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Best Things to Do in Detroit

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Detroit is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Michigan. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City." Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A.

Best Things to Do in Detroit

 

Detroit Riverfront

Is a tourist attraction and landmark of Detroit, Michigan extending from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the east, for a total of 5.5 miles. The International Riverfront encompasses a cruise ship passenger terminal and dock, a marina, a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with Cobo Center. The Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the Robert's Riverwalk Hotel are also situated along the International Riverfront.

 

Joe Muer Seafood

Joe Muer has been awarded HOUR Detroit Best View, Best Seafood Restaurant, Best Maitre D' and Best Sommelier 2018. They offer complimentary limo bus service to Red Wings games and some of Detroit’s hottest events!

Reservations are required. Please mention you will be using our complimentary limo bus service when making your reservation. Available at our Detroit location only.

 

Show Me Detroit Tours

Detroit’s only chauffeured 2-hour deluxe van tours provide a fun introduction to the city’s highlights and attractions. Knowledgeable local guides provide the perfect Detroit experience.

Anna S
"I was sadly only in Detroit for 1 day, but Pat's wonderful tour made me feel like I'd been there for a week! In one afternoon, I learned so much about the city's rich history, while she introduced me to all the incredible and incredibly different neighborhoods. We visited the gorgeous riverfront, Downtown, Eastern Market, Midtown, Belle Isle, Greek town, the amazing Heidelberg Project, Third Man Records, Indian Village and Corktown. Her tour is so informative and so much fun - she obviously loves her city, and rightly so - what an incredible place. I can't wait to go back, and can't recommend Show Me Detroit tours highly enough!"

 

Detroit Princess Riverboat

This 2-hour evening sail offers the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax before dinner. While you take in close-up views of the world's most famous skyline illuminated at night.

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
  • See the sights illuminated at night

See Motown's most famous skyline light up the night. The bustle and noise of the city turns to silence as we slip out onto the river.

Notice: cruising times and available maybe based on time of year.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with more than 65,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Tour

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Built in 1904, it was the second center of automobile production for the Ford Motor Company, after the Ford Mack Avenue Plant. At the Piquette Avenue Plant, the company created and first produced the Ford Model T, the car credited with initiating the mass use of automobiles in the United States.

Prior to the Model T, several other car models were assembled at the factory. Early experiments using a moving assembly line to make cars were also conducted there. It was also the first factory where more than 100 cars were assembled in one day.

While it was headquartered at the Piquette Avenue Plant, Ford Motor Company became the biggest U.S.-based automaker, and it would remain so until the mid-1920s. The factory was used by the company until 1910, when its car production activity was relocated to the new, bigger Highland Park Ford Plant.

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Inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City." Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records.