Free Things to Do in Detroit

5 Free Things to Do in Detroit this Summer


We know your schedule is probably jam packed full of events like concerts, date nights, road trips, vacations, and other fun activities. That’s what makes summer fun and memorable! But what about the summer days or nights when you are looking for something to do but want to save money at the same time? We totally understand, and just like last summer when we gave you eight local things you could do for free, we’re here to show you five more free things you can check out. So leave the cash at home and check out these free activities in the D!

Visit Belle Isle Aquarium

If you need something to entertain the family during the weekend this summer, the Belle Isle Aquarium should do the trick. The oldest aquarium in the country has been growing over the last few years with new exhibits, new tanks, and more species than ever before. Seeing the Aquarium’s exotic fish from all over the world will be like traveling the globe without having to leave the state or break the bank without having to leave the state or break the bank.

Build a sand castle at Campus Martius

Going to the beach is a requirement for any good summer, and while admission fees might get expensive after awhile, the recently opened beach at Campus Martius will save the family some money. While there’s no water access at this free beach, it shouldn’t stop you from having fun in the sand. The beach is open daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

See some unique art at Pewabic Pottery

Since 1903, Pewabic Pottery has given Detroit some of the most beautiful handcrafted ceramic creations in the area. Visiting the pottery is free, but you can also plan a more in-depth tour or even a hands-on-workshop, for $20 per person.

Relax with some Outdoor Yoga

With the kids at home and the stress of planning summer getaways, you might need a moment to relax and breathe. Grab your mat and head outdoors to enjoy some yoga in the summer sun. There are multiple outdoor yoga sessions happening throughout southeast Michigan, but Palmer Park in Detroit offers free outdoor yoga every Saturday from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The class is for all skill levels and will run through August 26.

Detroit Jazz Festival

After a summer full of road trips, grad parties, and beach days, take in the final breath of summer at the 38th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. One of the largest jazz festivals not only in the country, but the world, the Detroit Jazz Festival is a four day festival during Labor Day weekend celebrating the beauty of jazz. It’s a great way to spend the last few days of summer and nice weather, and the best part is that it’s free!