As the weather warms, there’s no time like right now to go out and experience all that Metro Detroit has to offer! From nature centers to museums, this metropolis is chock-full of excursions that will not only keep everyone in your family having fun, but also learning a little something along the way.
We’ve compiled some of the best-of-the-best places to visit so be sure to get out there and make some memories with your family! Before you go, make sure to check out The D Discount Pass. It allows you to save 20% or more on admission to some of the areas most loved attractions. The pass is valid from Sunday, Jan. 1, 2018 through Sunday, Dec. 31, 2018.
For quality bicycle rentals and guided tours, Wheelhouse Detroit – Rivertown is your destination! They allow you to experience the gorgeous Detroit Riverwalk in a unique way – on two wheels! If you’re looking to pick up a new bike or need yours serviced, be sure to check them out.
Looking to get back to nature while in the city? Belle Isle Nature Center is the place to go! They offer a guided hike of the nature center’s 1/8-mile trail and you can also enjoy their indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. They offer programs that include deer feeding, biofact discovery time, and a hands-on activity.
Are you ready for this? Admission to this museum is totally FREE! Isn’t that great? The Detroit Historical Museum offers tours, programs, and workshops that are designed to let everyone engage, ponder, and draw conclusions about Detroit’s summer of ’67. You can also explore how to barter with each other for furs and goods.
This isn’t for the faint of heart! You and your family can discover zip lines and obstacle courses high amongst the trees. TreeRunner Adventure Park has 10 trails, 13 zip lines, 5 difficulty levels, and 130 challenges nestled in a 5-acre forest. This is one of the hottest attractions in Metro Detroit and reservations are required. If you’re traveling with a large group, be sure to ask for a group discount upon making your reservation.
Did you know that the DIA’s collection contains about 66,000 works, placing it among the top six in the United States of America? The museum boasts more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. If you reside in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties, you can enjoy free, unlimited general museum admission. You can also explore the exhibits on your own or have a DIA Gallery Teacher guide you through.
Ever wanted to take a peek at how America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade comes together? The Parade Company gives you a chance to do just that with their behind-the-scenes look at the parade’s charming history. While you’re there, you will explore the 200,000-square-foot storyland of floats and get to see how the award-winning artisans make it all come to life.
On a beautiful day, there’s nothing more relaxing than going on a boat ride. At just $9 per person, take a break and board the boat to experience 16 miles of the United States and Canada Detroit River shoreline. While on the tour, you will see ocean-going and Great Lakes ships, yacht clubs, a fire boat, ship terminals, parks, a mail boat, a light house, and much, much more.
Kids of all ages enjoy seeing animals up close, which makes the zoo the perfect day trip. Whether you want to enjoy the new penguin exhibit, see polar bears or lions up close, or take in any of the other many exhibits, the zoo is a great place to explore. Bring a sack lunch or stop and enjoy a snack or meal at one of their stands or restaurants
Navigate the grounds of the Ford House through the eyes of the Ford Family. See how different groups of people made use of the property from a time when Native Americans occupied the area until today. You can take a self-guided iPad tour and enjoy the spectacular sight that is the Ford House.
Uncover the ways in which science impacts our daily lives and discover the wonder of the natural world at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Every person in your family will be intrigued with their interactive exhibits. Whether you are taking in their world-class collection of objects and artifacts, the planetarium, observatory, standing beneath a T. rex, touching a mastodon’s fur or a meteorite, there is something that is sure to please everyone.
Take in the sights and sounds of the real-life factory floor where the Ford F-150 is made. You’re sure to be wowed by the sophisticated assembly by both robots and tradesmen.
History at its finest, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is sure to amaze every member of your family. There’s everything from machinery, cars, diners, locomotives, housing, to historical significance pieces such as the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, Lincoln’s theater chair, and JFK’s motorcade. This is one place that is sure to take your breath away. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to stay awhile as it’s a huge place with lots of ground to cover.
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