By Eden Baniel
It’s that time of year again, folks. That means snow – and lots of it. If you’re a native of the Midwest or Northeast, you’re probably used to trudging through snow in the winter, and you might even embrace it. For those of you from warmer climates, don’t despair. There are ways to make the best of this snowy situation. Here are a few fun ideas of things to do in snowy Detroit.
See the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
Dates: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31
Each winter, the Detroit Zoo assembles a beautiful and extensive light display. With more than five million LED lights surrounding trees, buildings and over 230 animal sculptures throughout the Zoo, this experience is one that will certainly catch your eye. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy an exciting time with friends and family, or a unique date night activity. You don’t want to miss this event, it’ll literally be lit.
Go Ice Skating at the Rink at Campus Martius Park
Dates: December 14-30, January 1 – March 4
There’s no better way to embrace the winter weather than ice skating in the city. The outdoor rink, located at Campus Martius Park, is in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Surrounded by beautifully lit buildings, it is one of the most scenic places you can skate this winter. Improving your ice skating skills could even help you avoid those embarrassing falls on the way to work or class.
Visit Eastern Market
Dates/Hours: Saturday, 7am-4pm (year-round)
Eastern Market is always an incredible shopping spot, but it gets even better in the winter when the specialty markets come out. The market is a place where food, culture and community combine to make dark winter days feel a little brighter. A cornerstone of Detroit since the 1800s, Eastern Market is one of the best places in Detroit for food and fun. Make sure to check out district shops and restaurants that are open after 4p.m.
The Connector Destinations Blog is not an official University endorsement, and is based solely on the opinion of the author.