The question we get most is ‘Have you been there?’. Of course we can’t go to every event but we do go to A LOT! Even with all its craziness in 2020 our team went to over 100 places and events in metro Detroit! We’re recapping 2020 to give you ideas for the year ahead!


The All-Stars

  1. Blake Farms (Armada)
  2. Valade Park (Detroit)
  3. Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison Township)
  4. Maybury State Park (Northville)
  5. Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve (Southfield)
  6. Hawthorne Ridge Dirt + Pump Bike Tracks (Westland)
  7. Innovation Hills (Rochester)
  8. Lower Huron Metropark Playground (Belleville)



  1. Belle Isle
  2. Belle Isle Nature Center
  3. Dequindre Cut
  4. Detroit Abloom
  5. Detroit City Football Club
  6. Detroit Kite Festival
  7. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  8. DNR Outdoor Adventure Center
  9. Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront
  10. Riverside Skate Park
  11. Palmer Park
  12. Detroit Historical Museum
  13. Detroit Institute of Arts



  1. County Farm Park (Ann Arbor)
  2. Booth Park (Birmingham)
  3. Beverly Park (Beverly Hills)
  4. Scarlet Playground (Commerce)
  5. Summit Gardens (Howell)
  6. Lakeshore Park (Novi)
  7. Rotary Park (Livonia)
  8. Merriman Hallow (Westland)
  9. Shepherd Park (Oak Park)
  10. Kiwanis Train Park (Southgate)
  11. Bauervic Woods Park (Southfield)
  12. Hess-Hathaway (Waterford)


Adventure Awaits

  1. Fox Science Preserve (Ann Arbor)
  2. Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Ann Arbor)
  3. Crosswinds Marsh (New Boston)
  4. International Wildlife Refuge (Trenton)
  5. Downtown Wyandotte Riverwalk


Nature Centers + Trails

  1. Bird Hills Nature Area (Ann Arbor)
  2. Parker Mill Park (Ann Arbor)
  3. E.L. Johnson Nature Center (Bloomfield Township)
  4. Rouge Trailhead (Dearborn)
  5. Farmington Nature Center
  6. Heritage Park Nature Trail (Farmington)
  7. Seven Lakes State Park (Holly)
  8. Holly Recreation Area (Holly)
  9. Virginia Matley Nature Trail (Livonia)
  10. Tatigan Park and Nature Preserve (Livonia)
  11. Bald Mountain State Recreation Area (Orion Township)
  12. Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (Rochester)
  13. Paint Creek Trail (Rochester)
  14. Elizabeth Park (Trenton)
  15. West Bloomfield Nature Center
  16. Hines Drive (Westland)


Animal Party

  1. Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
  2. The Reptarium (Utica)
  3. Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Howell Nature Center (Howell)
  5. Kensington Farm Center (Milford)
  6. Maybury Farm (Northville)
  7. Wolcott Farm Center (Ray)
  8. Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor)



  1. Michigan Science Center (Detroit)
  2. U of M Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor)
  3. SEA LIFE Michigan (Auburn Hills)
  4. Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills)
  5. Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  6. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (Ann Arbor)
  7. Sloan Museum of Discovery (Flint)



  1. Baldwin Library (Birmingham)
  2. Clinton-Macomb Public Library
  3. Farmington Community Library
  4. Southfield Public Library
  5. West Bloomfield Public Library


Timeless Favorites

  1. Cranbrook House & Gardens (Bloomfield Hills)
  2. Fair Lane House (Dearborn)
  3. Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores)
  4. Historic Mill Race Village (Northville)
  5. Troy Historic Village (Troy)


Indoor Activities

  1. LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Auburn Hills)
  2. DEFY Detroit (Commerce)
  3. Stemville (Northville)
  4. Kidcadia (Dearborn)
  5. Livonia Aquatic Center (Livonia)
  6. Urban Air Adventure Park (Sterling Heights)
  7. Troy Aquatic Center (Troy)
  8. Yoyo’s Fun Center (Westland)


Make A Splash

  1. Sterling State Park (Monroe)
  2. Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center (Belleville) 
  3. Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach (Harrison Township)
  4. Water Warrior Island (Lake Orion)
  5. Dodge Park Splash Pad (Sterling Heights)
  6. Lily Pad Springs (West Bloomfield)
  7. Dodge #4 State Park (Waterford)
  8. Blue Heron Bay Spray Park (Whitmore Lake) 
  9. Thorn Park Splash Pad (Woodhaven)


Fall Favorites

  1. Hallowe’en @ Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  2. Cider in The City (Detroit)
  3. Skeletons Are Alive (Northville)
  4. Parmenter’s Cider Mill (Northville)
  5. Scarecrows in The Park (Plymouth)
  6. Goodison Cider Mill (Rochester)
  7. Yates Cider Mill (Rochester)
  8. Rochester Cider Mill (Rochester)
  9. Paint Creek Cider Mill (Rochester)
  10. Wiard’s Country Fair (Ypsilanti)


Shows + Special Events

  1. Hockeytown Winterfest (Detroit)
  2. Sesame Street Live (Detroit)
  3. Disney On Ice (Detroit)
  4. Tinkering for Tots (Dearborn)
  5. Glenlore Trails (Commerce)


Holiday Magic

  1. Holiday Nights (Dearborn)
  2. Light Up Beacon Park (Detroit)
  3. Bostick Family Light Show (Garden City)
  4. Santa @ Spicers (Fenton)
  5. Plymouth Tree Festival (Plymouth)
  6. Wild Lights (Royal Oak)
  7. Wayne County Lights (Westland)



About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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