BROWNSTOWN (WWJ) – Winter’s a blast at your 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks, with plenty to offer you over the holiday break. There’s no need to spend money for a trip up north when 25,000 scenic acres of tranquil woods, quiet waters and breathtaking scenery await your next visit.

Outdoor recreation such as sledding, snowboarding, tobogganing and ice skating are available at a number of Metroparks, weather and snow conditions permitting. Selected facilities are even lighted at night.

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With enough cold weather and snow, the Metroparks can offer up to 73.5 miles of groomed ski trails. Paved hike trails and nature trails can provide excellent opportunities to watch wildlife or take a leisurely stroll.

Interpretive centers at Kensington, Lake Erie and Indian Springs Metroparks will be open every day except Christmas Day. Interpretive Centers at Metro Beach, Oakwoods and Stony Creek Metroparks, and the Farm Center at Wolcott Mill Metropark will be open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Historic Mill at Wolcott Mill Metropark will be open December 30 and 31.

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So, unearth your trusty old sled, cross-country skis, pull out that ice fishing rod, or slip into a pair of ice skates and discover winter activities at the Metroparks.

For a full list of activities offered at each park, click here.

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A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark which is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors, or $5 daily. Find more information at