As the biggest city in Michigan, Detroit has a lot going on all the time. From the arts and historical attractions to sports events and parks, there is sure to be something for everybody in the Motor City. Here, we are going to look at some of the best reasons to get out of the house with your friends, grandkids, or on your own.
For the past century, Detroit has been a major cultural center for the world. The main art museum in the city is the Detroit Institute of Art. It is located in Midtown and has one of the most significant and largest art collection in the country. It has 65,000 works in more than 100 galleries. If you live in the Detroit metro area, you can get into the museum free of charge. Other art museums in the city include the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Detroit has a rich history, and the best place to learn about it is at the Detroit Historical Museum in the city’s Cultural Center Historic District in Midtown. It chronicles the history of the Detroit area from toy trains, cobblestone streets, fur trading from the 18th century, the auto assembly line, 19th century stores, and more. In the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, you will not want to miss the Henry Ford, which is the largest indoor/outdoor history museum complex in the United States.
In Royal Oak, another Detroit suburb, you will find the Detroit Zoo. It attracts 1.4 million visitors per year and is one of the state’s largest family attractions. It provides a natural habitat for over 3,300 animals representing 280 species on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits. The Detroit Zoological Society also runs the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, which is in the City of Detroit. Belle Isle Nature Zoo is located on an island between the US and Canada and features an aquarium and conservatory.
Detroit is known as “Hockeytown” because it is home to the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, who have won eleven Stanley Cups. However, the city is also home to major professional sports teams in baseball (the Tigers), football (the Lions), and basketball (the Pistons). Also, there are many major college and high school sporting events held in Detroit.
Also called “Motown,” Detroit is the birthplace of many major musical genres. As such, there are festivals all year round celebrating the musical background, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Movement Music Festival, and the Motor City Music Conference to name a few. People from across the country also flock to the city for the North American International Auto Show.
With so much to do in Detroit, it is easy to get tired out. Fortunately, there are several day spas throughout the city to help you relax. Om Spa in Downtown Dearborn is ideal if you want a massage and skin care. Or, you might consider Tantra Aveda Spa in Ferndale. Both are great for kicking back and taking it easy.
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