The Best Way to Beat a Rainy Day in the D

Modified: April 04, 2023 | Story by Katherine Stozicki

When you’re rained in, it can be difficult to find something to do. Whether you’re looking to go out, entertain the kids, or try something new, we have the perfect list of places to visit during a rainy day in the D!

First, you can have fun and save money with the Explore Detroit Pass. With the pass, you can receive discounted admission to nearly two dozen Visit Detroit partners’ attractions and exhibits. Some partners include museums, activities such as Sealife and Legoland, special access to performances and events, and unique tours of Detroit! Be sure to check it out.

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Explore the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on the next rainy day you experience in the D! The DIA is home to 65,000 priceless works of art. The DIA has over 100 galleries of ancient and modern works and art styles ranging from French and German impressionism to American and Flemish paintings. For years, the DIA has been ranked one of the top ten museums in the country and was most recently ranked as the best art museum in the country according to USA Today.

The Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford Museum holds the history of some of the most important parts of the modern development of America. The Henry Ford has three attractions available to explore including the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, and Ford Rouge Factory Tour. With interactive exhibits and many educational elements, The Henry Ford is the perfect way to spend a rainy day!

Ford Rouge Factory Tour display

Meadow Brook House and Gardens

In Rochester, you can find one of the grandest old homes in metro Detroit—Meadow Brook House and Gardens. A rainy day is a perfect time to take a tour of this beautiful manor and learn more about Matilda Dodge Wilson, the Dodge Brothers, and experience this Tudor-revival mansion in metro Detroit.

Michigan Science Center

Located in midtown is the Michigan Science Center. The Michigan Science Center is a highly interactive museum that is perfect for a rainy day. With live shows, an IMAX(R) Dome, a 4D theatre, a planetarium, and an 8,700-foot exhibit hall, this museum is all-encompassing and encourages learning while also having fun. If you’re looking to learn on your rainy day in, there is no better place than the Michigan Science Center to expand your mind.

Motown Museum

Explore Detroit’s music history by visiting the Motown Museum! When most people think of Detroit, they think of the auto industry, however, Detroit also has a rich music history. At the Motown Museum, you can explore the music history of Detroit by learning about legendary Motown artists, touring the actual recording studio where the greats recorded, and more.

Motown Museum studio control room

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the largest outlet center in Michigan at 1.4 million square feet. The mall features over 180 shops and restaurants with several unique ones that you cannot find elsewhere in Michigan. Great Lakes also features several fun attractions including Peppa Pig World, Legoland, SeaLife, and Round1. If you’re looking for a one-stop place to shop, eat, and have fun, this is the perfect place to spend a rainy day.

Peppa Pig World of Play, @exploremichiganmore

The Outdoor Adventure Center

At the outdoor adventure center, you can experience simulated outdoor activities, inside! Try your hand at archery, learn about some of Michigan’s animals, hunker down in a tent, and ride through Michigan’s trails all indoors! You can even spend the day planning an outdoor vacation for later by learning about Michigan’s campsites, yurts, parks, and hiking trails. If you’re craving the outdoors, but find yourself rained in, the Outdoor Adventure Center is the perfect place for you!

Outdoor Adventure Center kid playing

Outdoor Adventure Center, Jacob Lewkow

Rev’d Up Fun

Fun for all ages, Rev’d Up Fun is the perfect spot to let out some energy on a rainy day! Filled with laser tag, ropes courses, axe throwing, bumper cars, and plenty of games, Rev’d Up Fun has been voted the number one entertainment center in America. Sit back, relax, grab a bite, and have fun on the next day your rained in at Rev’d Up Fun!

Rev’d Up Fun, @littleguidedetroit

The Reptarium

This fully enclosed reptile museum is a great place to check out on a rainy day! Explore the interactive zoo through various hands-on activities and learn more about the unique reptiles that the Reptarium houses. Some of the residents of the zoo you can visit include a two-headed snake, a two-toed sloth, fish, an armadillo, and much more.

Legacy 925

If you find yourself a little more north in Metro Detroit, check out Legacy 925 in Oxford. Legacy 925 offers a variety of activities including go-karting, axe throwing, Urban Air Adventure Park, G’s Pizzeria, Ideal Escape Rooms, and various other small businesses! Legacy 925 is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in Metro Detroit.

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