Looking for “other-worldly” things to do in Detroit? Look no further than up & around! There are interesting stargazing places to see stellar stars in Michigan as well as other cool science-centered places for all ages. After all, daylight is extending as we head into those sweet summer nights. Some places are extending their hours while others are naturally built for the night scene. Enjoy city nightlife activities in Detroit and nearby with a little spin!
Make it a family trip or a date night at the Michigan Science Center as well as other places to much more than stars in Michigan. Detroitisit rounded up a list of the best places for stargazing in Michigan as well as some other unique science centers and aquariums to know about.
THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 5; the event re-occurs the first Friday of each month; future dates include: June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1.
The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is extending its hours on Friday Nights, starting this Friday, May 5. This is part of an ongoing series that occurs on the first Friday of each month. This opportunity is ideal for families and couples that aren’t always able to make it during traditional museum hours. Visitors can enjoy extra hours to experience Mi-Sci’s exhibits and theater shows after hours. Click HERE to view their website and to purchase tickets.
Current exhibits and activities include:
Level Up: An 8,000-square-foot exhibit exploring the science of play, featuring a variety of analog and digital games.
Earth. Wind. Weather: A 2,500-square-foot immersive exhibit with 10 hands-on experiences that put guests in control of some of nature’s most powerful, impressive, and unpredictable phenomena.
Theatre: Dream Big: Engineering Our World (IMAX), Laser Beatles (IMAX), Live Science Stage Shows, One World, and One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Planetarium), which is a truly unique place to see stars in Michigan with the kids.
Location: 5020 John R St., Detroit, MI
BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM
See the sea and stars in Detroit this summer! The beloved island of Belle Isle is popular year-round. Whether you’re spending the day at Belle Isle Park, checking out the Belle Isle Conservancy, or taking the kids to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the wonders of the world will be brought to light. Exploring Sealife in Detroit is possible thanks to the historic building of Belle Isle Aquarium, ornately designed by Albert Kahn. This aquarium was the third-largest Aquarium in the world when it opened and had salt water being shipped directly in from the ocean. Get a glimpse at the waters of the Great Lakes and around the globe! Click HERE to view their website and plan your visit.
Location: Belle Isle State Park, 3 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit
Motown has many stars we’ve come to know and love, but there are other kinds! Make the experience feel official by visiting the University of Michigan Astronomy Department’s campus observatory and planetarium. U-M runs three local observatories and two planetaria. You’ll be immersed in the Milky just as an astronomer would and view other star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies from advanced telescopes. Spend a Friday night here at one of their recurring open houses! This includes rooftop access for stargazing and planetarium shows. Admission is free for all ages! Click HERE to view their website.
Location: The Angell Hall Observatory & Planetarium 435 S. State St., Ann Arbor
CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
The planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science is an intimate theater that allows you to explore and experience the universe. It features a state-of-the-art Digistar star projector manufactured by Evans & Sutherland Corp., a company also renowned for its simulation products for aviation and government clients. The Digistar allows star fields and other images to be projected and moved through. Let the lights go down and your eyes light up! The Acheson Planetarium admission is $5 per program for most adults and children. Click HERE to view their website and find more astronomy resources.
Located at 39221 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, MI
If you live in the city but find it hard to find the stars at night, check out the RiverWalk! We often overlook the places we visit most, but it’s worth visiting when the sun goes down. Located in between Detroit and Canada where Windsor winks from its banks, this area invites visitors to take a relaxing walk up the RiverWalk. Maybe even go for an evening bike ride. This could also be a romantic date night as well. You’ll find plenty of restaurants around to end the night. Bonfires are also happening this summer with the Dequindre Cut Freigthyard! Click HERE to visit the Detroit Riverwalk website.
Located at Rivard St. and Atwater St. Detroit, MI
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