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Detroit Downtown for Families

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Forget what you may have read or heard in the news, Detroit is the place to visit if you want a vibrant urban scene. Urban gardens, the oldest farmers' market in the U.S., galleries and boutiques, craft breweries, even a burgeoning bike scene—the Motor City has it all.
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118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Every city has its food specialities and in Detroit one of the favorites is the Coney Island hot dog, a messy but gorgeous fast food snack that consists of an all-beef dog with chili, white onions, and yellow mustard. In Detroit the only question...
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511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Another great place to eat in Detroit is The Traffic Jam & Snug! If you are in town looking for a place to indulge your sweet tooth—with a unique atmosphere—then this is the place for you. Inside the old building are lots of antique decorations,...
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5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago get a lot of the good press when it comes to the arts and art museums, but the Detroit Institute of Arts helps Detroit give these cities a run for their money. The diverse collection is spread out over 100...
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4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Garden Bowl was built in 1913 and is America’s oldest, still-active bowling center. In the '20s it was known as the "working man's country club," and now it is a part of one of the largest entertainment venues in Detroit (which includes The...
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5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
The Michigan Science Center is one of Detroit's most kid-friendly museums. Located very close to downtown, right next to the Detroit Institute of Art, it has hosted traveling exhibits like Bodies but the permanent exhibits are more than enough of...
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1 Civic Center Dr, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Someone once told me there's no better way to see a city than from the water. In Detroit, that's also the way to straddle the border between the United States and Canada! Take a ride on the Detroit Princess Riverboat and you'll see downtown, Belle...
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800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Campus Martius Park changes with the seasons. Situated in the heart of downtown, it is reminiscent of New York City's Bryant Park. In summertime, a beach welcomes children of all ages who desire a little sand between their toes. A beach bar, green...
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2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
On a Saturday during the summer, the line for Supino Pizzeria can stretch around the block. The nearby Eastern Market can draw a crowd of 30-40,000 people and most of those have heard just how legendary the pizza is at this artisan outpost. Brave...
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Macabees at Midtown, right on Woodward Avenue across from the DIA, is a gem for brunch in the Motor City. Beautiful decor, with a graphic nod to Art Deco, makes for an environment that's comfortable for a long stay, and a great soundtrack had me...
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422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Avalon International Bakery has been delighting Midtown residents for 16 years. Many of their breads are made with a sourdough starter and favorites amongst regular clientele include: scallion dill (great for grilled cheese sandwiches), beer...
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200 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Efficiently tucked into one of the smallest buildings I've ever been in, at the intersection of Grand River and Griswold in Detroit, lies Urban Bean Co. I do not know if their midcentury modern design and decor is original (though I tried to find...
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2489 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Rocky's has been in business in Detroit since 1969. In its current form on Russell Street in the Eastern Market neighborhood, it's a superstore for candy and nuts. However, it also offers spices, oils, specialty cooking items like gluten-free...