7 Holiday weekend hot spots: Family-friendly activities you've never tried

(WXYZ) - Looking for something to do this 4th of July weekend? Here are 7 suggestions for things you may not have thought to try!


The 7 First Alert Forecast calls for highs in the 80s Saturday and Sunday. Keep the kids cool at watering holes like the Plymouth Township Sprayscape which features water canons for all ages or the Romulus Athletic Center to relax on the lazy river or ride wildly down the two-story slide.


Parked on the Detroit Riverwalk is Wheelhouse Detroit where families can rent two-wheeled rides of all shapes and sizes. Head north to Milliken State Park and atop the hill you'll find an unparalleled view of the city and the ideal place to picnic. After you grub, sign the family up for a $25 Detroit tour of everything from architecture to public art.


No it's not a mirage, Campus Martius , in the heart of downtown Detroit has been transformed into a beach for the summer. Complete with colorful lawn chairs and umbrellas, parents can treat themselves to a cocktail on Friday evenings while kids builds castles. Burn off the extra calories when you come back Saturday for sand aerobics or yoga.


Summer Discovery Cruises on Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair feature educational and fun family trips on the water. Learn from a biologist about the types of fish found in the lakes or investigate the remains of a sunken mystery ship. Cruises range from a couple to several hours and cost at most $25 for adults.

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

This museum is listed in the World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S. The museum houses tons of coin operated machines from 1960s to now.


Drive-in movie theater

Watch movies from a whole new view. Pile your family and friends into the car to visit the Ford Drive-In. It's open everyday as soon as the sun goes down. You can even see two movies for the price of one. Another great place to see a drive-in movie is at the Compuware arena in Plymouth, Mich. Visit one near you.



Detroit Institute of Arts

This venue allows you and your family to bring out your inner artist. Did you know that every weekend the DIA has drop-in workshops? Everyone is invited to learn how to make anything from dream catchers to Chinese slate books to magnets and much, much more.


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