What to Do in Detroit
Collected by Shandana A. Durrani , AFAR Local Expert
You would need days or weeks to see all the spectacular sites in and around Detroit. The city has a plethora of architectural and natural wonders, some of which remain undiscovered, especially by visitors. Want to catch a sporting event? We've got all four major sports covered. Is culture on the radar? The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the world's best museums. Want to escape the city and get back to nature? Miles of scenic coast and nature preserves are quick drive away. It's all here.
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, is the perfect destination for any group and any person of any age. It's an ideal date spot for sports fans and a place where even a solo traveler can enjoy a fun afternoon. It's also located in the heart...
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...
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...
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It's America's largest city-owned island park, and it's right in downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, a beach, a museum of Great Lakes maritime memorabilia, and the romantic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which holds one of...
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
The story goes that Paul McCartney was in town for a performance when he decided to make a visit to the MoTown Museum. Entering the famed Studio A he was disappointed to find its legendary Steinway Piano was out of tune and desperately in need of...
3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Detroit artist Tyree Guyton took a look around his neighborhood and was unhappy with what he saw. So he decided to do something about it. The Heidelberg Project, a public art display exploding across Heidelberg Street in eastern Detroit, is the...
Eastern Market, Detroit, MI, USA
The eat-fresh, know-your-farmer trend that's sweeping the United States hasn't skipped over Detroit. But lest you think Eastern Market is just like the pokey farmer's markets cropping up all over the country, know this: Eastern Market is an entire...
6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
Military buffs will get their fill at Fort Wayne. The historic site, built in 1840, was the third fort in Detroit after the first two were destroyed by enemy fire. Open seasonally, the fort hosts guided tours by docents and houses the National...
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
Steeped in Detroit’s unique history of innovation, The Henry Ford, named after the automotive pioneer, is arguably one of the premier education sites in the city. Opened in 1933, the Dearborn cultural institution is home to a vast array of...
Windsor, ON, Canada
Just across the Ambassador Bridge lies a native refuge that can’t be missed. Ojibway Prairie Complex is a 604-acre nature site encompassing five parks featuring flora and fauna as well as miles of hiking and walking trails for people of all...
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
With one of the largest African American populations in the nation, it’s no wonder Detroit would be home to one of the preeminent museums dedicated to African American culture. The Charles H. Wright Museum, named for its founder—an African...
31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045, USA
Locals often call Michigan “The Third Coast,” and with good reason. With miles upon miles of shoreline, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy sun and sand come summer. Instead of heading to points north or west, Detroiters flock to Metropark in...
2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit's theater district is said to be the second-largest in the United States after New York City's, and the historic Fox Theatre is the nucleus of the district. Although the surrounding area exudes a cosmopolitan cool left over from the days...
10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever. The historic Tudor Revival building on Jefferson that houses Pewabic is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum, and...
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