Things to do in Detroit when it's hot AF outside

Detroit gets a very small window to enjoy outside before it's time to dig out the Carhartt jackets and Timbaland boots. Safe to say, we make the most of the sunshine when we do have, but sometimes the high heat is just unbearable. Just because the temperature might be six degrees past hell doesn't mean that all of your fun has to be spent at home. There's art museums, water parks, beaches and even a nude resort if the idea of clothes in 90 degree weather is sickening to you.

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The Pose Experience
15618 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield; theposeexperience.com
Isn’t your Instagram feed the way everyone knows you’re actually having a great summer? The Pose Experience is a selfie museum that gives everyone the opportunity to live out their best influencer dreams. The interactive selfie experience is open to everyone ages 12 and up. General admission is $28, or you can grab your friends and book a 1-hour private experience for $250. Masks are required, with the exception of taking photos, and tickets have to be purchased in advance online.
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The Pose Experience

15618 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield; theposeexperience.com

Isn’t your Instagram feed the way everyone knows you’re actually having a great summer? The Pose Experience is a selfie museum that gives everyone the opportunity to live out their best influencer dreams. The interactive selfie experience is open to everyone ages 12 and up. General admission is $28, or you can grab your friends and book a 1-hour private experience for $250. Masks are required, with the exception of taking photos, and tickets have to be purchased in advance online.

Photo courtesy of The Pose Experience
The Reptarium
45559 Van Dyke, Utica; 586-884-6646; thereptarium.com
The Reptarium offers a hand on petting zoo experience sure to get your scales — uh skin — crawling. Lizards? Check. Snakes? Absolutely. It's available for birthday parties and private tours, too. The Reptarium is your place for all things reptile without having to venture outdoors. 
Photo via The Reptarium/Facebook

The Reptarium

45559 Van Dyke, Utica; 586-884-6646; thereptarium.com

The Reptarium offers a hand on petting zoo experience sure to get your scales — uh skin — crawling. Lizards? Check. Snakes? Absolutely. It's available for birthday parties and private tours, too. The Reptarium is your place for all things reptile without having to venture outdoors.

Photo via The Reptarium/Facebook
Sea Life Aquarium
4316 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills; 248-409-6001; visitsealife.com
Sebastian did his best to try to keep Ariel under the sea, and the SEA LIFE Aquarium offers you the chance to see what he was talking about. It’s Michigan’s largest aquarium, with 2,000 aquatic creatures including sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. 
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Sea Life Aquarium

4316 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills; 248-409-6001; visitsealife.com

Sebastian did his best to try to keep Ariel under the sea, and the SEA LIFE Aquarium offers you the chance to see what he was talking about. It’s Michigan’s largest aquarium, with 2,000 aquatic creatures including sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles.

Photo via SEA LIFE Aquarium/Facebook
Northland Roller Rink
22311 W. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-535-1666; northlandrink.com
Skating on street art outdoors at the newly opened Monroe Street Midway is still on our Detroit summer bucket list, but nothing beats gliding on a wooden rink — in the A/C. Grab your skates and lace up at the famous Northland Roller Rink.
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Northland Roller Rink

22311 W. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-535-1666; northlandrink.com

Skating on street art outdoors at the newly opened Monroe Street Midway is still on our Detroit summer bucket list, but nothing beats gliding on a wooden rink — in the A/C. Grab your skates and lace up at the famous Northland Roller Rink.

Photo via Google Maps
Glenlore Trails
3860 Newton Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; glenloretrails.com
Last year, Bluewater Technologies, a Southfield-based company that provides audiovisual technology for large-scale events like the North American International Auto Show, had to pivot due to the pandemic. That resulted in Glenlore Trails, an immersive, illuminated experience that saw a half-mile trail in Commerce Township outfitted in custom light and sound installations. The company updated it for Halloween and the winter holidays, and it's not stopping there. On July 1, the trail will double to more than a mile in length, with new installations that help flesh out the characters and storylines (we're told it's got something to do with cryptozoology). Sounds like a trip.
Photo courtesy of Glenlore Trails

Glenlore Trails

3860 Newton Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; glenloretrails.com

Last year, Bluewater Technologies, a Southfield-based company that provides audiovisual technology for large-scale events like the North American International Auto Show, had to pivot due to the pandemic. That resulted in Glenlore Trails, an immersive, illuminated experience that saw a half-mile trail in Commerce Township outfitted in custom light and sound installations. The company updated it for Halloween and the winter holidays, and it's not stopping there. On July 1, the trail will double to more than a mile in length, with new installations that help flesh out the characters and storylines (we're told it's got something to do with cryptozoology). Sounds like a trip.

Photo courtesy of Glenlore Trails
Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort
2101 Nine Mile Rd., Union City; 517-741-7004; turtle-lake.net
OK — so this might be a two-hour drive from Detroit, but it offers a unique and stripped-down socially distanced experience that would likely get you arrested anywhere else. Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort in Union City is exactly what it sounds like. Michigan summer means it’s hot AF and what better time than to shed the shackles of conformity, societal judgment, and unpleasant chafing by getting nude with strangers? Opened in the 1980s as a traditional camp/resort experience, Turtle Lake ditched the clothing requirement sometime around 2003 when it transitioned into Michigan’s best clothing-optional getaways. They have pools, hot tubs, a tiki bar, a range of outdoor sporting activities, as well as a private beach where skinny dipping is encouraged.
Photo via Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort/Facebook

Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort

2101 Nine Mile Rd., Union City; 517-741-7004; turtle-lake.net

OK — so this might be a two-hour drive from Detroit, but it offers a unique and stripped-down socially distanced experience that would likely get you arrested anywhere else. Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort in Union City is exactly what it sounds like. Michigan summer means it’s hot AF and what better time than to shed the shackles of conformity, societal judgment, and unpleasant chafing by getting nude with strangers? Opened in the 1980s as a traditional camp/resort experience, Turtle Lake ditched the clothing requirement sometime around 2003 when it transitioned into Michigan’s best clothing-optional getaways. They have pools, hot tubs, a tiki bar, a range of outdoor sporting activities, as well as a private beach where skinny dipping is encouraged.

Photo via Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort/Facebook
Aloha Tiki Tours
Available out of Sindbad's Restaurant & Marina, 100 Saint Clair St., Detroit; Blossom Heath Park and Pier, 24800 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 507 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; alohatikitours.com
Since 2019, Aloha Tiki Tours has offered two-hour tours of the Detroit River via a fleet of Bluetooth speaker-equipped octagonal floating tiki boats where up to six guests are invited to BYOB — with a captain, of course. (God, can you imagine a world where tiki boats were captainless? Mayhem, we say. Mayhem!) The tours cost $275-$300 Monday-Thursday and $300-$325 Friday-Sunday. New this year, the company debuted a tiki-themed pedal pub, which the owners claim is the world's first. The thatch roof and bamboo-accented Tiki Bar Bike leaves from Bookies Bar and Grill (2208 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0319; detroitrollingpub.com) and can seat 16. Like the Aloha Tiki Tour boats, drinks are BYOB, and tours are two hours. According to a Facebook post, all customers will get a $20 gift card to use at Bookies after the tour. Tours are $295 Monday-Thursday, $375 on Fridays, $400 on Saturdays, and $345 on Sundays.
Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison

Aloha Tiki Tours

Available out of Sindbad's Restaurant & Marina, 100 Saint Clair St., Detroit; Blossom Heath Park and Pier, 24800 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 507 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; alohatikitours.com

Since 2019, Aloha Tiki Tours has offered two-hour tours of the Detroit River via a fleet of Bluetooth speaker-equipped octagonal floating tiki boats where up to six guests are invited to BYOB — with a captain, of course. (God, can you imagine a world where tiki boats were captainless? Mayhem, we say. Mayhem!) The tours cost $275-$300 Monday-Thursday and $300-$325 Friday-Sunday. New this year, the company debuted a tiki-themed pedal pub, which the owners claim is the world's first. The thatch roof and bamboo-accented Tiki Bar Bike leaves from Bookies Bar and Grill (2208 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0319; detroitrollingpub.com) and can seat 16. Like the Aloha Tiki Tour boats, drinks are BYOB, and tours are two hours. According to a Facebook post, all customers will get a $20 gift card to use at Bookies after the tour. Tours are $295 Monday-Thursday, $375 on Fridays, $400 on Saturdays, and $345 on Sundays.

Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison
Grab some 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

Grab some 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
Great Lakes Surf Shop
23517 Nine Mack Dr., St. Clair Shores; 586-359-6951; greatlakessurf.com/kite
Go fly a kite! Better yet, go kitesurfing, which sounds both made up and super dangerous. But Great Lakes Surf Shop specializes in making sure your water sports potential is fulfilled. OK — so you’re not gonna learn how to kiteboard at their St. Clair Shores retail location, but at the shop’s affiliated Great Lakes Kiteboarding school, which started in 2002. They offer camps and private lessons on Lake St. Clair. Not feeling ready to hit the high seas? They’ve got paddle-boarding lessons, too.
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Great Lakes Surf Shop

23517 Nine Mack Dr., St. Clair Shores; 586-359-6951; greatlakessurf.com/kite

Go fly a kite! Better yet, go kitesurfing, which sounds both made up and super dangerous. But Great Lakes Surf Shop specializes in making sure your water sports potential is fulfilled. OK — so you’re not gonna learn how to kiteboard at their St. Clair Shores retail location, but at the shop’s affiliated Great Lakes Kiteboarding school, which started in 2002. They offer camps and private lessons on Lake St. Clair. Not feeling ready to hit the high seas? They’ve got paddle-boarding lessons, too.

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Ford-Wyoming Drive-in
10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910; forddrivein.com
We can't wait to watch Zola, quite possibly the most important movie of the summer, the way god herself intended: high AF at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In.
Photo by Austin Evans Eighmey

Ford-Wyoming Drive-in

10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910; forddrivein.com

We can't wait to watch Zola, quite possibly the most important movie of the summer, the way god herself intended: high AF at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In.

Photo by Austin Evans Eighmey