Winter is here in Grand Rapids, and the temperatures are dropping…rapidly (pun intended). If you’re brave enough to face the cold, there’s no lack of things to do here.

Go Ice Skating

It doesn’t get more classic than ice skating. Take the whole family to one of several ice rinks in Grand Rapids. You can’t go wrong with Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink, an outdoor skating rink in the heart of Grand Rapids. Admission is just $4 for adults and $2 for youth—and admission includes skate rentals! Be sure to enjoy some hot cocoa after your skating session. The rink is open through February.

Experience the World of Winter

The largest winter festival in the midwest takes place right in Grand Rapids, and it’s free! From early January through early March, have a blast exploring ice sculptures, art exhibits, light displays, music, and more at this fun-filled event.

Get Your Sled On

When the snow hits, and we know that it will, sledding is a great activity for all ages. And Grand Rapids is full of perfect sledding spots. Check out this comprehensive guide to the best places to sled in the area.

Visit Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

We’re open all year round, so don’t let the weather keep you from visiting. Start your visit with a fresh cup of hot apple cider (and a donut, of course), then stroll our property for some fresh winter air. Enjoy a taste of Michigan at our historic Apple Haus where you can enjoy fresh-baked goods, a delicious lunch, seasonally harvested fruits and more. Want to stay inside? Join a wine tasting at our winery, featuring house-made wines and hard ciders.

Attend a Hockey Game

Looking for the perfect indoor winter activity? Get tickets to a Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey game. The stadium can still be chilly, so don’t leave your jacket at home.

What would you add to this Grand Rapids winter activity list?