Fun Things To Do When Traveling to Southeast Michigan in the Winter

by Briana Marie
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Fun Things to do in Southeast Michigan | Fun Things to do Near Detroit

Looking for some fun things to do in Detroit MI this winter? As a southeast Michigan native, I can tell you there are lots of fun activities for the family in Detroit and surrounding areas this season. Continue reading for a few ideas to kickstart your planning.


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Detroit Zoo

8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY! The Detroit Zoo has a wide variety of exhibits that the children absolutely love. When visiting Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Zoo should definitely be on your bucket list. And guess what?? The Detroit Zoo is actually open throughout the winter! And if you come around the holidays, you may be able to catch their Wild Lights and photos with Santa. 

There is still plenty of fun to be had at Michigan zoos in the winter.


Sea Life Michigan Aquarium

4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Aquariums are a really fun, and educational, attraction for children of all ages. From interactive touch pools to shipwreck exhibits, the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium definitely does not disappoint. And with it being indoors, your family can stay nice and warm with this activity. 


Legoland Discovery Center

4240 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Visiting the Sea Life Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing? If so, you might as well make a stop at Legoland Discovery Center as well. This fun family-friendly attraction is designed specifically for ages 3 to 10, but lego-lovers of all ages would have a blast here.


Greenfield Village

20900 Oakwood Blvd, at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI 48124-4088

What better place to learn about American traditions, and the development of our society, than at good ol’ Greenfield Village. This is a blast to the pass that the entire family can enjoy through hands-on fun, museums, and other goodies. In December, you can get in the holiday spirit with their Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village event


Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Speaking of museums, while you’re in town, I highly recommend adding the DIA to your itinerary. Currently advanced reservations are required for the museum, so make sure you plan in advance. But this museum is absolutely stunning and features stunning artwork. Definitely a must-visit for families.


Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Nothing says “Hello winter” like ice skating outdoors! So while you’re in town, you will definitely want to stop by Campus Martius Park to enjoy some ice skating along with many other holiday festivities.


But wait! There’s more…..

I also highly recommend checking out a show at one of the local theaters while you’re in town and spending some time hanging out in Downtown Detroit where you’ll find tons of holiday and wintery fun for the family! And don’t forget to stop by and support some of our local restaurants and shops while you’re in town.


Do you live near Detroit or have visited recently? I would love for you to share in the comments some of your favorite places to visit while in town!


  • Briana Marie

    Briana Marie is a mental health and financial literacy advocate, and founder of Major League Mommy. In her spare time, Briana enjoys yoga, travel, and spending time with her Husband and two daughters.

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