The Must-See Attractions in Detroit

By: Ann Knapp

Detroit has its secrets; most of them in the form of little known tourist attractions. Now that the city is becoming a haven for weekend getaways, they're springing to life again, adding vibrancy to a slowly resurrecting industrial town. All of the following attractions can be reached by a variety of transportation, including limos and luxury sedans.

The ouzo flows and the souvlaki sizzles on Monroe Street, the center of an ethnic section of Detroit dominated by Greek restaurants and businesses.

GM Renaissance Center
Multi-towered skyscraper is the tallest building in Detroit that features an observation tower on the 72nd floor.

Greektown Casino
From Baccarat and Blackjack to Craps and Caribbean Stud, this lively casino ensures an exciting gaming experience.

GM World
Twenty-five General Motors cars and trucks are showcased in this elaborate setting.

Pewabic Pottery
A historical specialty shop where visitors can pick up beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
Traditional cathedral ministry serves the greater metropolitan area of Detroit.

Ambassador Bridge
At the time this bridge was built in 1929 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Detroit Cultural Center Historic District
This area includes Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science Center, the Detroit Public Library and Wayne State University.

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.

Ford Field
Detroit Lions' new home field and site of the 2006 Super Bowl.

Eastern Market
A fantastic farmer's market where you can get just about anything.

Belle Isle
This large urban park on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River contains the Belle Isle Zoo and was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

Detroit Heritage Tours
Learn about the history of Detroit on a set of five guided walking tours led by volunteers from Preservation Wayne.

Detroit Opera House
The old Grand Circus Theater was transformed into this opera house.

Hart Plaza
Designed by Isamu Noguchi, this huge concrete expanse features the designer's unique creations of a twisted spire and fountain.

Detroit Symphony
Popular orchestra performs a wide variety of musical performances featuring classical, pops and jazz concerts at Orchestra Hall, Meadow Brook Music Festival and other venues.

Fox Theater Building
A beautifully refurbished, flamboyant, 5,000 seat theater.

Max M. Fisher Music Center
Originally built for the symphony in 1919, this building was saved from destruction and now houses the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Joe Louis Arena
Detroit sports center where the Red Wings won the 1997 Stanley Cup.

Mexican section of southwest Detroit. Incredible, authentic Mexican food.

Poletown, Detroit
Ethnic section of Detroit.

Century Club
Now being used for cabaret theatre or private dinner functions

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
The first international vehicular tunnel that now allows thousands of visitors to transverse the Detroit River daily.

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