Birds are singing, the days are getting longer and the temperatures are beginning to rise, which must mean one thing: Spring is in the air. After more than a year of being in lockdown, everyone is itching for some fun in the sun, including the city’s single population.
Detroit is home to many notable date attractions, but now that Spring fever is here, residents are finding ways to become reacquainted with the city and date while still staying safe.
Voted best riverwalk in the country by 10Best Readers Choice Awards, the Detroit Riverwalk remains a dominant force in the city. Known for its sweeping views of the Detroit River and a clear look across to Canada, the 3.5 mile route is a nice quiet atmosphere for couples to have picnics, leisure walks or enjoy a bike ride along its trail.
Despite the pandemic, the Detroit RiverWalk has remained open and accessible to all Michiganders. Typically displaying it’s beauty to over three million people annually, the expansive waterfront did see a decrease in foot traffic during the height of COVID. Now that restrictions are beginning to life, the RiverWalk can now continue to serve the city’s singles for a host of date nights.
For a little more action, an unlikely attraction may be the perfect space for a date. Also located in downtown Detroit, the Z Lot. Although a parking structure, the Z Lot is a prime location to catch the sun set (or rise) over the city. It is also home to over 100 murals.
Located within walking distance from the Z Lot, The Belt is an alleyway with shops, bars and lively entertainment. Despite it being an alley, one of The Belt’s most popular bars, The Skip, serves up fun frozen drinks that can transport the date from the city to the islands. Set to reopen to the public in April, The Skip also offers food options to complete the date.
For nature lovers, take a ride to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Lion, and tigers and bears are no match for the zoo’s butterfly exhibit. The Butterfly Garden houses over 25 species of butterflies flown in from Costa Rica and El Salvador as the Zoo purchases over 250 butterfly pupae, or adult caterpillars, each week.
Couples will be able to gain free access to the Butterfly Garden with the purchase of Zoo tickets. Couples can also enjoy a continental breakfast with the butterflies as their backdrop. Breakfast With The Butterflies is an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day lives of butterflies and have close interactions with them.
To continue on nature dates, Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan, is just a twenty minute ride from the downtown Detroit region and is home to the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Here, couples will be able to enjoy the botanical gardens and take pictures among the flower exhibits and trees. While the gardens do not open to the public until the end of April, just in time for Earth Day, private tours are available and can be scheduled during the week.
For those looking for a little adventure, the TreeRunner Adventure Park located in West Bloomfield is an aerial adventure park where guests are able to go through obstacle courses while suspended from a tree canopy. Couples can zip line, climb cargo nets and choose courses based on varying degrees of difficulty.
The adventure park features over 250 obstacles, more than 40 zip lines, 14 trails and six levels of difficulty to keep even the most skilled athletes tested.
Daters who want to be immersed in the arts, The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art space open to the community to promote urban community art. Created by Tyree Guyton and was officially incorporated in 1988. For more than 30 years, the exhibit has grown and been a place for residents to enjoy a unique display of artistic expression.
Once known as an eyesore and the cause of community debates for some time, The Heidelberg Project is now a revered site in Detroit and is the site of foot traffic.
With these cool date spots, couples will be in full bloom this Spring.