7 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Detroit, Michigan

The Belt | © Nate Burgos/Flickr
The Belt | © Nate Burgos/Flickr
Photo of Tim Marklew
18 February 2018

Bored of staying in? Done with the same old dinner and a movie? Not to worry, there are plenty of unusual but romantic dates to be had in Detroit, aka the “Paris of the Midwest.” Fancy trying your hand at a sport invented in the city, or pressing a vinyl of your own song? Keep reading for these quirky date ideas and more.

Record your own single at Third Man

At Third Man Records’ Cass Corridor location, they have a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that can record up to two minutes of audio and press it onto a 6″ phonograph disc, so you and your date can have a fun date recording a song or message and have a permanent memento to take away with you.

441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 209 5205

Check out the Belt

Since 2013, this downtown alley between Broadway and Library St has been turned into a prime space for public art. Named for its location in a former garment district, the Belt features murals and installations from local, national and international artists. Be sure to grab a cocktail from The Skip while you’re there.

The Belt, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 600 7443


The Belt | © Nate Burgos/Flickr

Try fowling at the Fowling Warehouse

For the uninitiated, the game of fowling was started in Detroit in 2001 and involves knocking down bowling pins with a football. The Fowling Warehouse is owned and operated by the man behind the game, Chris Hutt, and has been open since 2014. Food trucks, a large beer menu and live music ensure a fun date for all.

3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, MI, USA +1 313 264 1288

We have some funkadelic tunes playing in the warehouse today. Come #sundayfunday with us

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Enjoy the “thinking person’s happy hour”

Hanging out in a science museum doesn’t scream romantic date, but once a month the Michigan Science Center hosts its After Dark evening for adults only, described as the “thinking person’s happy hour.” Each event has a theme, previous themes have included vintage video games and cosplay, and guests get a specialty drink included with the admission.

5020 John R St, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 577 8400

Take a class at the Mirepoix Cooking School

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Enjoy a nice date and learn something while you’re at it with a class at Royal Oak’s Mirepoix Cooking School. With classes ranging from Italian Comfort Food and Mediterranean Delights to Indian and Asian cuisines, it may be a pricey date, but you can’t put a price on education, or fun.

Tour the spectacular Masonic Temple

Built in 1926, the iconic Masonic Temple is a massive and splendid example of the decadence of 1920s Detroit. With over 1,000 rooms as well as a number of luxurious theaters and ballrooms to see, tours take place on the first and third Sundays of the month at 3 p.m, unless you pay extra for a custom-scheduled tour, which could be pretty romantic.

500 Temple St, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 832 7100

Get nostalgic at the Ford Wyoming Drive In Theatre

It wouldn’t always have been an unusual date but these days drive-in cinemas are harder to find. Luckily for Detroiters, Dearborn’s Ford Wyoming Drive In Theatre is the world’s largest drive-in with five screens showing double features every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Two films for the price of one and a fully stocked refreshment stand make for a pretty great date.

10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI, USA +1 313 846 6910