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In Detroit

Garden Bowl

4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 833-9700 • majesticdetroit.com For over 100 years this 16-lane bowling alley in Midtown has been a recreation destination. Full service bar and lounge, patio and pizza. Ford Drive-In

10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn (313) 846-6910 • forddrivein.com First Opened in 1950 this movie theatre always offers a double feature! Concession stand, playground, and restrooms available.

Belle Isle

www.michigan.gov (Go to Dept. of Natural Resources) This state park can be accessed using the MacArthur Bridge at E. Jefferson Avenue and E. Grand Blvd. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park in New York City), this beautiful 982-acre park has over five miles of scenic shoreline. The Nature Zoo provides family programs. Call for hours. The Whitcomb Conservatory, Livingstone Lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Casino (available for rent, seniors programs); Scott Memorial Fountain and a “Kids Kingdom” playscape along with numerous recreational venues. (313) 821-9844.

Campus Martius

www.downtowndetroitparks.com Campus Martius lies at the heart of the City of Detroit. Known as the “Point of Origin,” the junction of Woodward and Monroe Avenues is the starting point from where the City of Detroit’s system of streets, squares and lots was created. Home to Rocket Mortgage, retail outlets and loft residences Campus Martius is a significant and contributing factor to the ongoing rebirth of downtown Detroit. With gardens, fountains, waterfalls, monuments, ice skating rink and urban beach space, it is the meeting place for city residents.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

440 Burroughs St., Detroit 48202 Office: (313) 335-3350 • Tickets: (313) 335-3300 www.chambermusicdetroit.org Detroit concerts at WSU Schaver Recital Hall. Grosse Pointe concerts at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Pontiac concerts at Flagstar Strand Theatre. Known for its intimate concert experience and creative program CMS is a special treat for the musically inclined. For more information about concerts and tickets, go to the website.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren at Brush, Detroit (313) 494-5800 • www.thewright.org Open Tuesday through Sunday, call for exact hours. Admission charge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind. Exhibits show the history and contributions of African Americans. The museum features 125,000 sq. ft. simulating scenes from early African history to the slave trade, the civil rights movement to contemporary Detroit. 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 962-4000 • www.mlb.com There’s a lot more than baseball (still the main event!) going on at Comerica Park. Home of the Detroit Tigers. A theme park, baseball museum and restaurants add to the fun.

Detroit Artists Market

4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 832-8540 • www.detroitartistsmarket.org Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. This market and gallery is dedicated to Michigan artists. It was founded in 1932 and is the oldest cultural institution in Detroit promoting contemporary artists. Detroit Film Theatre

5200 Woodward Ave. (Detroit Institute of Arts), Detroit (313) 833-4005 • www.dia.org/dft Contemporary and classic films, special events for adults and children. Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-1805 www.detroithistorical.org Established in 1928, this Detroit cultural gem is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history. “Streets of Old Detroit,” “Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy”, and “Doorway to Freedom” are fantastic! Call or log on to website for hours. Admission fee.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit (313) 833-7900 www.dia.org Considered one of the top museums in the country. Open Tuesday- Sunday. The Beaux Arts Building was designed by Paul Cret and built in 1927, with extensive renovations being recently completed. Renowned for its extensive and diverse collection, with over 100 galleries, a reference library, lecture hall, cafe and museum store. Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents are free. Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre

1526 Broadway, Detroit Tickets (313) 237-7464 • www.michiganopera.org Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane and known for its superb acoustic construction, the theatre first opened in 1922. The lavish Italian renaissance style has been allowed to flourish despite its tumultuous history of name changes and abandonment. The opera is alive and well... for tours see website.

Detroit Experience Factory (DXF)

440 Burroughs St., Ste 118, Detroit (313) 962-4590 • www.detroitexperiencefactory.org Public and customized tours allow exploration of the city in a variety of ways - walking tours, bus tours, happy hour bar tours. Nothing is off limits, get creative and give DFX a call! Also, a great resource for house hunting, retail shopping, bar and restaurant locations. Lists and maps broken down by geographical areas. Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Max M. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 576-5111 • www.dso.org Now over 100 years old, many renowned conductors and musicians have performed beloved classics, world premiers, pops and jazz. There are always programs for children and families as well. Orchestra Hall, built by C. Howard Crane in 1919, is the elegant home of the orchestra and is now part of the fantastic Max M. Fisher Music Center.

Eastern Market

Headquarters at 2934 Russell, located on Russell between Mack & Gratiot (313) 833-9300 www.easternmarket.org Open Saturdays, 6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This 11-acre open-air market sells fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, wines, flowers and plants. It is the largest historic public market district in the U.S.! The area also features specialty stores and restaurants.

Ford Field

2000 Brush, Detroit (313) 262-2100 www.detroitlions.com Admission charge. Located in the heart of the entertainment district and home to the NFL Detroit Lions. The design incorporates the Detroit landmark Hudson’s warehouse (built in the 1920s) and claims the best sight lines of any stadium in the U.S. Public walk up tours and group tours are available.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Over 80 years old, the Fox is the oldest surviving movie palace of the 1920s. It continues to showcase live music and Broadway shows.

Greektown

Monroe Street between Randolph and I-75. Authentic Greek restaurants, bakeries, shops, nightlife and a casino are all easily accessible to hotels and other attractions by the Detroit People Mover.

500 Griswold St., Detroit 48226 (313) 963-4567 • www.guardianbuilding.com Built in 1928-29 this significant skyscraper is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the best examples of art-deco architecture. Standing tall at 40 floors, it is made of 1.8 million custom tangerine colored bricks and features glass from France, marble from Italy and Africa, Rookwood Pottery and Pewabic tile. The 5 story Michigan Mural and Tiffany clock make this Detroit gem a must see.

Huntington Place

One Washington Blvd., Detroit • (313) 877-8777 www.huntingtonplacedetroit.com The convention center is the 17th largest in the country hosting conferences, conventions, and trade shows. The People Mover has a station on the 4th floor and the largest MoGo bike share station. Huntington Place has a large art collection on display and houses an outlet of the Pure Detroit retail store.

Indian Village

Over 100 years old, this community of 351 homes was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Located from E. Jefferson to Mack Avenue in Detroit it includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues. These homes, built as early as 1895 by Detroit’s wealthiest businessmen, are on a grand scale, explaining the popular home and garden tours this neighborhood hosts.

Little Caesars Arena

2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Opened in the fall of 2017, this multi-purpose arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. The eight-story building is built in a bowl shape with its floor 40 feet below street level. Capacity of 20,000 seats for hockey games is the 2nd largest in the world. Concert calendar, game schedules and arena tour info are online.

Majestic Theatre Center

4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-9700 • www.majesticdetroit.com A city block full of fun: two restaurants, bars, billiards, bowling, live entertainment venues. Free shuttle to other downtown locations.

Masonic Temple

500 Temple Street, Detroit (313) 832-7100 • www.themasonic.com Built in 1926, the temple is listed on the State and National Historic Registers. The theatre seats over 4,400 people and hosts all forms of live entertainment including plays, variety shows, dance and rock concerts.

Mexicantown

Southwest of downtown at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. This area offers numerous annual events including Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Summer Mercado. Restaurants and craft stores abound.

Michigan Science Center

5020 John R, Detroit (313) 577-8400 • www.mi-sci.org Family oriented, hands-on displays designed with an interactive approach, for the discovery of all things related to science, math and technology. Features exhibits, live shows and activities. Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission charge. 3939 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit (313) 420-6000 • midtowndetroitinc.org Bounded by Ford Freeway (North), Chrysler Freeway (East), Fisher Freeway (South), and the Lodge Freeway (West). Known as “Midtown”, this area includes many cultural, educational and medical institutions including the Detroit Art Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Public Library, and the Max Fisher Music Center.

Motown Historical Museum

2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit (313) 875-2264 • motownmuseum.org Currently closed for expansion construction. Projected opening in spring 2022. Featuring the beginning of the Motown music empire; galleries featuring numerous displays and artifacts showcasing the major works of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Online gift shop. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center

1801 Atwater, Detroit (844) 622-6367 • www.michigan.gov/oac This family-friendly destination brings Michigan’s woods, water and wildlife inside a three-story, 40,000 square foot building near the Detroit Riverwalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. This unique facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of activities and exhibits. Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee.

Pewabic Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit (313) 626-2000 • www.pewabic.org A Detroit institution, many homes and office buildings are decorated with these distinctive tiles and mosaics. Production, history and exhibits are available to view. One of only two active turn-of-the-century pottery studios in the country. Online store. Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday call for group tours.

Renaissance Center

Located on Jefferson between Brush and Beaubien (313) 567-3126 • www.gmrencen.com A Detroit landmark on the Detroit River, it is easily recognized by its five massive glass towers. The RenCen, at 5.5 million sq. ft., houses General Motors World Headquarters, numerous offices, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, a food court, fine dining restaurants, specialty retail stores located on the Detroit River. Located along the Detroit River between the RenCen and Belle Isle Bridge, this historic warehouse district with great views features restaurants, clubs, parks, marina and outdoor concert venue – the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Skillman Library

121 Gratiot, Detroit (313) 481 -1850 • www.detroitpubliclibrary.org Open Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The nation’s most extensive public archive of automotive information including books, photographs, drawings and company histories are available by appointment. Call (313) 481-1862. Tuskegee Airmen National Museum

Exhibits and artifacts located in the Coleman A. Young Gallery of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit 48201. Admission charge. Thursday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Historic Aircraft, all youth programs and administrative offices at the Coleman A. Young International Airport. 11499 Corner St., Detroit 48213 (313) 843-8849 • www.tuskegeemuseum.org Honors the legacy and achievements of the nation’s first all-black air fighter squadron. The Heidelberg Project

Art Environment, 3600 Block of Heidelberg, Detroit 48207 (313) 458-8414 • www.heidelberg.org Artist Tyree Guyton has taken on urban blight and created an indoor/ outdoor art gallery incorporating found objects, sidewalks, vacant lots, and houses into his works. Log on for tour and lecture information.

Wayne State University Theatre & Dance

(313) 577-3508 • www.theatreanddance.wayne.edu Performance Spaces: • Hilberry Gateway - New performance complex for theatre, music, dance and art-related events. -

Coming Fall 2022. • Hilberry Theatre - Will be renovated to become the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center for music and dance performances. • Underground at the Hilberry - Open stage in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre used for experimental and classroom productions. • Allesee Dance Theatre - Small theatre on the third floor of the Old Main Building.