When the mercury rises above 90 degrees most Michiganders lose their cool. If you don’t have central air conditioning — relax because we’ve got you covered. Head to one of the places listed or linked below to stay cool in Detroit.

Libraries Are So Cool

Wayne State University Library

5150 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202

One of the best places to go on a hot day is the library. It’s air conditioned and there’s no lack of entertainment. Wayne State University Libraries rank among the top 60 libraries in the Association for Research Libraries. The WSU library system consists of five major libraries and an ALA-accredited School of Library and Information Science. Even though libraries are located on a college campus, they are all open to the public. Resources include article databases, digital collections and commons, e-books, e-journals, print reserves and multi-level computer labs.

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Malls & Shopping Centers

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

4000 Baldwin Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(877) 746-7452

Enjoy the climate controlled joy while hunting for some quality finds at a great price. Reinvented as an outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossing houses factory and “last call” stores for banana republic, Coach, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lord & Taylor and more for a total of 185 stores. This mall boasts over 25 stores and restaurants that can’t be found anywhere else in Michigan, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Disney Store Outlet, Rainforest Café, Victoria’s Secret Outlet and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. MoreBest Outlet Malls, Best Shopping Centers

Red Oaks Waterpark

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Waterparks – Soak It Up

Red Oaks Waterpark

1455 E 13 Mile Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-6990

Quick review – The park features include a triple water slide, huge wave pool, lazy river and soak zone. Admission is around $15. Don’t forget to bring quarters for the lockers.

H2O Zone Westland

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H2O Zone Sprayground In Westland

Tattan Park
South of Ford Rd. on Carlson
Westland, MI
(734) 722-7620

Admission is free! Take the kids to splash like crazy at the H2O Zone in Tattan Park. This state-of-the-art 6500 square feet facility includes 15 in-ground water features and an 18-foot helicopter that dumps water from its spinning top rotor.

Cooling Center

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Community Cooling Centers – Hey, It’s Free!

Area communities are opening their doors to the public to come in and cool off. Not only will you feel refreshed from the air conditioning, you’ll probably get to know a couple of your neighbors.

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Movie Theaters – Epic Climate Control

Detroit Film Theatre

5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 833-7900

Summer blockbusters are coming out every week so there’s no shortage of films to see. Make sure you grab a frozen drink while you’re at it. Best Detroit Movie Theaters and Alternative Theaters.

The Detroit Film Theatre is part of the Detroit Institute of Arts and is located in the rear of the museum. The theater itself is a gorgeous historical venue with a balcony and a small café. Their programming includes foreign language films, documentaries and old black and white movies. Occasionally they offer films with a live orchestra accompaniment!

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Let’s Go To The Beach!

Okay, this isn’t Southern California, but Michigan is the Great Lakes state. We have more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,500 miles of rivers — no matter where you live there’s probably a beach or swimming hole within a few miles. More – Best Beaches In Detroit

Stony Creek Metropark

4300 Main Park Road
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 781-4242

Stony Creek Metropark straddles three townships – Washington Township and Oakland Charter Township, with a small portion in Shelby Township. There are two beaches on Stony Creek lake, one of which (Eastwood) features life guards.

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