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Top 10 Metro Detroit Summer Family Attractions

Places to Have Fun Around Detroit

Summer is here, kids are out of school, parents are looking to use some vacation days. There’s no need to travel far to enjoy great activities together with your family. Michigan is full of attractions and vacation destination for you and your family. This article will give you our top ten family attractions around metro Detroit.

  • Detroit Zoo: The Detroit Zoo has so much to offer visitors year round! Along with their amazing and interactive exhibits, there are numerous events during the year. The Zoo is home to over 3,300 animals of 280 different species spread over 125 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan. Over 1 million people come to the Detroit Zoo annually, making it the largest paid family attraction in Michigan.
  • Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village: These venues are stocked full of historical artifacts and buildings. They make history come to life and enjoyable for guests of all ages. Look ahead in the calendar to see if there are any special exhibits or events coming up. Visitors can also take guided tours or wander on their own. The IMAX theater at the Henry Ford Museum shows 3D movies that are out in theaters as well as special features, such as Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express.
  • Detroit Sporting Events: Metro Detroit is home to the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions. Going to a Detroit home game is a great experience to share as a family. Most of the teams have a special “Kid’s Day” game, where there are specific activities for children. Comerica Park even has a ferris wheel and carousel! The other venues have games and arcade sections as well. These sporting venues also hold concerts and other events as well!
  • Michigan Science Center: Most kids get frustrated and bored when it comes to science, but the Michigan Science Center has found a way to make it exciting and interactive. They offer many specialty exhibits, programs and even summer camps. One of their current exhibits is the Science of Rock and Roll. Kids can learn about rock history and play Guitar Hero on a 40’ Wide screen and 10,000 watt sound system. Don’t forget to check out their IMAX theater featuring movies such as Tornado Alley and Dolphin Experience.
  • Campus Martius Park: Campus Martius Park is a two block district located in downtown Detroit. The Fountain Bistro, fountains and green space make up the park area. There is always something going on from kid’s activities, events, outdoor movies and live music.  During the summer they even convert some of the space into a beach area with reclining beach chair, sand, beach shovels and pails!
  • Dave and Buster’s and C.J. Barrymore’s: Both venues are a gold mine in the eyes of kids. They both feature large scale indoor arcades and restaurant facilities, with abundant game options. C.J. Barrymore’s in Clinton Township also has outdoor activities as well. For example they offer separate adult and kid-friendly bumper cars, Indy karts, 3 miniature golf courses, indoor/outdoor driving ranges, bowling, euro bungee, water wars, rock climbing and laser tag.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts: The Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection is among the top 6 in the United States. Besides their collection of over 100 galleries, the DIA also hosts traveling exhibits, such as LEGO’s, Madcap Muppet Productions and more. They also have Family Sundays, which feature family activities and special events.
  • Red Oaks Water Park: Have some fun in the sun at Red Oaks Water Park in Madison Heights. The Water Park was recently listed in the “Top 10 Water Parks in Southeast Michigan 2012” by Metro Parent Magazine. It is a smoke-free and alcohol-free facility that has triple flume water slides, large wave pool, soak station, expansive splash pad area and lazy river. There are also picnic areas, bathhouse and locker rooms on site as well.
  • Oakland County Parks: Head out for a day in the sun at any of metro Detroit’s county parks. Visitors can enjoy beaches, water parks, lake access, boating, biking, hiking, nature centers and more based on the park. Some of these parks offer nature programs and day camps as well.
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets: Rainy day or just looking to do some shopping? Check out Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. Enjoy shopping at over 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional store. There is an indoor carousal, children’s play area and Jeepers! Grab something to eat at their expansive food court or from one of their many unique sit-down restaurants.

Posted on July 15th, 2013 in Michigan Events & Destinations.

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