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In July, I had a chance to take a trip to Detroit, Michigan. I have family up there that I had not seen in over ten years. Also, there were some things that I wanted to do in the city as well. I figured that July would be a good time to visit the city. I didn’t have any expectations before my trip. Detroit was great. After one trip, I’d put Detroit as a top 10 destination in the United States. Today, I want to share with you ten things to do in Detroit.
The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and more all got their start with the Motown record label. I’ve been a fan of the Motown sound since I was a kid. Several people in my family had records and tapes of Motown artists. The Motown Museum is a must visit if you’re in Detroit. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the chance to see where some of the greatest artists of all recorded and did business at. What was great about the museum was that some of the rooms hadn’t been changed since the 70’s. Barry Gordy’s apartment still looked like it did over 40 years ago. The calendar in one of the offices was still on the March 1973 date! It’s amazing how they kept things preserved in the museum.
If you are a baseball fan, you can’t come to Detroit without seeing the Tigers play at Comerica Park. Whenever I go to a new city in the spring or summer, I try to get a baseball game in. Comerica Park was done right. It’s a newer park, but it has that retro feeling to it. I’ve been to 16 ballparks so far, and this one is in my top 5. If you like football, the home of the Detroit Lions (Ford Field), is across the street.
MGM Grand Detroit Casino
If you like to gamble, you have to check out the MGM Detroit Grand. I heard that Detroit has a few casinos, but I didn’t know that the MGM would be one of them. This casino had me feeling like I was in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand had a lot of machines to play and a couple of bars & restaurants to choose from.
The next thing to do in Detroit is to check out Eastern Market. It is an open air market that has over 150 food and business vendors. My cousin took my girlfriend and me out there on a Saturday morning. It was a good crowd out there. People were all over the place. People were selling all types of things out there. We visited a few vendors and checked out the Detroit versus Everybody store and even found a place that let us sample some Detroit gin and whiskey.
The Greektown area is next on the list. It’s an entertainment district that is located in downtown Detroit. Greektown has several bars and restaurants to choose from including Pizza Papalis and Fishbones (where we ate at). The Greektown Casino-Hotel is also located in the district.
The Riverfront is good for getting a quick run or walk in. You can take some beautiful pictures of the view as well. Directly across the river is Canada. Something else that I liked about the Riverfront was that the Gateway to Freedom International Underground Railroad Memorial is located there. The memorial pays tributes to African Americans who fought for freedom during a time where everyone didn’t have it.
Detroit Institute of Arts
If you are a fan of the arts, you must visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. It’s one of the largest art museums in the country. There are over 100 galleries in there. The art collection is valued in the billions.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
We didn’t get a chance to visit the museum, but it’s on the list for next time. The museum was founded in 1965. It has over 35,000 artifacts in it. It holds the world’s largest exhibit on African American culture. It’s a must see if you want to learn more about black history.
Green Dot Stables
This spot was near our hotel, so we decided to eat there, twice. Green Dot Stables is a restaurant that specializes in sliders. The sliders cost $3. They had several kinds to choose from. My favorites were the Fried Chicken Caesar Slider and the Coney Dog Slider. They also had fries, soups, salads, desserts, and drinks. If you are looking for good food for a great price, you should check out Green Dot Stables.
Johnny Noodle King
We passed this spot in the Uber a couple of times and decided to check it out the last night that we were in Detroit. It was a great decision. This was my first time going to a ramen spot. I can’t remember what I ordered, but it was good and spicy. For more info about Johnny Noodle King, visit their website here.
Bonus: Windsor Canada
Canada is literally across the river from Detroit. I couldn’t go to Detroit and not visit Canada for a few hours. There are two ways to get to Canada from Detroit. You can go via the underground tunnel, or you could take the bridge. We took the tunnel going and took the bridge on the way back. Windsor is the city that you will arrive at once you cross the border. Windsor was a lot quieter than Detroit was. The only thing that we did was go to the Caesars Windsor Casino. The casino was a lot more chill than Greektown and MGM Grand. I played a couple of slot machines and won $70! I’ll call that a successful trip. If you have some spare time while in Detroit, Windsor may be a good place to visit for a couple of hours.