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How to Spend 2 Days in Detroit

How to Spend 2 Days in Detroit

With two days in Detroit, not only can you learn about Motor City’s heyday and take in its historical architecture, you can also make a day trip to the nearby college town of Ann Arbor. Here’s how to make the most of two days in Detroit.

Day 1: Explore Historic Detroit

Morning: During the first half of the 20th century, Detroit was the center of auto manufacturing in the US, and the wealth this created is still evident throughout the Downtown area. Start your Detroit visit with a guided walking or bicycle tour to learn all about the city’s history and see some of its most magnificent buildings, including the Guardian Building, the Westin Book Cadillac, and the Book Tower.

Afternoon: Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the biggest collections of art in the US. The huge Detroit Industry Murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera are a highlight. Alternatively, if the weather is fine, spend the afternoon at Belle Isle Park. On an island in the middle of the Detroit River, the park has an aquarium, a beach, and a golf range, among other attractions.

Night: Experience Detroit’s vibrant nightlife scene by taking in some live jazz. See what’s on at famous Cliff Bell’s, historic Baker’s, or other Downtown venues.

Day 2: Day Trip to Ann Arbor

Morning: On your second day, take a day trip to the pleasant town of Ann Arbor, less than an hour’s drive from central Detroit and home to the University of Michigan. You can easily spend a whole day here, strolling around the attractive campus, stopping at shops and cafés, and grazing at the farmers market (if you’re in town on Wednesday or Saturday).

Afternoon: After lunch at a local restaurant, perhaps in the lively Kerrytown neighborhood, visit the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum. Open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset and free to enter, the 123-acre (50-hectare) garden is easy to explore independently.

Night: If you’re in no hurry to return to Detroit, catch a movie or a show at the 1928 Michigan Theater, home to the Ann Arbor Symphony and a Barton organ that entertains the crowd prior to movies. Alternatively, top off your stay back in Detroit with dinner at a Downtown restaurant.

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Admission Ticket

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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Private Antique Car Tour of Historic Belle Isle

Private Antique Car Tour of Historic Belle Isle

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This is a one of a kind tour of historic Belle Isle park in an antique automobile -- a Ford Model A from 1930. Belle Isle has been a park since 1880. The views are fantastic, the history is rich, and the architecture is amazing. Come see why Belle Isle has been the gem of Detroit for the last 140 years. We ride with the top down when weather permits.
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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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