What to Do In and Around Detroit
City of Southfield
Purpose is to provide safe, educationally challenging, convenient leisure opportunities, utilizing public open space and quality leisure facilities to enhance the quality of life for Southfield’s total population that might not otherwise be available.
Detroit Institute of Arts
Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monet in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.
North American International Auto Show
The Auto Show makes it's appearance at the beginning of every year and also debuts more new and concept cars than any other auto show in the world. Living in the automotive capital of the world, it is practically a sin to not visit the Auto Show at least once in your lifetime!
Baseball is an American tradition and the new Comerica park makes ballgames even more enjoyable for the people of every age! Peanuts and hotdogs, anyone?
Located on the city's southwest side at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge, Mexicantown is Detroit's small, but thriving Hispanic community. With a few very popular eateries along the neighborhood's main strip, it is a great place to find some authentic Mexican cuisine.
Belle Isle has something to offer everyone so there is no excuse for staying away. It is now a clean, safe, prospering park where a family could easily spend an entire day swimming, fishing, playing at the playground and huge slide, biking and more!
The Renaissance Center
The Renaissance Center is an icon for Detroit growth and revitalization. Located on the Detroit River, GM Renaissance Center overlooks Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The view is spectacular from the Wintergarden, a five-story atrium designed for retail and restaurants. The RenCen also boasts one of the tallest hotels in the world, the Marriott Renaissance.
Motown Historical Museum
The museum exhibits trace the roots of Motown’s remarkable story and chronicle its impact on 20th century popular culture and musical styles. The story begins with Berry Gordy, Jr. and a small house in Detroit that he christened, Hitsville USA (now home to Motown Historical Museum). The story continues as Motown evolves into a major entertainment enterprise that was among the most diverse and influential in the world.
Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate and inspire visitors of all ages.
The Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is one of Michigan’s largest family attractions, hosting more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, it provides a natural habitat for more than 3,300 animals representing 280 species. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to use barless exhibits extensively.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The Museum provides exhibitions and programs that explore the diversity of African American history and culture, and it houses over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials.
Detroit Historical Museum
The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many interesting displays at this museum dedicated to telling the story of Detroit.
The People Mover
The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is a fully automated light rail system that operates on an elevated single track loop in Detroit's central business district. The system provides connections between sports arenas, exhibition centers, major hotels, and commercial, banking, and retail districts.
Detroit Science Center
Science is made fun and exciting in this hands-on, interactive science center, which introduces science, engineering and technology in ways that children can understand. Complete with an IMAX® Dome theater, the center underwent a huge expansion and renovation in 2001.
This open-air farmers market is over 160 years old, declared a historic area in 1977. The experience of shopping at Eastern Market can not be compared with anything else. The enormous variety of locally grown and made products and produce in one open area is truly amazing!
Red Wings Hockey
Hey, Hockeytown! With the number of times the Stanley Cup has found its home in Detroit, there is no excuse for not supporting our hometown team and catching an always-exciting Red Wings hockey game at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit's largest indoor venue.
Greektown is a one-of-a-kind experience. Between the shopping at Trapper's Alley to the flaming cheese at any number of Greek restaurants, you will walk the streets with the distinct feeling of what life might have been like for Greek immigrants to Detroit long ago!