20 things to do in Detroit that are not Downtown

The narrative in Detroit lately is how great Downtown is — and it totally is! There are new restaurants and bars popping up, weird 10-person bicycle bars that you can get drunk on, and endless amounts of concert venues and sports arenas. But Detroit has always been awesome, especially areas that are not downtown. So here is a list of 20 fun, educational, and exciting things to do in Detroit in some of its other neighborhoods.

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Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit
313-577-8400
If your kids are bored on a rainy Saturday afternoon, then taking the to the Michigan Science Center is a fantastic way to cure the boredom and educate those little minds. The planetarium is badass, and they always have new exhibits. 
photo via IG user @camera_jesus
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit
313-577-8400
If your kids are bored on a rainy Saturday afternoon, then taking the to the Michigan Science Center is a fantastic way to cure the boredom and educate those little minds. The planetarium is badass, and they always have new exhibits.
photo via IG user @camera_jesus
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI
313-494-5800
Another amazing museum in Detroit that celebrates the heritage of the city. They always have awesome exhibitions that explore black identity, and public speakers and performances that are entertaining and very informative. 
photo via IG user @artbywak
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI
313-494-5800
Another amazing museum in Detroit that celebrates the heritage of the city. They always have awesome exhibitions that explore black identity, and public speakers and performances that are entertaining and very informative.
photo via IG user @artbywak
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy, Detroit
Located right in Mexicantown, El Club is one of Detroit’s newest venues, and man do they know how to book a band. The shows are usually on the cheap side, and luckily so are the drinks. They also host Latin nights every so often to celebrate the heritage of the Southwest neighborhood. They also have really great food, too. 
photo via IG user @brettmorrismusic
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy, Detroit
Located right in Mexicantown, El Club is one of Detroit’s newest venues, and man do they know how to book a band. The shows are usually on the cheap side, and luckily so are the drinks. They also host Latin nights every so often to celebrate the heritage of the Southwest neighborhood. They also have really great food, too.
photo via IG user @brettmorrismusic
Bumbo’s
3001 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck
313-285-8239
One of our favorite dive bars in Detroit, Bumbo’s has become a weird hangout for artists in Detroit to gather at with lots and lots of beer. 
Photo via IG user @deargolden
Bumbo’s
3001 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck
313-285-8239
One of our favorite dive bars in Detroit, Bumbo’s has become a weird hangout for artists in Detroit to gather at with lots and lots of beer.
Photo via IG user @deargolden
Planet Ant
2357 Caniff St, Hamtramck
313-365-4948
If you need a good laugh (and boy, don’t we all) then please see a show at the Planet Ant theatre in Hamtramck. There are fantastic shows happening all the time, and they even have a training center for comedians that don’t know they are comedians yet. 
Photo via @hotpicofjames
Planet Ant
2357 Caniff St, Hamtramck
313-365-4948
If you need a good laugh (and boy, don’t we all) then please see a show at the Planet Ant theatre in Hamtramck. There are fantastic shows happening all the time, and they even have a training center for comedians that don’t know they are comedians yet.
Photo via @hotpicofjames
Palmer Park
910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit
No better way to spend a beautiful weekend afternoon than in Palmer Park. Bring a blanket, a lunch, and relax.
Photo via IG user @inohssivad
Palmer Park
910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit No better way to spend a beautiful weekend afternoon than in Palmer Park. Bring a blanket, a lunch, and relax.
Photo via IG user @inohssivad
Atwater Brewery
237 Jos Campau, Detroit
313-877-9205
They brew some of the best beer in town, and they have delicious food, too. They also have a spot in Grosse Pointe, and Grand Rapids. The spot in Detroit is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Plus, they have a great trivia night on Monday’s hosted by BLAC’s Editor, Aaron Foley.
Photo via IG user @jstem03
Atwater Brewery
237 Jos Campau, Detroit
313-877-9205
They brew some of the best beer in town, and they have delicious food, too. They also have a spot in Grosse Pointe, and Grand Rapids. The spot in Detroit is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Plus, they have a great trivia night on Monday’s hosted by BLAC’s Editor, Aaron Foley.
Photo via IG user @jstem03
Eastern Market
2934 Russell St, Detroit
When you really want to shop local, this is the best place to do it. Even going through the sheds alone will fill an afternoon of shopping and fun. 
Photo via IG user @maureenabood
Eastern Market
2934 Russell St, Detroit
When you really want to shop local, this is the best place to do it. Even going through the sheds alone will fill an afternoon of shopping and fun.
Photo via IG user @maureenabood
Bar Crawl in Corktown
Michigan Ave, Detroit
Corktown has some of the best bars in Detroit, and most of them happen to be on one street. You can hit up UFO Factory, McShane’s, Nemo’s, P.J’s, Nancy Whiskey, and so many more.Mbr>
Photo via IG user @theonethird
Bar Crawl in Corktown
Michigan Ave, Detroit
Corktown has some of the best bars in Detroit, and most of them happen to be on one street. You can hit up UFO Factory, McShane’s, Nemo’s, P.J’s, Nancy Whiskey, and so many more.Mbr> Photo via IG user @theonethird
Well Done Goods
1440 Gratiot Ave, Detroit
313-404-2053
From the minds behind Cyberoptix, the funky tie designs, Well Done Goods just opened in the Eastern Market and they are selling way more than just ties. The store features men and women’s accessories, as well as pillows and vintage trinkets. 
Photo via IG user @welldonegoods
Well Done Goods
1440 Gratiot Ave, Detroit
313-404-2053
From the minds behind Cyberoptix, the funky tie designs, Well Done Goods just opened in the Eastern Market and they are selling way more than just ties. The store features men and women’s accessories, as well as pillows and vintage trinkets.
Photo via IG user @welldonegoods