clock menu more-arrow no yes
The Skillman Library Branch downtown
The Skillman Library Branch downtown
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Where to Cool Off For Free During a Detroit Heat Wave

View as Map
The Skillman Library Branch downtown
| Michelle & Chris Gerard

It's a cruel, cruel summer here in Detroit, and there seems to be no end in sight for the heat and humidity that we've experienced. Fortunately, there are some places to go (for free) for residents looking to escape the heat.

The city released a list of Cooling Centers a couple weeks ago. These are mainly library branches and rec centers around the city. We've also added all of these, plus a few of our own favorites to our map.

So short of wandering around Meijer for hours trying to escape the heat, here are a few spots where you can hang out and enjoy a little air conditioning.

Do you have some other suggestions? Let us know in the comments. And keep in mind, these are free places!

Read More

1. Crowell Recreation Center

Copy Link
16630 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219
313 628-2050 Another city cooling center, Crowell Rec Center is open Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.

2. Coleman A Young Rec Center

Copy Link
2751 Robert Bradby Dr
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 628-0995 Open Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m., this Rec Center is also a city cooling center.

3. Farwell Recreation Center

Copy Link
2711 E Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48234
In the northeast part of the city, you can stop at Farwell Rec Center. (313) 628-2028 Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

4. Patton Recreation Center

Copy Link
2301 Woodmere St
Detroit, MI 48209
One of the city's cooling centers is Patton. They also have a pool, but you need a membership card to swim. (313) 628-2001 Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

5. Detroit Public Library

Copy Link
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-1020
Visit Website
The main branch of the library is right across from the DIA. You could spend a whole day visiting buildings representing the best of Detroit (with AC, of course) T, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

A photo posted by @lia.greenwell on

6. Campbell Branch Public Library

Copy Link
8733 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 481-1550
Visit Website
Located in Southwest, the Campbell Branch of the public library is another cooling center. (313) 481-1550 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

7. Detroit Public Library - Chaney Branch

Copy Link
16101 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48227
(313) 481-1570
Visit Website
Located on Grand River, the Chaney Branch is also a city Cooling Center. (313) 481-1570 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Google Maps

8. Detroit Public Library - Chase Branch

Copy Link
17731 W 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48235
Located on 7 Mile, this is one of the smaller branches that's also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1580 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Google Maps

9. Detroit Public Library - Conely Branch

Copy Link
4600 Martin St
Detroit, MI 48210
Another Cooling Center in the city, the Conely Branch is located on Martin St. off Michigan Ave. (313) 481-1590 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Google Maps

10. Detroit Public Library - Edison Branch

Copy Link
18400 Joy Rd
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 481-1720
Visit Website
Located on Joy Road, the Edison Branch is also open as a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1720 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

11. Detroit Public Library - Elmwood Park Branch

Copy Link
550 Chene St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 481-1732
Visit Website
Located at Lafayette and Chene, the Elmwood Park Branch is a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1730 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Detroit Public Library Elmwood Park Branch

12. Detroit Public Library - Franklin Branch

Copy Link
13651 E McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48205
(313) 852-4797
Visit Website
The Franklin Branch of the library is located near Gratiot and East McNichols and is also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1740 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Google Maps

13. detroit public library (hubbard branch)

Copy Link
12929 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48235
Located on McNichols right off the Lodge, the Hubbard Branch is also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1750 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

14. Detroit Public Library - Jefferson Branch

Copy Link
12350 E Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 481-1760
Visit Website
Located near the Alger Theater is the Jefferson Branch. (313) 481-1760 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

15. Detroit Public Library - Knapp Branch

Copy Link
13330 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 481-1772
Visit Website
Located at the north end of Hamtramck is the Knapp Branch. (313) 481-1770 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

16. Detroit Public Library - Parkman Branch

Copy Link
1766 Oakman Blvd
Detroit, MI 48238
(313) 481-1810
Visit Website
This impressive branch is located on Oakman Boulevard. (313) 481-1810 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

17. Detroit Public Library - Redford Branch

Copy Link
21200 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48219
The Redford Branch also has a community garden! (313) 481-1820 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Google Maps

18. Detroit Public Library - Sherwood Branch

Copy Link
7117 W 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
Located right near the corner of 7 Mile and Livernois, the Sherwood Forest Library branch is one of the city's Cooling Centers. (313) 481-1840 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
Google Maps

19. Detroit Public Library - Skillman Branch

Copy Link
121 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 628-2750
Visit Website
Located right downtown, the Skillman Branch is listed as a Cooling Center in Detroit. (313) 481-1850 M, T, W, Th, F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

20. David Whitney Building

Copy Link
It's one of our favorite lobbies downtown and it has AC. This would be a good place to stop in, take some pictures, and enjoy the (cool) interior.

21. Detroit Institute of Arts

Copy Link
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
Visit Website
Free to residents of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties, now is as good of a time as ever to visit the DIA. Not only does it have impressive collections, but it also has AC. Open Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Happy first day of summa!

A photo posted by Detroit Institute of Arts (@diadetroit) on

22. Detroit Historical Museum

Copy Link
5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-1805
Visit Website
Learn about Detroit history! The Detroit Historical Museum is also free! Find some Pokemon while you're there. Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.

1. Crowell Recreation Center

16630 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219
313 628-2050 Another city cooling center, Crowell Rec Center is open Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.
16630 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219

2. Coleman A Young Rec Center

2751 Robert Bradby Dr, Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 628-0995 Open Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m., this Rec Center is also a city cooling center.
2751 Robert Bradby Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

3. Farwell Recreation Center

2711 E Outer Dr, Detroit, MI 48234
In the northeast part of the city, you can stop at Farwell Rec Center. (313) 628-2028 Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2711 E Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48234

4. Patton Recreation Center

2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI 48209
One of the city's cooling centers is Patton. They also have a pool, but you need a membership card to swim. (313) 628-2001 Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2301 Woodmere St
Detroit, MI 48209

5. Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
The main branch of the library is right across from the DIA. You could spend a whole day visiting buildings representing the best of Detroit (with AC, of course) T, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

A photo posted by @lia.greenwell on

5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Campbell Branch Public Library

8733 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Located in Southwest, the Campbell Branch of the public library is another cooling center. (313) 481-1550 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
8733 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

7. Detroit Public Library - Chaney Branch

16101 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48227
Google Maps
Located on Grand River, the Chaney Branch is also a city Cooling Center. (313) 481-1570 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
16101 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48227

8. Detroit Public Library - Chase Branch

17731 W 7 Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48235
Google Maps
Located on 7 Mile, this is one of the smaller branches that's also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1580 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
17731 W 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48235

9. Detroit Public Library - Conely Branch

4600 Martin St, Detroit, MI 48210
Google Maps
Another Cooling Center in the city, the Conely Branch is located on Martin St. off Michigan Ave. (313) 481-1590 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
4600 Martin St
Detroit, MI 48210

10. Detroit Public Library - Edison Branch

18400 Joy Rd, Detroit, MI 48228
Google Maps
Located on Joy Road, the Edison Branch is also open as a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1720 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
18400 Joy Rd
Detroit, MI 48228

11. Detroit Public Library - Elmwood Park Branch

550 Chene St, Detroit, MI 48207
Detroit Public Library Elmwood Park Branch
Located at Lafayette and Chene, the Elmwood Park Branch is a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1730 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
550 Chene St
Detroit, MI 48207

12. Detroit Public Library - Franklin Branch

13651 E McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48205
Google Maps
The Franklin Branch of the library is located near Gratiot and East McNichols and is also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1740 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
13651 E McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48205

13. detroit public library (hubbard branch)

12929 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48235
Google Maps
Located on McNichols right off the Lodge, the Hubbard Branch is also a Cooling Center. (313) 481-1750 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12929 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48235

14. Detroit Public Library - Jefferson Branch

12350 E Outer Dr, Detroit, MI 48224
Google Maps
Located near the Alger Theater is the Jefferson Branch. (313) 481-1760 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12350 E Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48224

15. Detroit Public Library - Knapp Branch

13330 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212
Google Maps
Located at the north end of Hamtramck is the Knapp Branch. (313) 481-1770 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
13330 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212

16. Detroit Public Library - Parkman Branch

1766 Oakman Blvd, Detroit, MI 48238
Google Maps
This impressive branch is located on Oakman Boulevard. (313) 481-1810 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1766 Oakman Blvd
Detroit, MI 48238

17. Detroit Public Library - Redford Branch

21200 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219
Google Maps
The Redford Branch also has a community garden! (313) 481-1820 M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
21200 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48219

18. Detroit Public Library - Sherwood Branch

7117 W 7 Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
Google Maps
Located right near the corner of 7 Mile and Livernois, the Sherwood Forest Library branch is one of the city's Cooling Centers. (313) 481-1840 M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
7117 W 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

19. Detroit Public Library - Skillman Branch

121 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Located right downtown, the Skillman Branch is listed as a Cooling Center in Detroit. (313) 481-1850 M, T, W, Th, F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
121 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

20. David Whitney Building

Detroit, MI
It's one of our favorite lobbies downtown and it has AC. This would be a good place to stop in, take some pictures, and enjoy the (cool) interior.

21. Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Free to residents of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties, now is as good of a time as ever to visit the DIA. Not only does it have impressive collections, but it also has AC. Open Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Happy first day of summa!

A photo posted by Detroit Institute of Arts (@diadetroit) on

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

22. Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Learn about Detroit history! The Detroit Historical Museum is also free! Find some Pokemon while you're there. Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.
5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202