Do you want to get away somewhere close to home? There are plenty of options to choose from that are close to Detroit. You can take a quick getaway from Detroit in less than a few hours. Consider exploring one of the following weekend trips.
Frankenmuth is about an hour and a half away from Detroit and is a commonplace to visit among Michigan residents. Downtown Frankenmuth is home to unique shops ranging from used and rare books, radio control cars, and novelty socks. If drinking is more of your speed, take a trip over to the Grand Traverse Distillery for spirits or Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan’s first brewery, for some beer. This location gives you a change of pace and has a small-town feel, making it great for both families and individuals to enjoy.
If you are looking for top breweries, entertainment, and culture, add Kalamazoo to your list. It is located about two hours and fifteen minutes away from Detroit. There are more than a dozen breweries in this city, pushing it to the top of Michigan’s craft beer scene. The downtown entertainment district provides a great nightlife, with clubs ranging from an upscale piano lounge to a downhome country saloon. From small-town lounges to larger, more popular venues, you will have your fair share of entertainment options. If you are not looking to party, Kalamazoo also has ten theater venues, fantastic art museums, and historical sites.
The state capital of Michigan is about an hour and a half away from Detroit. While in Lansing, you can explore the state capitol and the Michigan Historical Museum. The city has many historical sites as well as more than a dozen wineries, breweries, and distilleries to taste and tour. Afterward, you can take a relaxing ride on an old-fashioned riverboat. Let’s not forget, you can bring the entire family to visit Lansing to enjoy great football.
If you’ve got a passport, grab it and take a trip across the border to Canada. London, Ontario, is about two hours away from Detroit and is full of history, the arts, and culture. There’s no shortage of museums to visit either, focusing on various topics such as the railroad, archeology in Ontario, and the history of the radar. With the recreated longhouse village of Ska-Nah-Doht and an ice culture tour also available, you will not have a lack of options when it comes to cultural activities.
Port Clinton, OH (Put-In-Bay)
You can get two for one with this location. Port Clinton is a lakefront town about an hour and 40 minutes away from Detroit. On the mainland, you can take your family to the African Safari Wildlife Park or take a stroll along its historic downtown to do some shopping. Afterward, hop on the Jet Express to ferry over to Put-In-Bay: a town on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island that’s known as the “Key West of the North”. Here you can wander the world’s largest geode at Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave, visit the antique car museum or butterfly house, play mini-golf at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, or go to the waterfront to dine with live entertainment at one of its tiki bars.