Things To Do in Downriver

Looking for something to do in the Downriver or Metro Detroit area? Here are some suggests on area attractions, events, and things to do and see in the Downriver and Metro Detroit area and surrounding areas. 


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Area Sports Teams

The Detroit metro area is one of only twelve cities with four major sports teams in the U.S. 

Attractions in Nearby Areas

Daytrip Ideas

Huron River Water Trail Follow the Huron River as it flows for 104 miles through communities such as Milford, Dexter, Ann Arbor and Flat Rock. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing or sightseeing. 

Frankenmuth: Michigan's Little Bavaria offers year-round festivities, delicious food, eclectic shopping, entertainment, lodging, festivals, Christmas year-round at Bronner's and world-famous chicken dinners. A day may not be enough time - better plan a weekend. 

Irish Hills: Originally a stopping point during the five-day stagecoach trip from Detroit to Chicago in the 19th century. The early 20th century saw the region develop into a popular tourist destination. Today the area is a popular vacation spot featuring over fifty area lakes, historic tours, kitschy attractions, antique stores, wineries, kids adventures, motor sports, hunting, fishing, hiking, fall color, winter sports, and more. 

Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, near the Irish Hills area, this 755-acre site is owned and maintained by Michigan State University. Drive through the beautifully landscaped grounds and visit the tropical plants conservatory and the cactus dome. 

Michigan Wine and Beer FestivalAnnual event at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Taste and compare more than 100 wines from area wineries. A one-day admission includes a limited amount of tasting tickets for both wine and beer. 

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad: Located in Flint, this authentic Great Lakes town from the early 20th century has over 34 historic structures, plus a 40-minute train journey along the shores of Lake Mott, driven by an authentic Baldwin steam locomotive. 

Michigan Shakespeare Festival: The official Shakespeare festival of the state of Michigan. A professional equity theatre company in Jackson, and recently expanded to Canton's Village Theatre of Cherry Hill, this festival is annually scheduled in July and August. 

Discover Kalamazoo: Lots to do in Kalamazoo! Visit the Air Zoo Aviation Museum, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Planatarium, W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Binder Park Zoo, and more. 

Midland Balloon Festival. An annual FREE multi-day festival in fall held at the Midland County fairgrounds