We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Renaissance Center
The Renaissance Center is made up of seven interconnected skyscrapers and is the headquarters of GM; however, that doesn't mean there isn't anything for people to do here! The center, located on the riverfront, has tons of shopping, eateries, and a 73-story hotel.
It is located at 300 Renaissance Ctr., Detroit, MI 48243.
2. Campus Martius
This small park in downtown Detroit holds numerous events, gatherings, and live entertainment. During the summer, the park transforms into a beach; in the winter, the park invites you and your friends for some ice-skating fun. They also opened up an upscale restaurant named Parc nearby, which features a menu inspired by the diverse cultures in Detroit.
The park is located at 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
3. Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum features interactive exhibits of the city's important history. You'll walk through recreated streets, shops, and feel like you've been taken back to old Detroit. There are also great exhibits of trains, the auto assembly line, and Detroit sports.
The museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
4. Detroit Institute of Arts
Visiting the DIA is a must for all Detroiters. The museum contains one of the most significant art collections in the United States! There are over 100 galleries that feature works from around the globe, including artifacts from ancient Egypt to classical European masterpieces to unique contemporary art. You will have a wonderful time walking through this beautiful building, and we promise it'll be one of your favorite museums!
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202.
5. Hitsville U.S.A.
This is the first headquarters of Motown. You'll find a collection of the music label's memorabilia and art, plus walk through the famous Studio A (where all the magic happened), and get to see the costumes worn by The Supremes.
The museum is located at 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208.
6. Philip A. Hart Plaza
Hart Plaza is a beautiful 14-acre plaza that is home of the iconic Dodge Fountain. The area holds numerous events, like the jazz festival and other fun music events. It's a great space to walk and relax, especially since you're right by the Detroit River and the riverfront. It's also an awesome spot to capture photos!
Hart Plaza is located at 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226.
7. Monument to Joe Louis
Also located right in downtown, you'll spot the Monument to Joe Louis (aka "The Fist"), a tribute to one of the greatest American athletes of all time. It's a whopping 27-foot bronze memorial to the legendary boxer, who was one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. It is a sight to see.
You'll find this unique sculpture at 5 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
8. Detroit Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple in Detroit is the largest of its kind in the world. There are three theatres, three ballrooms, and banquet halls. It was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style and is one of Detroit's most stunning buildings, both inside and out.
The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201.
9. Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre is a treasure in Detroit. This performing arts center opened in 1928 and is the largest surviving 1920s-era movie palace. You can still enjoy a show here and take in the breathtaking architecture and colors of the stunning auditorium today.
The theatre is located at 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
10. Detroit Riverfront
You can literally spend an entire day on the Detroit International Riverfront! There are plenty of parks, restaurants, shopping, a marina, dock, and even a riverboat cruise that will take you on a lovely tour of the city. It's a great space to take in the beauty that is Detroit and the surrounding area. Bike, run, or walk down the riverfront and enjoy the views!
The riverfront is located at 1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207.
11. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was built in 1904 and was the first factory owned by the Ford Motor Factory. It was here that Ford designed his famous Model T! You can walk through the building and see iconic automobiles, as well as a recreation of how Ford's room may have looked as he was designing the car. The plant is also a beautiful place to rent out for events, weddings, and receptions.
It is located at 461 Piquette Street, Detroit, MI 48202.
12. Detroit Princess Riverboat
To really see all of Detroit and the surrounding area, you need to take a ride in the Detroit Princess Riverboat. You can even dine here with your loved one and experience the fantastic views at night.
The riverboat is located at 625 West Congress St., Detroit, MI 48226.
What are your favorite attractions in downtown Detroit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!