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2016 Bucket List: 10 Things to do in Detroit this Year

10 things to do in detroit this year

Welcome to 2016! We’re excited for a new year full of new experiences, events and happenings. Since Detroit is such a large city, there is a lot to see and do. There is a lot we haven’t done yet and know that we shouldn’t miss for another year. That is why we are bringing your 2016 Bucket List: 10 Things to Do in Detroit this Year.

1. Check out a few of the Best Brunches picked out by Detroit’s Top Chefs

Thrillist did an article outlining the Best Brunch spots around Detroit that were selected by some of Detroit’s top chefs. While we want to try them all, we’ve narrowed it down to a few to tackle this year. We want to try: La Dolce Vita, a tucked away spot with an atrium for a calming atmosphere, and bottomless mimosas!

We also plan on checking out Café Muse in Royal Oak! This cozy European style eater has a brunch menu featuring items like Ricotta and Lemon Pancakes with a Housemade Blueberry Maple Syrup and the Exotic Mushroom Scramble with Boursin Cheese & Truffle Oil. It sounds like a great place for foodies.

We’ll also visit The Dime Store for a hip brunch experience. It is an American Brunch Bar with yummy dishes like omelets, breakfast sandwiches, a variety of hash dishes, eggs benedict dishes and sandwiches. Honestly, while reading over the menu, it all sounds good!

2. Visit a cider mill

Yates Cider Mill 2

Michigan ranks third in the nation in apple growing. So of course, we’ve got some killer cider mills. Most offer tours and we want to check out at least one this year. Venture outside of Detroit to Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301) and try their notable Cider Slush with a side of donuts. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307) is another popular cider mill we hope to check out.

3. Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Corktown

 Nowhere else does St. Patrick’s Day quite like Corktown.  Yhisyear we vow to spend the day watching the parade, drinking green beer and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. It is a festive event we don’t want to miss!

4. Go to the Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit has quite an exciting past. Check out the Detroit Historical Museum and learn about Detroit from yesteryear. Find out about the fur trappers, rum runners and Civil War forts. It is a fun, educational and FREE thing to do in Detroit. Detroit Historical Museum – 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

5. Explore Greektown

Located just northeast of Downtown Detroit, Greektown is along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets, and is a lively part of town. It is a historical and entertainment district with a lot to see, do and taste. The Greektown Casino is a popular attraction here but there are a ton of bars and restaurants serving up delicious Greek food to try.

6. Visit Cranbrook’s gardens

Cranbrook House and Gardens covers 319-acres and is home to forests, gardens and even a lake! Open May through October, Cranbook is a cultural center with art, events, and plenty of grounds for you to get closer to nature. There are programs and events happening during their open season for you to enjoy. Cranbrook House and Gardens – 380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 4830

7. Go to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum


Admission is FREE to this wacky arcade and historical museum. Bring the kiddos and let them check out all of the vintage games.  Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum – 31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

8. Visit Hamtramck Disneyland

Hamtrack Detroit

Hamtramck Disneyland is a bizarre place in Detroit, but you have to go at least once. Built by a Ukranian man in the 90s, Hamtramck Disneyland is an installation on top of 2 adjacent garages, with a mixture of old and new objects put together to create an art installation. It is a one of a kind display and you have to see it with your own eyes.

9. Eat “The Triple Threat” at Slows BarBQ

Slows BarBQ is a Corktown institution along Michigan Avenue. This hot spot is serving up delicious barbecue, craft beers and comfort food. “The Triple Threat” is well loved dish that is known for its size and heartiness. What is on it? Applewood bacon, pulled pork and ham stacked high and mighty on a soft bun. It sounds awesome.  Slows BarBQ – 2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

10. Eat the Chicken and Waffles at New Center Eatery

new center eatery

Can you tell we like eating? New Center Eatery has the best chicken and waffles in Detroit and we are dying to get our hands (and mouths) on it! Aptly called “Detroit’s Original Home of Chicken Waffles” this counter-serve spot is a favorite for locals.  Plus they’ve got many different varieties of chicken and waffles, like Magnolia’s Country Special (Golden fried breast smothered with gravy and a delicious Belgian Waffle topped with butter and strawberries) and The Chief (A banana flavored Belgian Waffle. Topped with Banana Fosters sauce, fresh bananas, strawberries and Cool Whip. Served with 4 buffalo style wings). YUM!  New Center Eatery 3100 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

There you have it! This is our 2016 Bucket List: 10 Things to Do in Detroit this Year! What do you think? How many of these have you already done? Create your own bucket list with things you want to see, do and try around Detroit. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest tips and content on all things eat, shop and play around Detroit and our Urbane communities.

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