Ways to Get Outside and Enjoy Winter

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Consider these ways to help make winter more enjoyable!

This time of year, it can be hard to find ways to enjoy winter, especially when sunlight is scarce and preparing to venture outside can feel like a major task in and of itself. But take it from us: Making the best of winter and all it has to offer certainly helps the season feel less dreary. Come along as we share some fun ways to get outside and enjoy Michigan's beautiful winter scenery.

Getting outdoors while enjoying some stunning art? Sign us up! Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a great option for getting some fresh winter air while admiring some snow-covered art along their groomed pathways. There are a variety of options, with loops varying in distances from 0.3 of a mile to a mile and a half.

West Michigan has outdoor parks and trails galore, so layer up and get on out there. If you don't already have a favorite park or trail, visit the Parks and Recreation Department homepage for your city and start exploring! Don't feel like walking? Consider options like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat tire biking. Many locations offering these activities also have equipment available for rent, in case you don't have your own.

After a surge in development of outdoor dining offerings because of COVID-19, your options for dining and enjoying a beverage al fresco during the winter time are larger than ever before. Opt for the transparent domes found at the Jdeck at Margaux (JW Marriott), the heated and covered outdoor balcony at IDC, the "Igbrews" and fire pits at Third Nature Brewing and more.

Not to miss this season is World of Winter, the largest winter festival in the United States. Taking place right in downtown Grand Rapids from January 12 until March 10, 2024, World of Winter is open daily and offers those who visit a chance to enjoy over 150 free events, activities and outdoor art installations. No matter what your interests are, there's something for the whole family to enjoy!

We'll see you outdoors!

Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.


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