Winter is Here which Means Sledding & Tubing Here We Come!
When the weather in Michigan becomes a bit frightful, put on your snow pants and enjoy it!
One of the best and most exciting ways to enjoy our inevitable wintertime is going sledding and tubing.
I don’t know about your kids, but my kids are ecstatic each year when the snow falls enough to finally go sledding. Waiting 9-10 months for this moment is a test in patience, yet makes the experience that much sweeter.
Sledding and tubing is a pastime that seems to never get old. Who doesn’t love flying down a hill, wind in your face, screaming all the way down?
We in Lansing are lucky to be surrounded by sledding hills of all kinds. There are bunny hills for the tiniest tots, favorite neighborhood hills tucked away out of sight, Burchfield Park with two hills to choose from and a cozy fire pit, and of course the highly sought after snow tubing run at Hawk Island.
Some places are BYOS (bring your own sled) while others having tube rentals.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet, less-known sledding option or if you are a “go big or go home” type of person, the Greater Lansing area has sledding and tubing that’s just right for you.
Favorite Sledding Hills Near Lansing
Tubing or sledding is the absolute best way to spend a snowy, winter day. Find yourself with a snow day off of school? Burn some energy at these favorite Lansing hills.
Plus check out our extra tips you may not know about each spot.
Bundle up and get ready for a memorable experience at these fun Lansing sledding and tubing hills.
Hawk Island Park
1601 E Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing MI 48910
Hawk Island is a top Lansing winter destination known for its winter tubing, attracting people from all over the area.
From the beautiful snowy trails to the incredible snow tubing, you can spend an entire day here. The tubing hill is fantastic: 500-600 feet long with a drop of 50-60 feet, with 16 foot wide snow lanes.
Reservations must be made to partake in this unforgettable tubing experience. Make reservations here.
Cost: TBD per person for two hours. There is also a vehicle entrance fee to enter the park.
Tip: Make sure your little one is ready for Hawk Island tubing. There is no age limit for children, however lap-riders are not permitted. All children must be able to ride down in their own tube, exit the lift area in a timely manner, and stand on the Magic Carpet.
The Magic Carpet (mechanical hill lift) makes it easy for little legs to get back to the top again and again.
For anyone needing a break from the cold, the warming shack is stocked with snacks, hot chocolate, and s’more supplies. Grab some to enjoy around the bonfires around the hill.
No snow? No problem! Hawk Island makes its own, so if all you see is grass (or that fun winter mud) in your backyard, you can always head over to Hawk Island for a winter wonderland.
Tip: You can rent the entire hill! If you have a party of 40 or more, the entire hill can be reserved by calling Hawk Island at 517-676-2233.
Tip: While you’re at Hawk Island, play on the playground, take a walk on the 1.5 mile paved trail around the park, adventure on the connected Lansing River Trail, and hike through adjacent Scott Woods Park.
For more info, check out their website, social media, and read about how awesome Hawk Island is year round!
881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, MI 48842
Burchfield Park in Holt, just south of Lansing, is one of our go-to winter tubing and sledding destinations, and bonus – the prices are great!
No reservations are required to sled at Burchfield Park. Tube rentals are available throughout the winter generally Friday – Sunday depending on weather conditions. Tube rentals are for two-hours for a nominal fee.
Tip: The tubing hill is sometimes opened on a weekday when there are school closures! Check their website or social media for updates.
There is a vehicle entrance fee to enter the park (but see our tip below about the annual pass).
Burchfield offers two sledding hills: a big one and a little one. The smaller hill is ideal for littles and is a hop, skip, and jump away from the parking lot. There you can bring your favorite sled from home and go down as many times as you like.
The big hill is for the more daring and is a short hike away from the parking lot. You may bring your own sled from home and sled for FREE anytime.
Tubing at Burchfield Park
While you’re at Burchfield Park, cozy up by the wood-burning fire pit, grab a cup of cocoa in their winter snack bar when it’s open, and warm up in the winter warming lodge. Also take the family for a hike in the 6 miles of trails in the woods.
Tip: If you’re planning to be regular at Hawk Island, Burchfield, or other Ingham County parks, you might consider buying an Ingham County Parks season pass instead of paying the daily entrance fee each time. This annual pass is $35 for Ingham County residents and $45 for non-residents. The pass will also get you free parking at Potter Park Zoo.
Sledding at the little hill at Burchfield Park
Granger Meadows Park
1275 Granger Meadows Ln, Lansing, MI 48906
Granger Meadows Park is located in DeWitt Township just north of Lansing and provides a day full of sledding fun for the whole family. The best parts? It’s totally FREE and provides beautiful views.
The hill at Granger Meadows is worth checking out just for the view from the top: a 70-foot high drop with three varying slopes, making it great for all ages.
Not only is Granger Meadows great for sledding, its 76-acres also offer cross country skiing, a natural ice-skating pond for skating, a warming room, walking/hiking trails, and a playground give you plenty of options.
Sledding at Granger Meadows
Fortitude Farms and Events
4377 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
There’s another great tubing hill so close to Lansing! Fortitude Farms and Events in Owosso offers a big tubing hill for you to enjoy time tubing with the fam. They also have a fire to keep warm and cook s’mores, hot chocolate, and even adult beverages.
The tube hill is open varying days of the week, so make sure to check their website or social media before you make the trek.
Reservations are needed to tube at Fortitude Farms and Events. Book here.
Want even more great sledding options? Each town in the Lansing area has some local favorite spots, all easily accessible to the public, and ENTIRELY FREE! Check out these and other area parks for more outdoor winter fun.
|Fitzgerald Park||100 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge, MI 48837|
|John Taylor Memorial Park||4221 Charlar Dr, Holt, MI 48842|
|Delta Mills Park||7001 Old River Trail, Lansing, MI 48917|
|Grand Woods Park||4500 W Willow Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917|
|Ehinger Park||315 Chesterfield Pkwy, East Lansing, MI 48823|
|Hayes Park||827 W Columbia St, Mason, MI 48854|
|North Meridian Road Park||5191 Meridian Rd, Okemos, MI 48840|
|DeWitt Middle School||2957 W Herbison Rd, DeWitt, MI 48820, by the football stadium|
|Poxson Park||600 S Dexter Dr, Lansing, MI 48910|
|McDonald Middle School|
aka “Mickey Mouse Hill”
|1601 Burcham Dr, East Lansing, MI 48823|
Behind middle school by the baseball fields
|Williamston High School||3939 Vanneter Rd, Williamston, MI 48895, by the football field|
|Waverly Hill||3419 W Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48917|
|Hiawatha Elementary||1900 Jolly Rd, Okemos, MI 48864|
Did we miss a hill? Comment below and we’ll add your favorite sledding hill! Have snow much fun, Lansing!