From attending exciting sporting events to annual festivals, there are numerous ways to enjoy some leisure time when spring comes to the Motor City. Here is a rundown of some of the best things to do in Detroit during spring.
Catch a Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
No visit to Detroit in the spring would be complete without seeing a Detroit Tigers baseball game. The team holds its home games at Comerica Park, which is often packed with sellout crowds. In its history, the team has captured multiple division and World Series titles. The stadium itself is flanked with giant tiger and baseball bat statues at its entrance. Some of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers are visible from the outdoor seats and provide the perfect backdrop. Comerica Park even includes a food court, a carousel, and the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel.
Explore Eastern Market
Eastern Market is open throughout the year, but the pleasant spring weather offers even more incentive to head to this popular gathering place. Since 1891, the market has been running continuously at its present location near Ford Field. The weekly Saturday market features vendors selling various goods and plenty of other places to grab a bite to eat, check out some artwork and listen to live music. Additional farmers’ markets are held on certain days of the week when it gets closer to summer. The annual Flower Day event in May is the perfect time to buy a colorful floral bouquet.
Tour the Outdoor Gardens
Speaking of flowers, there are plenty of them to see in Detroit during the spring as they come to life at the city’s best public gardens. Some of the most spectacular gardens can be found on the grounds of historical buildings such as the Hecker-Smiley Mansion, Fisher Mansion, and The Whitney. It’s even possible to find smaller community gardens such as the Georgia Street Community Garden and the Cadillac Urban Gardens.
Take a River Cruise
The Detroit River divides Detroit and the Canadian city of Windsor and can be explored by boat during the spring. The impressive skylines of both cities can be seen while traveling across the calm water. Taking a river cruise provides the opportunity to enjoy the pleasant breezes and sunny skies that are often prevalent in Detroit during the spring. There are several cruise operators that offer day trips along the river. The Detroit Princess Riverboat resembles an authentic Mississippi paddleboat and can be rented for private events.
Head to Belle Isle Park
Located on a small island in the Detroit River, Belle Isle Park comes alive in the springtime after the winter frost has thawed. Many people gather around the James Scott Memorial Fountain upon arrival to see the impressive lion sculptures and spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area. The old Belle Isle Casino, which nowadays hosts public events and no longer operates as a casino, is one of the park’s most impressive landmarks. The Belle Isle Nature Centre is home to various wildlife creatures that are native to the region. Inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a lavish botanical garden awaits to be explored by curious visitors.
Attend the Detroit Music Awards
This award show honors some of the best local musicians whose music covers a wide range of genres. Live performances from nominees and other top music acts are staged throughout the event. The Fillmore Detroit, which has been the venue for many other famous live events throughout its history, normally plays host to the show. Tickets for balcony or mezzanine seating can be purchased at low prices.
Watch the Greek Independence Day Parade
Detroit’s Greek Independence Day Parade is a fun-filled event for the entire family. First held in the days of World War II to try to raise money for war-torn Greece, the parade was resurrected in 2002 after a long hiatus and has been running annually ever since. The parade is usually held at the end of March or beginning of April. People dressed in traditional Greek costumes walk the parade route before large crowds of cheering spectators. Festive music and decorative floats are also part of the parade.
Take in the Local Landmarks
The warm and pleasant days of spring create the perfect conditions for taking a walking tour of downtown Detroit to see the city’s most impressive landmarks. The Greektown neighborhood features many of the city’s most awe-inspiring historical structures including buildings that were made to resemble the Parthenon and other famous landmarks in Greece. A monument known as the Spirit of Detroit can be found at the southern end of Woodward Avenue and was made to include a giant seated statue of a man holding a bronze sphere in one hand and a small family in the other. Just outside Joe Louis Arena sits a giant sculpture of a fist.
Attend Springtime Events at the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is always fun to visit regardless of the time of year, but some of the most exciting special events are held during the spring season. GreenFest, which takes place on or near every Earth Day in April, features special exhibits that educate visitors on the importance of environmental awareness. The Mother’s Day Brunch includes a buffet-style meal that gives families a better chance to bond. Spring is also a time of year at the zoo when many new baby animals are born and can be viewed from safe observation areas.