As the chilly season progresses, you might find yourself searching for winter activities in Metro Detroit. After all, there’s something spectacular about embracing the many wonders and delights of this magical time of year — whether you’re keen on outdoor activities, family-friendly adventures, or something in between. As you begin to plan your seasonal bucket list, keep these seven Motor City area gems in mind.
1. Troy Historic Village
Ready to step back in time? You don’t have to be a full-blown history buff to appreciate the beauty of Troy Historic Village, which is especially magnificent during the winter months. Situated just 30 minutes by car from Detroit, the village offers guests the chance to appreciate snow-draped buildings that offer a glimpse of life in the 19th century — including a general store, schoolhouse, and more. For more information, click here.
2. Kensington Metropark
Kids and adults alike will find winter fun galore at Kensington Metropark, a sprawling park in Milford that features everything from a toboggan hill to wintertime trails. The park boasts more than 4,500 acres and attracts visitors in every season with its abundance of natural charm and recreational opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more about some of its winter features, read our previous piece here.
3. Red Oaks Nature Center
Sometimes a simple walk among fresh, crisp air creates the perfect wintertime outing. You don’t have to travel far from downtown Detroit to encounter an unforgettable and family-friendly winter hiking trail: Red Oaks Nature Park in Madison Heights is only 20 minutes from the city and full of gorgeous scenery. During your time along the primary paved pathway here, you’ll enjoy just over a mile of fun. Details can be found in our previous feature piece here.
4. Hawk Island Park
Ready to catch some air while appreciating the snow and chilly temperatures? Hawk Island Park in Lansing, which sits just 90 minutes from Detroit, is a great day trip option for Motor City residents. The park is specifically designed for snow tubing and features multiple lanes for seemingly endless fun. Round up a few adventurous pals, bundle up, and get ready to make lasting memories. Find out more by clicking here.
5. Wayne County Lightfest
Of course, wintertime signals the arrival of the holiday season, and there’s no better way to embrace the spirit of the holidays than by visiting a stunning drive-through light display. One such display can be found at Wayne County Lightfest, which happens annually at Hines Park in Westland. We’ve featured Lightfest and its more than 100,000 twinkling lights in years past, but you can find up-to-date admission info here.
6. Loveberry’s Tree Farm
Have you ever dreamt of dashing through the snow? We’ve got you covered. Loveberry’s Tree Farm in Quincy, which sits just under two hours from the Motor City, promises to sweep guests away into a charming new world. Whether you’re here to pick out your Christmas tree after taking a sleigh ride through the farm or simply dropping in to explore the gift shop, you’ll be enamored. Learn more by reading our article here.
7. Downtown Milford
We mentioned Kensington Metropark in Milford above, but the small town’s downtown area is equally as fantastic. If nature isn’t quite your speed, shop ‘til you drop as you appreciate the wintertime vibe throughout Milford, which feels like something out of a Hallmark movie. From clothing to coffee and everything in between, there’s truly no shortage of shop options here. Details are available by clicking here.
Have you and your loved ones explored any of these exciting destinations in years past? Which are your favorites? We’re always eager to hear from you, so let us know by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend some of your family’s most beloved winter activities in Metro Detroit by filling out our official nomination form here.