Ahoy there! How about spending a day exploring everything ships, boats and other watercraft?
Featuring the nautical history of the Great Lakes, this small yet inviting museum in Detroit has more than you could ever learn about the ships that have navigated the waters nearby. And being located on an island, it’s a great day out, even for land lubbers.
On the urban island of Belle Isle, The Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit (100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit MI), features nautical artifacts dating as far back as 300 years.
Exhibitions include the actual pilot house from the William Clay Ford (built in 1952 and scrapped in 1987), the reconstructed gentleman’s lounge of the City of Detroit III (early 1900’s), one of the fastest hydroplane boats ever built (reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour), the bow anchor of the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald, naval canons from 1812, and more.
If you don’t know what some of these are, visiting the museum is a great way to find out. There’s also one of the largest collections of scale model ships in the world.
And after a major renovation in May 2013, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum saw the addition of a new exhibit, “Built by the River,” focusing on the Detroit River’s influence on its namesake city.
Best of all, admission is FREE!
The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is only open on weekends, and until 5pm.
You can always get even more mileage from of this idea by spending the rest of the day at Belle Isle Park. Sitting almost on the border with Canada, the park sits on 982 acres land on the island, and it includes biking and walking trails, and a nice little half-mile swimming beach.
All ashore that’s going ashore! (couldn’t resist)
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