12 Awesome Winter Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a magical place in the winter months. Visitors can find activities for every member of the family and fitness level.

Cross-Country Trails in the Upper Peninsula

The Porcupine Mountains have over 25 miles of cross-country ski trails surrounding its downhill slopes.

Wolverine Ski Trails in Ironwood has 8 trails over 24 kilometers that cater to traditional cross-country skiers and skate skiing.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore also has several cross-country ski trails located throughout the park.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park has two groomed cross-country ski trails winding their way through the forest near Tahquamenon Lake.

The Michigan Ice Fest in Munising is a combination of clinics, demonstrations, film presentations, and ice climbing for all levels and ages.

Upper Peninsula Winter Festivals

The Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech is an annual event in Houghton known for its snow sculptures and a multitude of outdoor activities.

See Santa in the UP

Hometown Christmas Ontonagon offers lots of family-friendly activities over an entire weekend that begins with tree trimming on Friday night, breakfast with the Grinch on Saturday, and culminates with a Sunday night parade.

Explore Ice Caves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

A mile-long walk gets you to the amazing Eben Ice Caves in Eben Junction. The trail passes over fields and through woods. Hikers are encouraged to wear ice cleats when exploring near and inside the caves.

Viewing the Northern Lights in Michigan

The amazing phenomenon known as the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is visible in the Upper Peninsula and a winter visit allows you to see it at its most spectacular.

New Year’s Eve on the Upper Peninsula

Time Square has “The Ball” but Mackinac Island has “The Turtle”, a 70-pound green fiberglass turtle that sparkles. This is New Year’s Eve Mackinac style!!

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