This guest was submitted by Alan James, a travel writer with Limousine Service Detroit.
5 Free Summer Activities in Detroit
Summer in Detroit is a magical season! After dealing with the slightly more unpredictable seasons of winter and spring, it’s nice to look forward to warm, sunny days and the activities that come with them. In this day and age, the budget for extra entertainment can be slim, but that doesn’t have to affect the fun that you can experience, even if you have a family!
There are a lot of free events, activities, and sites to explore when it’s summer in the Motor City. With all of the new developments downtown, it will be easy to entertain yourself without spending a dime.
Strolling along the Detroit River is a great way to spend some time on a beautiful day! It stretches about three and a half miles. While events like RiverDays have a small admission fee under five dollars, it doesn’t cost anything to enjoy it yourself or with your family. You’ll be able to see Windsor, Canada right across the river and wave to our neighbors! There is also free parking on the western side of the walk at the Rivard Plaza on Atwater Street, and you can also check out the interior of the Renaissance Center while you’re there.
It’s no secret that Detroit is home to some of the best museum collections in the country. Did you know that admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts is free to residents in the tri-country area? The DIA is known for its prestigious collection of art from around the world, there are exhibits and activities that are aimed toward children on Family Sundays. Right across the street from the DIA is where you can find the Detroit Historical Museum that has a range of exhibits from the Streets of Detroit to the Kid Rock Music Lab.
Entry to Belle Isle is free if you have a recreational passport from the State of Michigan. Once you’re on the isle you’ll find completely free attractions! The Aquarium is the oldest in the country and is currently being expanded, while the Nature Zoo offers experiences like the Deer Encounter. You can swim on the half mile stretch of beach or head to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to experience multiple climates under one roof. It’s impossible not to have fun when you’re here!
Detroit hosts many free festivals through the summer such as Dally in the Alley and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, but the Jazz Festival takes the cake when it comes to popularity and ambience. There’s nothing better than chilling downtown while you enjoy laid back music from world renowned musicians during Labor Day weekend.
Tyree Guyton started what can be best described as an art landscape around twenty five years ago, and now this two block community is internationally known. It’s free to park and roam about here, but be mindful that the houses are actually occupied. You could spend hours checking out all of the colorful details and installations here.
Have you visited Detroit? What are favorite Inexpensive or Frree Summer Activities while you are there?
Guest Post Author Bio
Alan James is a travel writer for Limousine Service Detroit. With five years professional experience writing city specific content and a lifelong residency in the metro area, they are happy to impart some of their knowledge.