Known for Live Music, Casinos and Theaters
For over 100 years, Detroit has been a global leader in manufacturing automobiles. Learn about this history and see how the city has reinvented itself as an exciting place to live and visit.
Cultural attractions include numerous museums and art galleries. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the nation’s top museums, browse 65,000 artworks from ancient to modern times. The Detroit Historical Museum covers the region’s interesting past, including the Motor City exhibit, relaying 100 years of automotive history. Bring kids to experiment in the Michigan Science Center.
Detroit is home to Motown Records, the innovative label that brought music from The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and many others to the attention of everyone in the country. Relive the early days of Detroit’s music scene at the Motown Museum, also known as Hitsville U.S.A.
Walk along the Detroit Riverwalk presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. The Detroit Experience Factory offers a free tour, providing information about Detroit’s history, including its role in Prohibition and the Underground Railroad.
Detroit grew along with the automotive industry. Some of the most impressive architectural structures from the city’s heyday remain today. See the art deco skyscraper Guardian Building, once a major financial center for Detroit’s huge industrial complex. The Fisher Building is another tall tower built for automotive industrialists who contributed greatly to cultural and civic development in the city. Visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, where Henry Ford initiated mass production of the Model T in 1908.
Watch the NFL Detroit Lions play football at Ford Field and the MLB Detroit Tigers play baseball at Comerica Park. Use the fun Detroit People Mover light rail system to get around the city.
Escape to Belle Isle Park’s nature center, aquarium, golf range, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the popular Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. For a quick international experience, cross the Detroit River for a visit to the Canadian city of Windsor – just remember to bring your passport.
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.
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.
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.