Detroit May 18, 2017
The 11 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take Near Detroit
Living in Detroit is a unique and wonderful experience. Those of us who have spent years in the Motor City certainly have a healthy amount of hometown pride, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a quick getaway from time to time! If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to temporarily escape from everyday life, check out these eleven amazing day trips in and around Detroit.
1. Greenfield Village
If you’ve never explored Greenfield Village, you’re truly missing out. This one-of-a-kind attraction within the Henry Ford offers a firsthand look at what life was like in generations past. Mingle with historical re-enactors, ride in a real Model T, or simply peruse the grounds and appreciate the atmosphere. There’s a whole lot to love about Greenfield Village, no matter what your age.
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2. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Everyone in Detroit knows that Belle Isle is a major attraction, but have you checked out the park’s Whitcomb Conservatory? In any season, stop in to peruse row after row of breathtaking plants, from wildflowers to cacti. The air is warm, the scenery is gorgeous, and admission is completely free!
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Embrace all things Bavarian when you head to Frankenmuth for the day. Located approximately an hour and a half from Detroit, this charming town is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy a chicken dinner at Zehnder’s, marvel at the Bavarian architecture lining Main Street, and grab a pint at Frankenmuth Brewery. What’s not to love?
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4. Lake St. Clair Metropark
Who doesn’t love a good beach day? We Detroiters need a little rest and relaxation from time to time, and the beach is an ideal spot to chill out. Lake St. Clair Metropark offers soft sand, a public beach, and plenty of space to stretch your legs. Pull that swimsuit out of storage and get ready to lounge on the shoreline all day — just don’t forget the sunscreen!
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Make the 45-minute journey from Detroit to Birmingham when you’re ready to enjoy some small-town charm without venturing too far from home. Peruse the area’s downtown shopping district, where you’ll find all sorts of treasures. Grab coffee at one of its quaint shops, take a walk through a city park, or stop in at an art gallery. What could be more fun?
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6. Cranbrook Gardens
Have you ever dreamt of visiting your own very own secret garden? Well, you’re in luck. With a day trip to Cranbrook Gardens in nearby Bloomfield Hills, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away into a fairy tale. This historic estate features over 40 acres of greenery, flowers, and other gorgeous plant life — so you can absolutely make a day of it.
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When you need to get out and about, it’s tough to find a better destination than Dexter. Whether you’re jogging through the Dexter-Huron Metropark, sitting on the banks of the Huron River, or even just chatting with friendly residents in the town’s small but charming downtown area, you’ll find something to love about this delightful community.
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8. The Dequindre Cut
When you’re craving a little exercise and fresh air, grab your bicycle and check out this awesome urban park in Detroit. Located close to the Detroit Riverfront, the Dequindre Cut is a must-see in the Motor City area. You’ll be amazed by the abundance of unique urban art and (legal) graffiti that abounds. Ride your bike along the path and appreciate a day of nurturing your body and mind.
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9. Meadow Brook Hall
Step back in time with a day trip to Meadow Brook Hall, a massive Tudor-style estate in Rochester that boasts 1500 acres of land and an 88,000 square foot mansion. Breathtaking fountains, elaborate chandeliers, and one-of-a-kind artwork will absolutely amaze you as the tour the grounds, which are now operated by Oakland University. What a unique chance to visit an era long past.
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There’s a reason so many young people have flocked to Ferndale in recent years. This awesome little town is known for a welcoming atmosphere, creative spirit, and no shortage of activities to keep visitors and residents entertained. Check out the area’s street art, do some shopping at Rust Belt Market, or simply stroll through downtown. You’ll fall in love with Ferndale in no time.
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11. Northville Winery and Brewing Company
Is there any phrase more wonderful than "wine-tasting day trip?" We think not. When you’ve got a day to spare and a hankering for great wine, venture to Northville Winery and Brewing Company for a guaranteed great time. Sip on home-brewed cider, beer, and wine as you listen to the sounds of live music. This spot is so wonderful that you might never want to head home to Detroit.
For more about Northville Winery, read our previous article
Alright, Detroiters: it’s your turn! Do you have a favorite spot to visit in and around Detroit? Where’s the ultimate day trip destination in the Motor City area? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.