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Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Detroit

(Credit Bob Levey/Getty Images) (Credit Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Skip the bars and check out the variety of nightlife Detroit has to offer. More than just martinis and microbrews, the metropolitan area has a wide range of fun activities to do at night. Get creative and watch a movie at the drive-in theatre, settle in for some laughs at a comedy club or sail into the moonlit river on an evening cruise. Whatever is on the agenda for the night, it will definitely be memorable.

Riverside Arena (Credit, Nicole Wrona)

Riverside Arena
36635 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-3540

Riverside Arena offers roller skating for all ages, Wednesday through Sunday. Each skating session features a different theme, such as retro music and Top 40 hits. Music blasts through the speakers while skaters race by. At various times throughout the session, special group activities are coordinated that include all skaters. Special events are held, such as a magic show or a live organ session, and rental of in-line or traditional skates are available if you don't have your own pair.

Detroit Princess Riverboat
Motown Dinner + Moonlight Cruise
201 Civic Center Drive
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 338-2628

Sail along the moonlit river every Saturday for a special Motown Dinner or Moonlight Cruise on the Detroit Princess Riverboat. See the city from a unique perspective as the skyline glitters in the distance. The boat has observation decks that offer breathtaking views. Dinner is served aboard the boat, then hit the dance floor and dance the night away to popular music and Motown classics.

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Ford Drive-In
10400 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 846-6910

The Ford Drive-In is a fully operational drive-in theatre that shows movies every night of the week. Blockbusters and major releases can all be seen from the comfort of the car, with plenty of space available for large crowds. There are five huge screens and each ticket includes a double feature. Films include a wide range of family films, action flicks and comedies. What better way to view a favorite film than snuggled up from the front seat?

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Thunderbowl Lanes (Credit, Nicole Wrona)

Thunderbowl Lanes
4200 Allen Road
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 928-4688

Thunderbowl Lanes has everything needed for a fun night. Grab some fashionable bowling shoes, find the correct size bowling ball and get ready to bowl over the competition. Different areas feature themes such as top 50 music, unique lighting and an arcade to play games. Bowlers that want to dance can step onto the dance floor and boogie down.

Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
310 South Troy St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 542-9900

Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle has the funniest comedians from across the country on its stage. Get ready for an evening of laughter and fun. Open mic nights are held for budding comedians, and the stage also features big name acts. Three acts perform for each event, including breaking talent, a professional local comedian, followed by the headliner who is usually a known national name. Get ready to laugh the night away.

Head to CBS Detroit's Best Of page for more local tips on family fun, shopping, nightlife, food,culture and more!

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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