I love discovering unique adventures and Muskegon Winter Sports Complex in West Michigan has now been the source of a few of them for me. First I tried the luge in the summer, then the luge in the winter, and now their 1/4 mile long ice skating trail through the woods.
Why skate around an ice rink when you can be surrounded by a scenic nature instead?
But don’t worry, they still have a family skating rink and a hockey rink too, if you are more of an ice skating purist.
Admission and Rentals
Guests at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex purchase a skate pass and they can either bring their own skates and hockey equipment or rent them. The facility has rentals for both hockey skates and figure skates with sizes ranging from a toddler shoe size 9 through a men’s size 14. I personally think that hockey skates feel a little sturdier. For even more stability it’s not a bad idea to use one of the skating trainers. They are designed for kids but there is no shame if it makes you feel more confident starting out.
To access the ice skating trails, you start on the family skating rink and then head toward the woods. During our visit, there was quite a bit of fresh snow and I found the ice skating trails to be smoother than the skating rink. Another bonus was that the trees blocked the wind making it MUCH warmer.
The 1/4 mile ice skating trail loops around with a center split in case you want a shortcut and the trail is wide enough to have two to three people easily skate side by side.
The lighted ice skating trails are really peaceful and beautiful at night and the trail has been a popular spot for marriage proposals too. Perfect for a date night or evening with family or friends.
Other Winter Activities
There are still plenty of other winter activities for you to enjoy during your visit. In addition to ice skating and the luge, there is also sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
You can find out more from the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex website.
**Weather is a factor so make sure that you check out their conditions page before you visit.
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