Tubing or sledding is the absolute best way to spend a snowy, winter day. Check out these top favorites, with a few extra tips you may not know about each one!
Hawk Island is a Top Tubing Destination, with so much more – it’s a winter destination for people near and far.
From the beautiful snowy trails to the incredible snow tubing, you can spend an entire day here. The hill is fantastic; 500-600 feet long with a drop of 50-60 feet, with 16 ft wide snow lanes.
The “magic carpet” (mechanical hill lift) makes it easy for little legs to get back to the top, again and again, saving energy for all the fun parts! For anyone needing a break from the cold, the warming shack is stocked with snacks and hot chocolate. Grab some to enjoy around the bonfires at the base of 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: If you have a party of 25 or more, the entire hill can be reserved at only a slightly higher price per person than a public entry. This would make for a memorable family reunion or private party spot!
2021 Covid Details: They will be open this year by reservation.
Cost: $10 per person for two hours or $8 per person with groups of four or more (there is also a vehicle entrance fee of $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents)
Address: Hawk Island County Park, 1601 Cavanaugh Rd. in Lansing
For more info, check out their website.
Burchfield Park in Holt has great tubing, and it’s cheap!
These two hills are perfect for the entire family – with one hill for the little kids and one for the adventure seeker, there’s something for everyone. Snow tubes are super cheap – only $2 for two hours. Or, bring your own tubes or sleds for a day of entirely FREE fun!
Tip #1: Moonlight ski is on Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm.
Tip #2: If you’re planning on checking out both Hawk Island and Birchfield, consider getting an annual park pass instead of paying the daily entrance fee. This annual pass is only $30 for residents and is especially worthwhile if you plan to visit these (or any other Ingham county parks) more than a few times year-round!
Cost: Ski rental: $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for kids. $2 for two-hour tube rental (also with an entrance fee of $3 resident, $5 non-resident)
Address: Burchfield County Park, 881 Grovenburg Rd. Holt
More info here.
Granger Meadows Park
Granger Meadows Park means fun with a view – plus it’s FREE!
Another area favorite for sledding is Granger Meadows Park. This hill is worth checking out just for the view from the top. At 70 feet high with three varying slopes, it’s great for all ages. You’ll also find a natural ice skating pond, warming room, walking/hiking trails, dog park, and playground here, making for plenty to do outside.
Tip: Contrary to rumors about sledding down “Trash Hill,” Granger Meadows Park was not built on a landfill! While Granger (the area’s trash and recycling service) was the one who donated land for this park, it was actually farmland that had never been used as landfill space. The park is now owned and managed not by Granger, but by DeWitt township. Find out more fun facts here.
Location: 1275 Granger Meadows Lane Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: (517) 668-0270
Find out more here.