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How to Spend 1 Day in Detroit

How to Spend 1 Day in Detroit

Once among the country’s largest and wealthiest cities, Detroit, Michigan, today retains remnants of its glorious past in its architecture. With one day in Motor City, you can cover its walkable Downtown, take in some culture, and get a glimpse of the city’s heyday. Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Detroit.

Morning: Downtown Walking Tour

Detroit’s Downtown area contains some amazing examples of late-19th- and early 20th-century architecture: the Guardian Building, the Westin Book Cadillac, and the Book Tower are highlights. Some of these fell into disrepair after Detroit went bust but have been restored to their original glory. See these architectural treasures while learning about the city’s history on a walking tour or a bicycle tour, some of which include a ride on the People Mover, Detroit’s elevated railway.

Afternoon: Detroit Institute of Arts or Family Fun

Lovers of the fine arts shouldn’t miss the Detroit Institute of Arts. One of the finest and largest art galleries in the US, the museum has a collection of more than 65,000 works from all over the world, from ancient times to modern. A highlight are the hugeDetroit Industry Murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera, depicting the heyday of car manufacturing in the city. Alternatively, if you’re traveling with kids, consider a visit to SEA LIFE® Michigan or LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, both in Auburn Hills, north of central Detroit.

Night: Nightlife Sampler

Spend the evening discovering Detroit’s happening nightlife scene. Listen to live music at the legendary Fox Theater, catch some jazz at Cliff Bell’s, or design your own bar crawl in the Downtown area. If you’re visiting in summer, check out the city’s huge range of seasonal festivals, which celebrate everything from jazz and cars to food and culture; many continue into the evening.

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Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit

Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit

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Whether you are a visitor, or someone who lives in the Detroit Metropolitan area, you will be amazed at the wonderful things Detroit has to offer: history, great architecture, gorgeous places like the Guardian and Fisher building and etc. When you will take tour with us you will learn about recent changes going on Detroit by visiting unique buildings, access to which have only our tour guide. After finishing tour with us you will know a lot about Detroit's history, famous Architectures and gain knowledge about current changes happening in Detroit. Let's join us It's go time Detroit!
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Detroits Rise Fall and Renewal

Detroits Rise Fall and Renewal

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See why this city that's officially filed for bankruptcy is still one of America's greatest underdog stories on a tour that showcases the rise, fall and renewal of Detroit. Follow your local guide through the sights and landmarks and learn about the history, architecture and art of the incredible Motor City.
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Detroit Walking Tour Including Rides on the People Mover

Detroit Walking Tour Including Rides on the People Mover

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Gain an understanding of the 'real' Detroit during this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Ride the 'People Mover' (Detroit's elevated train) to Lafayette Coney Island, among the sculptures of Civic Center, and through Greektown. This small group tour is limited to 12 people or fewer to ensure personalized attention from your guide. Train fare and snacks included.
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Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Experience the magic of underwater marine life as you make your way from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the depths of the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Enjoy an afternoon—or an entire day—of informative talks, interactive exhibits, animal feeding shows and so much more. Discover the thrill of seeing blacktip reef sharks and gentle seahorses. Kids can also enjoy learning more about the underwater habitats of sea creatures. Whether you’re traveling with a family or looking to spend a day on your own, admission to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is sure to impress!
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Small Group Walking Tour Corktown is Popping in Detroits Oldest Neighborhood

Small Group Walking Tour Corktown is Popping in Detroits Oldest Neighborhood

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Explore Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood on a 2-hour walking tour of city landmarks, local haunts, and classic architecture. You’ll see a block at the heart of the ‘Corktown Revival,’ with hip restaurants, cocktail bars, and cafes, then take in the ruined Michigan Central Railroad Station, long a symbol of Detroit's golden age. This 2-hour Corktown walking tour includes a half pint of beer at an Irish American club, and it’s limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan Admission Ticket

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan Admission Ticket

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan is an imaginative, indoor destination in the Auburn Hills designed for children aged three to 10. With all-day admission, you can see the magic in the LEGO® Factory, explore kid-sized Miniland, create a lightning-fast LEGO race car, and experience a 4D theater.
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  • 3 hours
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Escape Room

Escape Room "CheckMate" 75 minute high-challenge

Spend an evening with family, friends, or co-workers trying to escape the toy master’s playhouse. You have 75 minutes to play the games in the room and find the clues in order to escape. A minimum of four players is required and participants must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to try and beat the toy master.
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