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Top 10 Things To Do In Detroit

Pick from classic attractions, historical wonders and family destinations. Metro Detroit inspires year-round with an array of sights, sounds, people and places.

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1. Detroit Institute of Arts

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Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.

2. Detroit Historical Museum

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The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many interesting displays at this museum dedicated to telling the story of Detroit.

5. Comerica Park

Home of the Detroit Tigers, this is no ordinary ballpark. Combination theme park, ballpark, and baseball museum, it features huge statues of tigers, a Ferris wheel, carousel (with tigers, of course) and a fountain that celebrates each home run with colored lights and music.

6. Motown Museum

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This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown Sound. But one step inside Hitsville, USA, the original house where Berry Gordy lived and recorded the Motown hits, and you'll catch the beat and spirit of this booming music era. Photos, costumes, artwork, music and other memorabilia take you back to simpler times.

7. Guardian Building

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The Guardian Building is a timeless depiction of creativity and accomplishment, it represents a past era enriched by people who believed in the success of Detroit and its many cultures. The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest honor given by the National Park Service.

8. Detroit Urban Exploration

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Capture a different side of Detroit on this a guided photography tour. This ‘urban exploration’ adventure visits the city’s abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings and theaters in search of the perfect picture. Get tips on composition, exposure and more from a freelance fine-art photographer whose specialties include urban landscapes and abandonment. Transportation from one location to the next is included. A must do!

9. Campus Martius Park

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Each season, the Downtown Detroit Parks come alive with a number of unique features — including beautiful landscaping, flowing fountains, historical monuments, flourishing gardens, winter activations, comfortable seating, a variety of innovative dining options and activities that appeal to every age and background. If you are interested in seeing internationally known performers and innovative artistry, taking part in cultural celebrations and healthy initiatives, or simply enjoying the essence of nature surrounded by Detroit's iconic skyscrapers, these beautiful public spaces offer something for everyone.

10. Belle Isle Park

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Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit with historic, environmental, and cultural resources that have been beloved for generations. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more!

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