20 things you should do in and around Detroit before summer is over

We're not trying to depress you but, uh, summer is sort of, like, well, coming to an end. OK, OK, we're sorry. We shouldn't have said that without your therapist present, but if you're anything like us then you have a list of things that maybe you haven't gotten around to doing because of time, work, life, or, oh, you know, the FUCKING CORONAVIRUS. From places to visit from a distance, heading to the woods for some glamorous R&R, grabbing some summer-fied foods, or taking to the streets for a good cause, here are a few things you may have missed out on but are not too late to take part in. Endless summer? Sure. Whatever keeps you sedated.

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20 things you should do in and around Detroit before summer is over
Go glamping like a nature-hating diva
6573 State Park Rd., Caseville; 989-856-4411; ww2.dnr.state.mi.us
Ew, bugs. Ew, air. Ew, nature. If you’re someone who may not love the idea of sleeping or shitting on the ground, there are Michigan glamping spots, aka glamorous camping. Some Michigan State Parks have been paid a visit by the glamping fairy, including that of Sleeper State Park in Caseville, which is now equipped with select waterfront "Tentrr" sites. Each site has a spacious, safari-style, canvas-walled tent on a platform and includes a queen-size memory foam mattress on what is described as a “sturdy” bed frame, a propane stove, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, a grill, and picnic tables with storage. The sites are near park facilities like showers and flush toilets. Guests will have to bring their own bedding, so don’t forget to pack your 200,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. 
Photo via Sleeper State Park/Facebook

Go glamping like a nature-hating diva


6573 State Park Rd., Caseville; 989-856-4411; ww2.dnr.state.mi.us
Ew, bugs. Ew, air. Ew, nature. If you’re someone who may not love the idea of sleeping or shitting on the ground, there are Michigan glamping spots, aka glamorous camping. Some Michigan State Parks have been paid a visit by the glamping fairy, including that of Sleeper State Park in Caseville, which is now equipped with select waterfront "Tentrr" sites. Each site has a spacious, safari-style, canvas-walled tent on a platform and includes a queen-size memory foam mattress on what is described as a “sturdy” bed frame, a propane stove, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, a grill, and picnic tables with storage. The sites are near park facilities like showers and flush toilets. Guests will have to bring their own bedding, so don’t forget to pack your 200,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Photo via Sleeper State Park/Facebook
Catch the massive Marvel exhibit at The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.com
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear iron suits, wield iron hammers, or are spider-people and will do whatever it takes to stop that purple finger-snapping asshole from destroying the universe. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Know exactly what we’re talking about? For anyone missing out on the annual summer blockbuster season, there’s Marvel: Universe of Superheroes, which spans the comic giant’s 80-year legacy with more than 300 artifacts ranging from early comic books and rare illustrations to concept art, as well as beloved props and costumes from Marvel's decade of box office domination. The exhibit is up until January of next year, but why wait? After all, everything could change in a snap.  
Photo is courtesy of The Henry Ford

Catch the massive Marvel exhibit at The Henry Ford


20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.com
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear iron suits, wield iron hammers, or are spider-people and will do whatever it takes to stop that purple finger-snapping asshole from destroying the universe. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Know exactly what we’re talking about? For anyone missing out on the annual summer blockbuster season, there’s Marvel: Universe of Superheroes, which spans the comic giant’s 80-year legacy with more than 300 artifacts ranging from early comic books and rare illustrations to concept art, as well as beloved props and costumes from Marvel's decade of box office domination. The exhibit is up until January of next year, but why wait? After all, everything could change in a snap.

Photo is courtesy of The Henry Ford
Attend a virtual summer festival
It may feel as though summer itself was canceled. Unfortunately, we can’t get a refund on time wasted, or all the moments we legitimately did not know what day it was. What we can do is take our laptop to our backyard, rock a crop top, hit our vape, and tune into a late summer festival, many of which are offering virtual programming so we don’t suffer the fatal blow of summer FOMO. Check out the virtual lineup from events like the Detroit Jazz Festival, Charivari, Michigan State Fair, Detroit Out Loud, and Arts, Beats, & Eats. 
Detroit Jazz Fest by Len Katz

Attend a virtual summer festival


It may feel as though summer itself was canceled. Unfortunately, we can’t get a refund on time wasted, or all the moments we legitimately did not know what day it was. What we can do is take our laptop to our backyard, rock a crop top, hit our vape, and tune into a late summer festival, many of which are offering virtual programming so we don’t suffer the fatal blow of summer FOMO. Check out the virtual lineup from events like the Detroit Jazz Festival, Charivari, Michigan State Fair, Detroit Out Loud, and Arts, Beats, & Eats.

Detroit Jazz Fest by Len Katz
Get wild at the Detroit Zoo 
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org
This summer has been wild, hasn’t it? No? Oh, right. We’ve been caged up for months and we’re feeling downright feral. Take a walk on the wild side where the deer and antelope roam — the Detroit Zoo. Though some of the zoo’s indoor exhibits are unavailable for guests, why not soak up the sun with the alligators, lions, tigers, and all the other sun-loving animals? 
Photo via Patti Truesdell/Detroit Zoological Society

Get wild at the Detroit Zoo


8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org
This summer has been wild, hasn’t it? No? Oh, right. We’ve been caged up for months and we’re feeling downright feral. Take a walk on the wild side where the deer and antelope roam — the Detroit Zoo. Though some of the zoo’s indoor exhibits are unavailable for guests, why not soak up the sun with the alligators, lions, tigers, and all the other sun-loving animals?

Photo via Patti Truesdell/Detroit Zoological Society
Get wet with Detroit River Sports
14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit; 313-908-0484; detroitriversports.com
Not all of us are born leaders, in fact, most of us are followers. So why not just lean into it like the little sheep you are and let the folks at Detroit River Sports handle this one? We’re not really sure how well sheep fare on water but we think you will do just fine. Detroit River Sports specializes in private and group kayak and standing paddleboard tours of the Detroit River as well as the islands of the city’s east side. They offer morning, afternoon, and sunset kayak tours, as well as full moon tours and trips through Belle Isle.
Photo via Detroit River Sports/Facebook

Get wet with Detroit River Sports


14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit; 313-908-0484; detroitriversports.com
Not all of us are born leaders, in fact, most of us are followers. So why not just lean into it like the little sheep you are and let the folks at Detroit River Sports handle this one? We’re not really sure how well sheep fare on water but we think you will do just fine. Detroit River Sports specializes in private and group kayak and standing paddleboard tours of the Detroit River as well as the islands of the city’s east side. They offer morning, afternoon, and sunset kayak tours, as well as full moon tours and trips through Belle Isle.

Photo via Detroit River Sports/Facebook
Self-guided Detroit street art tour … you can do it!
various Detroit locations 
This one requires a bit of imagination, GPS skills, and a sense of adventure because though Detroit’s cultural institutions are open, not everyone is feeling comfortable enough to hang indoors just yet. So, why not do it yourself? No, not like that. Hop in the car and cruise Detroit to take in some world-class art. From murals in Eastern Market to quirky neighborhood installations via the Heidelberg Project, nearly every Detroit neighborhood has an art story to tell. Crank up the A/C in your Hyundai, put on some tunes, and take in the sights from a safe distance. Also, did someone say a cheap date idea? Peep the city’s mural guide or The Detroit Mural Project for a more detailed look at Detroit’s street art. 
Photo by Steve Neavling

Self-guided Detroit street art tour … you can do it!


various Detroit locations
This one requires a bit of imagination, GPS skills, and a sense of adventure because though Detroit’s cultural institutions are open, not everyone is feeling comfortable enough to hang indoors just yet. So, why not do it yourself? No, not like that. Hop in the car and cruise Detroit to take in some world-class art. From murals in Eastern Market to quirky neighborhood installations via the Heidelberg Project, nearly every Detroit neighborhood has an art story to tell. Crank up the A/C in your Hyundai, put on some tunes, and take in the sights from a safe distance. Also, did someone say a cheap date idea? Peep the city’s mural guide or The Detroit Mural Project for a more detailed look at Detroit’s street art.

Photo by Steve Neavling
Take a hike! No, really!
4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Twp. 
The drive to Stony Creek Metropark is just as scenic the 4,461-acre park itself, which spans Washington, Oakland, and Shelby Townships with hills, mills, orchards, and wide-open spaces and fresh air. You do remember fresh air, don't you? What we're getting at is log the eff off and take in the scenery before it's covered in snow.
Ken Lund/Flickr Commons

Take a hike! No, really!


4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Twp.
The drive to Stony Creek Metropark is just as scenic the 4,461-acre park itself, which spans Washington, Oakland, and Shelby Townships with hills, mills, orchards, and wide-open spaces and fresh air. You do remember fresh air, don't you? What we're getting at is log the eff off and take in the scenery before it's covered in snow.

Ken Lund/Flickr Commons
Keep calm and eat ice cream 
We’re not sure why it is, but metro Detroit really likes ice cream. So much so that we’ve even made a round-up of all the area’s best custards, creams, and non-dairy treats, many of which are walk-up stands, which means socially distancing has never been more delicious. Do one better and treat yourself to your own ice cream tour — just remember to pack some Lactaid. 
Photo via Cold Truth/Facebook

Keep calm and eat ice cream


We’re not sure why it is, but metro Detroit really likes ice cream. So much so that we’ve even made a round-up of all the area’s best custards, creams, and non-dairy treats, many of which are walk-up stands, which means socially distancing has never been more delicious. Do one better and treat yourself to your own ice cream tour — just remember to pack some Lactaid.

Photo via Cold Truth/Facebook
Stroll with the spirits at Elmwood Cemetery
1200 Elmwood St., Detroit; 313-567-3453; elmwoodhistoriccemetary.org
If you’re looking for a chilling experience on a hot summer day, look no further than Detroit’s historic Elmwood Cemetery. Erected in 1846, Elmwood Cemetery is one of the most beautiful places to contemplate death, existence, the afterlife, and whether Jeffery Epstein killed himself or not. Anyway, while it may seem morbid to choose the resting place of many notable Michiganders, it is also one of the area’s most breathtaking retreats from city craziness complete with winding, tree-lined pathways. 
Photo via Google Maps

Stroll with the spirits at Elmwood Cemetery


1200 Elmwood St., Detroit; 313-567-3453; elmwoodhistoriccemetary.org
If you’re looking for a chilling experience on a hot summer day, look no further than Detroit’s historic Elmwood Cemetery. Erected in 1846, Elmwood Cemetery is one of the most beautiful places to contemplate death, existence, the afterlife, and whether Jeffery Epstein killed himself or not. Anyway, while it may seem morbid to choose the resting place of many notable Michiganders, it is also one of the area’s most breathtaking retreats from city craziness complete with winding, tree-lined pathways.

Photo via Google Maps