Illustrations by Todd Detwiler
Bucket lists are pretty popular these days. Not sure why, but they are. You’ve got one for nearly every time of year and place you can think of, including destinations like The D.
Not wanting to be left out of the popular pastime, Visit Detroit staffers, colleagues, friends and acquaintances have put their thinking caps on to create our very own Detroit Bucket List. Nothing so monumental as falling in love or climbing a mountain appears on our list, but we’re still pretty darn proud of how easy it was to come up with a bunch of great things worth doing in metro Detroit during your lifetime. And this isn’t even all of ‘em. (P.S. There’s no particular order of importance here, and since this is from our Spring & Summer 2016 issue, we picked a lot of fairer weather to-dos to die for.)
On your roundabout, stop at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (pictured above), the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Spanning two city blocks on the lower east side, the art installation has been heralded as Detroit’s Ghetto Guggenheim. Search out the People’s House (aka Dotty Wotty House) and Noah’s Arc.
Appreciate the city’s African-American heritage at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and then travel to the First Congregational Church of Detroit for the Underground Railroad Living Museum Tour.
When you clap your hands, snap your fingers or sing your favorite Motown tune, you’ll hear Motown’s rich, soulful signature sound echo back.
The Guardian, Fisher, GM Ren Cen and Penobscot buildings must be on your list.
Read the Brick by Brick feature for more details.
Read the names of Arab immigrants under the photos showcased in the Coming to America exhibit at the Arab American National Museum. Real people with real stories of courage and hope.
Kick off spring by heading to downtown Detroit for the Tigers’ Opening Day. April 8 for 2016.
Take a picnic blanket and hit the grassy knoll of DTE Energy Music Theatre for a concert.
Grab an ice cold something from the Beach Bar and Grille, sit down and dig your toes in the sand right in the middle of Detroit’s urban jungle.
Get more intimate with the city through a guided tour by car, bus, bike or even on foot. So many themes, so many options — from ghosts to architecture.
Try fowling at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. Two teams, two lanes, 10 pins each and a couple of footballs. Or, feather bowl at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Two teams, a dirt lane, wooden balls that resemble a wheel of cheese and a feather.
“I like walking on the #Detroit River by the Milliken Lighthouse.” – Dominique K.
Book a dinner cruise or go for a late-night moonlight party aboard the Detroit Princess. The five-story riverboat is back in action for the season.
Fall is in full swing and that means Detroit Red Wings hockey at The Joe. No ticket? Cobo Joe's is a surefire hot spot on game days.
Watch Discover the D TV to learn all about the hidden gems and history that our city has to offer.