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Making Memories to Last a Lifetime in Detroit

Most of us dream of making happy memories that last a lifetime when we take trips as a family. These are dedicated times for us to be together, after all, and they provide the opportunity to step back and appreciate what we have. For children, in particular, the time you spend away will be something to cherish forever. And, you don’t even need to take a massive round-the-world trip to ensure that’s the case. A properly planned staycation can be just as impactful, and may even create happier memories thanks to the ability to pack light and travel easily. Even better, the United States is home to some of the best staycation destinations in the world, including iconic Detroit. Detroit is Michigan’s largest city and the original home of Motown. Making memories to last a lifetime in Detroit with your family includes some of the following unique opportunities:

1. Ride The People Mover and QLine

Detroit is famed for its automotive industry, and this is on full display with unique Detroit-based forms of travel. The above-ground People Mover has been synonymous with the city since as far back as 1989. This elevated 2.9-mile looped rail system is unlike anything you have seen before and is guaranteed to impress everyone in your party, especially the kids.

Detroit’s unique driving experiences don’t end there. You could also hop on the City’s QLine, a unique bus service that runs every 15 minutes and will take you past iconic sites like Michigan Science Center and Fox Theater in unforgettable style. 

2. Book a Show at Little Caesars

Little Caesars Arena is a real hot spot in Detroit and incorporates a unique plastic roof design with a large concourse that attracts some of the best acts in the world. As well as being home to the Detroit Red Wings, the arena hosts concerts from big names like Jennifer Lopez and Usher, and even family events like Disney on Ice. Any of these once-in-a-lifetime concerts could make for the best, most memorable Detroit trip ever. Simply make sure to book well in advance and look at hotels close to Little Caesars Arena to make your life easier. Alternatively, you can reach the arena via the Adelaide/Sproat Street stop on the QLine. 

3. Take an Evening Cruise

The Detroit River is one of the busiest waterways in the world, and it’s a stunningly iconic backdrop to the city’s scenery. As if that weren’t enough, the Detroit Princess Riverboat offers evening cruises that could see your whole family enjoying dinner as the sun sets behind the Detroit city line. Setting off from Hart Plaza, this cruise will see you sailing past sights including the Renaissance Center and Belle Isle. Cruises even benefit from some iconic live Motown music onboard. Detroit evenings don’t get better, and each member of your family is sure to remember such a special night.

4. See the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

This historic botanical conservatory is a real jewel in Detroit, located on Belle Isle – a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River. It’s a great place to visit any time of the year. Step inside and experience lush foliage and palm trees, along with beautiful blossoms. Another plus? Admission is by donation, so pay what you can afford. Making memories to last a lifetime in Detroit will certainly include this top-notch experience with your family.

5. Explore Several Detroit Museums

  • Motown Museum is located in the original headquarters and recording studio for Motown Records with a collection of authentic artifacts, photos, costumes and other memorabilia associated with the Motown music scene.
  • The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the birthplace of the Model T. This plant helped usher in the automotive age.
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest art collections in the United States. Artworks date from the earliest civilizations to the present. Collections include creative works from Africa and indigenous Americas, ancient Middle Eastern Art, European sculptures, Islam, the performing arts, puppets, and drawings & photographs.
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans. This state-of-the-art facility in Detroit’s Midtown champions the stories of African Americans.
  • Michigan Science Center engages its patrons with lots of hands-on activities, fascinating exhibits, theater presentations, and fun programs — especially for the kids. You can’t go wrong including a visit!

While you may not have time to visit them all, seeing a few of these state-of-the-art museums will be a highlight as you are making memories to last a lifetime in Detroit.


Vacation memories should last forever. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a wonderful family vacation or staycation. You’ll definitely be making memories that last a lifetime in Detroit when you include some or all of these unique opportunities. Sit down with your family and start planning a trip you’ll never forget!

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