Detroit is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the United States, and no matter what time of year you’re in Michigan’s largest city there’s plenty to do. From sports to the auto industry, what locals lovingly call “Motor City” has a lot going for it, and when spring rolls around, exploring the city’s diverse neighborhoods and amazing attractions gets even easier.
Take In a Game
Basketball and hockey may be wrapping up during spring, but for sports fans that means one thing: the start of baseball season! Detroit locals are full of pride about their city, and they absolutely love cheering on their baseball team (Go Tigers!), so go take in a game with them! The Detroit Tigers play their home games at Comerica Park, one of the coolest ballparks in the country.
In addition to being able to see the Tigers in action, visitors to Comerica can ride a Ferris wheel or carousel, take in the amazing liquid fireworks along the center field wall and check out the Tigers Walk of Fame on the lower level. Play ball!
Check Out the RiverWalk
The Detroit River provides some really picturesque areas along the city’s southeast side, including the RiverWalk in Downtown Detroit. The city has been working to revitalize its riverfront areas, and the RiverWalk, which is near tons of restaurants and attractions.
Spend some time walking up and down the waterfront and you’ll find parks, fountains, and scenic views of the river and Belle Isle.
Walk Around Cool Neighborhoods
Detroit is known for many things, including its eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. So, if you’re in the mood to simply walk around and explore on a particularly sunny spring day, touring the city’s distinctive areas is a great way to do that.
If you’re in the mood for a stroll through a funky and historic neighborhood, head over to Corktown, which is Detroit’s oldest area.The small residential neighborhood is west of Downtown and contains some lovely old homes and buildings from the 1800s.
If you’re in the mood to explore shops and restaurants, head over to Downtown or Midtown. Midtown is full of museums, boutiques, and other fun things to do, so visitors can easily spend a few hours walking around there.
Visit a Brewery
For all the beer-lovers out there, Detroit has a really cool beer scene, boasting several small craft breweries that offer tours and cold drafts on a nice, warm day. Atwater Block Brewery and Detroit Beer Company are two of the most popular, but if you want to tour a few, check out Motor City Brewing Works as well. They all serve a delicious variety of brews, so try them out to see what local Michigan beer is all about!
Peruse Farmers Markets
Detroit also has some expansive farmers markets, and although some are open all year, many begin during spring. The most famous, by far, is called the Eastern Market, so if you love farmers markets, don’t leave until you take a stroll through its 43-acres of stalls.
The Eastern Market, which was founded in 1841, has everything you can imagine, from fruits and vegetables to meats and art, which means one of the best spring activities in the city is simply to spend a couple hours walking around and taking it all in.
Attend Some Festivals
There are plenty of spring events in Detroit, including some cool annual festivals and activities that are worth checking out. In May, the Eastern Market hosts a yearly Flower Day, when the entire market is covered in bright and colorful blossoms– head over to pick up some flowers for your garden or even just to see the picturesque scene. On Memorial Day Weekend, check out Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, called “Movement,” and don’t miss the Motor City Pride Parade in June!
Grab a Bite
You may have heard of Chicago-style hot dogs or New York-style pizza, but did you know that Detroit has its own local versions of both of those dishes? And let me just tell you: If you only eat one local Detroit food this spring, let it be the Coney Dog. The Coney Dog goes like this: all-beef hot dog, smothered in chili (no-bean chili to be precise) and topped with diced onions and mustard. It’s a Detroit classic.
Detroit locals are also proud of their city’s pizza, which is pretty different than what you may have had before. For one thing, it’s square instead of circular. And for another, it’s deep dish (aka full of incredible amounts of cheese, sauce and toppings).
Detroit has tons more spring activities and events! Check out the city’s many renowned museums, incredible live music venues and so much more.
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