Nestled right on the border with Canada, Detroit is a brilliant city to visit if you’re driving through the northern states, or visiting the best places around Lake Erie itself. Now, let’s be honest, Detroit sometimes gets overlooked instead of close-ish cities like Chicago, but there are heaps of the best things to do in Detroit dotted all across the city.
So, to help you get the most out of your time visiting Detroit, I wanted to share some of the key places to visit and experiences you have to have whilst you explore the city. After all, it’s Michigan’s biggest city to see.
Take a look, below, at the best things to do in Detroit. Have the best time exploring.
1.) Detroit Historical Museum
If you’re into your history, then the Detroit Historical Museum is a must-visit when in Detroit. Not only that, it’s a great place to visit if you want some time away from plodding the streets… which can get chilly in the winter.
Once inside, the museum has heaps of exhibits and thousands of artefacts, including the city’s founding, the auto industry, and the Motown era that have all made Detroit the city it is today.
There’s a small entry fee, but totally worth it for all the exhibits. You’ll get to learn so much about French migration to Detroit and learn more about the underground railroad which is so enlightening.
Afterwards, if you’ve got time, take a ride over to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It’s a museum that tells the story of the Ford Motor Company and its presence in Detroit. Historically, the plant was where the first Ford Model T was built and it is now a museum. It’s one of the best things to do in Detroit if you want to explore the city’s automotive history.
2.) Eastern Market
Probably one of Michigan’s most famous markets, the Eastern Market is packed full of stalls and has been going since the 18th Century. Now, we love the Saturday Market which has hundreds of local vendors that make Detroit so great. Just be sure to arrive hungry, you’ll be stopping to buy loads of delicious treats while there.
This all being said, if it’s art and crafts you’re after – then head to the Sunday Market. You’ll have everything from local jewellers, artists, musicians and so much more. Just be prepared for crowds, the markets do get busy on weekends.
3.) Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the…