Kid-Friendly Tours in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Enjoy these fun tours with your family in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Whether you’re looking to get a new view of Downtown Detroit, seeing the grounds of a historical museum or enjoying the flowers and landscapes at a beautiful garden, there’s a tour for everyone.

Be sure to bring your phone or camera because there will be plenty of pics to snap along the way!

City Tour Detroit

  • Cost: $39-$46/adult, $15-$18/ages 17 and under; $75/person for 8 Mile Tour & See The D Sunset Trolley Tour of Detroit
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

Choose from tours such as See the D: Downtown Detroit Walking Tour, Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Walking Tour, 8 Mile: The Movie Sites Tour and See The D Sunset Trolley Tour of Detroit. Choose a tour to visit by foot or in their late-model vehicles.

Cranbrook House & Gardens Tour

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: Varies

Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the beautiful flowers and landscapes of Cranbrook. Tours run from June to October.

Photo credit: Eric Franchy

Detroit Segway Tours & Rides

  • Cost: $63-$108/rider
  • Duration: 1-3 hours

These Segway tours are family-friendly. Choose from Rollin’ on the Riverfront (great for locals), Urbanity (great for visitors), Strait to the Hart, Strait to the Point, The Whole Shebang and Cruise the Cut. They also offer limited dates during the holidays to see Downtown Detroit all lit up for the holidays. For ages 14 and up only.

Photo credit: Detroit Segway

Diamond Jack’s River Tours

  • Cost: $22/ages 13-59, $18/ages 60-plus, $15/ages 6-12, $5/ages 5 and under
  • Duration: 1 hour

Their sightseeing tours are a great way to view attractions along the Detroit Riverwalk. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on board. All public tours are first come, first served and admission is paid as you board the ship.

Family Friendly Zoo Tour

  • Cost: $150/6 family members
  • Duration: 1 hour

Bring your family to The Creature Conservatory to view the animals up close and without any crowds to dodge. Advanced registration is required. 

Ford House Tours

  • Cost: Vary by tour
  • Duration: Vary by tour

Choose from House Tours + Grounds Pass (tour at your own pace), Grounds Pass, Nooks & Crannies – Guided Tour, 10 Out of 10 Tour, Main Residence Guided Tour, Grounds & Gardens Tour and Making It Work tour. The tours all depend on the date you choose.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour 

  • Cost: $24/ages 12-61, $21.50/ages 62-plus, $18/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and under, $9/parking
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour includes a bus right from The Henry Ford. Families can enjoy a five-part experience featuring Manufacturing Innovation Theatre, Legacy Theatre, Observation Deck, Assembly Plant Walkway overlooking Ford F-150 final assembly and the Legacy & Electric Vehicle Galley. The last tour leaves at 3 p.m.

Photo credit: Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Greenmead Tours

  • Cost: Donation
  • Duration: 4 hours

Their 2023 Sunday Tours are available on June 25, July 16, Aug. 13 and Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m. Weekday group tours are available from May to October. Self-guided tours are available anytime the park is open and visitors can scan the QR codes to fully enjoy the tour. 

Let’s See Detroit Tours

  • Cost: $65/adult, $30/child
  • Duration: 4-plus

Choose from Detroit 101 (essentials tour), Looking Up (architecture tour), Making History in Detroit (historical tour), The Villages and Towns (neighborhoods tour), All Albert, All The Time (Albert Kahn architecture tour), We Gather By The River (riverfront & parks tour), Off The Beaten Path (local secrets tour) and Eye Candy (public art tour).

Meadow Brook Tours

  • Cost: $19/ages 13-plus, $16/ages 62-plus, $11/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 and under and Oakland University students
  • Duration: 4-plus

Families can enjoy a tour of the extravagant museum and National Historic Landmark, which was built in 1929. It is located on the campus of Oakland University. Visitors can choose from a guided hour tour, guided behind-the-scenes tour, self-guided touring and twilight tours. They also have some really great holiday tours and events in November and December. Advanced tickets are required for tours.

MyFlight Tours Detroit

  • Cost: $55-$300/rider; can customize with celebration and souvenir packages and other add-ons for extra charges
  • Duration: 30-90 minutes

Choose different explore tours such as Detroit Quick Hop, Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Detroit Skyline and Detroit Big D. Arrive to your scheduled time five minutes early to get checked in and then you’ll receive a short safety briefing before your flight. Children under 24 months must sit on an adult’s lap and children over 24 months must have a separate seat with a mandatory seatbelt.

Photo credit: MyFlight Tours

Reptile Tours

  • Cost: $150/2 people, $25/each additional person (maximum of 4 people)
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Reptile Tours at The Creature Conservatory are offered at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Participants must be over the age of 12. You’ll see reptiles such as a red-footed tortoise, Gila monster, cane toad, bearded dragon, blue-tongued skink, pancake tortoise and more. Registrations required.

Sky Adventures

  • Cost: $225/person-plus, $200/ages 12 and under
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes

This is a great tour to splurge on with your family. They have nine multicolored hot air balloons that will transport you over Oakland and southern Lapeer Counties. For ages 5 and up.

Troy Historic Village Guided Tours

  • Cost: Free w/admission; $7/ages 18-59, $5/ages 60-plus and ages 6-17, free/ages 5 and under and Troy Historical Society members
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the historical buildings at the Village from the 1840s to the 1920s. Tours of the Village are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays in July and August. Purchase tickets in advance.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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