Even though Mother Nature is not quite cooperating with our weather here in Gaylord, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a nice little trip with the family. There are plenty of fun things to see and do in the Gaylord Area for this winter break! After all, the kids are going to go crazy cooped in the house and so are you!
Treetops Skiing – First off, even though we don’t have much natural snow, Treetops Resort has been piling it up on the many cold nights and days that we have had. They are open for skiing and have a number of other activities planned for the week including horse drawn wagon rides. With the nights getting down into the low 20’s and upper teens they will resume snow making this week and the trails will get better each day! For a complete list of activities visit www.treetops.com
Gaylord Cinema – Gaylord offers a first rate movie theatre with six screens offering first run movies in the evening and with matinees as well. The Gaylord Cinema is located on the West side of Gaylord.
Otsego County Sportsplex – Even though we don’t have snow, you can still get plenty of skating in during the week. The Otsego County Sportsplex located on Wisconsin Street offers a hockey size ice rink with tons of public skating hours. They also offer plenty of skate rentals, skate sharpening and an indoor café for snacks and hot chocolate! If this isn’t enough the Sportsplex offers two, count them two indoor pools! They have a zero depth pool with shooting water that is bit warmer for the little ones as well as an Olympic size lap pool with a water slide!! You’ll have a blast as well as the kids. The Sportsplex is open daily with plenty of public hours.
Aspen Park – Normally this time of year Aspen Park would be covered in snow and groomed for cross country skiing, but it is still a great place to take a hike and get some energy out of those kids and you! Aspen Park is located off Commerce Boulevard and offers 2 miles of paved walking paths in an old growth forest. Even better the Park is flanked by the Elk Park which contains a herd of Elk, deer and turkeys. This is located on the North end of Aspen Park! Chances are very good you will see these animals.
Call of The Wild Museum – This classic museum that has been in Gaylord for over 50 years was recently listed on the list of the top 20 “must see” attractions in Michigan. Yes it is a bit kitschy but it is fun and the little kids will really enjoy it. You will see expertly stuffed and mounted animals in their natural environment, which is a great learning experience too. If you are not tired of shopping yet, The Call of the Wild has a gift shop that is one of the finest in Northern Michigan. It offers the widest range of western wear and gifts in Northern Michigan. This is a great morning or afternoon adventure.
Pigeon River State Forest Hiking – If you are looking forward to a little more adventurous hike, you can head out to the Pigeon River State Forest which is located 17 miles from Gaylord. The Shingle Mill Pathway is well marked and offers very scenic hiking with loops of one mile, 2 miles, 6 miles, 10 miles and 12 miles. It meanders along the Pigeon River for good portions of all of the hikes. The Pigeon River Forest Headquarters is a great stop to learn about the only free ranging elk herd in Michigan and other outdoor information and located in the Forest. This is a great activity to be followed by a hearty lunch!! The chances to see wildlife are numerous.
Big Bear Adventures – If you are looking for a really neat activity head up to Indian River, about a half hour drive, to Big Bear Adventures. You can go kayaking or winter rafting, complete with guide and open year round. They will drop you off and pick you up!
Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park – If it is more the inside fun you are looking for Avalanche Bay indoor water park is located about 20 miles from Gaylord at Boyne Mountain. They have numerous pools, wave pools, and water slides to keep the whole family busy for the day. They have a snack bar and arcade as well.