East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48207 +1 313 202 1800(Tourist Information)
The area on the bank of the Detroit river, that stretches from the Ambassador Bridge to the Belle Isle is the Detroit International Riverfront. An area that extend for 5.5 miles (8.8 kilometers), incorporates various hotels, restaurants, parks along with the popular River Walk, Joe Louis Arena, the COBO Center and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. This riverfront, annually plays host to a number of concerts, festivals, fairs and other major events.
3131 Third Street Wyandotte, MI 48192 +1 734 324 7290/+1 734 324 4506/+1 734 324 7292
Wyandotte boasts of its Benjamin F. Yack Arena that can accommodate up to 3000 spectators. The arena hosts many ice skating and ice hockey games. The 25,440 square feet (2363.45 square meters) venue also gives its space for various conventions, conferences, festivals and trade shows. For more information on all events, visit the website or call ahead.
2100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 +1 313 962 4000
The Detroit Tigers, charter members of Major League Baseball's American League, abandoned the historic Tiger Stadium at the close of the 1999 season. Their new home is now in the downtown Theater District. Named after the bank, whose funds made its creation possible, Comerica Park has something of a circus-like atmosphere with enormous sculptures of tigers, bats and balls, as well as a carousel and ferris wheel. Apart from major baseball championships, this arena also plays host to numerous concerts.
2000 Brush Street Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 262 2000
The National Football League's Detroit Lions played outside the city at the Pontiac Silverdome since abandoning Detroit's Tiger Stadium at the end of the 1974 season. In 2002, The Lions moved back to the city and into their new digs at Ford Field, a massive 65,000-seat stadium of steel and glass in the city's downtown entertainment district. Besides sporting events, the facility holds concerts, banquets, corporate events and other special events as well.
8450 West Ten Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48067 +1 248 541 5717
The Detroit Zoological Park is one of the nation's oldest and most stately zoos. Its huge main campus is located on land situated in the suburb of Huntington Woods but owned by the city of Detroit. Renovations of many of the zoo's older buildings and new exhibits have modernized the zoo. Popular exhibits include the new Amphibiville, home of the National Amphibian Conservation Center, a Wildlife Interpretive Center and adjacent butterfly/hummingbird gallery, a chimpanzee exhibit, a penguinarium and a model farm. The grounds are large and a free train is often crowded in summer.
1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 +1 313 884 4222
The manor of automobile magnate Edsel Ford and his wife is not much bigger than many of the mansions in area, but it is the only one that is open to the general public. The 87-acre (35.2 hectare) estate on the shores of Lake St. Clair is a peaceful hideaway and the beautifully landscaped grounds are open to visitors. The house was designed by the renowned architect Albert Kahn and features original paintings by Matisse, Cezanne and more. Other decorative arts and fine furnishings abound. Guided tours around the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House offer a good history lesson!
28123 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738 +1 248 553 2400
Founded in 1984, the Holocaust Memorial Center was the first institution in the United States to offer exhibits about the Nazi extermination of six million Jews in Europe during World War II. It's an eye-opening and breathtaking museum, offering a wide range of information and raising important questions about history. True to their slogan they are illuminating the past and enlightening the future.
5401 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202 +1 313 833 1805
For years, this small history museum has fought budget cuts to preserve the often neglected history of Detroit. It makes for an excellent short outing. A basement exhibit allows visitors to stroll down cobblestone, cedar block and brick streets past scale models of 19th Century shops. Another exhibit documents Detroit's key role in the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom in Canada. Also illustrated is Detroit's emergence as an automobile manufacturing center.
100 Strand Drive Belle Isle Detroit, MI 48207 +1 313 833 5538
On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range from 19th-century sailing vessels to modern hydroplane racing boats. Another exhibit has yachts owned by automobile magnates in the 1920s and 1930s. Check website for special summer hours.
6325 Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48209 +1 313 628 0796/+1 800 649 3777(Toll Free)
The only remaining fort of many that once stood along the Detroit River, Fort Wayne is an 82-acre (33.18 hectare) site that includes the fort, barracks, a garrison, a huge parade ground and a restored commander's house. It dates to the 1840s and never saw battle, though soldiers were stationed here till the later half of the 20th Century. The fort can be accessed only through a guided tour. The premises are also home to the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum.
The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on
the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three ...
The Arab American National Museum, located just east of Detroit
in Dearborn, is devoted to educating people about Arab American culture and history. Exhibits include Coming to America and Living in America as well as other exhibits designed to ...
On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake
Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range ...