Not sure where to begin exploring in Motor City? With everything from museums and parks to entertainment complexes and casinos, Detroit has plenty in the line of amusements and activities for people from all walks of life. Use our list of top attractions to get all the 411 on The 313!
Pay a visit to the Belle Isle Conservancy
, the program responsible for the impeccable maintenance of the park ground from the closed Belle Isle Aquarium to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and other attractions. Thanks to BIBS staff and volunteers, the Conservatory, gardens and greenhouses in the sprawling Belle Isle Park are a delightful sight to behold.
Address: 8109 East Jefferson, Detroit 48214 - MAP
Phone: (313) 331-7760
Originally a central point of early Detroit lost in the reconfiguration of roads and traffic, the famous Campus Martius Park
was re-established as a Renaissance City focal point in 2003. Located in the heart of downtown, this urban park was designed to resemble New York City’s Rockefeller Center with its sculptures, monuments, fountains, bistros, patches of greenery and skating rink hemmed in by towering buildings and other downtown attractions.
Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 962-0101
Detroit is known as the Automotive Capital of the World for a reason. The Henry Ford
, also known as the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village or the Edison Institute, explores the city’s rich history and contributions to the world of transportation. This indoor and outdoor museum complex showcases many significant items that influenced the Industrial Revolution, shaped American history and changed the world.
Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124 - MAP
Phone: (313) 982-6001
The world’s largest institution dedicated to African American culture, the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
serves a dual purpose–it is both a museum of artifacts and an incubator of cultural retention and growth. View a permanent collection of over 30,000 artifacts and archived materials as you explore attractions throughout the seven exhibition areas and immerse yourself in the African American experience.
Address: 315 E Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 494-5808
As you stand at the base of the GM Renaissance Center
, you can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. These seven interlocked skyscrapers, nicknamed the Ren Cen, are the tallest buildings in the state. In addition to serving as General Motors’ world headquarters, this spectacular complex also houses the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, a shopping center, restaurants, private clubs, banks, offices, a four-screen movie theater and other Detroit attractions.
Address: Renaissance Ctr., Detroit, MI 48243 - MAP
Phone: (313) 568-8150
Stop by one of Southeastern Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions. Motown Museum
preserves and cultivates Motown in its first headquarters. Located in the Hitsville U.S.A. building, this unique museum displays costumes, photos and records from Motown's successful era and shares the legacy of the record label, its artists and its music.
Address: 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208 - MAP
Phone: (313) 875-2264
Become engaged with the art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
. The MOCAD leads the way in Detroit’s contemporary culture through its constantly rotating contemporary art exhibitions and attractions. Since first opening in 2006, this non-collecting museum has focused on responding to modern cultural content, promoting collaboration and fueling crucial discourse.
Address: 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 832-6622
Experience art in the great outdoors when you visit the Heidelberg Project
in the city’s east side. A project begun by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather, Sam Mackey, this project has drawn the interests of artists and non-artists worldwide and sparked hope in the impoverished Heidelberg Street by using bright paint and salvaged items to transform dilapidated houses into colorful works of modern art. This unique attraction is definitely one of Detroit's must-see destinations.
Address: 3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit, MI 48207 - MAP
Phone: (313) 267-1622
Just north of the city limit, the Detroit Zoo
offers guests an up-close animal adventure. Observe more than 270 different species in naturalistic habitats and learn fun and fascinating facts as you explore the attractions throughout seven major exhibits: Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Museum of Living Reptiles, Penguinarium and Butterfly Garden!
Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067 - MAP
Phone: (248) 398-0900
Adults can escape to their own wonderland at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino
, one of three casino hotels in the city and the first major luxury casino resort outside of Las Vegas. Not a gambler? This hotel resort is also filled with first-class restaurants, lounges, bars and clubs as well as a relaxing spa and a trendy boutique.
Address: 1777 3rd St., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (888) 646-3387
Learn about the rich history of this metro area at the Detroit Historical Society
as you study 300 years worth of artifacts. Located in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District, this 80,000-square-foot museum has been around since 1928, making it both America’s largest and oldest museum dedicated to a metropolitan history. The exhibits and attractions here are both interesting and engaging.
Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 - MAP
Phone: (313) 833-1805
Spirit of Detroit
Address: Woodward between Jefferson & Larned, Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Address: 555 E Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (888) 771-4386
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Address: 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (866) 782-9622
Great Lakes Maritime Institute
Phone: (313) 791-8452
Henry Ford Estate
Address: 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128 - MAP
Phone: (313) 593-5590
Detroit Princess Riverboat
Address: Detroit, MI 48218 - MAP
Phone: (877) 338-2628
Detroit Science Center (Currently Closed)
Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit, MI 48202 - MAP
Phone: (313) 577-8400