Ultimate Detroit Michigan Guide: Top Things To Do! Museums, Best Things to See (The Fist, Belle Isle, Henry Ford, Greenfield Village!), Day Trips, Auto Shows and Attractions in Downtown Detroit MI

Things to do in Detroit Michigan | By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: July 10, 2023

The Famous Motor City is home to a Ton of things to do, restaurants, museums to explore and fun galore! 

From tours to museums to restaurants, the magnificent Motor City is just begging to be discovered.  

DAY TRIPS, tours, tips and so many fun things to do in the famous Motor City! 


Did You Know!

Downtown Detroit Mi is enjoying the most dynamic growth in decades – more than $5 billion of new development has taken shape over the course of the last few years.

Walking and Driving Tours of Top Things to See in Detroit MI

Epic Detroit Day Trip

Detroit Day TripDetroit Day Trip

Epic Detroit Day Trip: Great Eats and Must Sees!

Explore the Guardian Building and the Renaissance Building!

Incredible Detroit Auto Shows

Detroit Auto ShowsDetroit Auto Shows

Detroit Food Network Show Restaurants!

Follow in Guy Fieri and Kid Rock's footsteps as they discover the best Diners, Drive-in's and Dives in the Detroit region!  

Diners, Drive In's and Dives Detroit

Ultimate Detroit Map: 45 Cool Places, Tours, Restaurants, Attractions and Things to Do

Grab this easy to use, interactive Detroit Map to discover cool places you never knew existed! Easily plan your Detroit vacation or road trip!

We make it easy to find Detroit's top landmarks, historical places, art installations and museums.  Don't miss any exciting things to see or things to do!

Discover Detroit's Exciting History!

Detroit's Exciting History

Detroit HistoryDetroit History

Discover the exciting history of Detroit!  From destruction to a bright new future!  

It's important to understand the city's history so we can respect where it's been and raise a toast to where it's going. 

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Historical MuseumDetroit Historical Museum

See 300 years of Detroit's rich history at the Detroit Historical Museum

Discover the Gallery of Innovation, the Kid Rock Music Lab, the Underground Railroad, and more!  


Bizarre Detroit Attractions 

Detroit AttractionsDetroit Attractions

Detroit Attractions: 6 Bizarre and Amazing Places To Visit

From eclectic art exhibits to colorful alleyways, we've got some bizarre places for you to visit today!

See The Fist!

Detroit's The FistDetroit's The Fist

The Little-Known Story Behind the Massive Joe Lewis Fist

Just for a bit, we need to step back in time to when Hitler was marching into Austria.  It was 1938 and ...

Detroit Holiday Events - Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July Fireworks!

Detroit's Art Scene is Growing! 

Detroit's Exciting Transportation and Innovation Museums

Detroit museums offer so many diverse and hands-on ways to learn about our automotive history: past, present and future. 

Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford MuseumHenry Ford Museum

Don't Miss These Top 8 Must-Sees During Your Visit to the Henry Ford Museum

See presidential vehicles, trains, futuristic homes, machinery, musical instruments and the restored Rosa Parks Bus.

Greenfield Village

Greenfield VillageGreenfield Village

Turn Back the Clock to When Model T's, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers Made History!

Ride on a steam train, see Thomas Edison's lab, peek into the Wright Brother's bicycle shop and see glassblowing!

Henry Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Henry Ford Rouge Factory TourHenry Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Rouge Factory TourBe the First to See New Ford F-150 Trucks Being Built on the Assembly Line

Get an insider view on how America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150 is produced! 

Ford Piquette Plant

Ford Piquette PlantFord Piquette Plant

Tour the Assembly Plant to See the Oldest Model T in Existence Today

Discover the birthplace of the Model T and the start of modern manufacturing!  

Detroit Racing and Auto Shows

Stunning Detroit Architecture 

When visiting these stunning buildings, please keep in mind they are places of business, study and worship. Keep your visiting time to a minimum, voices low and be respectful of residents in these locations especially if you are taking photos. 

Detroit Public Library

Detroit Public LibraryDetroit Public Library

Detroit Public Library: Breathtaking Architecture and Untapped Learning Resources for a Bright Future

The library is home to absolutely exquisite architecture and resources for Detroit residents.

Fisher Building

Fisher BuildingFisher Building

Tour This Astonishing Mosaic and Chandelier Laden Skyscraper Offering Epic 360 Degree Views of Detroit

Discover the history of this magnificent building and see birds-eye views of the city skyline!

Guardian Building

Guardian BuildingGuardian Building

Detroit's Guardian Building is a Historical Landmark and Possibly the Most Striking Art Deco Skyscraper in the World.

Open to the public, be wowed by massive mosaics. 

Detroit Pistons Performance Center

Detroit Pistons Performance CenterDetroit Pistons Performance Center

Massive New Detroit Pistons Practice Facility (why it's worth checking out!)

This new facility is part of a huge $5.1 billion building initiative happening in Detroit. Read about it here!

Detroit Renaissance Center (GMRENCEN)

GM Renaissance Center (GMRENCEN) Boasts Great Eats, Shopping and Magnificent Views of the City

The GMRENCEN houses the Detroit Marriott, shopping, businesses and great views of the RiverWalk and Canada. 

  • Ste. Anne de Detroit is the second oldest continuously operating Catholic parish in America.
  • Penobscot Building

Detroit Parks and Zoo

Detroit's Belle IsleDetroit's Belle Isle

Belle Isle Park

Is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park housing the Belle Isle Conservatory, Aquarium, Memorial Fountain, Giant Slide and more!

Empire Penguins seen at the visitor viewing windowDetroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

Get up close with Penguins and so many more critters.  Our favorite is the River Otter! 

Detroit Airport, DTW

Detroit Airport Maps, Tips and Information. 

  • Airport terminal addresses, parking maps and valuable information.   
  • Airline reservation phone numbers 
  • Airline baggage service phone numbers 

Navigate Detroit McNamara Airport Like a PRO!

  • Step by step tips to navigate the McNamara Airport
  • What to expect at the TSA checkpoint
  • Photos of the TSA checkpoint
  • How to use the Express Tram
  • Dining tips

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