As the temperatures drop and snow covers the ground, many Dearborn locals take to their homes, intending to hibernate the winter away. What they don’t know is that Metro Detroit and our own dear Dearborn are filled with fun and frosty things to do all winter long.
From family-friendly events focused on the wonders of winter to attractions that will shield you against the chill, there’s always something fun to do if you’re willing to brave the weather. Here are our top eight picks for things to do in Dearborn and Metro Detroit this winter.
1. Have a Blast at Winter Blast
If you think there’s nothing to do this winter, you haven’t experienced Winter Blast. For four weekends in January and February, you and your family can enjoy a plethora of winter activities at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, including ice sculptures, ice skating, local bands and roasting marshmallows. The best part is that each weekend festival is free!
2. Do as the Polar Bears Do
Enjoy the Arctic wildlife at the Detroit Zoo. Although some exhibits and attractions are closed for the season, a variety of habitats remain open all year long. The zoo even hosts fun winter events that you and your kids are sure to enjoy, such as Wild Winter, where you can get up close and personal with animals who love these colder months, and Cubs’ Choice Dance, a fun evening of dancing that your kids will love.
3. Take in a Show
Let the warmth of stage lights keep you toasty from the frigid night air as you take in a show at one of Dearborn’s or Metro Detroit’s many performing arts venues. The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center features entertainment the whole winter through. Or, head into the city for an evening at the theater, such as the Detroit Repertory Theatre, the oldest professional non-profit playhouse in Michigan.
4. Fowling, Anyone?
If you love football and you have a hankering to bowl, why not mix it up with Metro Detroit’s favorite pastime? Invented by Detroiters, this game blends the two sports in a zany activity that people of all ages enjoy. The best part is that you can experience your Fowling adventure indoors at nearby Hamtramck’s The Fowling Warehouse.
5. A Day at the Museum — Or Lots of Museums
Cold weather is the best time to stray indoors to one of our area’s world-class museums. Dearborn and Detroit feature a huge variety of museums to suit any interest. Want to see how the region got its start in the days of Henry Ford? You may want to plan a whole day to roam the expansive Henry Ford Museum. Or learn about our region’s Arabic culture at the Arab American National Museum. Nearby Detroit has tons of additional options:
6. Rock On!
You don’t need to plan a trip to some rocky precipice to find world-class rock climbing. Our own Planet Rock lets you scale walls and scramble up to some high heights in an indoor rock climbing gym like no other. They’ll outfit you with all the gear you need and ensure you and your family get safety tips before trying out this adventurous pastime.
7. Cars From Around the World
The Motor City is proud to play host to the most incredible automobiles from around the world every winter. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is every car lovers’ dream, with old favorites and new wonders alike.
8. Get Seasonal at TRIA – An American Brasserie
Seasonal dining doesn’t just mean spring veggies or fall harvest favorites. TRIA brings the best of each season to our menu with our rotation of dishes featuring meals that highlight local, sustainable ingredients. To reserve your place at our table for breakfast, lunch or dinner, contact us today.