Best Family Winter 
Vacations in Michigan

Michigan winter

Looking for an unforgettable winter family vacation? Michigan has the best options for family winter vacations anywhere.

Why sit home an hibernate when Michigan is full of fun. Whether you like the indoor water parks or the great ski resorts...it sure beats sitting home! Get out and have some FUN! Vacations are perhaps the best things that families can do to get away from it all and reconnect with one another.

Many people do not think of Michigan vacations during the winter months, but it is actually a great time to enjoy a trip.

While some may not think they can handle the Michigan cold weather in the winter time, they will soon forget that when they see all there is to do there.

While summer in Michigan is absolutely wonderful, winter has a whole different set of adventures for the whole family. Ready to try some fun in Michigan's winter wonderland?

What is There to Do on a Michigan Winter Vacation?

Michigan Skiing Fun
  • Snowmobiling 
  • Ice skating 
  • Sledding 
  • Tubing 
  • Downhill skiing 
  • Cross-country skiing 
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Snowboarding 
  • Ice Fishing 
  • And much, much more!

If you have never tried some of these activities, it is not too late to learn. Many of the areas best ski resorts have affordable lessons for all ages.

Even the family members that claim to hate the snow will love the activities that await them on a Michigan winter vacation.

So pack up the family and head for one of Michigan’s winter getaways...the winter wonderland is out there waiting for you.

Where Do Our Visitors Think the Best Winter Vacation Spots Are?

Double JJ Ranch 
by Rachel (Michigan, US)

Double JJ Ranch is a western-themed resort with an indoor water park. Swimming, tube riding, and water sliding are possible any time of the year! Double JJ also has horseback riding, western-themed kids and family activities, and "romance" packages for adults. They offer many special packages and special pricing days, especially in the winter, so it is really affordable.


Frankenmuth, MI area
by April (GA, USA)

I love going to Frankenmuth for family winter vacations because it helps put me in the holiday spirit! Frankenmuth is home of Bronner's which is a huge Christmas store. My family and I have spent HOURS there!

They have the Bavarian Lodge right there which is a fun place for the family to stay. And Frankenmuth has many good restaurants and FUDGE shops! Plus, it's just a few miles from the outlets at Birch Run which has dozens of stores where we like to do our holiday shopping. And finally Frankenmuth itself is beautiful at Christmas time. With the horse drawn carriages and twinkling holiday lights, it's just beautiful!


Michigan ski resorts

Mt. Brighton Ski Area Michigan ski resorts by Bobbie (Indiana, US)

We love going to Mount Brighton to ski. It is not a big mountain with a lot of difficult slopes. Perhaps that is what we like best about it. It is here that we get a lot of personal attention taking skiing lessons and our children are treated so well. The kids, then, feel free to try out what they are learning without a lot of "hotdoggers" to avoid coming down the mountain from more difficult slopes.


Grand Haven and Holland
by Kyle (Washington, DC, United States)

One of the best winter in Michigan experiences I've ever had, was visiting Lake Michigan in January-February. Yes, It was cold and slippery, but the beach and shallow lake was covered in small icebergs and chunks of ice grinding against each other and creaking. It was really cool. Also the pier was covered in ice and icicles from the lake spray and the freezing rain. It was beautiful. I highly recommend it, but be careful, it is very cold and dangerous with all of the ice, but the beauty soon makes you forget the weather.


Bear Lake
by John (Maryland, US)

Why is it the best winter vacation spot? Game hunting, ice fishing, close to state land, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing!



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