FREE THINGS TO DO IN MICHIGAN!
What do you want to do? From Ada to Tecumseh, here’s a list of 40 Michigan cities and links to their free activities: http://www.free-attractions.com/state_pages/michigan.htm
Free Movie Nights, Concerts, Bowling & More for Kids in Oakland County We can’t say enough great things about the Oakland County Moms’ website. Use this link: oaklandcountymoms.com/free-summer-fun-for-kids for a TON of info on fee stuff for kids to do. You can also find instructions for DIY Slip and Slide: make-your-own-slip-and-slide These moms are amazing and the site is easy to navigate.
Free things to do in Washtenaw County Here’s a link to all the major hubs and events in Washtenaw County: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/services_for/links/local_events.html
Free things to do in Macomb County Looking for FREE and LOW COST activities and events to do with your family? Click on the link below and scroll through the Macomb County Great Start Calendar.
GEOCACHING! Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you. There are 2,461,941 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide… and it’s free to play. Chances are there are ten or more geocaches within 2 miles of your home… IF you can find them. We have friends and family that do geocaching and they have a ton of fun doing it. For more info: https://www.geocaching.com/
Cranbrook House and Gardens Located in Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook Gardens is one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Greater Metro Detroit area. You can explore for free or self-guided tour. Kids under 5 are FREE… adults $6. Open most days from 11a-5p. More info: http://housegardens.cranbrook.edu/
The Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum is located in Detroit’s Cultural Center on Woodward Avenue. Admission is free. Parking is $6 in the adjacent Museum lot on Kirby, while available. Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10a-4pm. http://detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakes-museum/plan-your-visit/general-information
Belle Isle Brief overview of Belle Isle: In February of 2014, Belle Isle became a state park. One of the first changes Detroit residents and others will see is an $11 annual fee, which allows entry into all state parks. The fee will be gradually phased in during the first year of state management of Belle Isle. Individuals who walk, bike or jog to the island are FREE from the fee. Most of the park's attractions are also free. More info: RecreationDepartment/BelleIsle There is WAY MORE to do on Belle Isle than you may realize. Here are some highlights:
Belle Isle Aquarium
Belle Isle Aquarium is open every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum Located on Strand Drive on Belle Isle, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Admission is FREE. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11a-4p plus Fridays through the summer. More info: detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakes-museum
Kid's Kingdom Playscape
Calling all Kids! Come play on the newly renovated playscape that assures safety standards and accessible play equipment for the physically challenged.
The Belle Isle Beach The Belle Isle Beach is a half-mile long swimming area and is the only public beach in Detroit. The Water Slide is located next to the beach; both are open from the second week in June through Labor Day. There is a $3 charge for an all day pass to ride the Water Slide.
GREAT IDEAS for ACTIVITIES THAT DO HAVE SOME $$$ Involved
PURE MICHIGAN - AMAZING RESOURCE FOR ACTIVITIES What do you want to do: water parks, museums, lighthouses, historic areas? These things aren’t all free, but it’s an AWESOME comprehensive list of things to do in Michigan AND you can search by city! http://www.michigan.org/attractions/
50 Fun Things to Do in Michigan This Summer http://www.giftbasketsfrommichigan.com/ put together this really great list of Michigan sites to see. Check it out and check out their gift baskets! What an awesome way to send someone a piece of Michigan! Here’s the link to their 50 Fun Things to Do in Michigan This Summer list: 50-fun-things-to-do-in-michigan
TIGERS! You can't go wrong checking out a Tigers game: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com
Toledo Mud Hens
Don’t underestimate the experience of a Triple A game. It’s less expensive and many times, there are a lot more families there. We’ve been to plenty of Triple A games and loved the experience.The Mud Hens aren’t far away. More info: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t512
Wayne County Toddler Activities Here’s a link to great toddler activities in Wayne County: Fun+Things+To+DoToddlers
Jay's 10 Favorites Free Things:
1.RIVER WALK DOWNTOWN…GREAT VIEWS! FREE!
2.CLIMB THE BIG DUNE AT SLEEPING BEAR DUNES
3.MARVIN’S MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MUSEUM ON ORCHARD LAKE RD.
4.SANDERS CANDY FACTORY TOUR ON M-59
5.WATCH PLANES LAND AND TAKE OFF AT METRO
6.EASTERN MARKET ON SATURDAY MORNING
7.SUNSET WATCHING FROM THE TOP OF THE REN CEN
8.FREE MOVIES AT NIGHT IN THE SUMMER AT CAMPUS MARTIAS
9.BIKE PATHS IN ROCHESTER
10. URBAN FARMING TOURS AND VOLUNTEERING
Doni's Favorite Free Things:
2. DIY SLIP AND SLIDE
3. FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS THIS SUMMER IN OAKLAND COUNTY
(here's the link to local free movie night listings: OCM Free Movie Nights)
5. STATE PARKS (I believe there is a $11 fee, but it gives you access to ALL Michigan State Parks for the year.)
6. BELLE ISLE
7. NICHOLS ARBORETUM - Ann Arbor
8. NATURE WALKS
9. THE BEACH!
10. BIKE RIDES
Chelsea's Favorite Free Things:
1. Woodward Dream Cruise
2. Arts Beats and Eats
3. Thanksgiving Day Parade
4. Belle Isle Grand Prix
6. Pumpkin Festival in South Lyon
7. Henry Ford Museum
8. Livonia Spree
9. Michigan State Fair
10. Milford Memories
Kam's Favorite Free Things:
1. Erwins Cidar Mill
2. Peach Festival of Romeo
3. Metamora Country Days and Hot Air Balloon Festival
4. Northville Victorian Festival
5. Riding bikes around Kensington
6. Swimming/fishing at Island Lake
7. Ann Arbor Art Fair
8. Go to Birch Run Outlet Mall
9. Music in the Park in South Lyon
10. Tour of Firehouse in Novi