If you didn’t know, Michigan is a bit mountainous in parts. And nowhere in Michigan is better than the Boyne Falls area for skiing, water parks, casinos and other fun vacation activities.
When traveling to the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible exploring what Boyne Falls has to offer.
Skiing near Boyne Falls
During ski season, the slopes are awesome around Boyne Falls. Boyne Mountain itself has 60 different downhill runs. It also has a six-person high-speed chair lift. There are 35 kilometers of cross-country trails, as well as ice skating, snow shoeing, and more. Even if you don’t have skis or a snowboard, you’ll still find tons to do.
Bluegreen’s own Mountain Run at Boyne™ resort allows access to 14 ski lifts, 50 trails for every difficulty level, and villas that allow you to ski in and ski out near the Super Bowl, one of the mountain’s best Black Diamond ski runs. There are also two golf courses when it’s warmer, plus tennis and the Snowflake Lounge, which features live entertainment.
Water Parks near Boyne Falls
Instead of several medium-sized indoor water parks, Boyne Falls has one mega-sized one. Avalanche Bay is the largest in the state at 88,000 square feet and is open year-round. It contains six waterslides, including The Big Couloir, which boasts the steepest drop in the waterslide industry.
Additional park attractions include wave pools, hot tubs and other water amusements, as well as an Après Ski Pub for those who wish to slide in during the ski time of year.
Casinos near Boyne Falls
Several casinos are just a few miles’ drive from Boyne Falls. Odawa Casino Resort in Mackinaw City is the largest at just under 300,000 square feet (50,000 of which is devoted to gaming), and includes 1,300 slots, many table games and live poker.
Turtle Creek Casino, in nearby Williamsburg, offers 54,000 square feet of gaming space, the same number of slots as Odawa, 40 gaming tables and a poker room. Whichever direction you drive in to find a place to play blackjack, video poker or the slot machines, you won’t have to travel far.
Other Things to Do Around Boyne Falls
If you’d like to try something off the beaten path, literally, mountain biking is a terrific option. A short 90-minute drive away is the North Country Trail part of the Marilla Trailhead in Mesick Village. The entire track is nearly 29 miles, but there’s a shorter option that’s 9 miles each way to North Coates highway and back.
Another option for mountain biking is Boyne Mountain Bike Trails. They’re used for skiing in the winter, but otherwise these trails are for biking, which means the downhills can get pretty fast!
If fishing is your game, Lake Michigan is a great place to fish for walleye, which tastes very good when cooked in a variety of ways.
Zip lining is also an option. Zipline Adventure leads you on a tour of seven cable lines that cross through hills, valleys and woods. These are speed lines, and you’ll zoom through the air at speeds of up to 25 mph.
And after all those fun activities, you’ll want to kick back with some apres-ski, or post-ski activities. Everett’s Restaurant and Lounge is just one of the many fine establishments on Boyne Mountain where you’ll find excellent food and brews. Or, you can opt to relax on a horse-drawn sleigh. Your choice!
Speaking of Mountain Run…
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