Recreation and Leisure
Detroit offers a number of fun ways to entertain friends and family all year. With the number of festivals, parks, leisure activities, and sports and entertainment options in Detroit, you will never run out of things to do in Detroit.
Detroit is an entertainment mecca - with the Motor City Casino, MGM Grand Detroit Casino and Greektown Casino, great downtown sports venues showcasing national teams, amazing arts, culture, and music, and great food.
Year-round, amazing outdoor events draw over 19 million visitors. The summer starts with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and ends with the Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival. The 4th of July is celebrated with a spectacular international fireworks extravaganza along the Detroit River. Summer in Detroit includes a weekly festival at Hart Plaza, like the Detroit Hoedown or the Caribbean Festival. Neighborhoods host their own events like Detroit Festival of the Arts, Dally in the Alley, and Jazzin’ on Jefferson.
Sports fans will feel at home in Detroit as Sporting News magazine named Detroit as the No. 1 sports city in America in 2007. At any given time, there are several sporting events taking place in the Detroit area. To get you started, check out the home game schedules of Detroit's big four professional sports home teams -- Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons. Sports enthusiasts enjoy Formula One racing during the Detroit Grand Prix. Bicycling enthusiasts are taking over Detroitstreets and parks, and the annual Tour de Troit draws hundreds of participants.
Every holiday season, millions of visitors flock to downtown Detroit to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the second largest such parade in the country. Even in the winter there are festivals and things to do in Detroit - with Noel Night and the WinterBlast, which closes a section of downtown Detroit for music, a giant snow slide, and other family entertainment. And of course, each January, while it is too cold to think about convertibles, Detroit hosts the North American International Auto Show.
Detroiters have great access to parks and other personal recreational activities, like biking, boating, and team sports.Detroit neighborhoods host welcoming parks like Palmer Park,Clark Park, and the Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center. The only urban island park in the country can be found at Belle Isle in the Detroit River, which is also home to a golf course, the Detroit Yacht Club, and the Belle Isle Conservatory. The Detroit RiverWalk is a 2-1/2 mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway extending from downtown along the Detroit River. It connects the Dequindre Train and Greenway - pathways through a state park ending near the historic Eastern Market. Park facilities in the city are complemented by an extensive network of metroparks and state parks throughout the region.
Well-stocked with museums like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum, and Detroit Science Center, Detroiters also have access to an amazing 125-acre zoo, the Detroit Zoological Institute, home to the world's largest polar bear exhibit, the Arctic Ring of Life.