Top 10 Activities to Do This Winter Break

Need to get out of the house this winter break? These are our favorite activities, in no particular order, to try with your friends and family!

Ice Skating

Find a local ice rink that has open skating hours, or to up the fun, hit one of Michigan’s many outdoor pop-up rinks! There’s Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Campus Martius Park in Detroit, and Millenium Park in Portage. Try searching for one near you!

Build a Snowman

Now this might be a tricky one this year, as not much snow is in the forecast for Michigan the next couple weeks, but if we do get some fresh flakes, try to create one of these snow person masterpieces!

Go skiing or snowboarding

Northern Michigan has some absolutely wonderful ski resorts, who regularly keep their mountains covered in fresh powder. Not a fan of the ski lift or can wrap your head around the snowboard? We love a good time by the fire in the lodge!

Go on a winter hike or walk

This one is especially great along one of our amazing Michigan beaches! Watch the waves roll in and create the phenomenon known as “ice balls” – they usually happen every year.  Just be sure to wear some warm outerwear – it gets windy this time of year.

Shovel snow for your neighbors

We love this one! Have a neighbor who could use some extra help around the holiday? Get out and shovel their walkway or ask if there is anything else you can help with outside their home. Our agents are constantly looking for ways to give back, and this is an easy way to make someone’s day.

Take a holiday lights tour

Holiday lights tours are very popular this year, and for good reason! The light displays are often fun and whimsical, and the perfect thing to do in the evening. Try a professional one like these or create your own light tour by driving through your own neighborhood!

Visit an Indoor Waterpark or your favorite museum

Need some warmth but still want to get out of the house? Try visiting one of Michigan’s amazing indoor waterparks or visit a public museum – many have decreased ticket prices during winter break.

Try a new Restaurant

New place in town that you’ve been dying to try? Now’s the time!

Exercise

Feeling a little sluggish after those holiday meals? Get started on your resolution early and hit your local gym, or try a fun group fitness class like Yoga or Zumba.

Volunteer

Even after the holidays are over, your favorite local charities need your help! All for Good is an online hub to get connected with service opportunities in your community.

 


Fall Colors Peak in the UP

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year, especially in Michigan.  The slightly cooler temperatures in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (or the “UP” as many refer to it) currently have fall foliage at it’s peak color – but it won’t last long!  The Upper Peninsula is one of the most breathtaking places to view a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows and greens.  It offers up prime landscapes for photos and fall color tours due to its less dense population, variations in elevation and the multitude of trees.  In 2017, Nikon even declared Michigan to be the best state for fall color photos!

Seen here with colorful fall foliage, Michigan s Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest water fall east of America’s Mississippi River.

Following are some of our favorite destinations to view fall’s beauty in the UP:

With colors at peak in the Upper Peninsula now, mid October is the perfect time of year to embark on a fall color tour.  Colors have been exploding in the Lower Peninsula over the last week and will reach it’s peak very soon.  Most of our color will be completely gone by Halloween due to rapidly dropping temperatures and windy fall days.  So don’t wait too long to hit the road and enjoy the scenery all the way to your destination.  Sunny days are generally best for experiencing the full beauty that Michigan has to offer in the autumn.

 

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