Visiting Detroit, Michigan with kids? Having a staycation? Here is a list of 34 things to do in Detroit and the metro-Detroit area. Some places listed are more popular and we couldn’t leave them off the list because they really are worth a go, but sometimes, you need unique. We’ve included some Michigan off-the-beaten-path adventures on this list as well.
Michigan Outdoor Center – Located on Detroit’s Riverfront, this is a great place to climb a tree, drive a motorcycle and cross a river all under one roof.
Make a day of it, and visit the Belle Isle Park after visiting the Outdoor Center. Belle Isle is down the street and has an Aquarium (7th oldest in the US), a conservatory and a maritime museum. Don’t forget to pack your lunch, it’s a great area for playing and picnicking.
Go on a candy tour at Sander’s Candy Factory.
Spend a day at the Detroit-themed fun and educational indoor play area, Detroit Kid City.
Wander around the Detroit Riverfront. Check the site for festivals and local happenings.
Smell the roses and grab some veggies for your picnic at Belle Isle when you’re visiting Eastern Market.
Gaze at the stars at the Cranbrook Science Center planetarium.
Let the kids explore and learn at the Children’s Hands on Museum in Ann Arbor.
Visit one of the many Michigan pumpkin patches in the fall for cider and donuts.
Enjoy a baseball game with a more intimate feel at the minor league Jimmy John’s Stadium.
Check out the new Penguin exhibit at the Detroit Zoo.
Check out one of the family programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Spend the day as a scientist at the Detroit Science Center.
Get your build on at Legoland.
See Detroit from the River by taking a Princess River Boat Cruise.
Explore the mysteries of the deep at Sea Life Aquarium.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village – At The Henry Ford, you’ll discover America — its culture, inventions, people and can-do spirit — and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it.
Looking to play some video games and have a go in the bumper cars, check out CJ Barrymores.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve – Offers nature inspired classes and events.
Step back in time at the Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.
Take in a play or musical at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Take a tour or a class at the historic Pewabic Pottery.
Watch a puppet show at PuppetART Museum.
Check out the unexpected at The Heidelberg Project.
Get lost in the gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor
Visit the farm at Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history – This museum began in 1965 and opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.
A cross between horseshoes and Bocci Ball equals lots of fun at Feather Bowling at Cadieux Cafe.
Go zip lining at The Adventure Park.
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