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.


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. 


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