Things to do in Detroit

Welcome to the "Motor City"! Whether it's your first time here or you're a Detroit native, there are so many things to see and explore while you're in town. Did you know Detroit was the birthplace of Motown Records? Or that the first mile of concrete was paved here? Vinnie Van GO has put together a guide so you can make the most of Detroit while you're in town.





North American International Auto Show

For one of the world's best auto shows, look no further than Detroit. The final two weeks in January are dedicated to this highly anticipated event, first begun in 1899. Each year it sees almost a million visitors from all over the world, but this event is truly about celebrating Detroit's auto history.

Address:
Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226


Ann Arbor Folk Festival

This annual festival is a local and tourist favorite, and has been since 1977. For two nights, take in the country's best folk music, as artists from all genres and styles collaborate on stage.

Address:
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Woodward Dream Cruise

Every August thousands of classic cars line Woodward Avenue for arguably the city's biggest event. In 2009, Woodward Dream Cruise saw more than one million visitors. This festival has been a Detroit tradition since 1848 when Woodward Ave saw its first street races by carriage. This is not an event you should miss!



Joe Louis Arena

This multi-purpose arena along the Detroit River is the current home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and is the second oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden.

Address:
19 Steve Yzerman Dr
Detroit, MI 48226


Little Caesars Arena

This multi-purpose indoor arena is currently under construction, but is projected to open in September, 2017. It will be one of the city's biggest entertainment and sports arenas, and will become the new home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

Address:
2645 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201



Belle Isle Park

This massive island park in the middle of the Detroit River is the best place to spend the day when the weather is nice. It is the largest city-owned island park in the country, and is also home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, and many more attractions that will keep you entertained.


Hitsville U.S.A.

The Motown Museum is located here, in its original location. If you love Motown music, or music in general, this little slice of history is a must-see. The guides are well-informed and the tours are fun and entertaining.

Address:
2648 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208


Detroit RiverFront

If you need a break from city hustle and bustle, take a stroll down this boardwalk. Lining the river, this walk will give you beautiful views of Canada — the perfect thing to do on a sunny day!



Detroit holds an incredibly important place in U.S. history, and there are several tours that will make sure you make the most of your trip here. The HandleBar Detroit, for example, hosts beer tasting experiences around the city — informative and fun for those 21+! Detroit Cycle Boat has some of the best tours around, and gives you the opportunity to check out Motor City from the water. If either of those aren't your thing, try out Detroit Segways Tour & Rentals. They'll have you and your group zipping around the city's best sites.



Detroit has an up-and-coming food scene that’s making waves. Here are some of Vinnie's favorite spots to dine at while he's in town.


El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

This surf and turf spot is perfect for a business dinner or date. Try the guacamole - it’s prepared tableside!

Address:
1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209


Duly's Place

This greasy spoon has been running for more than 90 years, and is Anthony Bourdain-approved - what more convincing do you need? Chow down on Coney Island classics, but make sure to bring your cash.

Address:
5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209


Green Dot Stables

This horse-racing themed bar is known by locals to have some of the best sliders for miles. It is affordable, delicious, and has a comfortable atmosphere — great for groups of friends!

Address:
2200 West Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48216


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