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Winter Break Staycation in Detroit

Winter in Michigan is cold but it doesn't have to be boring!  We are only a few days away from Winter Break which means my kids will be home for 16 days from school.  While this is a great opportunity to relax at home and make forts while binge watching old movies,  it is also a great opportunity to plan a staycation.

My list of things to do within the Detroit area is endless.  I am always finding new things to do and there's so much to see and do. Instead of creating a list for myself, I thought I'd share.

Rochester Big Bright Light Show

The Big Bright Light Show downtown Rochester is worth a visit!  Make a day out of it.  Head down early and go shopping on Main Street and then dine at one of the many restaurants.  Kids love dining at Red Knapp's Dairy Bar where you will find the best milkshakes around!  Since you are downtown Rochester it is worth heading over to the Royal Park Hotel lobby and checking out the Gingerbread Forest display.

Campus Martius Skating Rink

Skating downtown during the holidays is so much fun.  The brightly lit tree and decorated area puts everyone into the holiday spirit. 

Detroit Institute of Arts

If you live within Oakland, Macomb, and Macomb counties, you receive FREE unlimited visits to the DIA.  On any given weekend you will find activities for families with children of all ages.  Everything from free movies at the theatre to arts and crafts. 

American Coney Island versus Lafayette Coney Island

On the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lafayette is where you will find the Detroit coney.  The Detroit famous coney is known for its chili, raw onion, and mustard.   Recently, we stopped into Lafayette and grabbed a coney dog.  The menu is simple with just coneys, fries, and soup.  Next time we will have to head over to American Coney to decide which one is our favorite place. The coney restaurants are right next door to each other and have been in rivalry since the 1930's on who has the best coney.  Decide for yourself and head downtown for a coney dog!

Belle Isle Conservatory

Do you want to escape a winter day and feel like you are on an exotic tropical vacation!?!  Visit the Belle Isle Conservatory and walk through The Palm House and learn about exotic and rare plants around the world.  Visiting the conservatory is completely free.  You will need a state park pass to enter Belle Isle.  

Spongebob has been a belly laugh for many families.  December 24-29th Spongebob is at The Fox Theatre.  A family night at the theatre is a special evening and makes for a great staycation.  Use the promo code PATRICK to receive $10.00 off your admission.  

List of staycation ideas in and around Detroit.

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  1. I think we've made a dent in this list already! Spent Christmas Eve at Campus Martius (but they were all out of ice skates!), then drove home through Rochester. Hubs skis at Pine Knob regularly (heading out later today), and our son is really hoping we get a chance to see the Sponge Bob show at the Fox!

    1. They were out of skates! Oh no! That is a good sign for the rink but what a bummer. We are going to try and get the the aquarium tomorrow.

  2. This is so exciting! You have visited a lot of beautiful places! I think that you won't stop on them and your next goal will be visiting and discovering new American cities.


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