Even if you enjoy a modern, inviting living space as a resident of the Lofts of Merchants Row, the long Michigan winter can leave you itching for some outdoor activity come spring. Purveyors of apartment tips would tell you to stretch those pale legs and take full advantage of rising temperatures and abundant outdoor attractions.
Whether you’re new to the Detroit area or you’re simply looking for something new to do, here are just a few must-see attractions to tempt you out of winter hibernation and into the springtime sun.
1. Lions and tigers and bears – or just Tigers
We’re not talking about a springtime trip to the zoo, but rather an outing to Comerica Park, where Detroit’s MLB team plays home games. With football long since over and hockey wrapping up the play-offs, it’s time to grab a beer and hot dog and settle in for the sport of spring and summer with a Tigers game punctuated by balmy weather.
2. Detroit Zoo
Okay, now you can visit the lions, tigers, and bears, not to mention aardvarks, eagles, giraffes, monkeys, penguins, rhinos, seals, sloths, warthogs, wolves, zebras, and just about everything in between. With habitats ranging from forests and grasslands to an aviary and the arctic ring of life, there is no end to the wonders of planet Earth you’ll see when you visit the Detroit Zoo. Don’t forget to check for events like the Zoo Brew, where you can listen to live music and zookeeper talks as you sip on some of the finest craft brews Michigan has to offer, all while taking in animal habitats until twilight.
3. Cranbrook House & Gardens
Perhaps best known as a world class institute for education, Cranbrook was established in the early part of the 20th century by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth. The good news is you don’t have to be a student to visit the oldest manor house in the metro-Detroit area, not to mention the 40 acres of gardens surrounding it. If apartment living leaves you longing for the greenery of a yard, pop over to Cranbrook to ogle the early blooms of spring and perhaps enjoy a tour with tea or lunch included.
4. Urban kayaking
With so many waterways in and around Detroit, you might be amazed you never thought to take a break from loft living and enjoy the great outdoors with this fun water sport. Riverside Kayak Connection (www.riversidekayak.com) offers tours around Belle Isle Park (including full moon jaunts), trips through historic canals, and a paddle from downtown Detroit to Wyandotte for the truly hardy and hale. BYOK (bring your own kayak) or rent one for a small fee.
5. Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour
Not everyone is interested in smelling the roses, seeing sporting events, or participating in water sports. If you’re looking to get intimate with parts of the city you might otherwise never see, this tour from Motor City Photography Workshops (http://motorcityphotoworkshops.com/) gives you the chance to check out abandoned buildings and get photography tips from a pro. Best of all, you can commemorate your tour on Instagram to earn accolades from all of your followers.