More Best in Snow — More Outdoor Activities
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
Snow may cover the gardens, but the Sculpture Park features more than 30 works by renowned artists. Don’t miss the 8-feet tall American Horse, which brings to life a vision Leonardo da Vinci conceived but was never able to sculpt in its final form. Warm up while walking through the Lena Meijer Conservatory, full of tropical plants. It just feels like spring year-round (888/957-1580; meijergardens.org).
Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Always open, the 600-acre park stretches along the Straits of Mackinac, 2 miles west of Mackinaw City. Despite what the thermometer reads, plan for temps to be 10 degrees colder along Lake Michigan. Plan on seeing plenty of constellations and wildlife, such as owls and eagles. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs, binoculars, telescopes and food and beverages (231/348-1702; emmetcounty.org/darkskypark).
Manistee Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend
Community spirit reigns over Manistee, Michigan’s Victorian city during the holiday weekend (early December). Join the festivities, which include the Sleighbell Parade, Santa’s arrival, horse-drawn carriage rides, lumberjack lunch, holiday plays at the historic Ramsdell Theater and more (231/398-9355).
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Rent snowshoes, skis and ice skates at the sports complex, surrounded by the Muskegon State Park. The complex features 10km of lighted cross-country ski trails, 8 km of dedicated snowshoe trails and more than 1 acre of outdoor ice rinks and a skating trail that traverses the woods. The main attraction is the luge track, one of three in the United States. Adventurers (8 and older) can test the track on weekends (877/879-5843; msports.org).