In the winter, Traverse City is a remarkable sight with pristine snowscapes and the serene embrace of Lake Michigan. Step outside and enjoy the season. When it’s time to warm up and unwind, we invite you to get cozy indoors. Sip local beverages at wineries, breweries, or distilleries. Experience the warmth of our vibrant arts community at galleries, museums, and theatres. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of winter sports or the comfort of being inside, Traverse City offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for your long weekend.

Explore our list of the top activities that will make this season your most exciting one yet! 

Shred the Gnar and Carve Smiles

Gear up and hit the slopes in a winter paradise for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Crystal Mountain is a premier resort offering a range of trails and terrain parks suitable for all skill levels. Ski like a local at Mt. Holiday and Hickory Hills – both offering picturesque views of the city.

Roll into Winter on a Fat Tire Bike

Colder weather is no reason to put the bikes away. It becomes the perfect time to break out the fat-tire bike. The Traverse City region is packed with hundreds of miles of outstanding bike trails that are perfect year-round. Plus, there are great fat-tire bike rental options.

Fat tire biking

Follow the Trails

Picture yourself walking through a winter wonderland, with snow-covered trees and a frozen shoreline. The only sound is the crunch of snow beneath your feet. Discover the peace and solitude that is hard to find anywhere else.

Glide into Winter Joy

Whether you prefer the controlled environment of indoor rinks or the thrill of gliding under open skies, Traverse City offers a range of ice-skating options. Take a whirl on a rink where the Detroit Red Wings train or glide your way around Crystal Mountain’s outdoor rink. It’s a magical way to savor winter.

Ice skating at Crystal

Get Hoppy in TC

Embark on a craft beer journey where every sip unfolds a tale of rich local flavors. Beer lovers will assure you that Traverse City’s reputation as a hotbed of brewing is entirely justified. You will undoubtedly find a favorite beer here that you will want to enjoy again and again.

Dive into Museum Marvels

Check out the Dennos Museum Center, where art and history converge. The Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers a delightful interactive haven for young explorers. Try Cognition in Beulah for a hands-on interactive science experience. Or visit the Oliver Arts Center in Frankfort.

Sip & Savor

Picture yourself enjoying a lush Pinot Noir or rich Chardonnay alongside a fire at one of Traverse City’s nearly 50 award-winning wineries. They promise a delightful escape and warm atmosphere.

Shopping downtown Frankfort

Retail Bliss

Explore the charming shops and boutiques, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures. Whether you explore more than 200 shops in downtown Traverse City or stroll the quaint village of Frankfort, you will experience a unique winter shopping experience.

Splish Splash

Water parks are a great break, especially for the kids! Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has an enchanting water playground complete with a thrilling water slide. And, the Great Wolf Lodge has a four-story interactive Fort Mackenzie treehouse and a splash pad promising endless exploration and excitement.