5 Fun Things to do in Winter in Metro Detroit
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5 Fun Things To Do During Winter in Metro Detroit

February 20, 2017

By Amy Gill

Winter weather in Michigan is inconsistent. Lately, the temps have been warmer than usual, making skiing, sledding, snow-shoeing and some of my other favorite winter activities impossible. So I rounded up five fun things to do during winter in Metro Detroit, things everyone in the area should do at least once in their life. This weekend is the perfect time to check one of them off the list.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Tour

5 Fun Things to do in Winter in Metro Detroit

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House via www.fordhouse.org

Edsel Ford and the automobile changed America and the world. “The Fords were cultural, social and economic leaders in an era of great optimism, as well as a turbulent time of economic depression and world war,” according to the organization’s website.

Their final residence along the shores of Lake St. Claire, was an impressive, yet unpretentious, home where they raised and nurtured their four children — Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William — in a safe and loving environment. It reflects their love of family as well as their mutual passion for art and quality design.

Tours of their incredible home provide a different look at this country, state and city’s history. Each weekend, general tours are offered from noon-4 p.m. Adults $12, children 6-12 $8.

2017 Oscar Shorts Film at Detroit Film Theatre

5 Fun Things to do During Winter in Metro Detroit

Photo via Detroit Institute of Arts

The Oscars are coming up, and many of us don’t get to see the short films, animated films and documentaries that are nominated each year. The Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts can help remedy that: “As in previous years, the 2017 Oscar Shorts program will present the five nominees in both the short animation and short live-action categories in one dazzling presentation; the animation nominees will be shown first, followed by an intermission, after which the five nominees in the live-action category will be screened. Make your picks and see the winners announced when the Oscars® are awarded on Feb. 26.”

Tickets, showtimes, etc., are available here.

Cheese Tastings at The Cheese Lady

5 Fun Things to do in Winter in Metro Detroit

Photo via The Cheese Lady Rochester

A whole store devoted to cheese? About it, how to eat it, what to pair it with, and so much more? Sign me up. The original Cheese Lady, Kathleen Fagan Reigler, started out at the Muskegon Farmers Market before others approached her about franchising her concept. Fast forward to today, and in addition to Muskegon, there are locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Farmington and now Rochester. Metro Detroiters can head to either the Farmington store or Rochester to learn about and sample various cheeses. Both locations have regular events like Wine & Cheese Saturdays (Farmington) and A Stroll Through Paris (Rochester).

Feather Bowling at Cadieux Cafe

Similar to horseshoes or Bocce ball, feather bowling is a unique thing to do in Detroit: The Cadieux Cafe is proud to be the only home of Feather Bowling in the United States.

The Cadieux Cafe is a prohibition-era speakeasy that celebrates Flemish culture. Grab some friends and rent a lane while enjoying steamed mussels and a long list of Belgium beers. To reserve featherbowling lanes, call (313) 882-8560.

Saturdays at Eastern Market

5 Fun Things to do in Winter in Metro Detroit

Detroit, Michigan – March 26, 2011: A vendor makes a sale at Detroit’s Eastern Market, a selling point for a wide variety of produce, meat, spice and other products. The popular farmer’s market covers 43 acres and is the largest historic public market district in the United States.

The hustle and bustle of Eastern Market is energizing. One of the country’s largest open air markets, open year-round, it is an experience every Michigander should have. Those of us living in Metro Detroit are lucky enough to make it a regular experience, especially in winter when most other markets are closed. Attending the Saturday Market is “an experience that is undeniably Detroit.”

Every Saturday year-round

6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2934 Russell St., Detroit

Check the directory for information on district shops and restaurants.


Do you know of any great things to do in Metro Detroit during winter? What are your favorite things to do in the area? Comment below to tell us about it and we may feature it in a future post or story!


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