Ageless & Active | Detroit Senior Activities

If you're 55 and over and still young at heart, Detroit is a city full of energy and activities designed to please

The Detroit Institute of Arts
No matter your age, activity level or interests, Detroit has a wide variety of cultural, entertainment and outdoor to-dos sure to fill up your days with fun.
3 Days
15 Hours
Features

Architecture, Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Group Friendly, Nightlife, Outdoor, Shopping

Destinations

Downtown Detroit, Dearborn/Wayne

1
Day 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tour and Dine at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Experience the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in scenic Grosse Pointe Shores. At the home of Henry Ford’s only child, Edsel, you’ll see original antique furnishings, an impressive collection of fine and decorative art and much more in a breathtaking 60-room Cotswold mansion. Dine in the Cotswold Cafe, and then take a stroll on 87 acres of gorgeous lakefront gardens and grounds.

Spend the Evening at One of Three Downtown
Vegas-style Casinos

MGM Grand Detroit

Ignite your senses at the city’s first and only urban gaming and resort destination built from the ground up. Featuring a signature eatery from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck as well as TAP sports pub, pouring Michigan craft beers. MGM is home to the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan and offers exciting gaming, five unique bars and lounges and a 400-room hotel.

MotorCity Casino Hotel

Try your luck at the 2,900 slot machines and 59 game tables and take a break from the outside world at MotorCity Casino. Hit the D.Tour Spa for your adventures away from gaming. Dine at award-winning Iridescence or take in a concert at Sound Board. Book one of the hotel’s 400 rooms, all loaded with amenities.

Greektown Casino-Hotel

Greektown Casino-Hotel is located in the heart of Detroit’s most bustling restaurant districts. New Super Pit table games and a new video poker lounge, The Fringe, are among the updates at Greektown; a luxury 400-room hotel and plenty of dining and entertainment options round out the offerings at this unique location.

Back to top
2
Day 2
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Spend the Day at The Henry Ford

Connect with America’s history at this national historic landmark consisting of three unique venues and more than 26 million artifacts on 200 acres, or take in a film at The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience.

Greenfield Village

Experience the sights, sounds and sensations of 300 years of American history. Take a ride in an authentic Model T, visit Thomas Edison’s lab and see world-class artisans at work.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

From race cars and freedom rides to modular houses and microprocessors, experience the breakthroughs, big and small, that have made our world what it is today. Highlights include the Driving America exhibit, President Kennedy limousine, Rosa Parks bus, President Lincoln chair, DC-3 airplane, and more.

Don’t Forget Lunch

Grab lunch at the Michigan Café or Lamy’s Diner in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, or A Taste of History or Eagle Tavern in Greenfield Village. Snack your way through the offerings throughout Greenfield Village, such as Mrs. Fisher’s Southern Cooking (barbecue stand) or Cotswold Cottage (tea and sweets near the garden).

Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Put yourself at the center of sheer manufacturing might. See the history of the complex, the world’s largest living roof on this “green” plant and watch the action of the real-life factory floor where the Ford F-150 is made.

Dinner at Ford’s Garage

Have a prime burger and a craft brew while you enjoy a bit of automotive nostalgia at Ford’s Garage. The restaurant’s interior celebrates the look of a 1920s-era service station. Grab a drink or two at one of the bars with a Ford Model T perched high above.

Back to top
3
Day 3
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Take a City Tour

Take a driving tour of downtown Detroit. Be sure to check out the new Little Caesars Arena and The District Detroit – just a few walkable blocks from the city’s signature sports stadiums Comerica Park and Ford Field — as well as Campus Martius Park, the Joe Louis Fist, the Spirit of Detroit and the fabulous Fox Theatre. Take in the wide variety of architecture in the city — from the towering Renaissance Center to the Guardian Building, Detroit’s “Cathedral of Finance.” Or, hop aboard the Detroit People Mover — a one-way, raised light-rail system with 13 stops at key downtown attractions. At just 75 cents a ride, the People Mover isn’t just a great way to get a handle on where things are downtown, it’s also an arts attraction — the stations feature more than $2 million in mixed-media artwork by renowned artists (go ahead and touch!). You can also ride Detroit’s new streetcar, the QLine, a 6.6 mile loop on Woodward Avenue that runs from Congress Street downtown to West Grand Boulevard.

Tour and Shop Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery

Visit the national historic landmark where this unique art form was developed in 1903. Pewabic is known for its distinctive vibrant glazes used for pottery and tiles. Get a demonstration of how the pottery is made and create a tile to take home. Pewabic Pottery houses a museum, gallery of contemporary pottery, learning center and gift shop.

Visit the Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling our region’s history, with permanent exhibitions such as America’s Motor City, Doorway to Freedom – Detroit and The Underground Railroad and the beloved signature exhibit, The Streets of Old Detroit.

Other Options:

Tour Detroit’s historic churches
• Visit the city’s museums — Arab American National Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Holocaust Memorial Center, Motown Museum
• See the birthplace of the Model T, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
• Wander the riverfront on the pathways of Detroit’s RiverWalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
• Visit the Michigan Outdoor Adventure Center
• Tour the waterways on a Diamond Jack’s cruise
• Visit historic Eastern Market on a Saturday morning year-round or on Tuesdays during the summer and fall
• Check out our newest state park, Belle Isle, home of the Anna Scripps
Whitcomb Conservatory

 

Download Print-Friendly PDF
Back to top
Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
    1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236313-884-4222 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-465-1777 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. MotorCity Casino Hotel
    2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201866-782-9622 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Greektown Casino-Hotel
    1200 St. Antoine St., Detroit, MI 48226313-223-2999 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Ford's Garage
    21367 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124, United States313-752-3673 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-0101 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Detroit People Mover (Detroit Transportation Corp.)
    535 Griswold St., Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226313-224-2160 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Pewabic Pottery
    10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214313-626-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Detroit Historical Museum
    5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-1805 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Arab American National Museum
    13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126313-582-2266 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-494-5800 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. The Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
    28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334248-553-2400 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Motown Museum
    2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208313-875-2264 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant / Model T Automotive Heritage Complex
    461 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-872-8759 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Detroit International RiverWalk
    1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-566-8200 Highlight on map | More Details
  20. William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor
    1900 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-396-0217 Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Outdoor Adventure Center
    1801 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-396-6890 Highlight on map | More Details
  22. Diamond Jack's River Tours
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-843-9376 Highlight on map | More Details
  23. Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300 Highlight on map | More Details
  24. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
    Belle Isle State Park, 900 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-821-5428 Highlight on map | More Details
  25. Belle Isle State Park
    2 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844 Highlight on map | More Details