Detroit April 08, 2017
The 10 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Detroit This Spring
Springtime is officially upon us in the Motor City, and even though our weather might often suggest otherwise, we’re due for some sunshine in the near future. With the gorgeous weather comes a renewed sense of adventure and an energized spirit that seems to permeate the city. If you’re in search of the best places to explore in Detroit this spring, here are ten of our favorites.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave)
They say that you can’t know where you’re going until you understand where you’ve been, and this certainly holds true in the case of Detroit. Our city’s history is long, dotted with moments of triumph and tragedy. Start off spring on an educational note by checking out this awesome museum and learning about Detroit’s roots and struggles throughout the decades.
2. Comerica Park ( 2100 Woodward Ave)
We’re sure you’ve been here before, but there’s no better time than spring to hit the ballpark! Any true-blue Detroiter knows that nothing compares to an afternoon of good baseball, and we’re excited to see how our Tigers perform this season. If you’ve somehow never been to a Tigers game, now would be the perfect time to book a ticket or two!
3. Milliken State Park (1900 Atwater Street)
This gorgeous park is located smack dab in the middle of the Detroit Riverfront, and you’ll be surprised to find how much natural beauty can be contained in the midst of the Motor City. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll, jogging near the marina, or picnicking with loved ones, Milliken State Park is sure to delight.
4. Detroit Film Theatre (5200 Woodward Ave)
Film buffs will adore this one-of-a-kind theatre in Detroit, which sits inside the Detroit Institute Of Arts. Whether you’re seeking an indie film or a newly released documentary, chances are that you’ll find an awesome flick to check out at the Detroit Film Theatre. On a rainy spring afternoon, it’s the perfect place to pass your time!
5. Windsor Sculpture Park (Windsor, Ontario N9B 1E8)
Okay, we know: this one isn’t technically in Detroit, but Windsor is a stone's throw away from the Motor City. Cross the border into Canada and check out views of the Detroit River and our city skyline from across the way. Throughout the park, you’ll find a plethora of large, quirky sculptures and pieces of contemporary art scattered throughout a lovely natural landscape.
6. Whitcomb Conservatory (900 Inselruhe Ave)
Venture to Belle Isle and enter a wonderland of flowers and greenery at this stunning conservatory, which has kept visitors returning for generations. Even when it’s already gorgeous outside, there’s something completely breathtaking about wandering through rows of perfectly kept plants and bright floral arrangements. If you want to pretend you’re on a tropical vacation, this is certainly the place to be.
7. Belle Isle Aquarium (900 Inselruhe Ave)
While you’re on Belle Isle, take a trip to its famous aquarium. This timeless attraction never gets less magical, no matter how many times you’ve walked its halls. Whether you’re gazing at colorful fish with your kiddos or staring at sea creatures during a solo journey, there’s no doubt that a trip to Belle Isle Aquarium is the perfect way to spend a spring day.
8. Eastern Market
Looking to combine fun and function? Make a day trip to Eastern Market, where you can peruse row after row of vendors offering everything from fresh produce to seafood. Pick up a few bags of fruit to sweeten up your springtime diet and grab a bite to eat from one of the area’s food trucks before you leave — you’ll be back to visit again in a heartbeat.
9. Dossin Great Lakes Museum (100 The Strand, on Belle Isle)
In every season, we Michiganders are grateful for our proximity to the Great Lakes. While Detroiters don’t necessarily spend a huge amount of time at the beach, we still hold an immense appreciation for the benefits of our waterfront location. If you’re looking to discover more about the history of our state’s maritime heritage and celebrate the lakes that set us apart, check out the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
10. Hart Plaza
This celebrated spot in the Motor City boasts great views of the Detroit skyline, plenty of open space, and an awesome location near the Riverfront. While you’re here, stop to admire the Dodge Memorial Fountain, which steals the show with its contemporary design and stream of shimmering water during warmer months. Make sure to bring a camera — the scene at Hart Plaza is gorgeous.
Okay, now it’s your turn: what are your favorite springtime activities, attractions, and events in Detroit? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below. Happy spring!