As Detroit heats up for what will likely be the last time in 2015, it’s time to take advantage of temperatures in the 70’s and enjoy a bike ride, al fresco dining, scenic walks, and other parts of city life we loved so much in summer, spring and early fall.
There’s so much to do – and so little time! Here are five things to enjoy this week during our early November warm up – while the warm weather lasts!
Grab a Zagster (or any bike) and Go!
Downtown Detroit’s wide roads make for a very bike-friendly city. You can also cycle on bike paths including the Dequindre Cut (see more details below) along the Detroit River, and more.
Don’t have a bike? Rent a Zagster from one of several downtown locations and go for a ride. Click HERE for a complete list of locations where you can borrow a bike using the key from inside the lockbox, ride and return. You can also rent a variety of bikes (including a tandem bicycle for two and children’s bikes) from Wheelhouse Detroit. Click HERE for more information.
There’s nothing like the sun glistening on the Detroit River, the gentle breeze, and the beautiful views! The leaves are saffron, the fountains are still flowing, and the weather is perfect for walking along the riverfront.
While you’re strolling past our scenic international border, check out the new Outdoor Adventure Center (1801 Atwater St.), which recently opened in the historic Globe Building. The Outdoor Adventure Center’s slogan, “Bringing ‘up north’ to downtown Detroit,” says it all; waterfalls, fishing boats, snowmobile simulators, and so much more are waiting for you.
Get a Jolt of Creativity with Public Art at The Belt
Turn a corner off Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Streets and you’ll find something rarely seen in Detroit: a cobblestone alley. This is The Belt, a public art installation adorned with world-renowned street art and neon lights. Post your Indian summer selfie on Instagram standing in front of “Geisha” by Hush, or sitting atop colorful benches while staring Shepard Fairey’s original works. From Vhils to Revok, The Belt delivers the best in modern street art, a splash of color, and an inspiring hideaway in the heart of downtown.
Dine Al Fresco
Take in the foliage and the fresh air one last time by dining outside in downtown Detroit. Central Kitchen + Bar, Townhouse, Fountain Bistro, 7 Greens, and Hudson Café are just some of the places with outdoor seating. Or, bring your lunch out to Campus Martius Park where they’re installing the city’s 60-foot Christmas tree. For tasty fall dishes to grab around town, check out this Bedrocktober post on Detroit’s fall flavors.
The Dequindre Cut
The Dequindre Cut is a unique experience! This 1.35-mile greenway is a below-street level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge, just north of the riverfront. It was created along an abandoned Grand Truck Western Railroad line (yes, it’s affiliated with the train station-turned-restaurant on Woodward Avenue) and has become a popular bikeway and walkway complete with exercise equipment, artwork, and plenty of scenic stops along the way. The best part? The path is blanketed with beautiful autumn leaves. What a great way to experience fall in Detroit!
What are your favorite spots in the city to enjoy before the weather turns cold? Sound off in the comments below!