Detroit February 14, 2017
9 Incredible Trips Around Detroit That Will Change Your Life
Living in the Motor City is amazing, but it’s always nice to take a quick break from everyday life. Luckily for Detroiters, our city is situated close to plenty of exciting attractions, charming small towns, and natural gems. If you’re looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Detroit without breaking the bank, here are nine awesome day trips that will keep you and your family entertained and enthralled.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Belle Isle
Okay, this one is a no-brainer. Every Detroiter knows that Belle Isle is one of the city’s most beloved gems, but it’s sometimes overlooked by those who live nearby. Whether you’ve visited once or one hundred times before, there’s nothing better than a walk through the island’s historic aquarium, a picnic lunch with the city skyline in the distance, or a visit to the lovely on-site conservancy.
Looking for a perfect beach day without venturing too far from the Motor City? Lexington is the spot to be. Located on the shores of Lake Huron, this charming harbor town offers everything from a beautiful boardwalk to quaint shops to plenty of lakefront cottages. If you’re willing to wake up early or choose to book an overnight trip, you might even catch a gorgeous sunrise over the water.
3. The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn)
History buffs will be completely enthralled by the amazing exhibits and adventures that await inside the Henry Ford. Learn about the birth of Detroit’s auto industry, check out over 26 million (yes, you read that right) artifacts from throughout history, and step back in time with a visit to Greenfield Village. There’s something at the Henry Ford for every member of your family!
4. Ann Arbor
A day trip to Ann Arbor is never a bad idea. Come to town and catch a Michigan football game at the Big House, stroll down South Main Street for some shopping and eats, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of campus at the University of Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a cultural event, a concert, or just a delicious dinner, you’ll find it in Ann Arbor.
5. Meadow Brook Hall (350 Estate Drive, Rochester)
This breathtaking tudor-style mansion is owned and operated by Oakland University, and its history is second to none. Take a tour of the building and bask in the feeling that you’ve stepped into a beautiful English manor. Since the 1920s, this one-of-a-kind spot in Rochester has been a point of pride for the community, and you’ll want to see for yourself. Check out our article about Meadow Brook
for more information.
6. Cranbrook Institue of Science (39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills)
Are you a science fanatic or simply a curious human being? Then you’ll have a great time at Cranbrook. This Bloomfield Hills fixture is rich with exhibits on natural history and seeks to educate visitors of all ages. You’ll see everything from a T. Rex skeleton to a real-life meteorite. Step into the planetarium for a gorgeous virtual view of the night sky — it’s an easy ticket to another world, and you’ll be totally enthralled.
7. Marine City
Tucked along the shores of the St. Clair River, this small town is a hidden Michigan gem. With a rich history and a friendly population, you’re sure to feel right at home when you take a day trip to Marine City. Stop in at a local antique shop, stroll along the riverfront, or see a performance at the local theatre. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even love Marine City enough to make it your go-to weekend destination!
8. Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores)
Located northeast of Detroit, this historic home offers insight into the lives of Michigan’s famous Ford family. The grounds of their beautiful home are absolutely stunning, and the estate itself is breathtaking. Tour the many gardens on site, which are gorgeous in every season. Take a tour that will bring the home to life with insight into the Ford family’s personal history there — and what a rich history it is.
The drive from Detroit is well worth it for all the joy that awaits in Frankenmuth. Take in the unique Bavarian architecture of the town as you stroll through its many shops and boutiques. Grab a beer at Frankenmuth Brewery or a chicken dinner at Zehnder’s. If you’re a Christmas enthusiast, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the place for you — you can enjoy the holiday spirit year-round. You might never want to go back home! Click
for more information about all that Frankenmuth has to offer.
Where’s your favorite go-to spot when you’re looking for a great day trip near Detroit? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below. Happy travels, Detroiters!