6 Best Michigan Winter Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day [updated 2022]

As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to the movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do?

To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens of outdoor adventure dates around the state to make this year extra special for you and that special someone. A movie date is nice, but will you remember it for the rest of your life?

I challenge you to go above and beyond this year by surprising your date with something as unique as your love! Where ever you destination ends it should begin with a breathtaking winter scenic drive.

Here are some of my favorite ways to add some adventure to romance with these winter Michigan date ideas:

Dog Sled and Dinner | Northern Michigan Winter Date Idea

Nothing quite says adventure like bolting through snow-covered trees on a sled pulled by dogs. Winter resorts in Michigan like Boyne Mountain offer dog sled activities where you not will not only feel the thrill of the ride, but afterward, you get to cuddle all of the adorable, fluffy snow dogs. It’s guaranteed to make all your friends completely jealous!

Don’t let the date end there. Afterward, I suggest that you head out on the Boyne Mountain slopes for some night skiing or snowboarding, and then grab dinner at a local restaurant in nearby Petoskey. It might not be a romantic candle-lit dinner, but after all that activity, I think you’ll both be starving for a big meal!

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Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

Hide Away in a Cabin | Michigan Winter Date Idea

Life is busy, which makes it hard to find time for just the two of you. Valentine’s Day can be the perfect excuse to get away for a night or two from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

A snowed-in cabin in the middle of the woods is a perfect way to relax and enjoy much-needed time together. Instead of going out to eat, this is your opportunity to cook your significant other’s favorite meal and ditch the television for some board games or cards.

Also, during the day, you both can look into renting snowmobiles and head out onto the best Michigan snowmobile trails near your cabin. Just be sure to dress warm!

Winter Road Trip to the Upper Peninsula

Although it is a popular destination in the summer, an Upper Peninsula winter road trip is no less an adventure. It might be colder and it might be snowier, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less beautiful. And there is no shortage of winter things to do in the U.P.!

I highly recommend visiting the Eben Ice Caves, or hiking to a frozen waterfall near the town of Munising. One of my favorite moments of a scenic winter road trip is stopping in Mackinaw City before entering the UP to get a unique perspective of the Mackinac Bridge covered in ice.

Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival is a great place to take a date with snow and ice carvings, plays, a ball, a beauty pageant, and sporting events.

This is also a great opportunity to grab pasties for dinner and buy a carton of ice cream to feast on in your hotel room or cabin rental at the end of a long day.

Don’t forget to pull off and spend some time on the snow-covered beaches of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and/or Lake Huron. The only things more magical than frozen Michigan lakes are Michigan lighthouses in winter!

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Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

Walk in the Park on a Michigan Winter Date

If you can’t manage to escape to “far-off lands” this winter in Michigan, I suggest simply going for a walk with the one you love.

If you leave your phones in the car and spend quality time catching up, it will surely have a lasting impact. A park may seem dull in the winter, but it’s only dull if you let it be so.

My favorite romantic activities: Building a snowman, getting into a snowball fight, climbing a tree, or swinging on the swings. Unlike in warm weather, you’ll probably have the entire place to yourselves so you get to be as crazy, goofy, and lovey-dovey as you wish!

Explore the Outdoors in Detroit in the Winter

Both located near downtown Detroit, Belle Isle and the Detroit RiverWalk are an easy two-for-one date idea. You and your partner can explore Belle Isle as you watch chunks of ice float down the Detroit River.

If the weather has been cold, many people use the waterways within Belle Isle to go ice skating. It might not be your normal rink, but that’s what makes it fun! Or stop by Campus Martius to skate on The Rink before enjoying a bite to eat in one of the nearby restaurants.

Downtown Detroit never slows down, so taking a walk on the RiverWalk will always make you feel proud to call Michigan your home. I recommend spending the day exploring a one-of-a-kind city, and then heading to Greektown or Corktown for a delicious meal together.

Michigan Winter Outdoor Date Ideas - The Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Laura Blake.

Get Active: Michigan Winter Date Idea

If you’re looking for something that’s not too difficult, or too costly, then consider snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. They are both good ways to get outside and active in the middle of a ruthless winter. If you don’t have your own equipment, there are plenty of places around the state that rent the gear for an affordable price.

One of my favorite locations is Burchfield Park, located just south of Lansing. Every year, the park creates its own mid-Michigan cross-country skiing trail. They open a small cabin with rentals, offer night skiing, and let those who come enjoy their outdoor firepit.

Nothing quite says romance like cross country skiing in Michigan under the stars followed by roasting some marshmallows on an open flame!

More Ways to Explore Michigan This Winter With Your Significant Other

No matter your preference for amazing winter date ideas, Michigan winter is full of great ways to explore while deepening your relationship with the one you love (or hope to love someday)! Plan a romantic winter getaway in Michigan or just explore the best romantic winter things to do in Michigan in your own backyard.

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