Cost: $11 for the Recreation Passport; otherwise, it’s free.
4. Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum shows the history of southeastern Michigan through a variety of exhibitions, including the visitor-favorite: The Streets of Old Detroit, which is a recreation of Detroit street scenes from the 1840s, 1870s and early 1900s.
5. Eastern Market
Founded in 1891, Eastern Market is the largest outdoor farmers market in the nation. With five different markets to choose from (two of which are open year-round), guests are sure to find a unique set of foods, products and experiences.
6. Fisher Building Tours
Pure Detroit invites you to tour Detroit’s 1928 Albert Kahn-designed “architectural masterpiece.” Beginning at the north entrance of the Fisher Building where the Pure Detroit shop is located, the tour will last 45 to 60 minutes. Witnessing the exquisite design and ornamentation of the interior arcade, including one-of-a-kind mosaics, painted ceilings, Art Deco chandeliers, and fine stone, brass and bronze craftsmanship, is just one reason to attend this tour. No need to RSVP but make sure to visit shop.puredetroit.comand click “Fisher Building Tours” for upcoming tour dates and times.
Fisher Building by Albert Kahn, photo by Bill Bowen
7. Outdoor Adventure Center
Located across from the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor at the intersection of Atwater and the Dequindre Cut Trail, the Outdoor Adventure Center will give you “a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors in the heart of the city.” Touching a waterfall, reeling in a big fish and hopping aboard an airplane are just three of many activities that visitors at the OAC can take part in.
Cost: Children under two are free, children up to 12 are $3 and adults are $5.
8. The Detroit Institute of Arts
Among the top 10 museums in the country, The Detroit Institute of Arts is not just an art museum. From music and film to art-making and gallery games, there truly is something for everyone at The DIA. Cost: Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties and children five and under receive free, unlimited general museum admission, but children over five are $6 and adults are $14. VisitThe DIA’s website and click “Buy Tickets” to view general admission costs, as well as special exhibit and event pricing.
Since your activity will be cheap, you shouldn’t feel too bad about splurging a bit on food! Check out the Detroit Dining Guide for a list of amazing options.
Freelance writer Danielle Alexander LOVES doing things for free, especially when it’s just her and husband, so they have no guilt when it comes time to pay the babysitter.