A Winter Wonderland Awaits When You Explore Your Own Backyard In Michigan This Season

With frozen lakes, trees blanketed in snow, and chilly temperatures that make you want to cozy up by a roaring fire with a cup of hot cocoa, there’s something magical and beautiful about winter in Michigan. Sure, the weather can be downright frigid at times, but this year, we are committed to making the most of the season. After all, there is nothing better than outdoor exploration to feel more connected to your environment, improve mental health, and create long-lasting family memories. 

From thrilling activities like snow tubing to reflecting on the year ahead while hiking and getting away from it all in a cozy small town, we challenge you to embark on three one-of-a-kind adventures this winter as part of our inaugural Explore Your Own Backyard Challenge: A Michigan Winter Wonderland. While we have given you inspiration for destinations to complete these three themed challenges below, how you participate is up to you — enjoy a winter hike in your neighborhood park or plan a snow day staycation in your living room, for example. There’s no need to travel far to enjoy winter fun! 

Let’s bundle up and explore, shall we?

Committed to exploring your backyard with us this winter? Join our Michigan Nature Lovers Facebook group and share your adventures with us or tag us in your photographs on Instagram, @only_in_michigan or use the hashtag, #oiysbackyardchallenge – we’ll share our favorite photographs with our audience. We hope you are able to enjoy the best winter has to offer here in the beautiful Mitten State.