Family Attractions in Detroit
Family time in Motor City shouldn’t just mean staying at home. There is plenty to do in the city as well as the surrounding area. Bring the kids out for some educational recreation or take them to a place where they can work off their excess energy. Make some memories as you spend quality time together exploring attractions, learning and having fun in Detroit!
Bring your wild ones out to see some real wild animals at the Detroit Zoo
. Anyone who loves animals will go gaga for this enormous zoological park! With almost 3,300 animals and six distinct naturalistic habitat attractions, visitors will want to spend the whole day here. Walk with kangaroos in the Australian Outback Adventure or watch a polar bear swim above your head at the Arctic Ring of Life.
Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067 - MAP
Phone: (248) 398-0900
Discover the way transportation innovations changed the city, the country and even the world at The Henry Ford
. This gigantic indoor and outdoor museum complex features articles and artifacts of historical significance for public display. Be sure to stop by each of the major attractions (the Henry Ford Museum, the Automotive Hall of Fame and Greenfield Village) on your trip.
Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124 - MAP
Phone: (313) 982-6001
Roll on down the Detroit River with Diamond Jack’s River Tours
. Stop by the dock on Thursday-Sunday at 1:00PM or 3:30PM for a two hour cruise in this busy international waterway. Choose between three riverboats and enjoy a lovely, sunny day on the water as your guide shares fun facts and points out popular landmarks and Detroit attractions.
Address: 13000 Denmark St., Detroit, MI 48217 - MAP
Phone: (313) 843-7676
Stretch your legs and get some fresh air at Belle Isle Park
, the 982-acre island park in middle of the Detroit River. The crown jewel of Detroit’s park system, this large recreational area has plenty to do whether you only have an hour or you have the whole day. Choose from attractions like the scenic beach, conservatory and gardens, water slide, playground, nature trails, basketball courts and much, much more.
Address: 6925 E Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48218 - MAP
Phone: (313) 628-2081
Learn about Detroit’s maritime history at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum
in Belle Isle Park. This special interest museum displays a number of interesting artifacts and attractions in its large collection, such as one of the world’s biggest collections of model ships and the restored lounge from the steamer City of Detroit III.
Address: 100 Strand Dr., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 833-5538
Children and children at heart will have a blast at C.J. Barrymore’s Entertainment Center
! All ages are welcome at this attraction, and there are activities for everybody in the whole family! Play miniature golf, race go-karts, show off your bowling skills, compete in laser tag, cool off at Water Wars or bumper boats, scale a rock wall and more.
Address: 21750 Hall Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038 - MAP
Phone: (586) 469-2800
Anybody with a sweet tooth will find it hard to resist a trip to the Sanders and Morley Candy Makers Factory Tour
. You’ll begin with a video explaining the story of chocolate and how Sanders and Morley got their start in Detroit. Afterward, you can observe the actual creation of these luscious, chocolatey treats. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the shop for some edible souvenirs.
Address: 436 S Main St., Rochester, MI 48307 - MAP
Phone: (248) 656-2590
Drive out to Taylor for a fun day at the Heritage Park Petting Farm
, where guests young and old alike can have fun meeting the friendly, domesticated animals. Head inside the big red barn to interact with all sorts of barnyard life, from goats and ponies to piglets and alpacas. Or, stroll over to the nature pond where you can admire koi fish, frogs and turtles (but don’t pet the wildlife!).
Address: 12803 Pardee Rd., Taylor, MI 48180 - MAP
Phone: (734) 374-5946
Lace up your skates and head to the Northland Roller Rink
for some old-fashioned fun! The largest roller rink in the state of Michigan, Northland has been providing Detroit with the best roller skating fun for decades. Bring the whole family out for some bonding time as you roll along to some of the best music from the 60s to today at this fun attraction.
Address: 22311 W 8 Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 48219 - MAP
Phone: (313) 535-1443
Children’s Museum (currently only open to DPS schools)
Address: 6134 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 - MAP
Phone: (313) 873-8100
Campus Martius Park
Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 962-0101
GM Renaissance Center
Address: Renaissance Ctr., Detroit, MI 48243 - MAP
Phone: (313) 568-8150