What to do in Detroit, MI

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Detroit Attractions

Whether you call it Motor City or Motown, Detroit is a Michigan city with a lot of historical significance. It’s a hub of vehicle production and served as the birthplace of musical careers for decades. If you’ve ever bobbed your head to “My Girl” by “The Temptations” in the back of a Ford Mustang, you can thank Detroit. These days, the city is a diverse array of music, food, and sports. Fun things to do in Detroit range from touring old Motown studios to sitting front row at a professional football game. When you’re looking for a getaway, this Midwest city might offer just the escape you seek.

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What to do in Detroit

Free Things to Do in Detroit

A vacation in Detroit need not blow your budget. You can leave your wallet behind if you go to:

Detroit Historical Museum - Approach the staff and learn more about the unique collections housed here.

Pewabic Pottery - This is a must-visit for culture vultures who want to add an artistic touch to their trip.

Campus Martius Park - If you're a fan of modern design and architecture, add this landmark to your list of must-sees.

Guardian Building - If you're thinking of exploring the region's history through its landmarks, include this one on your travel itinerary.

Detroit Riverwalk - See for yourself why locals and visitors alike are in love with the charm and character of this place.

Masonic Temple - If you're eager to check out a few of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

Mariners' Church - Take a moment for some meditation or prayer at this revered sacred place.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some finger food and find a cozy area to be at one with nature.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Detroit

From the historic to the gastronomy-focused, neighborhoods in Detroit boast a wide range of personalities. If you’re not sure where to get started, Detroit tours are a good way to pack in lots of sightseeing in a short period of time. Or, you can always explore these unique districts on your own.

Downtown — In the heart of The D, it’s easy to keep yourself busy with eating and entertainment. From chic nightclubs to low key lounges, downtown Detroit has it all. You can also catch a Detroit Lions game or concert at Comerica Park while you’re in town.

Eastern Market — Many of the most delicious things to do in Detroit take place in Eastern Market. This market doesn’t just open once a week: You can buy natural foods and ingredients from vendors any day of the week. You can always grab a bite at a local restaurant, too.

Midtown — Bring your camera to Midtown, where sites like the Detroit Masonic Temple and local Orchestra Hall make for fantastic photo opportunities on a walking tour. You can also marvel at the community gardens when weather permits.

Things to See in Detroit

There are plenty of things to see in Detroit for the whole family. Be entertained at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra or Fox Theater, and get a glimpse of the exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts. If you’re looking to fill out your scrapbook, the interior of Old St. Mary’s Church is worth a look and photo series. Of course, no trip to Detroit would be complete without a visit to the iconic Joe Louis monument.

Sightseeing in Detroit

Things to do in Detroit, Michigan range from the serene to the active. On the calmer side of things, you can go for a stroll on the Detroit Riverwalk, which runs along the American side of the Detroit River. Also worth time on your itinerary is a tour of the Motown Museum, where you can see exhibits dedicated to the likes of The Supremes and the Jackson 5. Make the trek to Belle Isle to see the zoo and take a jog in front of the downtown Detroit skyline.

Things to Do in Detroit with Kids

There are plenty of sensational experiences in Detroit that the whole gang will enjoy. These are a few of the top family friendly experiences around.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Detroit on a rainy day?
If it’s really coming down outside, throw yourself into some indoor activities, like a Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Admission or a SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium.
What should I not miss in Detroit?
If you’d like to experience the best of this destination, fit these attractions into your schedule:

  • Ford Field
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Fox Theatre
  • Comerica Park

Are there cheap things to do in Detroit?
What can you do in Detroit for free?
You’ll barely have time to grab your wallet out of your bag with so many terrific free attractions:

  • GM Renaissance Center
  • MotorCity Casino
  • MGM Grand Detroit Casino
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

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