Maybe you’ll want a break from all that skiing. Maybe skiing isn’t your thing to begin with. Or you simply want to try something new. Whatever the reason, the Petoskey Area is full of activities that take winter fun to a new level. Check out the tips below. Then check into one of our hotels, resorts, inns or condos. Please call in advance for hours and availability.
A Zipline Adventure is an all thrills, no skills activity for adventure seekers of all ages. Let this high speed experience at Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands take your breath away – and leave you eager for more. Fly through the clear Michigan air and see northern Michigan like you’ve never seen it before. Summon your courage and let this unforgettable high-speed experience take your breath away!
Saddle up! Horseback riding at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands is a special way to get outside and experience the natural splendor of northern Michigan in the winter. You’ll see the resort from a whole new perspective. Join experienced guides for an equestrian journey through the beauty and tranquility of the resorts trail networks.
Guided winter rafting down the river is incredibly beautiful and a great trip with friends. Experience the breathtaking beauty and solitude of winter while floating beneath a canopy of cedars and pines covered with freshly fallen snow. Since 2001, the knowledgeable staff at Big Bear Adventures and Jordan Valley Outfitters offer guided rafting trips – an excellent opportunity to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands pride themselves on finding the most fun ways to ride on the snow, so it only makes sense that they would offer Fat Tire Snow Biking! It’s just as easy as riding a bike, only now you can ride on snow thanks to fat tires. These winter adventures put exercise, fun, and natural surroundings together. Enjoy the beauty of winter on two wheels as you explore the groomed winter bike loops.
The Petoskey Wine Region has you covered with friendly wine tastings in a variety of locations, while an assortment of breweries take care of the beer lovers in your group. Some locations, like Pond Hill Farm, offer both beer and wine sampling. More into craft cocktails? We’ve got that too at Mammoth Distilling in Bay Harbor, High Five Spirits in Petoskey and Long Road Distillers in Boyne City.
Head inside and try your luck at Odawa Casino. Inside, guests will find 1,000 slot machines, dozens of Las Vegas-style table games, incomparable dining experiences and the best service around. For everyone’s safety, the Odawa Casino is currently using a non-invasive thermometer to check guests’ temperatures before being admitted.
If you have kids in tow, you’ll want to splash into Avalanche Bay™ indoor waterpark. This 88,000-square-foot mega-park features seven waterslides, a shallow children’s pool, activity pools, a lazy river, hot tubs, and the Rip Zone surf simulator – all indoors! Plus, The Big Couloir, a 360-degree extreme body slide offers the steepest drop in the industry and is the first slide of its kind in Michigan! Currently open at 25% occupancy, you’ll find things to be a little different this year at Avalanche Bay™.
And you can wear out the whole family to ensure a good night’s sleep by bowling a few frames, or with an exhilarating game of laser-tag, at Boyne City Lanes or Northern Lights Recreation Center.
Whether you’re a skier, a boarder, or just want to get out and have some winter fun, the Petoskey Area has you covered. Need some help with lodging? Give us a call. 800.845.2828.
About the author
Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.