Ballin' On A Budget: Detroit Date Night Guide

June 27, 2018

I'm always looking for things to do in the city that are fun and cost efficient simply because I'm not really down for splurging on a date night... unless it's a special occasion. 


EVERY week I hear people complain about how there's nothing to do in the city and I'm here to tell you that is absolutely false. There's actually quite a few things to do if you're fine and frugal (shoutout to PrettyGirlPeeps lol) or just simply ballin' on a budget. Here are 6 super dope things to do in the city of Detroit with Bae, potential bae, friends or even solo for little or no cash (thank me later :)).


1. Take a trip to the DIA 


The Detroit Institute of Arts is a true gem right in the city of Detroit. If you enjoy art as much as I do, you'll enjoy their massive art collection and gorgeous interior. The DIA also hosts special exhibits throughout the year. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. If you do not reside in either county, admission is $14.00 for adults and $8.00 for college students. Additional admission rates are available on their website.


2. Stroll along the Detroit Riverwalk


The city of Detroit's emerging culture has made it a gateway for new development. Established in the early 2000s (DRFC) the Detroit Riverwalk is the perfect place to indulge in both nature and architecture. The trail takes you along the border between the city and the Detroit River with a beautiful view of Windsor clear across the water. There are quite a few things to do on the Riverwalk such as renting bikes, checking out monuments, and maybe even grabbing snacks. The trail is pretty long so make sure you wear comfortable shoes on this date.


3. Check out the Heidelberg Project


If you're looking for an extremely unique art experience, go to the Heidelberg Project. Established by a single artist, Tyree Guyton in 1988, the Heidelberg Project is a prime example of how art can transform our communities. The exhibit currently consists of several abandoned homes and sites that include different objects bound together in creative composition. If you've never seen it, you must go! It's free to tour the area without a guide however, the Heidelberg Project does offer guided tours for groups, including an exclusive tour with Tyree Guyton. Check out their website for more details. 


4. Go to Belle Isle


Belle Isle brings back sooo many memories. It was a place to watch fireworks, get skinned up on the giant slide (Detroit natives know what I'm talking about LOL) and have a good time with family. Much of that is still the same but after closing for a while, Belle Isle has reopened with a new scope. It is home to an aquarium, nature center, golf course, Great Lakes museum and conservatory. I believe there's a small fee to get on the island if you don't have the residential park pass, however, it's worth it. Just hop on the bridge off Jefferson and head straight over to the island. 



5. Check out a festival at Hart Plaza


Festivals at Hart Plaza are always fun. The festivals hosted usually take place in the summer time with the Rib & Soul Fest and Jazz Fest being two of the largest events to take place at Hart Plaza. You also have Techo Fest, Movement and PRIDE Fest that takes place. You'll find tons of vendors, entertainment and freebies during these events so if this is your kind of thing, slide through a festival at Hart Plaza. 


6. Circle Around Campus Martius 


Campus Martius has become an interactive area in Detroit that's always filled with something to do. Whether you're ice skating in the winter, checking out a free event or swinging on the musical swings, Campus Martius is a pretty dope place to take bae for a fun filled day or night. Campus Martius also has a ton of surrounding food joints including the local food trucks. 



Now if you've read this and you were able to jot down a few joints for your next potential date night, go ahead and subscribe and share with a friend... or friends. I mean, even if you just hit the link to be nosey, a share only takes 2 seconds. Spread the word, spread the love and be sure to connect with me and share your date night experience. 


PS: I don't want to hear ya'll complain no mo.



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