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10 Exciting Detroit Activities

Considering a move to Detroit? Well, you’re in luck. Detroit is not only an affordable place to live, but it’s also full of exciting historical and outdoorsy activities.

Detroit is an American midwestern city known for its music, cars, history, and sports. As the largest city in Michigan, Detroit provides a variety of outdoor recreation and indoor enrichment for both locals and visitors alike. 

Here are 10 Detroit activities that are fun, no matter your age or interest. 

1. Visit Motown Museum

Without Motown Records, American music wouldn’t be what it is today. Take a tour of where the magic began, including the original Motown recording studio and founder Berry Gordy’s former residence. Hear classic songs, listen to inside stories, and feel transported back to a time before The Supremes, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye became household names. 

2. Catch a Detroit Lions Game

No trip to Detroit is complete without a visit to downtown’s Ford Field for football fans. You can catch a home game from September through late December (or January, if they make the playoffs) and watch the Detroit Lions play before a hometown crowd. There are also concerts held in the field year round, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the most popular destinations in Detroit. 

3. Visit the Detroit Historical Museum

Located next to the Detroit Institute of Arts, this museum details how Detroit became the Motor City we know today. The exhibits at this comprehensive museum will help you understand how the Detroit area transformed from “Frontiers to Factories” while highlighting several of the city’s innovations that the world still benefits from today. 

4. Walk Down the Riverfront

A great way to enjoy Detroit is walking up and down the Riverfront. Thanks to the restoration efforts of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, this has become one of the most popular outdoor activities in Detroit. With a beautiful river view and six miles of walking terrain, you can mingle with other residents and tourists while shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, or attending a concert.

5. Watch a Detroit Tigers Game

Baseball fans won’t want to turn down a chance to visit Comerica Park. This 41,000-seat ballpark is one of the country’s best places to see a game in general, particularly the Detroit Tigers. 

Owing its unique design to local steel and brick artisans, this one-of-a-kind ballpark is one of the best places to enjoy views of the Detroit skyline. During the off-season, touring Comerica Park during is one of the most popular activities in downtown Detroit.

After the game, you can grab a bite to eat from one of many food vendors, sample a beer at the beer hall, or take a spin on the baseball-themed Ferris wheel.

6. Tour the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

Don’t miss this crown jewel of Detroit museums. Dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of African American history, this museum is the world’s largest of its kind. It was founded in 1965 by local physician and civil rights activist Dr. Charles H. Wright.

7. Wander the Detroit Zoo

Fun for the whole family, this popular Detroit attraction welcomes over 1.5 million visitors every year. Located just north of the city, the Detroit Zoo has 230 animal species, including reptiles, penguins, and dozens of birds and butterflies. It’s also one of the few places outside Australia to get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas.

8. See a Detroit Red Wings Game

Hockey fans will enjoy cheering on the Detroit Red Wings at Midtown’s new Little Caesars Arena. Whether you opt for the up-close luxury seats or dirt-cheap rafter seats, you’ll be surrounded by lively fans out to have a great time. It provides some of the best people-watching opportunities in town. 

9. Stroll through Beacon Park

One of the newer attractions in Detroit, this spacious green area is around the corner from the western part of downtown. Once you arrive, you’ll see a variety of food trucks with award-winning dishes. You’ll also enjoy a lovely backdrop for concerts, festivals, and special celebrations. When the weather is nice, the park serves as an excellent location to enjoy a picnic or morning jog. 

10. Visit the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium 

Get lost among colorful fish, awe-inspiring sharks, and countless coral reefs that shelter a host of sea and plant life. SEA LIFE is a beautiful reminder of the importance of the Great Lakes as the country’s freshwater resource and marine life sanctuary. Book your tickets online to avoid long lines, especially during the summer.

When you’re ready to make Detroit your home, contact the experts at Colonial Van Lines for a free quote and worry-free move. We provide various long-distance moving services, including transportation, packing, and corporate relocation. 

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