Metro Detroit Summer Guide

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Warm summer days, balmy summer nights and an abundance of greenery all work together to lure Metro Detroiters out of doors in June, July, and August. So just what does Michigan (in general) and Detroit, in particular, have to offer in terms of temperature, climate, landscape and recreational activity? As it turns out, plenty.

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    Just how warm does it get? Well, let's put it this way, there are more days with temperatures in the 70s or 80s than in the 90s, so it's all good! However, summer in Detroit has its downsides, including mosquitoes, the occasional tornado and/or a day (or three) over 100 degrees. 

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    The unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day Weekend, offers a three-day weekend of warm(er) weather that convinces most of us to head outside. Of course, plenty of activities are scheduled over the weekend. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to honor the holiday itself.

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    In the summer months in Metro Detroit, it's all about getting outdoors while the getting is good. The many neighborhoods that make up the Metro-Detroit area make it easy to enjoy the warm weather by hosting music festivals, art fairs, hydroplane races and classic car cruises.

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    The Ford Fireworks are probably the most well known of the fireworks displays in the Metro-Detroit area, but plenty of other communities, parks, and even ballparks sponsor professional firework displays throughout the summer.

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    At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos, and circuses.

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    Gardening in Detroit, Michigan can be a challenge because of our crazy climate and temperature extremes; but once you get some basics down, it's pretty easy. Read on to discover tips and rules for gardening in Michigan, as well as the best bulbs, annuals, and perennials for our climate. There is also a list of public gardens in the Metro-Detroit area.

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    As might be expected, the Great "Lakes" State has plenty of swimming and beach opportunity. From small swimming holes to Great Lake beaches, the Metro Detroit area has it all. Your guide to Metro Detroit beaches and parks includes crowd information, boat rental availability, general descriptions and other amenity information.

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    Detroit's history, location, sports teams and Motown/auto roots make it a great place to vacation and explore during the summer months. Whether you choose to travel by foot, bus, car or boat, there is a sightseeing tour for you.

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    If natural ponds and lakes don't provide enough excitement for you this summer, check out the many Detroit-area water parks and slides.

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    There are several baseball teams, stadiums, and parks near Detroit, especially if you want to take in A or AAA baseball. Of course, Detroit is also home to Tigers baseball at Comerica Park.

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    Tourism is alive and well in Michigan. The Great Lake State has plenty of water-sport and sunbathing opportunities, as well as a rich history. That's why there is a long list of vacation destinations and weekend getaways in Michigan.