Weekend City Guide: Detroit

A modern marvel of American innovation and possibility, there has never been a better time to visit Detroit and experience for yourself the city’s vibrant past and renewed present. Recent revitalization efforts have enriched the spirit and energy of Detroit while leaving its historic charm intact. Our Weekend Guide features some of the most iconic attractions and activities Motor City has to offer for a memorable getaway.

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Detroit is probably known best for its cars, but for natives, the city's sports history is equally important. With teams in each of the big four professional sports leagues, Detroit is one of the only cities in the country where fans can enjoy baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Which means there’s something for the sports fanatic to enjoy year-round.  Whether it's the Red Wings or Pistons at Little Caesar's Arena, the Tigers at Comerica Park, or the Lions at Ford Field, catching a game is a must during a visit to Detroit.



Theater District

A visit to Detroit wouldn't be complete without stopping to watch a performance at one of the city's many famous venues. Detroit has the second largest theater district in the country with over 13,000 theater seats in a two block radius. Take your pick from the massive 5,000 seat Fox Theatre, the Fillmore, the Detroit Opera House, the Fisher, and many more to experience the best in live music and performing arts. Looking for more art? Visit the Detroit Institute of Art or the Museum of Contemporary Art for a traditional dose of culture. Or, think outside the box and head outdoors to explore the vibrant street art culture that adorns side streets and parks throughout the city. 



River Walk

Among the most impressive initiatives in Detroit today is the development of the breathtaking Riverwalk. Since receiving a substantial development investment, the Riverwalk has been rejuvenated. The 5½ mile stretch is lined with plazas, pavilions, and green space, offering a refreshing escape from the fast pace of Downtown Detroit with gorgeous views of the river and even Canada. Make the most of the River Walk with one of many free tours by The Detroit Experience Factory, a great introduction to the city as a whole. 


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Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

Walk through the highlights of history at the nation’s largest indoor and outdoor museum complex. Situated in Dearborn just west of Detroit, The Henry Ford features permanent and temporary exhibits of historic artifacts, some from the personal collection of the museum’s namesake. Must-see pieces include the Rosa Parks bus, John F. Kennedy Limousine, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from the Ford Theatre and other automobiles, aircraft and pop culture items from America’s history.

Step outside into the Greenfield Village, the outdoor living history museum section of the complex. Operating since 1933, the Village is comprised of relocated buildings from the 17th century to the present to show how Americans have lived and worked since the founding of the country. The buildings include the Wright brothers’ bicycle shop and home, Henry Ford’s birthplace, Thomas Edison’s laboratory and more. Transportation around the Village is provided by authentic Ford Model Ts, a Ford Model AA bus, horse-drawn omnibuses and trains pulled by steam locomotives.


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Detroit Zoo

Located just north of the city in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo is one of the area’s most popular family attractions with over 1.4 million visitors every year. Discover more than 280 species of animals roaming through 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits themed to habitats around the world.

Don’t miss the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the world’s largest facility dedicated to the study of the species. Watch as more than 80 penguins swim and play in a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep tank.



Ann Arbor

Just a short drive from Detroit you’ll find Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan. Their popular Big Ten football team plays at Michigan Stadium, or “The Big House,” the largest stadium in the United States and second largest in the world. If athletics aren’t your thing, this top university also welcomes guests to explore its scenic campus and discover ongoing academic events and performances.

Off campus, Ann Arbor also offers a unique mix of boutique shopping, acclaimed restaurants, art galleries, theater and more in its downtown neighborhood. 

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