Carb up with breakfast at Hudson Café, where artistically plated pancakes, French toast, waffles or crepes await. Then, get the lay of the downtown land with a 75 cents ride on the Detroit People Mover or ride the new QLine streetcar, which opened spring 2017. Since Detroit is a huge sports city, take a guided $7 tour of Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions. Go behind-the-scenes for a peek at an NFL locker room, guest suite and even a chance to walk through the tunnel and onto the football field. The first public tour is at 11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays (seasonally on Thursdays). Alternatively, the GM Renaissance Center offers free one-hour tours Monday through Friday at noon and 2 p.m.
Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food & Drink
Free Things to Do in Detroit: Morning
Free Things to Do in Detroit: Afternoon
For lunch on the cheap, choose from a seemingly endless list of gourmet sliders at Green Dot Stables or grab a Coney dog at side-by-side Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island. Find inspiration at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where for the $8 admission (free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents), you’ll take in some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Insider tip: The museum stays open late on Friday nights. Just across Woodward Avenue is the Detroit Historical Museum. Admission is free. From late November through early March, you can also glide over to the ice rink at Campus Martius Park in the heart of downtown. Admission is $8. Skate rental is extra.
Free Things to Do in Detroit: Night
Think authentic ethnic food for dinner. Try Sala Thai in Eastern Market; Los Galanes in Mexicantown; Bucharest Grill for Romanian in Corktown, Rivertown or on Piquette St.; or Golden Fleece in Greektown. For your evening’s entertainment, the Fowling Warehouse, headquartered in Hamtramck, is an authentically Detroit experience. Fowling combines elements of football, bowling and horseshoes. $10 per head for unlimited games. Feel like dancing? Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, a Cuban restaurant in Detroit, offers free salsa lessons on Friday and Saturday nights.
Photo Credits: QLine ©2014 QLINE; Detroit Institute of Arts and Green Dot Stables by Bill Bowen; Bucharest Grill by Cybelle Codish; Fowling Warehouse by Jan-Niklas Meier
- Hudson Cafe
1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-237-1000 Highlight on map | More Details
- Detroit People Mover (Detroit Transportation Corp.)
535 Griswold St., Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226313-224-2160 Highlight on map | More Details
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2500, Detroit, MI 48243313-567-3126 Highlight on map | More Details
- Lafayette Coney Island
118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-8198 Highlight on map | More Details
- American Coney Island
114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-7758 Highlight on map | More Details
- Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900 Highlight on map | More Details
- Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-1805 Highlight on map | More Details
- Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-0101 Highlight on map | More Details
- Sala Thai
3400 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-831-1302 Highlight on map | More Details
- Los Galanes
3362 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-554-4444 Highlight on map | More Details
- Bucharest Grill - Corktown
1623 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-965-3111 Highlight on map | More Details
- Bucharest Grill - Midtown
110 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-965-3111 Highlight on map | More Details
- Bucharest Grill - Rivertown
2684 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-965-3111 Highlight on map | More Details
- Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-8800 Highlight on map | More Details
- Fowling Warehouse
3901 Christopher St, Detroit, MI 48211313-264-1288 Highlight on map | More Details
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