Kick off 2021 by enjoying all that Detroit has to offer – virtually and IRL. It’s a new year, so why not start it off on the right foot? There are plenty of ways to still safely enjoy the city, even though in Detroit this January, many activities, exhibits and events look different from years in the past. For now, we’re all doing the best we can.
Detroit has an assortment of alluring, outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy, or that would be perfect for a date night because there is something comforting about enjoying a quiet night outdoors in the winter (as long as you’re bundled up, of course). If you’re one that isn’t looking to enjoy outdoor activities in January (we don’t blame you, it’s cold) there are engaging, virtual activities that will be sure to keep you entertained on a cozy night in.
There is something for everyone. Check this list of things to do in Detroit in January:
CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY AT THE HENRY FORD
Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leaders who had the extraordinary courage to ask for more from their nation at The Henry Ford. On January 18, enjoy a free and SAFE day of inspiration at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. In order to continually prioritize the safety of guests and staff, admission tickets for Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be offered in limited quantities. Online reservations will be available beginning Wednesday, January 6. Click here for more info.
EXPERIENCE DETROIT VIRTUALLY
For those who are looking to stay at home, you can still experience all that Detroit has to offer. Through Detroit Experience Factory you can understand Detroit virtually through its people, places ad projects. Now, the Detroit Experience Factory is allowing customers to create their own custom virtual experience that can take you virtually to every Detroit landmark, neighborhood, and development imaginable. Click here for more info.
HEAD TO THE FOWLING WAREHOUSE
The very first Fowling Warehouse™ opened its doors in Hamtramck back in 2014 and has become a beloved activity in the city. The warehouse has recently reopened for reservation only. Private lanes are available for 2 hours at $10 per person, with a maximum of six people at each lane due to social distancing. If you’re looking for something new and completely out of the ordinary to kick off 2021, make a reservation here.
SKATE AT CAMPUS MARTIUS
The popular skating destination in Detroit is still open through March 7. Don’t miss out on the one-of-a-kind skating experience in the heart of downtown Detroit, where you have the opportunity to create cherished family traditions at one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country. Tickets can be purchased here, and masks must be worn at all times.
VISIT THE DIA
The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries, there is plenty of room for social distancing. Head to the DIA this month to catch the Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment exhibition and The 12th Annual Community Group Art exhibitions through January 10. General museum admission is FREE for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.
For those that want to stay at home, Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. Learn more about the DIA safety precautions and DIA at home via the DIA website.
WILD LIGHTS AT DETROIT ZOO
The holiday lights aren’t over yet! If you didn’t have a chance to experience the spectacular light show at the Detroit Zoo, add it to your must-do list before the lights are no longer shining after January 10. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights, sounds, and illuminating trees throughout.
Tickets are sold in advance (either online or on-site at Customer Care during daytime Detroit Zoo hours) will range from $15 – $20. All tickets must be purchased in advance, walk-up tickets will not be sold at the gate.
WINTER AT VALADE PARK
Valade Park will be the go-to destination on the riverfront the winter, offering oversized outdoor chimneys, warm drinks, marshmallow roasters, the Sled Shed (offering sleds when it snows), synthetic ice curling, and more. Through socially-distanced fun, the riverfront is providing a much-needed way to embrace the winter months in Detroit. Click here for more information.
Add all of these activities to your to-do list and enjoy Detroit this January!