Kid-friendly Detroit spots where parents can get a damn drink

Life is all about balance. When it comes to family, sometimes it's hard to balance things the kids want to do with things you might want to do. All of these places are not only places the kids would love (without the lyrical stylings of Cocomelon), they all have bars for you to love.

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Beacon Park
1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; empoweringmichigan.com/beacon-park??
Beacon Park is an active park — often you can find fitness classes, volleyball games, or enjoy the park in the moonlight at the night market. While the kids might enjoy the park’s Family Fun Day, you can grab a drink at nearby Lumen Detroit, which has an outdoor patio and rooftop. 
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Beacon Park

1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; empoweringmichigan.com/beacon-park??

Beacon Park is an active park — often you can find fitness classes, volleyball games, or enjoy the park in the moonlight at the night market. While the kids might enjoy the park’s Family Fun Day, you can grab a drink at nearby Lumen Detroit, which has an outdoor patio and rooftop.

Photo courtesy of Instagram, BeaconPark
Dequindre Cut
1776 Woodbridge St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org/riverfront/dequindre-cut
We’ve talked often about biking through the Dequindre Cut, but what about drinking there? If you and your family need a break from your two-wheeled cruise, pop by the Dequindre Cut Freight yard and enjoy a libation (or two).
Photo courtesy of DetroitStockCity.com/Hannah Ervin

Dequindre Cut

1776 Woodbridge St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org/riverfront/dequindre-cut

We’ve talked often about biking through the Dequindre Cut, but what about drinking there? If you and your family need a break from your two-wheeled cruise, pop by the Dequindre Cut Freight yard and enjoy a libation (or two).

Photo courtesy of DetroitStockCity.com/Hannah Ervin
Eastern Market
easternmarket.org
The Eastern Market is one of those places you should go to without plans. Yes, you can find some of the freshest produce and flowers here, but the food and drink options are plenty. After a long day of exploring the arts, shops and market with the kids, maybe grab something from Detroit City Distillery.
Photo courtesy of DetroitStockCity.com/Hannah Ervin

Eastern Market

easternmarket.org

The Eastern Market is one of those places you should go to without plans. Yes, you can find some of the freshest produce and flowers here, but the food and drink options are plenty. After a long day of exploring the arts, shops and market with the kids, maybe grab something from Detroit City Distillery.

Photo courtesy of DetroitStockCity.com/Hannah Ervin
Fowling Warehouse
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck; 313-264-1288; fowlingwarehouse.com
Fowling is probably the most Midwest sport to ever come out of the Midwest. It combines football and bowling into one fun time that even your kids can enjoy (before 8 p.m.; it’s 21 and up after). The Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck has three bars and a 175-seat beer garden.
Photo courtesy of Fowling Warehouse / Facebook

Fowling Warehouse

3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck; 313-264-1288; fowlingwarehouse.com

Fowling is probably the most Midwest sport to ever come out of the Midwest. It combines football and bowling into one fun time that even your kids can enjoy (before 8 p.m.; it’s 21 and up after). The Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck has three bars and a 175-seat beer garden.

Photo courtesy of Fowling Warehouse / Facebook
Greenfield Village 
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-962-4000; thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village 
Take a step back in time and enjoy the buggy rides and booze from the past. This open-air history museum offers a variety of activities for all age groups — and select restaurants to grab a drink or two throughout the day. 
Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Greenfield Village

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-962-4000; thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village

Take a step back in time and enjoy the buggy rides and booze from the past. This open-air history museum offers a variety of activities for all age groups — and select restaurants to grab a drink or two throughout the day.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford
Blake’s Orchard and Cider
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com
Between self-pick fruits, kid funlands, and festivals, you’ll need to find time to squeeze in a stop at Blake’s tasting room. Tasting options include draft ciders and Michigan beers to accompany your escape from the heat. The tasting room also has kid-friendly food options to choose from. 
Photo courtesy of Blake’s Farms/Facebook

Blake’s Orchard and Cider

17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com

Between self-pick fruits, kid funlands, and festivals, you’ll need to find time to squeeze in a stop at Blake’s tasting room. Tasting options include draft ciders and Michigan beers to accompany your escape from the heat. The tasting room also has kid-friendly food options to choose from.

Photo courtesy of Blake’s Farms/Facebook
Detroit Zoo 
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org
Treat yourself and the kids to a summer safari. American Coney Island on the zoo’s premises, where you can enjoy a coney dog and a Michigan beer in the shade as a break from the animals and the kids.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/detroitzoo

Detroit Zoo

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717;
detroitzoo.org

Treat yourself and the kids to a summer safari. American Coney Island on the zoo’s premises, where you can enjoy a coney dog and a Michigan beer in the shade as a break from the animals and the kids.

Photo courtesy of
majesticdetroit.com/bowling

Spend a night at Detroit’s historic bowling alley and lounge, which includes a full service bar and Sgt. Pepperoni’s pizza. With plenty of events planned for the summer, this is a must-do for Detroiters.

Photo courtesy of Garden Bowl/Facebook
Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; downtowndetroitparks.com
There are two things kids love: movies and parks. So why not combine the two? Campus Martius is already a busy and thriving area, but all summer the Downtown park plays movies on a big screen — for free. What’s better, The Fountain Detroit is located right in the park and serves a variety of draft cocktails, seltzers, and beer in a can. Feeling fancy? Grab a drink in a souvenir bucket (and maybe let your kid use it as a toy after).
Photo courtesy of The Fountain Detroit/Facebook

Campus Martius

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; downtowndetroitparks.com

There are two things kids love: movies and parks. So why not combine the two? Campus Martius is already a busy and thriving area, but all summer the Downtown park plays movies on a big screen — for free. What’s better, The Fountain Detroit is located right in the park and serves a variety of draft cocktails, seltzers, and beer in a can. Feeling fancy? Grab a drink in a souvenir bucket (and maybe let your kid use it as a toy after).

Photo courtesy of The Fountain Detroit/Facebook
Frankenmuth 
989-652-6106; frankenmuth.org
You can experience a little bit of Germany right in Michigan by making Frankenmuth a destination this summer. Naturally, this means they have plenty of places to find beer, including Frankenmuth Brewery, the oldest brewery in Michigan, and an annual Oktoberfest celebration. Home to the world’s largest Christmas store and a waterpark in the hotel, the kids are sure to stay entertained all day while you celebrate German culture in your own way.
Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Brewery

Frankenmuth

989-652-6106; frankenmuth.org

You can experience a little bit of Germany right in Michigan by making Frankenmuth a destination this summer. Naturally, this means they have plenty of places to find beer, including Frankenmuth Brewery, the oldest brewery in Michigan, and an annual Oktoberfest celebration. Home to the world’s largest Christmas store and a waterpark in the hotel, the kids are sure to stay entertained all day while you celebrate German culture in your own way.

Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Brewery