Detroit Michigan is the birthplace of America's booming automotive industry! From tours to museums to restaurants, this magnificent city is just begging to be discovered. So let's dive in together and start exploring! Are you ready? LET'S GO!
OMG! We had an amazing day exploring a small slice of the city when we were there for the International Auto Show in January.
I feel it's important to clarify that The Henry Ford encompasses 4 unique attractions:
See below for a breakdown of each event. The Henry Ford has package pricing so you can maximize your dollar if you plan to visit more than one attraction during your visit.
But I wouldn't try to do too much or you won't be able to immerse and enjoy each exhibit to its fullest. Possibly combine the Henry Ford Museum (takes around 3 hours) with the Factory Tour for a full day of fun. In my opinion, trying to tackle the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in one day is too much.
Location: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124
Prepare to be wowed as you walk past sleek presidential vehicles and read about their bullet proof glass. Climb aboard towering trains and pretend you are on an epic journey across vast lands. See the Rosa Parks Bus that was restored by the Henry Ford Museum. Read about how steam engines work. There is much to do and explore!
This place is seriously cool. Run, don't walk to be transported to a time long ago. Greenfield Village is open seven days a week from mid April to the end of October. Open select days November through December.
Cool Factor! You can tour the Wright Brothers' home and bicycle shop at Green field Village!
Hungry? There is a tavern with an 1830's menu! Snacks are available for purchase throughout Greenfield Village. Hoping to shop? Then you won't want to miss the Craftworks store for special items created by Greenfield Village's artisans.
Consider package pricing if you are interested in visiting more than one location. It's definitely a better value.
Visit the Rouge Factory Tour for an insider view on how America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150 is produced. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided (yey!! you can take your time!), five-part tour which includes:
The Legacy Theater-watch a short film about the history of the Rouge.
The Manufacturing Innovation Theater- This is a multi-sensory film experience (vibrating seats, gusts of wind, 3D projection mapping, and winking robots) showing the making of the Ford F-150 truck.
The Observation Deck Tour- (I love this!) Ride the elevator up to the glass Observation Deck to watch as Ford F-150's are assembled on the plant floor below.
You’ll also get a view the “Living Roof,” an eco-industrial wonder and largest living roof in the world.
The Assembly Walking Plant Tour- Stroll along an elevated walkway to see the final assembly of the Ford F-150
The Legacy Gallery- which showcases some of the most famous cars manufactured at the Rouge, including the Model A and Ford Mustang.
Photography and video recording are strictly prohibited in both theaters and the Dearborn Truck Plant. However, you can take photos in the Legacy Gallery and Observation Deck.
For more information on visiting, the attractions and to purchase tickets on The Henry Ford website, click here: Henry Ford Tickets
http://motorcityphotoworkshops.com. Love photographing abandoned places? I'm giddy about this tour and plan to embark on it early this year. I'll post my photos after my trip!
This urban exploration adventure visits the city’s abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings and theaters in search of the perfect picture.
Transportation between sites is provided. Take photos or explore while on this guided tour with Jesse, the professional tour guide.
The Heidelberg Project-3600 Heidelberg Street.
Looking for something quirky?
Check out the Heidelberg Project, a massive art installation with found objects. Drive through this neighborhood to see who can spot the strangest and most fascinating decorated yards and homes.
Can you spot stuffed animals? Plastic horses? A polka dot house? See who can spot the craziest things!
5200 Woodward Ave. Galleries, classes, cafe, guided tours and more! (Closed Monday's).
This gorgeous and awe-inspiring museum is definitely worthy of your morning or afternoon!
Check out "Friday Night Live," for free performances from local and international musicians.
2934 Russell St. Eastern Market makes farmers market shopping fun!!
You won't be able to pass by the delicious fresh produce, flowers and baked goods begging to go home with you! Download a map here.
Eastern Market Parking: Our sources tell us there is a free parking lot in front of Cost Plus wines. If you look on Google Maps, the lot is bounded by Russell Street and E. Fisher Service Drive, opposite Supino's on Russell and Cost Plus Wines on Market Street.
3011 W. Grand Blvd. Ok, so this is cool: Pure Detroit, located on the corner of Lothrop and Second on the first floor, offers FREE Tours (approximately 1 hour) of this magnificent Art Deco building erected in 1928. Tours are offered at select times listed in the link below.
You will be wowed by stunning mosaic floors,
breathtaking ceilings and even the elevator doors are bronze works of art. They don't make 'em like this anymore!
Great shopping is also on the first level. Be sure to check out the Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts for great wearable art.
431 E Congress. St. Andrew's is a trendsetting, iconic concert hall. Visit their website for upcoming events! The Shelter is located below St. Andrews Hall and hosts various live music acts and DJ's.
Belle Isle Park is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island
park, located in the Detroit River. Almost one third of the island is a
natural wooded area that is home to a wide variety of small animals and
birds. The park features a number of historic public landmarks. What a