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Metro Detroit is in Southeast Michigan.



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Detroit offers a array of events with some of the highlights listed. This is only a small list of some of the some key activities and events to enjoy and even though they are listed here, their info is brief. Make sure to check out the city articles for more.

  • Beaches, Canoeing, Kayaking, and more [1] Metro Detroit's popular destinations include Metropolitan Beach in St. Clair Shores, Stony Creek Beach, and Kensington Beach. Detroit's Huron Clinton Metro Park sytem is a great source of fun. Enjoy canoe trips on the Huron River [2].
  • Car Racing at Flat Rock Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Milan Dragway, and Waterford Hills Race Track.
  • Casinos The four major casinos include, MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City and Greektown, and Casino Windsor. Check for performances.
  • Concerts, and more Detroit is the birthplace of American electro/techno music, with Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick Mays all hailing from the area. Although other cities around the world have picked up Detroit's torch and carried it further in some ways, Detroit is still a great place to dance and see the masters at work.
  • Cruise Ships, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition [3] The Dock of Detroit [4] receives major cruise lines on the Great Lakes. Adjacent to the Renaissance Center on Hart Plaza. Local tours include Diamond Jack's River Tours [5]. Chartered tours are also available.
  • Detroit's Night Life includes a multitude of clubs throughout the metropolitan area.
  • Detroit's Vibrant, Underground Arts Scene Detroit is home to over 80 galleries, with artists hailing from around the world. Artists are attracted to Detroit due to its abundance of raw, under-utilized industrial space and its inspiring environment of pre-depression era buildings. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" [6] features an online tour [7] of this arts scene.
  • Detroit's Music Scene The Detroit sound is the sound of the world. It is shaped by Detroit's unique past, its cultural diversity, its energy and its future. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" features an online tour of this music scene. Keep in mind that unlike some cities, there is no central entertainment district (Greektown only partially counts) and many up and coming groups play at venues scattered throughout the area. Website Motor City Blog [8] lists music events happening in the Detroit area.
  • Golf Metro Detroit has many award winning golf courses. Try Detroit's Metro parks [9], St John's Resort in Plymouth, and more.
  • Horse Racing Hazel Park Raceway, Northville Downs, and Windsor Raceway.
  • International Freedom Festival [10] Detroit. Begins the last week of June.
  • Motown Winter Blast [11] Held in January or February in Campus Martius park, includes ice skating, concerts, and a street party in Greektown.
  • North America International Auto Show [12] Cobo Hall, Detroit. NAIAS is held in January.
  • Old Car Festival Antique and classic car collector's show in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Palazzo di Bocce [13] 4291 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Township, about 40 minutes north of Downtown, is the largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, and perhaps the world. You can play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts with court hosts and hostesses to help if you don't know the game. You can have cocktails and eat courtside while playing, or later in the restaurant, which serves authentic Italian food. Palazzo was the site of the 2005 U.S. national tournament, and hosted the 2005 Singles World Bocce Championships attended by athletes from 17 nations in September. Very popular for group events; Friday and Saturday nights are more crowded.
  • Sailing Races [14] The annual Bayview Yacht club Mackinaw Island sailing race starts in Metro Detroit.
  • Skiing and Snowboarding in Metro Detroit [15] Mt. Brighton Ski Area, 4141 Bauer Rd., Brighton, MI. Near I-96 & M-23 in Metro Detroit. See also, Alpine Valley ski area, Apple Mountain Ski Resort, Baki Maountain Cross Country Ski Trails, Mt. Holly ski area, Pine Knob ski area.
  • Spirit of Detroit Thunderfest [16] Hydoplane races on the Detroit River. Mid-July.
  • Theater [17] See a performance, Detroit's theaters include the Fox Theater, Fisher Theater, Masonic Theater, Gem Theater & Century Club, Detroit Opera House, and Orchestral Hall.
  • Waterparks, including Belle Isle Waterslide, Waterford Oaks, Red Oaks, Four Bears Water Park & Entertainment Complex.
  • Woodward Dream Cruise [18] A car fanatic's paradise, this is an informal drive along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac, where anything imaginable can be seen, from Vipers to vintage cruisers to tricked-out garbage trucks. Happens every August at the height of summer.


Metro Detroit has a multitude of great restaurants to explore. Just a sample of some popular selections are listed here. See individual city articles for more. The area is famous for such delites as Vernor's ginger ale, Sanders Candy and Desert Shops (Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, Livonia, and Novi) known for chocolate butter cream bumpy cakes, as well as a more recent entrant, Vince and Joe's gourmet (Clinton Township and Shelby Township) with all sorts of wonderful deserts.

  • Andiamo's Italian [19] Eleven locations including downtown inside the Renaissance Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores lakefront, and Bloomfield Township. Celebrity showroom in Warren. Great atmosphere, fine dining experience.
  • Capital Grille - Steak and Seafood - [20] Somerset Collection Mall, Troy.
  • Coach Insignia [21] Detroit. +1 313 567-2622. Top floor of the Renaissance Center. Fine dining with spectacular views.
  • Cuisine Restaurant (French). [22]. 670 Lothrop, Detroit. New Center area, behind the Fisher Theatre.
  • Dearborn Inn [23] 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn. +1 313 271-2700. Fine dining in a historic Inn.
  • The Hill - Seafood and Chop House - [24] 123 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, +1 313 886-8101. Fine dining.
  • Morton's the Steakhouse [25] One Towne Square. Southfield-Detroit.
  • McCormick & Schmick's - Seafood - [26] Somerset Collection Mall, Troy.
  • Mushashi International [27] Southfield. Inside Southfield Town Center. Japanese cuisine. Also serves lunch during the week inside the Renaissance Center.
  • Opus One [28] 565 E. Larned St., Detroit. +1 313 961-7766. Fine dining. Offers theatre and sports packages.
  • Rugby Grille [29]100 Townsend Street, Birmingham. Located inside of The Townsend Hotel, this elegant dining venue has been ranked as one of the "Top Ten Best Restaurants in the United States" by Zagat's Restaurant Guide. For reservations, please call: 248.642.5999
  • Seldom Blues [30] Detroit. Located inside the Renaissance Center. Fine dining and Jazz.
  • Rattlesnake Club[31] 300 Riverplace, Detroit. (313) 567-4400. Riverfront dining experience.
  • Tribute Restaurant [32] 31425 West Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. +1 248 848-9393. Awarding winning fine dining.
  • The Whitney [33] 4421 Woodward Ave. Detroit. Highly acclaimed. Fine dining in an elegant mansion in Midtown Detroit's arts and cultural district near Wayne State University.


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