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Detroit Is Home To The Oldest Aquarium In The Country & It's A Little Bit Spooky

The green ceiling makes you feel like you're walking into a different world.

An island in the Detroit River is home to a ton of history and lots of fun things to do right outside the city. Belle Isle Park is our own little slice of natural splendor without having to leave the concrete jungle. One of the most exciting spots is the aquarium, which is the oldest in the country. 

The aquarium's architecture is what's the most striking about the place. It stands next to the sparkling glass domes that make up the conservatory. 

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7 Fun Things To Do In Detroit That Cost Less Than $15

Make yourself and your wallet very happy this weekend.

Finding a fun activity on a budget can be difficult. Sure, you could head to a happy hour and have a glass of wine and some chips for $15, but that's not exactly a full itinerary. These are all things to do in Detroit that accommodate for a small budget but have a big payoff. Whether you're in the mood to explore or to chill, there's something here to spice up your weekend. 

Visit the Belle Isle Conservatory

Price: Entrance to the park in a car requires a recreational pass. You can buy one at the entrance for $11. If you enter on foot or on a bike you can go in for free!

Hours: Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesday - Saturday.

Address: You can reach the conservatory (4 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI) by going over the bridge at E. Jefferson Ave. and E. Grand Blvd.

Why You Need To Go: This huge greenhouse has five different rooms that house a ton of plants. It's so easy to spend an afternoon traveling through the different climates without even leaving Detroit. The balmy weather inside will cure your winter blues.

Visit the Midtown Dog Park

Price: Free

Address: Located at the intersection of Cass Ave. and W. Canfield St., near the Shinola Store (441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI) which helped create the park.

Why You Need To Go: Watching puppies chase each other around is an easy way to put a smile on your place. You can take a breather on a picnic bench while dogs run circles around you.

Visit the African Bead Museum

Price: Free

Hours: Open Monday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Address: 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: The amazing museum and shop take up a whole city block with its outdoor multimedia displays. The founder wanted to highlight the power and beauty of African heritage. The swirling colors and friendly faces will surely make for a well-spent afternoon.

Eat as much Mexican food as you can at Los Galanes

Price: Their lunch buffet is available Monday - Friday for only $8.79 plus tax.

Cuisine: Authentic Mexican food that's often pointed to as some of the best in Detroit

Address: 3362 Bagley St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This Detroit-favorite has a super cheap lunch buffet that you have to try. Take in as many tacos you can and slip into a peaceful food coma.

Visit the Heidelberg Project

Price: Free

Address: 3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This powerful art installation takes up several blocks of east Detroit. You're never going to see something like this anywhere but here so head over there and check it out as soon as you can.

Tour art deco buildings that give off Gatsby vibes

Price: Free

Address: The Guardian Building in the photo is located at 500 Griswold St., Detroit, MI.

Why You Need To Go: Much of Detroit's architecture from the '20s has been beautifully preserved. Sometimes it feels like you're walking into Gatsby's house when you're exploring. The Guardian Building's ceiling is so stunning that you might just spend a few hours looking up.

Visit an abandoned theater

Price: They will let you up to the old theater area for $5 per person.

Address: 220 Bagley St, Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This cavernous space feels filled with ghosts. When you stare at the intricately decorate ceiling that was once an amazing feat of architecture, you'll feel transported back in time.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

This Enchanting Hidden Garden In Detroit Can Be Your Next BFF Trip

It's a tropical oasis in the middle of this frozen city.

Around the beginning of spring, we always get those deceptively sunny days. When you're drinking your coffee while the sun streams through your windows, you might forget that it's actually ten degrees below freezing. That warm weather bug is hard to get rid of even though a trip outside confirms that it is indeed still parka-weather. Belle Isle has a hidden greenhouse that will help you get a taste of real warmth that you're craving in the last of the cold months. 

The greenhouse is on Belle Isle, a state park on an island in the Detroit River. You can drive over a bridge onto the island on E. Jefferson Ave. and E. Grand Blvd. 

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Detroit’s Version Of Mardi Gras Is A Massive Festival Chasing Away A Demon

Time for this city to get its party on!

The Marche du Nain Rouge is a tradition in this city that reminds you why this city is such a special place. Although this parade is similar to Mardi Gras in that we also love a good party, the celebration is distinctly Detroit. Residents of the city are the main attraction so make sure to come dressed to impress (or terrify). 

Everyone meets at noon on March 22 in full costume to march seven blocks down 2nd Ave. towards the Masonic Temple. Once the procession reaches the end of the road, it's time for the serious parties to begin. 

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8 Detroit Date Ideas For $15 Or Less That Aren't A Walk Through Campus Martius

Let these spots set a romantic tone for your next night out!

A casual date is hard to perfect. The obvious choice might be a coffee shop or walking through a park downtown, but there are other ways to get to know someone without having to spend your whole paycheck. These cheap date ideas are going to get you to your next bae. 

Midtown Detroit Dog Park

Price: Free

Address: Located at the intersection of Cass Ave. and W. Canfield St., near the Shinola Store (441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI) which helped create the park.

Why You Need To Go: Taking a stroll down Cass Avenue is full of shops to stop into, but the dog park is always free and fluffy!

Drive Or Stroll Through Historic Indian Village

Price: Free

Address: You can start at Jefferson Ave. and walk down Burns St., Iroquois St., or Seminole St. until you reach Mack Ave. The Indian Village Centennial Garden is at 8299 Charlevoix St., Detroit, MI.

Why You Need To Go: These houses are examples of some of the best architecture that Detroit has to offer. They aren't just limited to one style either. You'll see houses right next to each other that look like they're from opposite sides of the world.

When you're walking down these idyllic tree-lined streets, the conversation will surely flow.

Stop into Detroit Water Ice

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Popcorn, soft-serve ice cream, snow cones, and hot dogs

Address: 1014 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This place has such a great vintage feel and it's right downtown so there's a ton of other things to explore while you chow down on some ice cream.

Their profits also go to Detroiters in need so you can feel good about this date.

Sift Through John K. King Books

Price: The price ranges between free and thousands of dollars. There is something here for everyone.

Hours: Closed on Sundays. Open Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Address: 901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This place is massive and you'll have plenty of time to chat and find out more about the person with you as you sort through literally a million books in this store with three floors.

Green Dot Stables

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Sliders, fries, and beer! What else could you ask for?

Address: 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: Everything on this menu is under $4! You can have a cheap feast at one of the most beloved restaurants in the city.

This high-energy bar and restaurant is a great place to figure out if this date truly is the one.

Explore Belle Isle

Price: You need to have a state recreation pass to go onto the island. They cost $11 and you can purchase one at the entry booth. Once you have one you can enter any Michigan state park with it for a whole year.

Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Address: 99 Pleasure Dr., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: There is a ton to do on this island. If you want a date that's going to last all day this is a good spot to get lost on. Pack a picnic and a blanket and hang out!

Shop at Peoples Records

Price: 💸

Hours: Monday - Saturday open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: You can learn a lot about a new person by seeing what kind of music and photos catch a person's eye. Ask each other some questions while you're digging through music history!

Check out the African Bead Museum

Price: Free entry!

Address: 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This place is absolutely stunning! The colorful displays and rich history set a perfect romantic backdrop.

This Insane Obstacle Course Lets You Compete Like You're Inside A Video Game

The difficulty of an American Ninja Warrior episode with the excitement of laser tag's competition.

Sitting at a desk all day is enough to fill you with some pent-up energy. The next time you need an excuse to run wild and blow of some steam, you can try this brand new obstacle course in Michigan

There are several Airtime Trampoline & Game Parks in southeast Michigan but you can only play the XP Arena at the Novi location. It's open to adults and children, but some of the tasks are so difficult that probably only a serious athlete could complete. 

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