Top 10 Things To Do in Detroit


Top 10 Things To Do in Detroit

Detroit is interesting, exciting and on the rise.

The Motor City has hit some bumps in the road but it’s in top gear now. See what everyone is talking about and take a trip to the D. Whether you’re driving in from the suburbs, in town on business or travelling for fun, here are the things you have to do in Detroit.


Show your Detroit Spirit
2 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Let everyone know you visited the D and take a selfie with the Spirit of Detroit . The 26-foot sculpture was the largest cast bronze statue since the Renaissance era when it was built in 1955 and represents the city’s strength and resilience.


Pick a side in the Coney Wars
114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
There are plenty of places to get a coney in Detroit but American and Lafayette top the list. The diners sit next door to each other and all locals have a favorite. American is open 24 hrs and Lafayette 9am to 3am – so you can try the coney challenge whenever your schedule allows.


The Birthplace of ‘New Detroit
Slows // 2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Slows to Go // 4107 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
In 2005, Slows BBQ opened at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Rosa Parks across from the iconic Train Station and changed the food scene in Detroit. For the first time in a long time, people started coming downtown for more than a sporting event. Slows offered smoked BBQ with the best sauces and sides. Sit down at the original location or grab a quick bite at Slows to Go in Midtown.
Interested in more dining options in the Corktown neighborhood? Check out our guide


Visit the Water and the Jewel of Detroit
Riverfront // 521 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226 ( parking garage)
Belle Isle // 100 The Strand, Detroit, MI 48207
You can’t visit the Great Lakes State without seeing water. The Detroit Riverfront offers 5 miles of parks and recreation from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle. No matter the weather take a walk to the riverfront and wave to our neighbors in Canada. If you have time, take a trip to Belle Isle. The 982-acre state park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and the best view of the city skyline.


Diego Rivera’s Masterpiece
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
The Detroit Industry Murals are a series of frescoes that surround the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Art. Painted during the Great Depression, the murals depict labor, industry and technology.  Get lost in the details of the revered painting and explore the works of other famous artists.


Spend Saturday Morning at the Market
2934 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207
If you want to see the best Detroit has to offer, go to Eastern Market on a Saturday morning. The outdoor market hosts hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors every Saturday. Rub shoulders with Michiganders from across the region and take in the sights, sounds and flavors of Detroit.


Go to a Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
There are lots of places to get a drink in Detroit (really good ones!) but there’s only one Cafe D’Mongo’s. The self named speakeasy is an eclectic spot,  that’s been known to welcome Hollywood hotshots, with limited hours. Feel like an insider and get a look at the real Detroit.
Want to know about other bars in Detroit? Check out our favorites


Feather Bowling
4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224
Imported from Belgium, feather bowling at the Cadieux Cafe is not for light weights. The European pastime is akin to horseshoes and Bocci ball and Detroit is the only place you can play in the United States.
Want more cool things to do in Detroit? Check out our guide


Have a late night on Monroe Street
541 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Opa! The after hours party starts in Greektown, downtown’s historic commercial and entertainment district. Try your luck at the casino, go dancing at a rooftop club or grab a bite to eat (make sure you order the saganaki!) and get ready to make the most of your time in Detroit.
Want to know where to eat in Greektown? Check out our guide


Take Something With You
Fisher Building // 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Guardian Building // 500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
Pure Detroit offers the best Detroit goodies. From swag to specialty items from local makers, you won’t have trouble finding something special to remember your trip. With six locations the store is easy to find. We recommend taking a trip to the Fisher Building (you can take the QLine), the iconic building is home to a growing number of shops including the Peacock Room and, New York City original, City Bakery. If you want to stay downtown, the Guardian Building will take your breath away.


Want to know what is going on while you’re in Detroit? Check out our Events Calendar


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