Other Things To Do
Snowboarding and Skiing
For those looking to have some thrills, metro Detroit and its surrounding areas have great hills for skiers and snowboarders, and even for those wanting to learn. Check out some of the best below.
Located in Clarkston, Pine Knob is open throughout the winter and has lift tickets for those who have their own gear, and also rentals for those who want to try it.
There are more than a dozen routes for everyone from beginner to experts.
In White Lake, Alpine Valley has 25 different slopes – 11 of which are beginner, 6 intermediate and 8 advanced. They also have rental gear available, and freestyle terrain parks for people to try some more advanced tricks.
In northern Oakland County, Mt. Holly also has more than a dozen different hills for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
On the western edge of metro Detroit, Mt. Brighton has 24 different trails, 30% for beginner, 40% for intermediate and 30% for advanced and experts.
Snowshoeing/Cross Country Skiing
If you’ve ever wanted to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, there are a ton of parks around metro Detroit where you do so! Belle Isle Park right in Downtown Detroit has plenty of opportunities and places to snowshoe or cross-country ski. There’s the Maybury Hiking Trial at Maybury State Park in Northville or the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County.
Also, there are Huron-Clinton Metroparks around metro Detroit with more than a dozen, so there are many close to you. They have plenty of opportunities to snowshoe, cross country ski or other fun.
Visit a Museum
Metro Detroit is filled with some of the best museums in the state and the country. If you want to escape the cold, there are plenty of things to do. Learn about the history of Detroit at the Detroit Historical Museum. You can learn more about African American history and culture at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Detroit Institute of Arts features world-class art collections and a historic Diego Rivera mural. Finally, see some of the oldest and craziest artifacts from America at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
Photo by Bill Bowen
Keep Your Golf Swing Fresh
While you might not be able to golf outdoors in metro Detroit during the winter, there are ways to keep your swing loose and fresh. Carl’s Golfland has two locations – one in Bloomfield Hills and one in Plymouth – where you can hit balls outside in heated bays. There are also a variety of indoor golf simulators like X-Golf with locations around metro Detroit. If the weather is warm enough, some courses might even be open!
Photos courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts Rivera Court by Bill Bowen, Huron Clinton Metroparks cross country skiing photo courtesy of Huron Clinton Metroparks, photo courtesy of The Henry Ford