5201 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202 +1 313 833 1000
A fascinating feature of the Cultural Center is the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Opened in 1921 and expanded in 1963, the library is made of white Vermont marble and green Maine granite. Designed by Cass Gilbert, architect of the US Supreme Court building, the building is in Italian Renaissance style. Murals, stained glass and even a tiled fireplace add to the grand effect. The main part of the library has a wide range of books and documents. It also houses eleven departments and six special collections, including the National Automotive History Collection, the nation's premier public automotive archive and the Burton Historical Collection, a wealth of local history and genealogical information.
315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 +1 313 494 5800
The world's largest museum of African American history and culture, this impressive building opened in 1997 and is named after the local doctor and activist who first established it. With 120,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Charles H. Wright Museum includes several exhibit galleries, a research library, classrooms and a museum store. The anchor exhibit, "
"Of the People: The African American Experience, uses Detroit's own history to tell the story of the black experience in the United States. Previously, much smaller incarnations of the museum existed, dating back to 1965.
5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202 +1 313 833 7900
The most famous features of the fifth-largest fine arts museum in the United States are the Diego Rivera murals, starkly depicting the artist's view of world history, the industrial revolution and the automobile. They are the gritty, spiritually uplifting center of this vast but manageable museum, whose 100 galleries include more than 60,000 paintings, sculptures and other art objects. Auguste Rodin's famed sculpture "The Thinker" is near the entrance. Impressive permanent collections of Pre-Columbian, Islamic, Flemish, Dutch, African, European, American and Asian art are supplemented by top-notch exhibitions. The museum was renovated and re-opened in 2007, expanding its size by 31,000 square feet. The DIA is an impressive building and a place of both grandeur and contemplation.
For 70 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. Please note that the museum is not open on Mondays.
2644 Harrison Street Detroit, MI 48216 +1 313 962 4247
Established in 1902, Nancy Whiskey is one of the oldest bars in Detroit that remains in operation. This is a classic Irish pub that serves a wide variety of beers and cocktails. The games of local professional sports games are always on the televisions here, ensuring an enthusiastic crowd.
237 Joseph Campau Street Detroit, MI 48207 +1 313 877 9205
The Atwater Brewery is located in a big warehouse in Rivertown in Detroit. Since 1997, Atwater has been brewing up tasty beers using a 200 year old brewing method. All the brewery's equipment is imported from Germany, ensuring that their beers are all done as properly as possible. The tap room is located at the brewery and there you can taste all of their creative offerings like their Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale or Cherry Stout. If you're not in an adventurous mood, don't worry as they have plenty of traditional offerings as well, ranging from a pale ale to IPA and classic Pilsner. The brewery also produces special seasonal beers as well as a single batch series.
Rivard Street & Atwater Street Rivard Dock Detroit, MI +1 586 778 7030
Servicing Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters provides a one of a kind experience to all who come aboard. The Infinity is 117 feet long and can carry up to 130 guests, while the larger Ovation is 138 feet long and can carry 300. Each ship is a popular for hosting weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more. Be sure to attend a cruise during their Summer Cruise Series, which is a main draw of the charter company. Each cruise features a different theme (for example, "Margaritaville," "Motown," or "Christmas in July") with accompanying food and music. It's a great way to have fun and tour the Detroit River or Lake St. Clair. Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters docks in several locations; please check the website for further details.
Detroit Riverfront Detroit, MI 48215 +1 616 245 2217
With the beautiful River Rouge, River Canard, and the Ecorse River as its tributaries, the views surrounding the Detroit River are truly splendid. One of the busiest waterways in the world, the river itself has been heavily polluted, but over the last few decades major efforts have been made to clean it up and restore it to its natural state. The river has become a major commercial hub over the years, with a number of beautiful hotels and commercial buildings cashing in on its beauty. Cruises like the The Detroit Princess Riverboat are ideal for showing you the best of Detroit's riverfront. Also within the Detroit River you'll find a number of picturesque islands, such as Belle Isle and Grosse Isle, which are always buzzing with activity.
1000 Sainte Anne Street Detroit, MI 48216 +1 313 496 1701
The second oldest Catholic Church in the United States, Ste. Anne's was founded in 1701 shortly after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac dedicated Fort Pontchartrain. The current church, located near the Ambassador Bridge, is the eighth Ste. Anne's and dates back to 1886. It's a finely detailed Gothic structure with flying buttresses (unusual in the United States) and four gargoyles near the entrance. The wood altar was taken from the 1818 church. It has the oldest stained glass in Detroit, a beautifully hand-carved communion rail and an impressive old pipe organ. Mass is celebrated daily, with a second mass on Sundays in Spanish. This is one of the city's greatest architectural and historic treasures.
4114 West Vernor Highway Detroit, MI 48209 +1 313 841 0400
Whether you call it the Mexicantown Fiesta Center or El Club, nobody has two doubts about its popularity. This comparatively new music venue is the latest addition to the happening music scene of Detroit and patrons are extremely happy to attend better concerts. Apart from the cool event line-up, El club features a bar serving variety of drinks; patrons can sit on the patio that has garden seating.
With its traces in history, Woodward Avenue is a must
visit on a family outing or just on a stroll with friends. A host of events including arts,entertainment and music are held here. At Woodward Avenue there are beautiful ...
Greater Grace Temple is also known as the City of
David and has existed since 1927. It is a place of refuge for the hurt and the lost and a house of prayer, too. Greater Grace Temple is the ...
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 ...