Fun First Date Ideas in Detroit

Modified: April 17, 2023 | Story by Biba Adams | Photos by Bill Bowen

Many people think that a first date sets the tone for a relationship–and while many of us have heard stories of bad first dates that lead to lifelong romance, why take the chance?

Here’s a little guide to having a great first date here in Detroit for any price.

$50 or less

A Visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts ranked number one for the best art museums across the country in USA Today’s top 10 best choice online poll. The museum is free for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents. The online calendar features many interesting events and exhibitions to enjoy all year round–from crafts to talks to films and interactive activities, the DIA is a great location for a great first date that keeps you moving and keeps the conversation going.

Meadow Brook Theatre

378 Meadow Brook Rd. Wilson Hall, Rm 207 Rochester

Meadow Brook Theatre provides a season of innovative, Broadway-quality theatre productions that make audiences smile, laugh and cry, enriching the cultural experience of the community in southeast Michigan. The plays feature excellent performances Wednesday through Sunday–with tickets that evening being cheapest at $37.

Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit

Lighthouse Artspace is the first experiential entertainment multi-plex, aiming to cultivate community and creativity through large-scale events and exhibitions of all art forms. The space has hosted a Van Gogh exhibit and one from Disney. Not every exhibit is for everyone, but it is a beautiful space a cool experience and the gift shop is pretty awesome and reasonably priced at around $50 per person.

$50 and up

Mirepoix Cooking School

1203 St. Main St. Royal Oak

Mirepoix is metro Detroit’s pre-eminent resource for culinary education. Their staff of culinary artisans is committed to enriching the cooking skills of every home gourmand. Each cooking class provides an excursion into the world of cooking, where you’ll learn to cook and think like a professional chef. This isn’t a demonstration – it’s a hands-on cooking experience that lets you interact with the ingredients and do the prep work yourself.

Mirepoix offers themed date night events that feature cuisine from various cultures including Italian, French, and Caribbean cuisine. The classes are $75 per person, but themed nights may be a little more expensive.

A Helicopter Tour with My Flight Detroit

Fly with Michigan’s largest tour operator over our most popular destination. All Detroit helicopter tours offer views of the city from above. Their highest-rated tour features 20 miles of flight over the GM RenCen, Ford Field, Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena, Ambassador Bridge and an Overfly Downtown Detroit–and costs $100 per person. For an extra $50 the tour can include champagne before and after the flight.

My Flight Tours, @king_jwan313

Wine Tasting at House of Pure Vin

1433 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Centrally located on historic Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Detroit, House of Pure Vin has wine and champagne that will satisfy any and all taste buds. Create the ultimate culinary and wine-tasting experience that includes: a 4-course dinner or a 3-course lunch held at the House of Pure Vin in our award-winning tasting room for $100 per person.



400 Renaissance Center floor 71, Detroit

This iconic restaurant is located on the 71st and 72nd floors of the GM Renaissance Center. The views of the city are unforgettable and will make a perfect first impression. Highlands has three concepts and costs might tip the scale, but the food is impeccable and the wine list is among the best in the city. Try the bar experience in the High Bar for drinks and appetizers or the full dinner menu for a three-course magical night.

Highlands, @lydiacarl_

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Michigan from Westwind Balloon Co.

1310 Maple Street Plymouth

Enjoy the excitement of a hot air balloon rides over the beautiful scenery of Oakland County, Michigan. You’ll fly over the lakes and woods of Kensington Metro Park or Island Lake Park. According to the reviews, on most flights, you’ll see White Tail Deer, hundreds of birds, and other wildlife as the balloon skims the treetops.

This one is pretty pricey at $795 for two people, but… it will definitely leave a great first impression.

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