Detroit April 10, 2017
These 9 Unique Places in Detroit Are An Absolute Must-See And Soon
Detroit is undoubtedly one of the most unique cities in the world. Our fascinating history, unbeatable spirit, and plethora of awesome attractions make our town an incredibly special place to visit. Here are nine spots in the Motor City that are absolutely one-of-a-kind, and you’ll want to see them for yourself.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. The Masonic Temple (500 Temple Street)
Constructed in 1926, Detroit’s Masonic Temple is the largest of its kind in the world. This incredible historic building contains three theatres, two ballrooms, and all sorts of gorgeous event spaces. Its stunning frescoes and ornate architecture will absolutely amaze you — and don’t forget to look out for ghosts, as the temple is frequently cited as one of the city’s most haunted spots.
2. Dequindre Cut Greenway (1776 Woodbridge Street)
This recreation area along the Detroit International Riverfront features two miles of greenery and plenty of walking space for those looking to enjoy a natural escape from the hustle and bustle of the Motor City. Bring your bike or explore the area by foot — you won’t be disappointed.
3. Dabl’s MBAD African Bead Museum (6559 Grand River Ave)
With almost a full city block of space, this one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor exhibit offers a fantastic glimpse at all sorts of beautiful African beads and other handicrafts. Learn about the traditions and stories behind many beadwork styles and marvel at their intricate beauty.
4. Pewabic Pottery (10125 E Jefferson Avenue)
Art enthusiasts will be mesmerized with a trip to this timeless Motor City ceramics studio, which produces its famous glazed pottery right here on-site. Pick up a few pieces for your personal collection or sign up to participate in your very own ceramics class!
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (20510 Livernois Avenue)
Billing itself as the world’s oldest operating jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is an absolute must-see. Dine on delicious home-cooked favorites or sip on a cocktail as you take in the sounds of live jazz music. There’s no better way to spend an evening in the Motor City.
6. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (900 Inselruhe Avenue)
We’ve featured this on previous lists, but it’s too gorgeous not to reiterate. No matter when you visit, this conservatory and botanical garden on Belle Isle offers up-close looks at all sorts of beautiful plant life. It’s like a tropical vacation without leaving the city!
7. Automotive Hall of Fame (21400 Oakwood, Dearborn)
Venture to nearby Dearborn to explore Detroit’s long and vital history with the automobile industry. Since 1939, this museum has honored contributors to the fascinating world of cars, with over 800 recipients in total. If you’ve ever been curious about how the Motor City got its name, this is the place for you.
8. The Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Avenue)
This gorgeous venue has hosted hundreds of incredible performances throughout the decades, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more ornate and lovely spot. If you’ve never seen a show here, you’re missing out! Stop in for a concert, comedy event, or other live performance and prepare to be completely amazed.
9. John K. King Used and Rare Books (901 W Lafayette Blvd)
Bookworms will be in paradise with a visit to this incredible shop, which boasts the title of Michigan’s largest used and rare bookstore. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find a book about it here — and there are plenty of vintage publications at this store to satisfy your inner history buff!
What are some of your favorite unique spots around Detroit? We would absolutely love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below, and happy exploring!