Find out why Travel + Leisure and USA Today are saying you should visit Detroit this year. A major addition to the Detroit Zoo, new exhibits at our world-class museums, concerts, car shows, the return of baseball and the allure of a Detroit winter are excellent reasons to plan your next trip to The D in the coming months.
Experience some wintry pleasure at the Meridian Winter Blast or catch opening day at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. Come see for yourself why you should spend some time in metro Detroit.
Detroit will soon be home to the world’s largest penguin facility, home to more than 80 penguins of four species – Gentoo, Macaroni, Rockhopper and King. Construction for the 33,000 square foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPCC) at the Detroit Zoo is in progress and is scheduled to open in April. The ice-cold, 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic zone where penguins can be seen exploring their habitat and deep-diving will surely be one of the most vivid features of the PPCC, and the animal habitat will ensure an optimal environment for the welfare of penguins. For more information, visit detroitzoo.org.
For more than 60 years, Lego has been nourishing the imaginations of young kids and soon kids of all ages will be able to experience the ultimate Lego experience right here in metro Detroit. The new Legoland Discovery Center will open in spring 2016 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. The new discovery center is a two-to-three-hour experience that will offer numerous interactive educational features such as a brick pool, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, a fun LEGO ride, a 4D cinema and, of course, the popular MINILAND area found in every LEGOLAND Park and attraction. This will be the state’s only location and the eighth Discovery Center in the United States. For more information, go to greatlakescrossingoutlets.com.
The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is a dynamic museum that encourages learning through activities and in 2016, it will headline the year with some fresh exhibits and shows.
· Toytopia, an interactive display that focuses on the relationship between learning and fun, is a 9,700 square-foot exhibit that showcases life-sized toys, antique games and more. Toytopia allows curious minds to run wild with their imagination now through March 31.
· MiSci celebrates the U.S. National Park Service’s 100th anniversary with the film National Parks Adventure. The visually remarkable film will feature the National Park Service’s dedication to the preservation of wildlife. It will be shown in MiSci’s IMAX Theater starting in February 2016.
· Spark!Lab is an exhibit that encourages inventiveness in children ages six through 12. This exhibit opens in spring 2016 and will emphasize the process behind any genius invention! For more information, visit mi-sci.org
Fat Tuesday also known as Paczki Day falls on Feb. 9 this year. A paczki is a mouthwatering cream-filled donut that has been satisfying bellies since the Middle Ages. Hamtramck is the place to be on Paczki Day where the city’s best Polish bakeries are located. For more information, visit hamtramck.us/about/festivals.php
Experience Detroit’s winter like never before at the Meridian Winter Blast, Feb. 12-14 at Campus Martius Park. Take a ride down the Meridian Health Plan Snow Slide or a spin on the ice skating rink. You can also soar over the city with the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure. Detroit’s music scene will also be on display with more than 50 live performances. When you are ready for a break from the chilly wonderland, warm up at one of the Tim Hortons comfort zones located every 150 feet. And if you get hungry food vendors from local restaurants will have scrumptious food available at the Taste of Detroit Tent. For more information, visit winterblast.com.
Detroit never disappoints when it comes to their automotive displays and Autorama at Cobo Center Feb. 26-28 will be quite the show. Motor lovers will pile in to view some chic custom automobiles and contestants will compete to win the Don Ridler award for the most outstanding car. For more information, visit autorama.com.
Corktown will be cloaked in green for the 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Mar. 13. Thousands line Michigan Avenue to cheer on the marching bands and bagpipers. For more information, go to detroitstpatricksparade.com/index.html.
Roisterers from all over will fill the streets of Midtown to celebrate Detroit’s freedom from the harbinger of doom at Le Marche Du Nain Rouge on Mar. 20 (tentatively) from 1-3 p.m. Le Nain Rouge translates from French as ‘red dwarf’ and the city has been fighting this legendary figure for more than 300 years. Each year people gather to celebrate Detroit’s future prosperity. However, revelers are advised to cloak their true identity with a disguise just in case the Nain Rogue reveals himself and tries to get revenge. For more information, visit marchedunainrouge.com.
The 2015 American League batting champion Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers will look to rebound following a season where injuries limited their potential. Fans from all over will fill Comerica Park on Apr. 8 for their home opener against the New York Yankees. Get to the game early and grab a bite at one of the many dining venues in the park or visit the Comerica Carousel featuring 30 hand-painted tigers.. For schedules and ticket information, visit detroit.tigers.mlb.com.
The Metro Times Blowout is a fast-paced, dynamic, four-day music festival April 29 through May 2. In its 18th year, the event will feature live performances from hundreds of bands from every genre imaginable, playing in three cities. Performances will take place at legendary Detroit music venues such as St. Andrews Hall, Majestic Café, Smalls, Woodward Avenue Brewers and Rust Belt Market. For more information, visit mtblowout.com.
Save 20 percent or more on popular Detroit attractions with The D Discount Pass. Current participants include the Arab American National Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Comedy Sports Detroit, Detroit Princess Riverboat, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Meadow Brook Hall, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. The D Discount Pass is accepted at participating venues through Dec. 31, 2016. To take advantage of these offers, go to visitdetroit.com/discount.