Detroit Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Motor City; our list of the best things to see, including Detroit Institute of Arts, Heidelberg Project and Museum of African-American History.
  • The best place in Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts

    Detroit Institute of Arts

    5200 Woodward Ave
    W-Th 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 youth. It has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The DIA ranked as the second largest city-owned museum in the United States with an art collection worth more than one billion dollars. Its first painting was donated in 1883, and today its collection consists of over 65,000 works. The actual building of this 677,000 square foot museum is highly regarded by architects.
    Art Center food nearby
  • Heidelberg Project

    Heidelberg Project

    3600 Heidelberg St
    Located in one of Detroit's poorest neighborhoods known as Black Bottom, Tyree Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project in 1986. It is an outdoor museum that consists of a two block area with houses that are decorated to look colorful and intriguing. Guyton started the project to take the neighborhood from a hard core inner-city neighborhood to a safe place where visitors are welcomed.
    McDougall-Hunt eat nearby
  • Museum of African-American History

    Museum of African-American History

    315 E Warren Ave
    Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. $8 adults, $5 children and seniors. This museum, founded in 1965, holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African American culture.
    Art Center restaurants nearby
  • Detroit Tigers Baseball

    Detroit Tigers Baseball

    Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave
    This is the official Facebook home of the Detroit Tigers. Find out more about the Tigers at tigers.com.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Fox Theatre

    Fox Theatre

    2211 Woodward Ave
    The Fox is the second largest theater in the country after Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The theater was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1989 and was one of the first theaters to feature live sound. The exterior of the attached 10-story building features an Art Deco facade, which lights up at night and can be seen for several blocks. The Fox is Detroit’s top venue for Broadway shows.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Michigan Opera Theatre

    Michigan Opera Theatre

    1526 Broadway St
    The Detroit Opera House is the venue for all Michigan Opera Theater productions and other events. This theater, which seats 2,700 people, first opened in 1922.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Redford Theatre

    Redford Theatre

    17360 Lahser Rd
    Features classic movies and free supervised parking.
    Riverdale food nearby
  • Pewabic Pottery

    Pewabic Pottery

    10125 E Jefferson Ave
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su Noon-4PM. Free. The ceramics museum, gallery, studio, and workshop have changing contemporary exhibits.
    Conner Creek Ind eat nearby
  • Slows Bar BQ

    Slows Bar BQ

    2138 Michigan Ave
    Great BBQ and beer selection.
    Millenium Village
  • Fash Bash

    Fash Bash

    featuring big name celebrities
    Let yourself go!
    Art Center food nearby
  • Bonstelle Theatre

    Bonstelle Theatre

    3424 Woodward Ave
    The Bonstelle Theatre is the undergraduate theater used by Wayne State University. It was originally built in 1902 as the Temple Beth-El. The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Detroit Souvenirs. Stores inside the Renaissance Center, the Fisher Building, and the Guardian Building.
    Downtown
  • North American International Auto Show

    North American International Auto Show

    1 Washington Blvd
    Held annually since 1907 (except from 1945 - 1952), it is the largest auto show in North America. It is held at Cobo Hall every January and is particularly important because Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler are headquartered in the area.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Henry Ford Museum

    Henry Ford Museum

    Greenfield Village
    Adults $20, Seniors $19, Children 5-12 $14, under 5 free. Unlimited ride pass $10. This is a "must see". A massive historical and entertainment complex, a leading attraction with a keen focus on innovations. Highlights include: Lincoln's chair, Rosa Park's bus, JFK's limos, Thomas Edison's last breath hermetically sealed in a test tube, original historic structures, nice shops, great food, and, not surprisingly, a spectacular history of the automobile collection that is a football field long. Visitors may have many entertaining experiences such as mini-shows, music, parades, train rides, and Model T rides. Visitors should plan at least one full day for the village, and another full day for the Museum.
    eat nearby
  • Fairlane Town Center

    Fairlane Town Center

    Remodeled in 2007. 15 minutes from Metro Airport and downtown Detroit, this large mall features more urban fashion and discount retailers with about 150 stores, popular restaurants including a P.F Chang and an Andiamo's. Adult supervision of those under 18 is required after 5:00 PM by someone who is at least 21.
  • Olympia Entertainment Inc

    Olympia Entertainment Inc

    2301 Woodward Ave
    The Fox is the second largest theater in the country after Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The theater was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1989 and was one of the first theaters to feature live sound. The exterior of the attached 10-story building features an Art Deco facade, which lights up at night and can be seen for several blocks. The Fox is Detroit’s top venue for Broadway shows.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Detroit Jazz Festival

    Held every Labor Day weekend at Hart Plaza, it is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, with plenty of performances by both local and world renowned jazz artists.
    eat nearby
  • Campus Martius Park

    Campus Martius Park

    Woodward and Michigan Aves
    M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-midnight, Sa 9AM-midnight, Su 9AM-8PM. Free. Campus Martius is the main park of Detroit. Hart Plaza, located on the Riverfront, was made to replace Campus Martius, but Hart Plaza is hard-surfaced, so Campus Martius was re-established. The new Campus Martius Park includes two stages, sculptures, public spaces and a seasonal ice skating rink. Cadillac Square Park, located immediately to the east of Campus Martius, was recently made to increase the amount of park space. Several skyscrapers surround Campus Martius Park. The more popular of these include: Compuware World Headquarters, which is home to a beautiful lobby and several shops and stores; Cadillac Tower, which will be connected to the under-construction Cadillac Centre, which will be built in a similar architectural style as the Guggenheim Museums; and 1001 Woodward, which is the only building in Detroit in the Chicago-style architecture. The park is also home to a few historic monuments, such as Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which is a Civil War monument first unveiled in 1872, and Bagley Memorial Fountain, which is a monument to 16th governor of Michigan, John J. Bagley, who's will contained $5,000 for the construction of a drinking fountain for the people of Detroit, to have "water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream." The nearest People Mover station to Campus Martius Park is the Cadillac Center station, located at Gratiot Avenue and Library Street.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Detroit Masonic Temple

    Detroit Masonic Temple

    500 Temple Ave
    This theater is the second largest in Detroit. The 4,404-seat theater is a prominent venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other events. Detroit Masonic Temple was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone.
    Briggs food nearby
  • Fisher Theatre

    Fisher Theatre

    3011 W Grand BlvdSte F100
    This theatre is located inside the Fisher Building and is one of Detroit's oldest venues. The theatre is adorned with marble, Indian rosewood and walnut paneling, and crystal and bronze decorative work.
    New Center eat nearby
  • Russell Industrial Center

    Russell Industrial Center

    1600 Clay St
    A seven-building industrial complex designed by Albert Kahn and constructed between 1915 and 1925. Originally an auto body supplier, it is now home to artists' and craftmakers' studios.
    Milwaukee Junction restaurants nearby
  • Iridescence

    Iridescence

    2901 Grand River Ave
    If you enjoy things like caviar and Dom Perignon, this place is for you. High-end service and views on top of Motor City Casino.
    Briggs
  • Pizza Papalis

    Pizza Papalis

    553 Monroe St
    Famous Award Winning Chicago and Detroit-style deep dish pizzas. Dine-in.
    Downtown
  • The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

    The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

    1114 Washington Blvd
    Built in 1928, the Book Cadillac Hotel is an architectural gem that, after 20 years of vacancy, was remodeled into an upscale hotel in 2008. It was designed with neo-classical elements and building sculptures, incorporating brick and limestone. Among its notable features are the statues of General Anthony Wayne, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre along the ornate Michigan Avenue facade and the three copper terraces at top the building.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Penobscot Building

    Penobscot Building

    645 Griswold StSte 972
    The building was the tallest in Michigan from its completion in 1928 until the construction of the Renaissance Center's central tower in 1977. It is now the third tallest. Like many of the city's other Roaring Twenties buildings, it has Art Deco influences, including its "H" shape, which allows maximum sunlight into the building, and the sculptural setbacks that cause the upper floors to seem to "erode".
    Downtown food nearby
  • GM Renaissance Center

    GM Renaissance Center

    Renaissance Ctr
    Located in the Ren Cen's magnificent Wintergarden, there are many different kinds of stores and shops here that sell a wide variety of products.
    Downtown
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