Detroit earned the nicknames “Motown” and “Motor City” back when it was at the heart of a booming automotive industry. Over the years the city built a reputation as a cultural and manufacturing powerhouse and its powerful legacy is celebrated today.
Spend time among the Detroit Institute of Art’s formidable collection. European and American masterpieces adorn its walls and the collection of Asian and Middle Eastern artifacts will keep anthropology fans rapt.
Explore the revitalization of Downtown Detroit and admire the city’s architecture as you wander through the Eastern Market, Detroit’s artisan and farmers’ markets. Food lovers will enjoy the gourmet meats and fresh produce.
Leave the crowds behind and go to the 982-acre (397-hectare) Belle Isle Park. There are sporting facilities, spaces for barbecues and picnics and a number of stunning historic buildings. You’ll also get a great view of the downtown skyline, dominated by the GM Renaissance Center.
Travel back in time to some of the greatest minds that have changed the modern world at Greenfield Village in the Henry Ford Museum. Walk through Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park to see where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, and learn about famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. For a look at Detroit’s contribution to the music industry, visit the Motown Museum. It’ll take you back to the days when Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson were recording hits in the studio.
Kids will love the Michigan Science Center. With dozens of hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Theater and a planetarium, it’s a great place to spend a whole day. At the Detroit Zoo, see the largest polar bear exhibit in the country and pet red kangaroos.
For a night-time treat, go for a drink at the two-story restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center, then take in a show at the Detroit Opera House. A masterfully refurbished old building, it hosts everything from Broadway productions to classical music concerts.
Detroit’s fortunes took a downward turn when in 2013 its government filed for bankruptcy. Its strong identity means the city has been quick to recover and the revival of its cultural and historic districts is well underway.
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A distinctive point on the Detroit skyline, this collection of skyscrapers is the global headquarters of General Motors and a popular entertainment destination.
See a white rhino, feed giraffes and visit the largest polar bear exhibit in the country at this popular family attractions.
Admire artifacts from Ancient Greece and Rome, paintings by European masters and sculptures by American greats at this extensive museum.
This immense island park not far from downtown has impressive architecture, outstanding views of the Detroit skyline and lots of green space for relaxing.
See where some of music’s greats kicked-off their careers and learn how Motown founder Berry Gordy started his influential music labels.
An educational facility that documents and celebrates the African American experience, this museum has been enthralling visitors of all backgrounds since 1965.
Let your imagination run wild at LEGOLAND®, where you can build amazing creations, hoot and holler during 2 exciting rides, and let yourself be swept away during an immersive 4-D Cinema show. With something to delight visitors of any age, this is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction.
Explore Detroit’s glory days, recent struggles, and prospects for renewal with an afternoon spent walking its streets with a local guide. Visit historic landmarks and abandoned spaces while learning about the Motor City’s storied past and bright future.
A wonder for all ages, SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures. Explore more than 20 displays including interactive touch pools, a walk-through tunnel with 180-degree views, and an ocean exhibit where a blacktip reef shark swims alongside graceful rays.
Discover the historic landmarks and hidden sites of a great American city in flux on this walking tour of Detroit. Ride the People Mover to a vibrant Greektown neighborhood, see grand structures like the Guardian Building, and enjoy a classic Detroit treat.
Get out your walking shoes for an epic tour of the landmarks and local haunts in Detroit's historic Corktown. Get to know the oldest neighborhood left in the city, from its colorful Victorian homes to the grand ruins of Michigan Central Station, and try some of the best food in town.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.