Detroit Attractions: 6 Bizarre and Amazing Places To Visit Today

Detroit Attractions: 6 Bizarre and Amazing Places To Visit Today  | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Detroit Michigan is home to stunning museums, architectural marvels, cutting edge restaurants, casinos and theaters.  Revitalization projects are in full swing and tourists are exploring the city like never before. 

See our main Detroit page for our full listing of fantastic things to see in Detroit all year round.

And like the mural says below, "This Town Ain't for Weenies!!"

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Just in the past 3 years, its breathtaking and thrilling to watch such powerful revitalization efforts happening all over the city and surrounding regions. 

See my article on Matador network about the city's massive efforts

Can You Find Tim Allen, Eddie Murphy and Tom Selleck in Detroit?

We about lost it when we discovered this incredible mural of Tim Allen, Tom Selleck and Eddie Murphy in Detroit!! We were just driving along, when BAM! There it was!

I waded through snow over my knees to capture this pic! Can you find it?

New Pistons Performance Center

The new Detroit Pistons Practice Facility is part of a huge $5.1 billion building initiative happening in Detroit. 

Not only is the new Detroit Pistons Practice Facility a state-of-the-art training center for the Detroit Pistons, but the facility offers a grocery store, food, fitness and retail amenities open to the public.

The $90 million new Detroit Pistons Practice Facility is the largest in the NBA.  Read on...

Explore The Belt: One of Our Favorite Detroit Attractions

Location: Between Broadway and Library Streets, linking Gratiot and Grand, Detroit, MI

The Belt is named for its physical orientation in a former downtown garment district.

The Belt is an alley in the heart of downtown Detroit with colorful murals and installations by local, national and international artists.  There are also several restaurants so be sure to check out this colorful spot while exploring Detroit Attractions.

Check out the Quirky Heidelberg Project

Detroit's Famously Funky Outdoor Art Project is Wowing Crowds While Changing Lives

Be sure to check out Tyree Guyton’s famous multi award-winning outdoor art environment, The Heidelberg Project

First Underpass Art Project in Detroit

If you are traveling by car or foot near the ill-lighted Cass Avenue railroad viaduct, you might question passing through it.  

Artists Becky Nix and Olek Zemplinski recognized the problem so in 2015 they won a proposal to create a more cheerful and welcoming experience for pedestrians and motorists crossing between the neighborhoods. 

The projected entitled “Reflector,” transformed the once foreboding and dark underpass into a sea of reflecting light as vehicle headlights shine on the 7,500 reflectors attached to the walls and ceiling.

I was simply spellbound by the transformation as I walked through the underpass, gazing at the thousands of tiny reflectors lighting my path. 


Tour the Magnificent Fisher Building and Theater

Tour the magnificent Fisher Building!  See who can spot the huge mosaic murals, bronze elevators and count the massive chandeliers! 

Read more about the tour and see lots of amazing images here: Fisher Building

More Detroit Attractions

  • The Bead Museum: Colorful cultural museum with a sculpture garden & painted wall displaying handmade beads & crafts. Address: 6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
  • Detroit Historical Museum: It chronicles the history of the Detroit area from cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, the auto assembly line, toy trains, fur trading from the 18th century, and much more. Address: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
  • Detroit Contemporary Museum: Where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts. Address: 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 

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When we were wandering around Belle Isle, I discovered this very cool round abandoned structure. I was reading that it used to be a zoo on Belle Isle in Detroit! You can still see the gates to get into the zoo, some cages and exhibits but it now stands abandoned. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 1947, the Belle Isle Zoo was downsized to a children’s zoo and finally closed in 2002. Bummer, huh!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #deservetopreserve #abandoned #abandonedzoo #belleisle #belleislepark #detroit #abandoneddetroit #photooftheday #michigan #michigander #michiganphotographer #detroitmi #detroitmichigan #motorcity #detroitcity #detroitdecay #detroit_igers #detroitlove #forgottenplaces #beautyindecay #urbanexploration #urbanexplorers #explore #michiganaddict #detroitgraphiti #urbanexplore #abandonedplaces #beautyindecay #deserve2preserve

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