Winter Interesting Places In Michigan - Wonderful Attractions, Activities and Family Friendly Fun Things to Do in MI 

Winter Interesting Places In Michigan | By Sherry Trautman |Traveling Michigan

Keep reading for fun places to visit in Michigan in winter, exciting Michigan winter attractions, activities, and fun things to do in Michigan in winter.

What does indoor water parks, delicious chicken dinners, black rocks and puffing steam trains have in common? Serious Michigan fun!  You definitely won’t be hibernating this winter!

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad Makes the List for Fantastic Winter Interesting Places in Michigan

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, located in Flint, Michigan is one of my favorite winter interesting places in Michigan to visit. They are open in December for their Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic.

Why do we love Crossroads Village? It's a quaint village and railroad, reminiscent of the 1800s-era.  It's a great safe place to visit with your friends and family!

Upon the moment you arrive, prepare to step back in time as you wander the scenic tree-lined sidewalks while catching a whiff of roasted almonds wafting in the air. 

Discover history in a fun way while exploring 34 historic buildings including a post office, general store, mill, print shop, drying shed and stained glass windowed church.   

Be sure to step inside the dentist’s office to get an eye-full of the primitive dental tools, including a foreboding bone saw! Yikes!

As you wander throughout the village, grab some warm crunchy almonds or freshly popped kettle corn from colorful stands along the way.  Step inside the carousel house to warm up a bit and take a spin on a colorful vintage horse or whirl through the air on the nearby Ferris wheel!  

As you wander throughout the village, grab some warm crunchy almonds from the vendor near the dentist's office. 

Oh, and don't miss the carousel house! Step in to warm up and take a spin on a colorful vintage horse or whirl through the air on the nearby Ferris wheel

Lastly, hop aboard the #152 steam train, slide into a window seat and get ready for a scenic ride across sparkling rivers and through thick dark forests! 

Keep an eye out for big puffy billows of steam dancing past your windows, adding to the nostalgic charm of your train ride!  Fantastic winter interesting places in Michigan!

Fredrick Meijer Gardens is So Peaceful During the Winter

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Fredrick Meijer Gardens is a wonderful place to visit in winter! During the Christmas season, several Christmas trees are on display depicting traditions from countries across the world!  It's definitely on our list of fun things to do in Michigan in winter.

It's also lovely to wander the beautiful boardwalk flanking the river, gardens and Children's Garden in the winter as it's very peaceful and quiet. Pretty unexpected recommendation for winter interesting places in Michigan, right?!

Don't Forget About Frankenmuth in the Winter!

Explore Frankenmuth, Michigan in Winter!

There are so many things to see and do during the winter in Frankenmuth.  Check out our list of winter fun in Frankenmuth! Shop in the quaint River Place Shops on Main Street, visit Bronner's (the world's largest Christmas store), splash at Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark and taste taffy at one of the downtown Frankenmuth shops.

Don't leave Frankenmuth off your list for winter interesting places in Michigan.

Visit For-Mar Nature Preserve!

2142 N Genesee Rd, Burton, MI.

Calling all Michigan nature lovers, explorers, photographers and winter hikers to For-Mar Nature Preserve! 

Come on out to For-Mar Nature Preserve for a fantastic scenic hike around ponds and along beautiful trails. There's a good chance you will see several turkey's and woodland creatures along the way.  I bet you can see why you can't leave this nature preserve off your list for winter interesting places in Michigan.

This incredible tree house, built at For-Mar Nature Preserve was featured on Animal Planet's Tree House Masters! 

Classes are held here and the famous treehouse has phenomenal views! Come see it for yourself.  

For-Mar Nature Preserve Treehouse featured on Animal Planet's Treehouse MastersFor-Mar Nature Preserve Treehouse featured on Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters

For-Mar Nature Preserve is one of our favorite places to visit in Michigan in winter.  Plus it's free!

Midland Michigan Is Fantastic to Visit In Winter

If you love cross country skiing, fat bike trails or wooded walking trails, you really need to check out Midland Michigan's City Forest! 

Bring your sled or tube and zip down the designated sledding hill. It's close to the parking lot so you won't need to walk far!

If you get chilly, grab a cup of hot chocolate at the chalet below the hill.  

Midland also offers fantastic trails and outside adventures at the Chippewa Nature Center.  Try your skills at snowshoeing during a clinic or visit the Homestead Farm featuring an 1870's style farmstead complete with a log cabin, timber frame barn, root cellar, wagon barn and chicken coop. 

I love wandering along the path flanking the river for incredible views and a peaceful walk!  Add Chippewa Nature Center to your winter interesting places in Michigan!

Maple syrup season in March is also a fantastic time to visit the Chippewa Nature Center. 

Take a wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see the process of making maple syrup, try iced maple syrup on a stick (my favorite) and watch an 1870's sap boiling demonstration!

Chippewa Nature Center in Michigan is at the top of our exciting Michigan winter attractions and activities this year! Perfect place for couples and families with children.

Don't forget to stop at Whiting Forest (Part of Dow Gardens) to explore the Longest Canopy Walk in America!! It's a great place to visit in the winter for fun things to do!

Seriously...Who Doesn't LOVE a Vintage Candy and Chocolate Shop?

St. Laurent's is a super popular vintage candy and chocolate shop located in Downtown Bay City near the river. 

Rumor has it that Madonna likes to stop here when she's in the area!

With or without the pop star, I love stopping into the candy shop for almonds, popcorn and various chocolates.  It makes great gifts any time of year!  Oh, and they have ice cream!

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