8 Spring Must Do’s in Detroit

April 28, 2021 | Story by Sarah Bence | Photos by Detroit Riverfront Conservatory

Spring has come to Detroit. It is finally warm enough for restaurant patios to slowly reopen, outdoor events to take place, and for flowers to bloom throughout Detroit and the metro area. If you’re looking to celebrate spring in Detroit, here are eight quintessential Detroit activities that are perfect in the spring.


1.Eastern Market Flower Day(s)

Eastern Market is a year-round institution in Detroit. It is the largest outdoor farmer’s market in the United States, where you can wander through the open-air sheds and find the best of Detroit’s local produce.

Eastern Market is especially vibrant in the spring, when the flower stall overflows with color and the special yearly Flower Day is held. This year, to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and ensure everyone’s safety, Flower Day is actually being split into four separate days: May 4, 11, 18, and 25.


Photo Credit: Eastern Market  ‘Flower Day at Eastern Market’


2. Spend a Day on Belle Isle

Belle Isle is 982 acres of natural beauty, located in the Detroit River with panoramic views of both downtown Detroit and Windsor, Canada. After its winter hibernation, Belle Isle really comes alive in the spring. It is the perfect place in Detroit for an afternoon of biking, walking, picnicking, or even kayaking or canoeing on a warmer day.


3. Catch a Tigers Game at Comerica Park

Spring means the beginning of baseball season in Detroit. The Tigers, Detroit’s major league baseball team, call Comerica Park in downtown Detroit their home. The facility is located within The District, not far from Detroit’s other national sports teams’ homes (Little Caesars Arena and Ford Field).

Walk by Comerica Park on a warm spring afternoon or evening and you’ll hear the cheers over the stands. Better yet, get yourselves tickets and enjoy a baseball game, Detroit-style.


4. Stroll Downtown with Coffee

As the weather warms, it’s time to finally start ordering iced coffee again! Detroit has many specialty coffee shops that have popped up over recent years. One of these is Madcap Coffee, which opened in downtown Detroit in 2019.

Madcap Coffee has an outdoor seating area, and a “walk-through” pick up lane, so you can stay COVID-19 conscious and order your drink without ever entering the shop, if you choose. So pick up your coffee and walk through downtown. From Madcap, it is a very short walk to The BELT, an art-covered alley that is perfect for a stroll.



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5. Get Outside on the Detroit International Riverwalk

Speaking of downtown walks in Detroit, spring is also an ideal time to get outdoors along the Detroit International RiverWalk. This three-mile path runs along the Detroit waterfront and gives great views across the river and toward the downtown skyline.


6. Take a Vintage Car Tour of Detroit

Detroit, or Motor City as you might know it, is a very drivable city. The snow and ice have finally melted, and spring is a great time to get out and go for a tour of Detroit.

With Antique Touring, you can take a tour of Detroit in a vintage Model A vehicle and honor the city’s automotive history. Antique Touring was closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but is opening in May 2021 with COVID-19 safety protocols.


7. Meet the Animals at Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo is an expansive zoo of over 100 acres, that is a perfect springtime day out for the entire family. The zoo is currently open to the public with some restrictions in place, including the closure of some indoor exhibits. However, most outdoor animal enclosures are fully open. You can see every animal from snow monkeys to otters to even the zoo’s six-month-old lion cub!


8. Visit The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village

Spanning 250 acres, The Henry Ford is a must-see attraction in Detroit year-round. However, it is a particularly fun place to visit in spring because much of it is located outdoors. With pleasant weather and gardens starting to bloom, you will love spending a day here, particularly at Greenfield Village which is now open to the public. This village was opened in 1929 and will bring you back in time with horse-drawn carriage rides, authentic Model T vehicles, operational farms, and pure Americana.


Photo Credit: Detroit Zoo  ‘Flamingos at the Detroit Zoo’



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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
  2. 2
    Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
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    Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  4. 4
    Little Caesars Arena
    2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit International RiverWalk
    1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  8. 8
    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
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    Madcap Coffee
    1413 Farmer Street, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Antique Touring
    461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA