A Weekend Guide to Detroit

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Lindsy Serrato

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • Active Travel

  • Michigan

  • Detroit

  • Downtown

  • Shopping

  • Outdoors

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Curator’s statement

Discover the vibrant spirit of Detroit, where a city once defined by industry has transformed into a cultural powerhouse. Immerse yourself in Motown's rich musical heritage, explore world-class art museums and indulge in a thriving culinary scene.

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Things to do in Detroit

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Take advantage of a beautiful day and enjoy views of the river, city skyline and Canada. A fun way to experience the Riverwalk is to rent Ride MoGo Bikes: Ride along the Riverfront and the Dequindre Cut.

Eastern Market

Saturdays and Sundays. Indulge in local food and craft vendors. Get there early if possible.

Campus Martius Beach

Sand and colorful lounge chairs located in the heart of downtown Detroit, open 6am-10pm daily.

Detroit Historical Museum

Offers exhibits and artifacts that showcase the city’s rich history. The Cadillac assembly area is a visitor favorite. Hours 10am-5pm (Sat) and 1pm-5pm (Sun). Tix $10, allow 1-2 hours.

Belle Isle Park

An island park in the Detroit river, connected to the city by a bridge. Free to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Belle Isle Aquarium

Free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. This is the oldest aquarium in the country.

The Belt

A colorful alleyway that features murals painted by local artists. Tucked between Broadway and Library Street. Catch happy hour at the Skip.

Catch a Game

Depending on what time of year you visit; Detroit is no short on exciting sports teams. Whether it’s Detroit Tiger baseball at Comerica Park or catching a Lions game at Ford Field. Not to mention the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Motown Museum

If you have a passion for music and the great artists that go there, start right here in Motown, this museum is not to be missed!

Detroit Institute of the Arts:

USA Today said in the article that the DIA "maintains a collection of 65,000 works, among the largest and most comprehensive in the United States." Visitors can visit over 100 galleries.

Places to eat & drink in Detroit

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Seldon Standard

Farm-to-table restaurant offers seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients and creative dishes.

Wright & Company

Upscale restaurant offers small plates and craft cocktails in a chic, industrial setting.

Mad Nice

Modern Italian eatery with specialty cocktails

Oak and Reel

Seafood and Italian – named 2022 restaurant of the year.


To die for brunch menu conveniently location

Candy Bar

Super intimate setting that will make you feel like a VIP. Plush pink seating and a large chandelier over the bar.

Grey Ghost

Steak and cocktails with a famous burger on the menu.

The Whitney

Upscale. Think suit and tie.

San Morelle

Delicious Italian food inside the city’s most iconic hotel stay at Shinola.

Bad Luck Bar

Upscale speakeasy hidden down an alleyway.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Savanna Weis guide, A Guide to Thriving in Detroit.

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