Summer Activities » Detroit, MI

Summer Activities in Detroit, MI

From historical baseball to a cruise on a riverboat called the Princess, Detroit has a heck of a lot of fun to offer during all seasons, but especially in the summer.
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Wheelhouse Detroit

Wheelhouse Detroit makes it easy and fun for visitors to experience the Motor City on two wheels. Located right on the Detroit Riverfront, visitors can stop in to rent a bike to cruise the city on their own, take a tour, shop for bikes or get one serviced. Detroit is becoming a hot city to cycle and offers visitors the chance to tool down the beautiful Riverwalk for a couple of hours or have a day-long Detroit adventure. There's lots of room on the road and great neighborhoods to explore. Plus, it's relatively flat, so you can cover lots of ground quickly. Popular destinations to check out include The Riverfront, Dequindre Cut, Belle Isle and Eastern Market. Prices are very affordable too, with rentals starting at $10. Kids trailers are also available for those who’d like to make it a family affair.

Eastern Market

Step onto the grounds of Detroit’s Eastern Market and instantly be wowed by the sights and sounds of mounds of produce and farmers shouting out their mega low prices. Since 1891, Eastern Market has been feeding hungry Detroiters and has earned the title of America's oldest continually operating market district. On Saturday mornings during the summer, market-goers can expect to find fresh produce, beautiful flowers, Michigan-made products, fresh baked goods, and cheeses from farmers who have driven from across the Midwest. Stop by to shop for food for the week, walk around and people watch or grab breakfast at one of the market’s favorite hot spots, Russell Street Deli. The market also accepts Bridge cards and Project Fresh coupons and participates in Double Up Food Bucks.

Detroit Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! But that’s not all…The Detroit Zoo, based in Royal Oak, just outside Detroit, offers fun in the form of “Vitamin Z” for kids of all ages. Experience the outback by walking through a kangaroo outpost, feed giraffes lunch or watch polar bears swim over your head in the Arctic Ring of Life. Need to rest your feet? Take a break by riding the Tauber Family Railroad or check out the Wild Adventure Ride, a zoo-based virtual reality voyage. Other notable sites to see include the Rackham fountain, the 36-foot custom-made carousel adorned with hand-painted animals, and Science On a Sphere, an amazing spherical display system that projects simulations of the Earth, its atmosphere, oceans and land. Enjoy lunch at any of the zoo’s cafes or pack a picnic and make an ordinary summer day grrr-eat.

Cranbrook Gardens

From May through October, visitors can experience the grandeur of both the Cranbrook House and Gardens by taking guided and self-guided tours. Throughout the year, special events offer the opportunity to discover the history and magic of the centerpiece of the National Historic Landmark campus of the internationally renowned Cranbrook Educational Community. As the oldest manor home in southeastern Michigan, Cranbrook House offers a distinctive glimpse into a time when décor, artistry and nature merged. The surrounding 40 acres of gardens are tended by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, and are filled with colorful scented blooms and a tapestry of greenery, complete with exquisite fountains, sculptures, shaded dells and mossy bogs. To make a day complete, visit on select dates to enjoy a traditional tea or lunch. 

Detroit Princess

Ahoy matey! Step aboard the Detroit Princess for a magical ride along the Detroit River. The beautiful, 5-story riverboat, complete with chandeliers, fine dining and stunning views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines, is the perfect way to spend a romantic summer evening. The Saturday night dinner cruises provide the perfect opportunity to relax and hit the dance floor, or just sit and watch the views whiz by. The two and a half hour cruise features the Captain's Prime Rib dinner and a cash bar. Conveniently docked between COBO Hall and the GM Renaissance Center, the Detroit Princess is a unique venue for events as well. Passengers note: The riverboat is enclosed, heated and air conditioned, so can be enjoyed at all temperatures. Bon Voyage!