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Mapping Detroit's Best Ways To Bust Those Winter Blues

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Michigan winters can be a long slog of the cloudy and grey, and this year's Farmer's Almanac is predicting a winter even more frigid than usual. Before you barricade the doors, slip on a Snuggie and hibernate 'til spring, we're here to intervene with a map of Detroit wintertime fun. From the cheap to the posh, the sober to the sloshed, the active to the sedate—we've got you covered.

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1. Rouge Park

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21800 Joy Road
Detroit, MI 48239

River Rouge Park is one of Detroit's biggest sledding venues. Actually, its 1,184 total acres make it one of Detroit's biggest anythings. You'll find the sledding action behind the stables, just off of Joy Road between Spinoza and Outer Drive.

2. Ford Drive-In Theatre

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10400 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 846-6910
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The "world's largest drive-in" won't let falling temperatures get between motorized moviegoers and cheap double features. Sweetening the deal with an optional "car heater" means a good winter weekend can be found in the right within confines of your car.

3. Clark Park

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1130 Clark St.
Detroit, MI

Clark Park's spacious rink means your ice-time isn't spent retracing a claustrophobic loop, while some tasty offerings on Vernor give you the option of a post-skate snack. Call ahead for open skate hours.

4. Cafe Con Leche

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4200 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209-2113
(313) 554-1744

Nothing in the city satisfies your hot chocolate jones quite like a ridiculously thick, rich Chocolate a la Taza from Cafe Con Leche in Mexicantown.

5. Sugar House Craft & Cocktails

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2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123
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Everyone knows that blizzards are best enjoyed from the cozy confines of your local bar, but Sugar House's delicious selection of hot drinks means you're sure to spend the next Snowpocalypse toasty and toasted.

6. IMMERSE Spa at the MGM Grand

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1777 3rd St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 465-1777
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Any old chain motel can fill a concrete hole with chlorine, but we suggest drowning your winter blues at the MGM Grand's indoor infinity pool. Day passes cost a hefty $25 per person, but entry is free for guests of the hotel. What would Danny Ocean do?

7. Urban Snowmobiliing

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4549 4th Street
Detroit, MI 48201

A few people caused quite a stir last year when they took footage of themselves snowmobiling around Detroit. Starting at the Riverwalk, they went east on Jefferson and eventually north on M-10. To be clear, we're not suggesting you do that. But it sure does look fun.

8. Boll Family YMCA

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1401 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 309-9622
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Although cheaper than the MGM's infinity pool, this YMCA is certainly no second-rate facility. Built in 2003, the Boll Family YMCA has been called one of the best in the country. For non-members, access to the pool for a day costs a reasonable $15.

9. Belle Isle

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Casino Way
Detroit, MI 48207

Once you've finished gazing at the incomparable majesty of Belle Isle's Ice Tree, stick around to enjoy the gaggle of other winter activities the island has to offer. More active readers might be partial to cross-country skiing and canal-skating, but we're excited about the onslaught of Poinsettias at the Anna Scripps-Whitcomb conservatory. Not only was the building designed by Albert Kahn; it's also warm and full of palm trees. Admission is free.

10. Masonic Temple

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500 Temple St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-7100
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The Detroit Derby Girls will be heating up the Masonic Temple all winter long, with inter-league monthly matchups that include a double header on January 5. Advance tickets start at $12.

11. Eastern Market Shed 2

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2500-2548 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

Though most of Eastern Market's trademark bustle is in the summer months, we're mitten-ing up and heading over to Russel Street for better parking spots, smaller crowds, and the delicious addition of a new vendor selling New Orleans-style beignets and chicory coffee in Shed 2.

12. Detroit Institute of Arts

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5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
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Baby, it's cold outside, but the DIA will be here to warm you up as their Friday Night Live! Series continues all winter long. Provided the world doesn't end this Friday, you can catch the two performances of A Jazz Nutcracker, a jazzy reinterpretation of The Nutcracker Suite written by Detroit native Mike Jellick.

13. Balduck Park

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Sledding at Balduck Park is just part of growing up in Detroit, at least on the city's east side. The western face of the hill offers a perfect slope, but only the bravest dare attempt a run down the ridge's rocky backside.

1. Rouge Park

21800 Joy Road, Detroit, MI 48239

River Rouge Park is one of Detroit's biggest sledding venues. Actually, its 1,184 total acres make it one of Detroit's biggest anythings. You'll find the sledding action behind the stables, just off of Joy Road between Spinoza and Outer Drive.

21800 Joy Road
Detroit, MI 48239

2. Ford Drive-In Theatre

10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

The "world's largest drive-in" won't let falling temperatures get between motorized moviegoers and cheap double features. Sweetening the deal with an optional "car heater" means a good winter weekend can be found in the right within confines of your car.

10400 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126

3. Clark Park

1130 Clark St., Detroit, MI

Clark Park's spacious rink means your ice-time isn't spent retracing a claustrophobic loop, while some tasty offerings on Vernor give you the option of a post-skate snack. Call ahead for open skate hours.

1130 Clark St.
Detroit, MI

4. Cafe Con Leche

4200 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209-2113

Nothing in the city satisfies your hot chocolate jones quite like a ridiculously thick, rich Chocolate a la Taza from Cafe Con Leche in Mexicantown.

4200 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209-2113

5. Sugar House Craft & Cocktails

2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Everyone knows that blizzards are best enjoyed from the cozy confines of your local bar, but Sugar House's delicious selection of hot drinks means you're sure to spend the next Snowpocalypse toasty and toasted.

2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

6. IMMERSE Spa at the MGM Grand

1777 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48226

Any old chain motel can fill a concrete hole with chlorine, but we suggest drowning your winter blues at the MGM Grand's indoor infinity pool. Day passes cost a hefty $25 per person, but entry is free for guests of the hotel. What would Danny Ocean do?

1777 3rd St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Urban Snowmobiliing

4549 4th Street, Detroit, MI 48201

A few people caused quite a stir last year when they took footage of themselves snowmobiling around Detroit. Starting at the Riverwalk, they went east on Jefferson and eventually north on M-10. To be clear, we're not suggesting you do that. But it sure does look fun.

4549 4th Street
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Boll Family YMCA

1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Although cheaper than the MGM's infinity pool, this YMCA is certainly no second-rate facility. Built in 2003, the Boll Family YMCA has been called one of the best in the country. For non-members, access to the pool for a day costs a reasonable $15.

1401 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Belle Isle

Casino Way, Detroit, MI 48207

Once you've finished gazing at the incomparable majesty of Belle Isle's Ice Tree, stick around to enjoy the gaggle of other winter activities the island has to offer. More active readers might be partial to cross-country skiing and canal-skating, but we're excited about the onslaught of Poinsettias at the Anna Scripps-Whitcomb conservatory. Not only was the building designed by Albert Kahn; it's also warm and full of palm trees. Admission is free.

Casino Way
Detroit, MI 48207

10. Masonic Temple

500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201

The Detroit Derby Girls will be heating up the Masonic Temple all winter long, with inter-league monthly matchups that include a double header on January 5. Advance tickets start at $12.

500 Temple St.
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Eastern Market Shed 2

2500-2548 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

Though most of Eastern Market's trademark bustle is in the summer months, we're mitten-ing up and heading over to Russel Street for better parking spots, smaller crowds, and the delicious addition of a new vendor selling New Orleans-style beignets and chicory coffee in Shed 2.

2500-2548 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

12. Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Baby, it's cold outside, but the DIA will be here to warm you up as their Friday Night Live! Series continues all winter long. Provided the world doesn't end this Friday, you can catch the two performances of A Jazz Nutcracker, a jazzy reinterpretation of The Nutcracker Suite written by Detroit native Mike Jellick.

5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

13. Balduck Park

Detroit, MI 48224

Sledding at Balduck Park is just part of growing up in Detroit, at least on the city's east side. The western face of the hill offers a perfect slope, but only the bravest dare attempt a run down the ridge's rocky backside.