Detroit Family Attractions

Detroit Family Attractions

Detroit Family Attractions have the same quality as most other cities its size. It has a great science center, dynamic zoo, football field, baseball park, basketball arena, hockey arena and central library. Ample park space is well-kept and inviting for family affairs. The only thing missing is a major theme park. Residents drive many miles to Ohio for that.

Detroit Science Center
DESCRIPTION: Containing 110,000 square feet for entertaining scientific exploration, it is one of the largest science centers in the country and includes an IMAX Dome Theatre. The science center has done a magnificent job attracting corporate sponsorship. As a result, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, Ford Learning Resource Center, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, DaimlerChrysler Science Stage and the 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits are remarkable. General Motors Motion Laboratory, Dow Foundation Life Sciences Laboratory, Waves & Vibrations Laboratory, Jean and Sam Frankel Matter & Energy Laboratory and Space Laboratory, though smaller, are just as engaging, while the SBC Children’s Gallery for pint-size scientists and Special Events Lobby are constantly abuzz. Dr. Tonya Matthews, CEO of this venue, is also committed to STEM programming outreach far more than predecessors. Wright Museum of African American History is behind the science center.
ADMISSION: pricing matrix on their website is consistent with other science centers nationwide; they also sponsor a number of school events
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Fri 9a-3p, Sat 10a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 5020 John R Street (Woodward Avenue), Detroit, MI MAP
TRANSIT: M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: garage and lots nearby
PHONE: 313-577-8400
WEBSITE: http://www.sciencedetroit.org

Campus Martius Park
DESCRIPTION: More than a park, its a regional destination where major avenues radiate from Detroit’s Point of Origin. This 2.5 acre park is the main gathering place of downtown, surrounded by the grand architecture of the landmark Penobscot Building, contemporary Compuware and Quicken Loans Headquarters and One Kennedy Square Buildings and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial. In the summer, it hosts a beach. In the winter, its hosts an ice-skating rink — something is always going on. Best of all, its the home of Detroit’s Christmas Tree.
ADDRESS: Woodward Avenue at Campus Martius, Detroit, MI MAP
TRANSIT: Detroit People Mover and M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: garages nearby

Joe Louis Arena
DESCRIPTION: Named for Detroit’s beloved “Brown Bomber”, the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Louis. This 20,000-seat arena, built in 1979, is attached to the revitalized Cobo Convention Center. Though currently home to the NHL Red Wings hockey team, college hockey championships, Disney on Ice, large concerts and other sporting events, it will soon experience a drop in usage. In October 2017, when Little Caesars Arena and entertainment complex opens in Midtown along Woodward Avenue, the Red Wings and large concerts will move to it.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 600 Civic Center Drive MAP
TRANSIT: Detroit People Mover and M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: Convention Center garage
PHONE: 313-471-6611
WEBSITE: http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

Comerica Park
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2000 to replace ancient Tiger Stadium, this 41,000-seat venue fits the modern profile of professional baseball parks designed to excite your senses, as much as the game. It has a large water feature in center field that is choreographed to music. The retro-looking scoreboard in left field is the second largest in Major League Baseball. Many other baseball-themed features dot the ballpark, including Monument Park in the deep center field stands featuring statues of former Tiger greats. Most seats have views of Detroit skyline. In all, the game day experience is fantastic.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Sat 10a–6p
ADDRESS: 2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI MAP
TRANSIT: M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: garage and lots nearby
PHONE: tickets 313-962-4000
WEBSITE: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/

Ford Field
DESCRIPTION: Situated next to Comerica Park, this domed football stadium is an architectural marvel. Opened in 2002, The stadium’s high-character design incorporates a six-story former Hudson’s Department warehouse that was constructed in the 1920s. That warehouse feature echo a design feature of the famous baseball park in Baltimore. It also features a 7-story atrium and large glass windows at the open corners to allow natural light to reach the FieldTurf field. It has 65,000 seats optimized for viewing NFL Detroit Lions football games, yet has enough open space to be expandable to 70,000 seats for NFL playoff games and college bowl games. If you’re in town over the weekend, good seats are available. But as the team improves, tickets are getting more expensive. The facility also hosts mega-concerts, WrestleMania and other special events.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 2000 Brush Street, Detroit, MI MAP
TRANSIT: M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: garage and lots nearby
PHONE: Tickets 313-262-2003
WEBSITE: http://www.fordfield.com

Detroit Main Library
DESCRIPTION: Aside from having a comprehensive repository of books in attractive architecture, the library is hailed for hosting two of most extensive African-American historical collections. Burton Historical Collection traces African American genealogy history for those seeking birth and marriage records and family charts both locally and nationally. Hackley Collection is the oldest source of historical information in the country on the careers of African Americans in the performing arts. Its recordings encompass Orchestral Music, Jazz, Negro Spirituals, African Chants, Opera, R&B and Ragtime. Memorabilia and sheet music dating back to the mid-19th century, manuscripts and rare books and photographs are some of the other highlights.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed Noon-8p; Thu-Sat 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI MAP
TRANSIT: M-1 Streetcar coming
PARKING: lots nearby
PHONE: Hackley Collection 313-833-1460, Burton Collection 313-833-1480
WEBSITE: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us

Detroit Zoo
DESCRIPTION: The zoo is always a contender for the Best Zoo Lights in the country. The Rainforest Immersion Gallery and National Amphibian Conservation Center are first rate. The prairie dog habitat has large open spaces. Don’t miss Giraffe Encounter, Mandrill exhibit and Wildlife Interpretive Gallery — a historic building resurrected as a butterfly/hummingbird garden, coral reef aquarium, theater. Most of all, Polk Penguin Conservation Center features a 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a 326,000-gallon aquatic area where visitors can watch as more than 80 penguins of explore their habitat. Patrons love the vast underwater gallery with acrylic window and tunnels that provide breathtaking views of the birds above, around and below. It has a miniature railroad, carousel, play venture, simulator ride, 4-D Theater and Rackham Fountain.
ADMISSION: Adults $12, Age 2-14 $8, Seniors & Military $10
DAYS & HOURS: Summer hours (April-October) 10a-5p, Wed until 8p June 19-August 28; Winter hours (November-March) 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 8450 West Ten Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI MAP
PARKING: lot
PHONE: 248-398-0903
WEBSITE: http://www.detroitzoo.org

Belle Isle State Park
DESCRIPTION: This 982-acre island park in the Detroit River sits between the United States and Canada. Connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge, it is managed as a state park. The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Belle Isle Conservatory, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, James Scott Memorial Fountain, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course, numerous monuments and a half-mile long swimming beach.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Belle Isle, Detroit, MI MAP
PARKING: on premises
WEBSITE: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org/belle-isle-park-attractions

Chene Park
DESCRIPTION: Located on the riverfront at the foot of the Chene Street, this park features an large covered amphitheater for warm weather concerts.
ADDRESS: Chene Street at Atwater Street MAP

Automotive Hall of Fame
DESCRIPTION: Exhibition center for the worldwide motor vehicle industry. It features entertaining and enlightening shows about the people who created the cars. Activities include designing your own car. The Dedication Center features a 65-foot long mural, a working replica of the world’s first gasoline car, a cafe and store. It includes an award for Edward Davis, the first franchised automotive dealer in America. It allow 2 hours to absorb everything.
ADMISSION: Adults $8, $6 seniors, $4 youths, age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p from Memorial Day to October 31, closed Mondays rest of year
ADDRESS: 21400 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 313-240-4000
WEBSITE: http://www.automotivehalloffame.org

Palace of Auburn Hills
DESCRIPTION: In 1988, the NBA Detroit Pistons relocated from the Pontiac Silverdome, a venue constructed for football. The privately built 20,000-seat palace offered better sightlines for basketball and more concession areas and restrooms per patron. Michael Jackson was the first performer to sell out consecutive nights in a row during his Bad Word Tour. The venue’s current address reflects the Pistons’ three NBA basketball titles and the Detroit Shock’s three WNBA titles. The Pistons are negotiating a return to Detroit via the Little Caesars Arena slated to open in Fall 2017. If so, they will alternate event dates with the NHL Red Wings.
ADMISSION: Adults $8, $6 seniors, $4 youths, age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p from Memorial Day to October 31, closed Mondays rest of year
ADDRESS: 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, MI MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 313-240-4000
WEBSITE: http://www.automotivehalloffame.org

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