20 cheap Detroit date ideas

Detroit understands— adulting is hard and money is tight. But don't let a thin wallet keep you from treating bae or bff to a summer date to remember. From art, parks, concerts, and movies the opportunities for flirty fun in metro Detroit are virtually endless for your broke ass.

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 Mogo  bike rental
43 stations across the city 
A $2 million project that brought easily accessible bikes to Detroit is yours and ready for the taking. $8 will get you a 24 hour pass of 30 minute rides. Bike through the Dequindre Cut, a 2 mile greenway filled with murals or take a spin down Michigan Ave. for some tamales in Mexicantown. 
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Mogo bike rental
43 stations across the city
A $2 million project that brought easily accessible bikes to Detroit is yours and ready for the taking. $8 will get you a 24 hour pass of 30 minute rides. Bike through the Dequindre Cut, a 2 mile greenway filled with murals or take a spin down Michigan Ave. for some tamales in Mexicantown.
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 New Center Park 
2998 W Grand Blvd., Detroit 
Movie night under the stars? Yes, please! New Center Park is playing free movies all summer long. Catch feature films on Wednesday nights like  Get Out or Justice League on the big screen. Fridays are for the kids with PG favorites like The Iron Giant or Minons Lawn opens at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. so you can take your canoodling  
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New Center Park
2998 W Grand Blvd., Detroit
Movie night under the stars? Yes, please! New Center Park is playing free movies all summer long. Catch feature films on Wednesday nights like Get Out or Justice League on the big screen. Fridays are for the kids with PG favorites like The Iron Giant or Minons Lawn opens at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. so you can take your canoodling
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  Detroit Institute of Arts 
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900  
With free admission for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county residents you can check out artwork from across the globe. Get lost, hangout in Kresge court, and find your favorite part of the Diego Rivera mural. Go ahead and whisper naughty things in front of Van Gogh's self-portrait, you dirty bird, you.   
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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900
With free admission for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county residents you can check out artwork from across the globe. Get lost, hangout in Kresge court, and find your favorite part of the Diego Rivera mural. Go ahead and whisper naughty things in front of Van Gogh's self-portrait, you dirty bird, you.
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 Eastern Market 
2934 Russell St., Detroit; 313-833-9300; easternmarket.com
Flip the script on date night with a trip to Eastern Market bright and early on any given Saturday morning. Though it is a market, you can take pleasure in the sights, sounds, and smells (flowers, fruit, and baked goods — oh, my!) for free. If the date goes well, Eastern Market makes for one hell of a wedding location. Just saying. 
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Eastern Market
2934 Russell St., Detroit; 313-833-9300; easternmarket.com
Flip the script on date night with a trip to Eastern Market bright and early on any given Saturday morning. Though it is a market, you can take pleasure in the sights, sounds, and smells (flowers, fruit, and baked goods — oh, my!) for free. If the date goes well, Eastern Market makes for one hell of a wedding location. Just saying. Photo via Facebook
 Whitney Garden Parties 
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700  
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to see one of Detroit’s most prestegious and historic properties, now is your chance. The gorgeous gardens are open with live music from some of Detroit’s favorite local musicians throughout the summer for just  $5 you and your date can be in the in-crowd. 
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Whitney Garden Parties
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to see one of Detroit’s most prestegious and historic properties, now is your chance. The gorgeous gardens are open with live music from some of Detroit’s favorite local musicians throughout the summer for just $5 you and your date can be in the in-crowd.
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The Heidelberg Project 
3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit; 313-458-8414 
Tyree Guyton has been working on his colorful outdoor masterpiece since the 90’s. Through many fires, backlash, and perseverance he managed to successfully bring art back to the city. Whether a stroll through the Heidelberg is old hat (or shoe, respectively), we’re sure you’ll spot something you’ve never seen. Why not share that discovery with a date? 
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The Heidelberg Project
3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit; 313-458-8414
Tyree Guyton has been working on his colorful outdoor masterpiece since the 90’s. Through many fires, backlash, and perseverance he managed to successfully bring art back to the city. Whether a stroll through the Heidelberg is old hat (or shoe, respectively), we’re sure you’ll spot something you’ve never seen. Why not share that discovery with a date?
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 Ford-Wyoming Drive-in 
10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910  
Movie theaters are so cliche. You can’t talk, use your phone, or get down and dirty. Take the show on the road with a double-feature for $10.50 at the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.  
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Ford-Wyoming Drive-in
10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910
Movie theaters are so cliche. You can’t talk, use your phone, or get down and dirty. Take the show on the road with a double-feature for $10.50 at the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.
Photo via Instagram, emerbachh
 Ford-Wyoming Drive-in 
10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910  
Movie theaters are so cliche. You can’t talk, use your phone, or get down and dirty. Take the show on the road with a double-feature for $10.50 at the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.  
Photo via  Instagram, benechterling
Ford-Wyoming Drive-in
10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910
Movie theaters are so cliche. You can’t talk, use your phone, or get down and dirty. Take the show on the road with a double-feature for $10.50 at the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.
Photo via Instagram, benechterling
John K King Used & Rare Books 
901 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-0622  
Since 1965, John K. King has become a labyrinthian treasure trove that houses a collection of 1 million books in more than 900 subjects. Whether or not you plan on buying a book, a visit through the annals of history and literature is as romantic as it gets. 
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John K King Used & Rare Books
901 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-0622
Since 1965, John K. King has become a labyrinthian treasure trove that houses a collection of 1 million books in more than 900 subjects. Whether or not you plan on buying a book, a visit through the annals of history and literature is as romantic as it gets.
Photo via Instagram, sunshine0narainyday
 Bakers Keyboard Lounge 
20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit;313-345-6300  
Founded in 1933, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is a bit of a jazz mecca as Detroit’s oldest jazz club. They’ve hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughn. Split a peach cobbler ($4) with your sweetie and take in some of the best jazz in the city. 
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Bakers Keyboard Lounge
20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit;313-345-6300
Founded in 1933, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is a bit of a jazz mecca as Detroit’s oldest jazz club. They’ve hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughn. Split a peach cobbler ($4) with your sweetie and take in some of the best jazz in the city.
Photo via Instagram, meccahugedeal