Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Detroit, MI 48207
10 Best places to visit in Detroit
Wayne County, Michigan
Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan, lies on the northwest bank of the Detroit River and on Lake St. Clair, between Lakes Huron and Erie. Detroit is best known for cars and Motown, but that’s not all the cities given the world. Detroit’s past is peppered with plenty of firsts and great innovations, proving there is more to the city than meets the eye. Detroit is also known as America’s Comeback City. After declaring bankruptcy in 2013, the city has revitalized itself. Young entrepreneurs and artists have taken advantage of the low cost of living to create innovative businesses and art installations. A new sense of community has developed, symbolized by the abundance of street art. Domestic and international investments mean new buildings, transportation systems, entertainment and recreation complexes, environmental cleanup, and the creation of public spaces. Detroit is now famous for its resurgence. Detroit’s revitalized downtown is made up of several neighborhoods like Greek town, Cork town, the Entertainment District and the International Riverfront. Wander the streets to admire the art deco and Neo-Gothic architecture and skyscrapers like the GM Renaissance Center, featured in many movies. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has cleaned up miles of Detroit River waterfront. The International Riverfront has lots of green space like Belle Isle Park and the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. The area is full of restaurant and entertainment options, plus hosts a variety of festivals. Detroit may not be the touristiest city in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many attractions to excite and delight you, some of them are mentioned below:
1. Detroit Institute of Arts:
The Detroit Institute of Arts displays a representative cross-section of man's artistic creation from the earliest cultures to the present day. Its permanent collection includes more than 65,000 works of art within more than 100 galleries. This includes pieces from Africa, Oceania, and the Indigenous Americas; art of the Near East and classical antiquity; collections from medieval Europe; and American art and culture. Among the museums most popular are masterpieces of European painting, including works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh (self-portrait), Matisse, and Picasso.
2. Motown Museum
This small museum on West Grand Boulevard packs in a lot of history. Between the years of 1957 and 1972 Motown records were produced here and the studio was home to many a legend including Marvin Gaye who recorded a number of hits here.
3. Henry Ford Estate
Located in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Fair Lane is the former home of automaker Henry Ford and his wife Clara. The Fords settled into their new home in 1915 and lived there until their deaths in 1947 and 1950. The grounds of Fair Lane include a powerhouse hydropower plant, which gave the estate the independence to produce its own power, heat, and light. The estate also included a summer house, man-made lake, staff cottages, gatehouse, pony barn, skating house, greenhouse, root cellar, vegetable garden, peony gardens, a "Santa's workshop," and five hundred birdhouses.
4. Eastern Market
One of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the U.S., Eastern Market takes place every Saturday, offering an eclectic mix of local food, art, and music in a friendly community setting. The market is run by a non-profit that does a lot of work to give back to the area, so be sure to stop by.
5. Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum, although not entirely focused on Ford himself is still very aptly named as it focuses on the technological and industrial inventions and achievements of the United States throughout history. Some of the most notable exhibits within the museum are the very first steam locomotive, built in 1829 by George Stephenson, the car in which John F Kennedy was assassinated and of course the first ever Ford car.
6. Belle Isle
Belle Isle is a leafy 982-acre island on the Detroit River between the U.S. and Canada. The island contains a state park, a free aquarium open on weekends, a conservatory, and the Detroit Yacht Club. Walking, biking or jogging the many miles of trails is a great way to see the island and enjoy views of the city and its Canadian counterpart, Windsor.
7. Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne can be found in West Jefferson and, dating back to 1840, is rightfully named Historic Fort Wayne. A tour of the site includes exploring the old military barracks, dry moat and tunnel as well as the impressive parade ground and the long stone building which was once the Commanding Officer’s House.
8. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
MOCAD is typically Detroit, from the graffiti-covered, repurposed auto dealership that serves as its premises to the adventurous nature of the contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts within it. Exhibitions regularly change, and exciting events are a weekly occurrence. The museum has a “pay what you can” admission policy.
9. Comerica Park
Comerica Park is a combination ballpark, theme park, and baseball museum. The park is most famous as the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team whose history is celebrated along the main concourse in a series of exhibits that highlight the team's accomplishments and milestones, as well as a "Walk of Fame," which celebrates its most famous players. Behind first base, families can enjoy a nice ride on the carousel, while in the third-base section there is a 50-foot Ferris wheel with seats that look like giant baseballs. If you have the chance to attend a game or event at the park, you will see the famous "liquid fireworks" in action on the center-field wall, where a colorfully lit fountain punctuates home runs and wows the crowd.
10. GM Renaissance Centre
Along the Detroit River are huge skyscraper complexes, and dominating them all is the Renaissance Center, which poses as a central feature on the Detroit skyline. This seven-tower complex is a top sightseeing destination, housing the Detroit Marriott, offices, restaurants, and shops that are connected by a dizzying network of escalators and walkways.
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|County :||Wayne County|
|Zip Code :||48201 / 48202 / 48203 / 48204 / 48205 / 48206 / 48207 / 48208 / 48209 / 48210 / 48211 / 48212 / 48213 / 48214 / 48215 / 48216 / 48217 / 48219 / 48221 / 48222 / 48223 / 48224 / 48225 / 48226 / 48227 / 48228 / 48231 / 48232 / 48233 / 48234 / 48235 / 48236 / 48238 / 48239 / 48240 / 48242 / 48243 / 48244 / 48255 / 48260 / 48264 / 48265 / 48266 / 48267 / 48268 / 48269 / 48272 / 48275 / 48277 / 48278 / 48279 / 48288|
|Area Code :||313|
|House Holds :||256985|
|Median Income :||26249|
|Land Area :||359279682|
|Water Area :||10767547|
|Time Zone :||America/Detroit|