Outdoor Winter Fun Metro Detroit – Enjoy Michigan outdoor winter fun things to do with ice-skating, cross country skiing, sled / sledding hills, snowshoeing, winter festivals, and more in Metro Detroit and SE MI! All listings below are to be considered WEATHER PERMITTING.
Here’s where to find all the outdoor winter fun Metro Detroit activities and places to go.
Outdoor Winter Fun Metro Detroit
There are plenty of great sledding in Oakland County and Metro Detroit for kids of all ages. Oakland County has some of the best sled hills in Michigan. Oakland County Moms has reviewed numerous sled hills with photo galleries and videos. Most of the sledding hills reviewed feature safe walkways, small sled hills for children and some even feature night sledding on lit hills.
Best Sled Hills in Oakland County and Metro Detroit
Oakland County Moms Sled Cam Videos
You can find info on which parks to go to featuring groomed cross country ski trails, which parks in Oakland County rent cross country ski equipment and even find info on Oakland County Parks cross country ski lessons. Here’s info on how to choose the best skis for cross country skiing.
Ice Skating in SE Michigan isn’t limited to outdoor backyard ponds or indoor ice rinks. There are plenty of places to ice skate outside across Metro Detroit. Oakland County Parks and Metroparks across Metro Detroit offer ice skating rinks on well-groomed ice surfaces for ice skating, pickup hockey games and ice fishing. Some even offer skate rental and warming stations. Oakland County Parks and Metroparks also offer wide open spaces for cross country skiing. Full List of Outdoor Ice Rinks and Ones that Offer Skate Rentals.
Many Metro Detroit communities celebrate winter living in Michigan with free outdoor festivals celebrating the season throughout the winter months. Some winter fests are for a day and some Oakland County winter festivals last an entire weekend. Many of the winter festivals offer ice carving, ice skating, sledding, fireworks, cross country skiing, ice fishing and special winter fun activities for kids. Royal Oak Winter Blast and Fire and Ice Fest (Downtown Rochester) offer food and entertainment! 2024 Metro Detroit Winter Festivals.
If outdoor conditions aren’t perfect for ice skating. You can try many of the numerous Oakland County indoor ice-skating rinks for pickup hockey, open skating and skate rentals. Oakland County Indoor Ice Rinks.
OAKLAND COUNTY SNOWSHOEING
Heritage Park Farmington Hills (24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI, 248-536-5617)
Farmington Hills Special Services (Parks & Rec) offers snowshoe rentals at the Heritage Park Nature Center. Snowshoe rentals are available. Rentals in adult and kids’ sizes are available at the Nature Center front desk from 10a-4p Tuesdays through Sundays, now through March. For more info, call 248-473-1870 or visit The Farmington Hills Special Services Department.
West Bloomfield Twp Recreation Activities Center (4640 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield, MI 48323 wbparks.org)
West Bloomfield Parks offers snowshoe rentals from the Recreation Activities Center to be used on the Civic Center Trails behind the building. Adult & youth sizes available. Rentals are available Monday through Friday. For more info, visit www.wbparks.org.
OAKLAND COUNTY FAT TIRE BIKING
Addison Oaks County Park (1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, Michigan 48367, 248-693-2432)
Addison Oaks County Park offers groomed trails for winter fat tire biking. Similar to mountain biking, fat tire bikes are built on a frame specifically designed to support wide, knobby tires. These over-sized tires provide a smooth ride, so they fare very well on groomed, snow-covered trail surfaces all season long. The 6-foot wide, 5.5 mile long trail includes many hills and scenic views. It winds through the park and loops cyclists back to their original starting point. They do not offer fat tire bikes for rent. For more info, visit oaklandcountyparks.com.
Oakland County Skiing and Snowboarding
Mt Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, skimtholly.com)
Up to 20 runs and 9 open lifts for skiing and snowboarding. Mt Holly offers ski & snowboard rentals as well as lessons. Visit https://www.skimtholly.com/ for up-to-date ski conditions.
Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort (7778 Sashabaw Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348, skipineknob.com)
Up to 17 ski runs and 13 open lefts for skiing and snowbaording. Pine Knob offers ski & snowboard rentals as well as lessons. Visit skipineknob.com for up to date ski conditions.
PHOTO CREDIT – Pine Knob at skipineknob.com
METRO DETROIT OUTDOOR WINTER FUN
METRO DETROIT INDOOR WINTER FUN PLACES
OAKLAND COUNTY SLED HILLS
OAKLAND COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
METRO DETROIT OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS
OAKLAND COUNTY INDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS
This Outdoor Winter Fun Metro Detroit page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.
See our Oakland County Parks Tab for more Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan park reviews and pics.
If the weather is too cold to enjoy the Outdoor Winter Fun Metro Detroit style, you can always browse the Oakland County Moms Indoor Winter Fun Page for kid friendly things to do and ideas on where to take the kids on cold winter days. Find Metro Detroit area bouncehouses, inflatable playplaces, indoor trampoline parks, video arcades, laser tag fun and other neat ideas on places to take kids on snow days.
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