Looking to get out of the house? Holiday/NYE parties are lots of fun, but they often include being inside a stuffy house or building. The kids (and college “kids”) are off of school, which leaves plenty of time to think outside of the box for fun winter activities in Detroit. Did you know that Conde Nast Traveler (CNTraveler) rated Detroit as one of the best places to go in 2024?
Welcome to the new year! Take a break even if you’re still working hard. Detroitisit rounded up a solid list of the best places to visit in Detroit this winter for the whole family. Embrace the weather and enjoy these places & events.
NELSON MANDELA EXHIBIT AT THE HENRY FORD
Date & Time: Through January 15 from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Motor City has it all, including a rich history that extends beyond Detroit. Nothing says Happy New Year like a new & special exhibit to interact with. The exhibit will only be around until Jan. 15, so grab the family for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click HERE to learn more about why the Nelson Mandela exhibit is a “must-see” for families and community members over the holiday break! Click HERE to view The Henry Ford website to see more upcoming events. Click HERE to buy tickets.
Location: The Gallery by General Motors
ICE SKATING AT CAMPUS MARTIUS
You can walk outside or you can skate! Have you spent the day out at the Rink at Campus Martius yet? Presented by Visit Detroit, this seasonal outdoor ice skating rink is the place to be. Open every day (weather permitting) from late November through the first week of March, enjoy a visit to Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue for one of most beautiful and iconic skating experiences in the country and a top destination spot in Michigan. Unleash your inner Olympic skater! Click HERE to learn more and purchase tickets.
Location: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
DETROIT RIVERFRONT WALKWAY
A stroll along Belle Isle is a great idea for those looking to be out in nature as much as possible during the colder months. Enjoy the Detroit River and Detroit skyline views that are beautiful all year. Also, check out the newly renovated riverfront walkway to the unveiling of the new Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park!
This project has been underway since 2017. With over 3.5 miles of parks and greenways, discover more with each visit. The Detroit Riverwalk was named best Riverwalk in America for the third year in a row, according to the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. This spot is definitely one of the best places to visit in Detroit this winter 2024. Click HERE to learn more about the Detroit Riverfront.
CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
This list of the best family-friendly places to visit in Detroit this winter wouldn’t be complete without an enriching trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, simply known as the Wright Museum. Take a day of exploration to educate your family in a fascinating way! This is a great spot for enjoying indoor activities this winter, especially with MLK Day coming up in January. With dozens of permanent exhibitions to explore, including tours & other events, you’ll learn something new each time. Click HERE to view the website for all programs.
Get in the Detroit spirit with an enriching trip to the magical & musically transformative Motown Museum. The $55 million expansion of the Motown Museum is underway, encompassing nearly 40,000 square feet that will house interactive exhibits, the Ford Motor Company Theater, an expanded retail experience. Art & history are alive and well in Detroit, especially at the Motown Museum! Hear classic hits as you take a trip down a starry lane of iconic photographs, costumes, and other memorabilia. Located in the former Hitsville USA, Motown Records Studio, click HERE to view the website to stay tuned and plan your visit.
Location: Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard, 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
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