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. 


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