Bucket list, noun. It is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “A list of things that one has not done, but wants to do before dying.” It is believed to have derived from the phrase “kick the bucket.” With that in mind, today we will put our own “In the D” twist on things, and compile a list of activities and things to do around Metro Detroit that one should aim to accomplish, experience or enjoy this year.
None of the following happenings and activities are unreachable or impossible, but nonetheless are fun and have the potential to be quite memorable. See how many you can check off of your list in 2015:
- See a local band play live. There are fewer things more exhilarating than seeing your favorite big name singer/band play a sold out show in a huge stadium, but Detroit has and always will be a hotbed for tremendous musicians. Don’t miss your chance to see the best up-and-coming, local artists at places like The Ark in Ann Arbor, Cliff Bell’s in Detroit and many other venues.
- Visit one of the beautiful metroparks. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks not only offer a plethora of activities, but each also offers some of the most breathtaking scenes in southeast Michigan. The 13 metroparks are sure to give you something to do in this dreaded winter we are currently enduring with skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and more. Of course the warmer months allow for swimming, hiking, disc golf and everything in between.
- Educate and culture yourself. Within Detroit’s city limits are some of the most culturally-rich establishments in Michigan. Take some time to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts and check out the “Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists” exhibit (through March 29) or an exhibit of your choice. Attending the Detroit Historical Museum and Michigan Science Center should also be on your Detroit to-do list.
- Eat dinner at one of Detroit’s finest restaurants. In addition to being culturally rich, Detroit also knows fine dining. The Whitney is arguably the most iconic mansion in Detroit, and as a restaurant it provides award-winning cuisine and a fantastic collection of wine. The RattleSnake Club, Coach Insignia and Michael Symon’s Roast are all great options, among others. For those of you with that kind of budget, any of the aforementioned places would make for great Valentine’s Day dinner spots.
- Go somewhere new. Detroit and its metropolitan area are constantly developing projects and new businesses are always opening. Recently opened places include the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium in Auburn Hills, (home to more than 5,000 creatures), Punch Bowl Social Detroit (food, drinks and fun social experiences), HopCat Detroit (more than 100 beers on tap, soon to be in Ann Arbor as well) and St. Clair Shores’ first brewpub: Baffin Brewing Company.
- Attend a play or theater show. Another good way to gain a sense of culture and laugh, cry or be inspired. Just read our recent article on the matter for upcoming shows.
- Give back. There are so many great organizations fighting the problems that Detroit faces every day. Donate, volunteer, recycle or make a change. The Empowerment Plan, Gleaner’s Food Bank or Forgotten Harvest are all excellent organizations to help.
- Take a class. A fun class, if you would prefer. Homebrewing classes for beer or wine, painting classes, photography classes, cooking classes, music lessons, etc. Whichever you prefer, just know Metro Detroit is chock-full of opportunities to learn a new skill.
- Go on a tour. What better way is there to learn about the city? Feet on the Street Tours feature such tours as “Delish Detroit,” which takes you through specialty stores in Eastern Market for some great food (available in the winter). Preservation Detroit, Show Me Detroit Tours and the Detroit Experience Factory are other options.
- Attend a ball game. Opening Day is right around the corner for baseball. Detroit basketball and hockey are both still going strong and unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the fall for more football–but things are looking promising for Detroit sports. If major league, professional sports aren’t your thing, attend a college, minor league or high school event. You’ll be glad you did.
Bonus: Do whatever it is that you want to accomplish: dare to be different, be there for somebody, learn a new instrument, inspire the world. After you read this article, think about your bucket list for 2015 and do whatever you can to accomplish your goals. You only live once.