Detroit Red Wings Alumni goalie Gregg Malicke blocks the net against a shot from Michigan Warriors player Chris Hervey while John Blum attempts to clear the puck during a charity match in Plymouth, Michigan. The Alumni won 7-5 after two 25-minute periods. Each member of the Warriors team is a military veteran with a service-connected disability or has received a Purple Heart. (Photo by Cathy Segal, November 2016)
The metropolitan region of Detroit, known as Metro Detroit, is an exciting Midwest destination in Michigan. Metro Detroit encompasses downtown Detroit, the Dearborne and Wayne County region, the Greater Novi area, and Oakland and Macomb counties. Detroit Arsenal is in Macomb County, Metro Detroit’s “East Side.” Macomb County boasts waterfront fun on Lake St. Clair, a baseball league, a performing arts center and historical gems. Downtown Detroit is only 15 miles from the arsenal, and has all the amenities you’d expect from a famous city. Check out a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including famous sports teams, museums, a zoo, parks and delicious fare from a diverse selection of up-and-coming eateries.
For more information on the Detroit metropolitan region, check out the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at https://visitdetroit.com or call 800-338-7648. The following is merely a sampling of the cultural and recreational opportunities in the area.
Belle Isle is a 982-acre island state park on the Detroit River between the U.S. and Canada. The island park features athletic fields, an aquarium, a conservatory, a golf range, a nature center and more. For a full list of attractions, visit www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=736&type=SPRK.
The Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest aquarium in the country. The aquarium features fish from the Great Lakes, Africa and South America, as well the only known collection of all seven species of gar in North America. Visit www.belleisleconservancy.org/belle-isle-aquarium.
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest continually running conservatory in the U.S. The conservatory showcases everything from palms and tropical flora to cacti. Visit www.belleisleconservancy.org/anna-scripps-whitcomb-conservatory.
The Belle Isle Nature Center lets visitors see Michigan wildlife up close. Check out an indoor honey bee hive, watch native and migratory birds via the bird observation window, then feed fallow deer and learn about their history on the isle. Visit http://belleislenaturecenter.detroitzoo.org.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit displays the history, art and achievements of African Americans. The museum’s core interactive exhibit is titled “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture.” Visit https://thewright.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts has more than 65,000 works that date from ancient times to the present. See the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum, Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, films at the institute’s historic theater and more. Visit www.dia.org.
The 125-acre Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, has more than 2,000 animals. See anteaters, apes, penguins, zebras and other award-winning attractions. Visit https://detroitzoo.org.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
This historic estate and national historic landmark was the home of Eleanor and Edsel Ford. Take a guided house tour, see the grounds and gardens, then enjoy lunch at the cafe. Visit www.fordhouse.org.
Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River
Recreational opportunities abound at Lake St. Clair and the riverfront. Walk, bike or jog the Detroit RiverWalk. Take a dip in the lake or Lake St. Clair Metropark’s 50-meter pool, complete with waterslides and an inflatable obstacle course. Fish for bass, walleye, pike and perch. Enjoy a par-three, 18-hole golf course or a miniature golf course on the East Boardwalk. Take a guided tour of the lake and Detroit River with one of the local riverboat companies or rent your own craft and explore on your own. Visit https://visitdetroit.com, www.detroitriverfront.org or www.metroparks.com/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Clinton Township’s Macomb Center for the Performing Arts showcases a variety of entertainment, from Broadway plays to concerts, comedy and drama. Visit www.macombcenter.com.
Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center in Detroit is a hands-on museum that encourages all ages to discover, explore and appreciate STEM. MiSci features theaters, a planetarium, a 9,800-square-foot exhibits hall, an area for younger children, and education and outreach programs. Visit www.mi-sci.org.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Experience the best in contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts at MOCAD. Visit https://mocadetroit.org.
The PuppetART Center includes a 70-person theater, a museum of puppets and a studio for workshops. The theater produces shows that explore a variety of cultures and feature hand, rod, shadow, floor, tabletop and string or marionette puppets. Visit www.puppetart.org.
From outlet malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and antiques, there’s something for every taste and budget in Metro Detroit. Visit https://visitdetroit.com/things-to-do/shopping.
Macomb County is home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The independent professional baseball league began its inaugural season in 2016. USPBL games are played at the brand-new Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. Visit https://uspbl.com.
Detroit is home to several major league sports teams: the Detroit Lions football team (www.detroitlions.com), Detroit Pistons basketball team (www.nba.com/pistons), Detroit Red Wing hockey team (www.nhl.com/redwings) and Detroit Tigers baseball team (www.mlb.com/tigers).