The Best Family Activities in Detroit

We all know Motor City as the global manufacturing center for automobiles in the early 20th century; and of course, it’s renowned as the home of Motown (thank you, Detroit!). But have you ever thought of Detroit as a great family destination? We have and we do! And thankfully, we’ve collaborated with some amazing Detroit and Michigan mamas to curate an awesome list of the best family activities in Detroit for kids, toddlers and even babies. So you’ve got “nowhere to run” (que Martha and the Vandellas) but to Detroit for your next family getaway!

Belle Isle Park is a Must See

belle isle is a great family activity in detroit

Amber Louchart, of Metro Detroit Mommy, is an expert on the best family activities for families in Detroit. She has an amazing blog full of resources for locals and visitors alike. She says, “Metro Detroit is an amazing destination for families. From wonderful outdoor attractions like Belle Isle and Greenfield Village, to indoor entertainment like SeaLife Aquarium and the Michigan Science Center. There is something for everyone here. Catch a Tiger’s game, visit a museum, stroll a downtown area, visit a beach, check out an indoor trampoline center, taste fresh cider, enjoy Michigan nature, or even take a boat tour down the river.”

Sounds like the perfect itinerary to us! You can follow Metro Detroit Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more insider information all about Detroit.

Belle Isle Park is an absolute must do family activity in Detroit. Several of our awesome Detroit mommies mentioned it (Amber did too!)! Monifah Cook, @monifahsymone, says it’s one of her favorites! “One of my favorite places to go in Detroit would be Belle Isle Park. Such a beautiful island filled with so many things to do such as having family picnics or get-togethers, going to the beach, taking pictures by the fountain or just enjoying the river view of Canada. It is very kid-friendly with the various playgrounds and one of my most favorites—The Giant Slide. My son went to the park for the first time this summer. Can’t wait to make more memories with him here.”

You can follow Monifah (and her adorable son, Jaxon) on her blog for more Detroit mommy lifestyle tips.

More mommies say Belle Isle Park is the best family activity in Detroit.

Ok, third time’s a charm because another mommy swears by Belle Isle Park! She also says Downtown Detroit is a fun family thing to do in the city. Michele, the @midwestmomofone, says, “Metro Detroit is full of things to do for all ages! Why not head down to Belle Isle and visit the historic aquarium or arboretum? The Detroit Zoo is also a hit for all ages. Check out the downtown Detroit scene and visit The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, or the Michigan Science Center. If restaurants are your thing, check out Greektown. Detroit truly has something for everyone.” Thank you, Michele! Who doesn’t love a good Greek restaurant? Here’s a list of top restaurants in the neighborhood (PS: go hungry).

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Stay in the city and hit up local Detroit attractions.

image courtesy of Bridjet Morris

Looking for something a bit more off the beaten path? Bridjet Morris, mama of two and mommy blogger, says, “Detroit is a natural playground with so many new businesses, parks, and events happening weekly! You don’t have to go far to have a full day of adventure. Some of my favorite things to do with my kids are: explore the Riverfront, hang out in and around Campus Martius Park, visit restaurants like Selden Standard that have big patios, and browse the Eastern Market. My husband and I prioritize places where our kids can run free and have space to explore without so much traffic and congestion. It’s good for the soul!” We love these ideas! And BTW, the Eastern Market looks amazing. They even offer cooking classes for kids!

JeeYoung, the busy Detroit mama behind Simply Every, is on board with Campus Martius Park too. She says, “I love taking the boys to downtown Detroit. The beach at Campus Martius Park is a hidden gem, sort of an urban playground nestled in the busy-ness of the city. With easy access to delicious restaurants and the riverfront, it’s a great way to explore our city as a family.”

Make sure to follow JeeYoung on Instagram too, @simplyeveryblog! Her boys are just the cutest.

Get outdoors with your family and explore Motor City!

Last but not least, The Detroit Mom Blog (@detroitsmomblog) provided an awesome snapshot of family friendly activities in Motown. And PS—they love Eastern Market too, so that is definitely a must see!

“Detroit has become a hotspot for family experiences. Stop in at the Outdoor Adventure Center for some outdoor fun nestled right within the city. Take a walk along the Detroit River, or hop on over to Beacon Park for family movie night, a concert, or their organized games and activities. And you can’t beat Eastern Market’s fresh food, local vendors, and casual eats. Wherever you find yourself in the city, Detroit offers unique and exciting events that the whole family will enjoy.”

What are your suggestions for the best family activities in Detroit?

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Are you a Detroit native or an avid Detroit visitor? We want to hear from you! What do you love about the city and what are your family friendly “go to’s”? Comment below!

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1 Comment

  1. Ericka Smith

    October 24, 2019 at 5:51 am

    I am a DETROIT native, and am ecstatic how DETROIT has changed. Downtown has soooo many adventurous places and activities to do. I love sports, so catching a Tigers game, Lions game or Red Wings game is a must! I enjoy Campus Martius and the surrounding area! The ice rink attracts so many families, and is a great winter activity. Did you know that the Detroit Campus Martius ice rink is larger than the NYC ROCKEFELLER center ice rink? During the winter holiday season, the massive tree in Campus Martius is also lit. Families from all over come to see the tree being lit for the season. There’s so many things to do in Detroit for every season. Hurry up and visit!!

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