5 Things to Do in Downtown Detroit this Summer

5 Things to Do in Downtown Detroit this Summer
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Despite all of the negative noise surrounding Detroit, there’s a lot of positive energy simmering in the city. This summer Detroit has been more packed with people and fun events than the past decade. Downtown Detroit was recently reported at a 99.9% occupancy rate, many of the residents are young professionals who are both working and playing in the D.

Not only will you find newly rejuvenated parks downtown, but there are also several concert series, great food and bars, and sporting events. You’ll never get bored exploring the Motor City.

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Here’s a list of five things to see, do, and experience in Detroit this summer.

  1. Campus Martius Park – A beach in the middle of the city serving local beer? Yes! It’s always hopping with live music and local food vendors, and the park hosts free movie nights on the weekends. The beach was put in this year along with a foosball table, cozy beach chairs, and other amenities. It’s truly unique to Detroit. Check out the Campus Martius website for information on upcoming events.

  2. Detroit RiverWalk – A great place to go for a stroll or to connect with the Dequinder Cut for a beautiful bike ride along the Detroit River. The Detroit RiverWalk is a public-access walkway that aims to extend over five miles along the city. Along the walkway you’ll find a carousel and bike rentals at Rivard Plaza. You’ll also find outdoor art peeking out at every turn. If you’re feeling adventurous hop onto the Dequindre Cut Greenway which will connect you to another park in the city.

  3. Greektown – Whether you’re looking for fun, food, or a place to stay, Greektown has it all. Pegasus, Fishbones, or Nikki’s Pizza are definitely local favorites. You’ll have to make sure you stop by Astoria Bakery for a sweet treat. It’s one of the best in the city. Enjoy a few games, live music, and drinks at the Greektown Casino.

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    Tigers Stadium – Nothing says summer better than enjoying game of baseball. Tiger’s fans get treated to a show of fireworks at the end of evening games. The stadium is right by some great places to eat including Grand Trunk Pub, HockeyTown Café, or the more classy Cliff Bells.

  5. Charles H. Wright Museum – The rich and interesting history of Detroit involves the majority population of African Americans in the city. Make a trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History next time your downtown and learn a little Detroit history along the way.

D:hive Detroit also offers free or practically bus tours of the city, along with all the resources you’ll need to explore, live, or work in Detroit. Stop by the D:hive Detroit’s Welcome Center off of Woodward next time you’re around for more tips for visiting the city.

amanda lewanAmanda Lewan, Guest Contributor

Amanda Lewan is the communications resident a D:hive Detroit and the editor of Michipreneur, an online community for Michigan creatives and businesses.