Detroit is a special place to live, work, and play — there’s no denying it. While the city means something different to each and every resident or visitor, there are a few surefire ways to embrace your inner Detroiter. Here are 11 ways to have a “classically Detroit” experience in the Motor City.
1. Take a stroll along the Riverfront.
Begin your day in Detroit with a peaceful walk along the Detroit River, which never fails to impress with its beautiful waters and plethora of waterfront activities. Whether you’re visiting Milliken State Park or fishing off the pier, there’s nothing not to love about the Riverfront.
2. Enjoy a slice of square Detroit-style pizza.
All that walking has probably made you hungry! Never fear: Detroit serves up some of the best pizza around, and its square shape just adds to the appeal. Stop in at Buddy’s Pizza for a slice or two before you continue on your merry way in the Motor City.
3. Treat that post-pizza stomachache with some Vernors.
We’ve all been there: sometimes that Detroit-style pizza is just so delicious that you can’t stop eating it. When you’ve overindulged, simply sip on a glass of Vernors and experience its magical healing powers. It’s a classic Detroit remedy!
4. Check out some art at the DIA.
Once your stomach is settled, it’s time to enjoy some of the country’s most amazing creations with a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. From a Diego Rivera mural to all sorts of modern art exhibits, there’s no telling what sort of creative excitement is in store for you during your visit.
5. Wave hello to those Canadian neighbors.
Of course, no day in Detroit is complete without acknowledging the city’s proximity to Windsor, Ontario. Glance across the Detroit River or take a journey over the Ambassador Bridge to cross the border — either way, you can’t love Detroit without feeling a bit of love for Canada, too.
6. Take a ride on the People Mover.
Perhaps it’s not as extensive as the public transportation routes in other major cities, but the People Mover has a unique appeal all its own. Check out awesome views of downtown Detroit and mingle with city residents as you make your way across town on this single-track train.
7. Tour the Motown Museum and listen to some tunes.
Ready to release your inner music superstar? Head to the Motown Museum and pay respects to the place where so many of the world’s most beloved musical acts originated. From Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross, Detroit is responsible for some truly amazing tunes — and you’ll find it hard not to burst into song as you peruse this historic site!
8. Marvel at the skyline from Belle Isle.
Belle Isle is one of the city’s most gorgeous gems, offering breathtaking views of the Detroit skyline and plenty of attractions for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re picnicking on the grass, touring the Belle Isle Aquarium, or photographing the island's beautiful fountain, we promise you’ll have a blast.
9. Grab dinner at Slows.
Has all this culture and excitement made you hungry? We have the perfect solution: a hearty, meaty meal at Slows Bar BQ. This Motor City fixture offers an extensive menu full of BBQ favorites, craft beer, and everything in between. What’s not to love?
10. Head out to Comerica Park for a Tigers game.
Depending on the season, you can substitute this activity with a trip to see the Lions, Red Wings, or Pistons Play — but there’s something supremely special about catching a baseball game at Comerica Park. Spend a few hours engaging in this classic American pastime with the Motor City in the distance.
11. Bask in the spirit of our resilient city.
No Detroit-centric day is complete without pausing to appreciate the resilience of the Motor City. Through all its ups and downs, our beloved town has continued to persevere and strive for better times. If you really want to have the most Detroit day ever, you have to understand just how strong the city’s spirit truly is.
Did we leave any classic Detroit activities or attractions off our list? We’re always happy to hear from you in the comment section below — let us know what we should include on our next list of quintessential Detroit must-dos!