Detroit/East Side

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Detroit/East Side

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The East Side is in Detroit. The area is home to some of the city's most prominent attractions, such as Belle Isle, a large island home to many attractions of its own, and Eastern Market, the largest market in the United States. Much of the Detroit International Riverfront is located in the East Side.


Get in

By car

  • If coming from the north, one should: Take I-75 South toward Detroit and merge onto I-94 East via Exit 53B toward Port Huron. Take Exit 223 toward Cadieux Road and turn right onto Cadieux Road and arrive in the East Side.
  • If coming from the south, one should: Take I-94 East and take Exit 223 toward Cadieux Road. Turn right onto Cadieux Road and arrive in East Side.
  • If coming from the east, one should: Take I-94 West and take Exit 223 toward Cadieux Road. Keep straight to go onto Edsel Ford Freeway East. Turn left onto Cadieux Road and arrive in the East Side.
  • If coming from the west, one should: Take I-94 East and take Exit 223 toward Cadieux Road. Turn right onto Cadieux Road and arrive in East Side.


  • Country Club of Detroit 220 Country Club Dr., Grosse Pointe. Founded in 1897.
  • Detroit International Riverfront, located along the Detroit River from the Ambassador Bridge to the MacArthur Bridge, 313.566.8200, [1]. Detroit's riverfront is a 5½-mile (8.8 km) promenade along the Detroit River running from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle, encompassing a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas. The path is located directly on the river and is 62 feet (18¾ m) wide in most places, with separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Pavilions, fishing piers, and benches are located at intervals along the path. The east RiverWalk connects various riverfront developments, including Hart Plaza, the Renaissance Center, GM Plaza and Promenade, Tri-Centennial State Park, Stroh River Place, Chene Park, and Gabriel Richard Park. Free.
  • Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe, [10]. Public tours. This tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
  • Grosse Pointe War Memorial, (Russell Alger Mansion), 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms,[11]. Public tours.
  • Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg Street, 313.267.1622, [2]. Located in one of Detroit's poorest neighborhoods known as Black Bottom, Tyree Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project in 1986. It is an outdoor museum that consists of a two block area with houses that are decorated to look colorful and intriguing. Guyton started the project to take the neighborhood from a hard core inner-city neighborhood to a safe place where visitors are welcomed. Free.
  • Lawrence P. Fisher Mansion, 383 Lenox Ave., [12]. Public tours.
  • Manoogian Mansion, 9240 Dwight Street. Located outside Indian Village on the Detroit River, the Manoogian Mansion is the traditional home of the mayor of Detroit. The mansion has Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture with a Spanish Mission Revival Style influence including a terra-cotta tile roof.
  • Pewabic Pottery, 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, 313.822.0954, [3]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su Noon-4PM. The ceramics museum, gallery, studio, and workshop have changing contemporary exhibits. Free.
  • Selfridge Military Air Museum Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens.

Historic neighborhoods

  • Eastern Market, bordered on the south by Gratiot Avenue, the north by Mack Avenue, the east by St. Aubin St. and the west by the Chrysler Expressway (I-75), [4]. The largest public market in the United States, the Eastern Market receives about 45,000 visitors every week. The most obvious reason to visit this place is to buy unique foodstuff. One can basically find any type of food here. The Eastern Market is a "must-see" when visiting Detroit.
  • Grosse Pointe, [13]. Historic sites and homes.
  • Indian Village, bound to the north and south by Mack Avenue and East Jefferson Avenue, [5]. A number of architecturally significant buildings built in the early 20th century make up Indian Village. Architectural styles seen in these houses include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Mission/Spanish Revival. The neighborhood is not related to Indians or Native Americans.
  • Lafayette Park. Mies van der Rohe Historic District, better known as Lafayette Park, is a large park and complex of apartments designed by Mies van der Rohe just east of downtown. With their simplicity, clean proportions, and cladding of tinted glass and aluminum, the apartment buildings of Lafayette Park are classic examples of Mies van der Rohe's International Style.
  • Poletown. Bordering the city of Hamtramck, Poletown was settled by polish immigrants in 1871. The community is centered around St. Albertus Catholic Church. The neighborhood experienced an influx of immigrants in the 1920s, but fell on hard times as freeway construction and urban renewal projects destroyed the neighborhood. Today, much of the neighborhood is gone. However, neighboring Hamtramck is home to a large Polish population and is famous on Fat Tuesday for its pączkis (pronounced poonchkis).

Belle Isle

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Belle Isle is the largest island park in the United States with 982 acres (3.9 km²; 2.42 sq mi). The island has several sites and attractions. It is the largest island in the Detroit River and offers good views of the city's skyline. It is open all year long and is home to the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, a Coast Guard post, and a municipal golf course. The city maintains a Nature Center where visitors are able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats. The island includes a half-mile (800 m) swimming beach.

  • Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, 313.331.7760, [6]. This greenhouse and botanical garden covers 13 acres (53,000 m2). Built in 1904, it is the nation's oldest conservatory, designed by Albert Kahn, and rebuilt 1952-1954 with aluminum replacing its original wooden beams. It was named in honor of Anna Scripps Whitcomb in 1953, who left her 600-plant orchid collection to the city. Rare orchids were saved from Great Britain during World War II and transported to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Free.
  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum. This historical maritime museum features exhibits such as one of the largest collections of model ships in the world, and the bow anchor of the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald.


Events and festivals

  • Sailing Races [14] The annual Bayview Yacht club Mackinaw Island sailing race starts in Metro Detroit.
  • Spirit of Detroit Thunderfest [15] Hydoplane races on the Detroit River. Mid-July.

Performing arts

  • Chene Park, 2600 Atwater Street, [7]. Located along the riverfront, the park contains a 6,000-seat amphitheater where concerts are regularly scheduled every summer. Jazz, Classic Soul and Rhythm and Blues acts are the staples of the season. The park also includes park trails, the Chene Park Fountain, and the Lake Lounge bar. It hosts the Detroit International Jazz Festival every Labor Day weekend.


  • Lake St Clair Fly Fishing Guide Service, [8]. You can experience some of the worlds best musky and smallmouth bass fly fishing right here in Detroits backyard with Lake St Clairs Fly Fishing Guide Service with Steve Kunnath
  • Lake St Clair Musky Casting Guide Service, [9]. Lake St Clair has some of the best musky fishing in North America. Lake St Clair Musky Casting Guide Service offers full day guided trips casting for the most exciting gamefish in freshwater. Right here in Metro Detroit.
  • Jon's Guide Service / Guided Fly Fishing “Fly Fishing Michigan” [16] Your in one of the best salmon, steelhead and trout areas in the Midwest as well as North America. Guided Fly fishing is a great way to see the area as well as experience some great fly fishing. All equipment is provided and the experience is one always remembered.


  • Eastern Market [17] 2934 Russell St., Detroit. Historic Farmers Market. Hours 7 AM - 5 PM. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.
  • Edsel & Eleanor Ford House [18] 1100 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe. House tours and Gift Shop.
  • John K. King Books [19] 901 W. Lafayette, 313-961-0622 One of the best used bookstores in America with over 500,000 books in stock.
  • Laurel Park Place [20] 37700 West 6 Mile Road, Livonia. Very nice, upscale, convenient, 70 stores in an enclosed mall connected to the Livonia Marriott. Try the Michigan Wild store for unique souvenirs.
  • The Mall at Partridge Creek [21] 17420 Hall Rd., Clinton Township. Upscale, popular, outdoor lifestyle center with 85-90 stores and restaurants.
  • Pure Detroit [22] Detroit. Detroit Souvenirs. Stores inside the Renaissance Center, the Fisher Building, and the Guardian Building.
  • Riverfront Shops [23] Detroit. Inside the GM Renaissance Center Winter Garden.
  • The Village, downtown Grosse Pointe [24] Kercheval between Cadieux and Neff, Grosse Pointe.





  • Detroit Convention and Visitor's Bureau [25].

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