can we really do for fun when the snow is flying? Here's some ideas of great outdoor winter activities that you may not have even thought about doing and you may be surprised to learn there's more than you think!

NOTE: As COVID-19 and weather can effect that availability of many activities, please be sure to contact each location before heading out. When calling ahead, be sure to ask about any special offerings or events coming up!

Go sledding

SleddingHawk Island Snow Park - Great family fun during the winter months! Groomed specifically for snow tubing, riders will speed down one of many thrilling 16 ft wide sculpted snow lanes as you drop 50-60 feet over a course of 500-600 feet. A magic carpet uphill conveyor lift transports riders to the top of the hill. Snow making machines are used to extend the time the snow tubing hill can be used. Please note that although there is not a specific age requirement, all riders must be able to exit the snow tubes on their own after reaching the bottom of the hill. Check out this article and video by our friends from mlive for more info.

Fitzgerald Park - located in Grand Ledge, this park also has 3 miles of trails.

Burchfield Park - can be found in Holt and also has great cross country ski trails

Granger Meadows - head to DeWitt and find a 70 foot high sledding hill with 3 slopes!

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Fitzgerald Park - With miles of trails to check out, there's plenty to see while gliding across the snow or hiking your way through. There's even some evening and night time opportunities available! Rentals for both cross country skis and snowshoes are available on a limited basis.

Burchfield Park - Offering cross country ski rentals and several two-track ski trails, you can take full advantage of the winter weather while gliding through nature! You can also check out one of the area's only ski-skate trails that offers a faster-paced trail experience on ice skates!

Running/Walking

Winter Lansing River TrailLansing River Trail - Featuring some of the best views that Greater Lansing has to offer, the River Trail is a seemingly amount of boardwalk, paved and wooded pathway from north Lansing to East Lansing and MSU. 

The Northern Tier trail - offers almost 5 miles of running/walking trails throughout East Lansing. While on the trail, you'll have the opportunity to explore several of the connected East Lansing parks as well as their recreation facilities. You can check out the City of East Lansing website for more information on trail heads and parking. 

Nature walks

Harris Nature Center WinterHarris Nature Center - offers over five miles of trails set on the banks of the Red Cedar River. Note: Dog-sledding is not a regular event. Please contact Harris Nature Center for availability.

WoldumarWoldumar Nature Center - has five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails to make you feel like you're in the Great North! Note: Sleigh-rides are not a regular event. Please contact Woldumar Nature Center for availability.

Fenner Nature Center -  features self-guided nature trails through woods, fields and around ponds. There is a visitor center with exhibits, a gift shop and natural history library.