Things To Do

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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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. 

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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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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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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. 

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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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When it's starting to feel like your life is a blur of going to work and always doing the same stuff, you know it's time to try something new. Things to do in Michigan include visiting this one-of-a-kind museum that's really an arcade. 

This arcade full of wonders has been collecting coin-operated machines and games for fifty years! 

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Driving down Woodward Ave. into the city, you might notice a building that is itself a piece of art. The dramatic black building adorned with the phrase "EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT" in white neon lights is a showstopper. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) has some of the most exciting installations in the city and this is one you have to see.

They currently have an outdoor exhibit that is like walking into a whimsical fairytale land. 

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Next month, Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit is going to be transformed into a celebration of winter for a weekend packed with things to do. This isn't your typical carnival, but a total transformation of the area. There will be so many things to do and the best part is that admission is totally free!

There are a few events that cost money, but taking in the energy of the festival-goers and hanging out with friends won't cost you anything. 

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This spring, on the shores of Lake St. Clair, some magic is coming to metro Detroit. This event has been traveling across the country and now it's our turn to see the lake light up. The Water Lantern Festival will bring an evening of magic to a beautiful park. 

This event is going to take place on May at Lake St. Clair Metropark. It will have food trucks, live music, and, of course, the main event, the lights. 

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For years, people from the surrounding area of Detroit would ask each other, "Have you seen the house with all of the polka dots on it?" It's a compelling question that begs for further information about the origin of such an unusual sight. The colorfully speckled Heidelberg Project is a spot in the city that has become internationally known and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. 

It's hard to miss the vibrant spots when you're driving past it, but the project is a little out of the way of downtown. It's located on Detroit's east side and now takes up two whole blocks with its larger than life colors and statues. 

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While walking through Detroit, it's hard to miss the fact that vibrant art is everywhere. Most buildings that can have murals painted on them do and it makes the streets feel alive. This sculpture garden takes the love of public art up a notch. 

Detroit loves to put art in unexpected places, but art made out of unexpected things is something that the city also excels in.

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