The winter flurries are headed our way, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay huddled indoors all season. West Michigan has an abundance of winter wonderland activities that are perfect for families or anyone looking to get out of the house. Here are five things to do in West Michigan on a snowy day (or any winter day).

  1. Enjoy Outdoor Activities at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. Home to over nine miles of cross-country skiing trails, one of only four luge tracks that exist in the U.S., and two acres of outdoor ice skating, this sports complex is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in some winter activities.
  2. Ice Skate at Rosa Parks Circle. Ice skate with friends or family in downtown Grand Rapids as Christmas lights glow all around you. This ice rink is one of Grand Rapids’ main gathering spots and is actually part of an art installation.
  3. Experience Frederik Meijer Gardens. This gorgeous garden full of art and sculptures is open all year long. Venture in the 158-acre winter wonderland, and if you get cold, head inside and visit the many tropical, indoor gardens – perfect for thawing from the winter air.
  4. Try Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing. Pidgeon Creek, part of the Ottawa County Parks System, is the perfect place to try either sport, especially for beginners. Affordable rentals, groomed trails (lit at night!), and how-to classes, make it a great spot to take your activity outdoors.
  5. Visit Lake Michigan. You might think to yourself, “Why would I go to Lake Michigan on a cold day?” The lakeshore and lighthouses are transformed into magical, frozen scenes (cue “Let It Go” and unleash your inner Elsa, we won’t judge). The shoreline becomes decorated with icy patterns, perfect for a photography enthusiast.

Looking to get cozy and grab a bite to eat after a fun day of winter adventures? Check out our food and craft beer page for the tastiest bites near you.