Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Few Fun Free Things to Do in Detroit During the Winter

Michigan winters are rough.  We go weeks without seeing the sun and get stuck inside the house every time there is a big storm. It's easy to become restless and need something to do. So, we compiled a list of a few fun, free activities that are worth venturing out of the house for this winter. Don't stay cooped up, get out and explore Detroit this Winter!

1. Visit the DIA:
Current exhibits: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections, Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment, Michigan’s Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash, Bruegel's “The Wedding Dance” Revealed + their permanent collection which includes pieces from Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera and Kehinde Wiley.

Free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents! (Must have ID to prove residency)
$6- $14 a person for people outside of those counties.

Hours: Tue - Thurs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday- Closed

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

2. Explore the Indoor Activites at Belle Isle:

Belle Isle Nature Center- Get an insider’s view of an actual beehive and get an up-close view of Michigan wildlife including birds, deer, toads, snakes, bees, turtles and more!

Free entry for all.
Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum- This museum places special interest in Detroit's role in national and regional maritime history. It features one of the largest collections of model ships in the world and the bow anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down in a storm in 1975.

Free entry for all.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory- The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is an exotic and rare collection of plants from around the world. It is also the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. The Palm House includes tropical trees and palms, the Cactus House is home to succulents and cactus, the Fernery is sunken to provide cooler conditions and more humidity, the Tropical House is where many plants that provide food are housed including bananas, oranges, figs, and the Show House has changing displays of flowering plants.

Free entry for all.
Open Wed-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Belle Isle Aquarium- The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn. It is home to a unique collection of fish. With one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish in the world.

Free entry for all.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m

3. Visit All of Detroit's Gorgeous Historical Buildings:
Detroit has some amazing buildings to explore. They are worth visiting just for the architecture but they are also great places to take a shot for the gram.

The Fisher Building- The Fisher is an art deco dream that was designed by Albert Kahn and
finished in 1928. You can take a formal tour or just walk around on your own. There are a few shops to stop into and a place to grab a coffee while you admire the architecture.

3011 W Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202

Guardian Building- The Guardian Building is another great art deco design that was created by Wirt C. Rowland and constructed in 1929.  It's high rise ceilings are gorgeous from top to bottom.  You can take a look around for yourself or sign up for a guided tour.

500 Griswold Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Cadillac Place in New Center- This high rise was designed by Albert Kahn and constructed in 1922.  It was originally home to GM's headquarters before being turned into a headquarters for a variety of government programs and a few local stores.

3044 West Grand Boulevard


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