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Southeast Michigan

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Southeast Michigan is the region of Michigan closest to Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario. Although the name is commonly used to mean "the Detroit area", and the state's megalopolis is an important presence, it contains considerably more than the Motor City.



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By air

  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) in Romulus
  • Bishop International Airport (FNT) IN Flint

Get around


The Detroit's area's most revered historic mansions, neighborhoods, landmarks, and museums.

Historic Mansions

  • Berry Gordy House, West Boston Boulevard at Third Avenue in the Boston-Edison neighborhood, [1].
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, [2]. Public tours. Cranbrook House is part of the Cranbrook Kingswood Educational Community. The house belonged to the Booth Family, who founded the Cranbrook and Kingswood schools in the early 1900s. The house is currently used as an administrative office for the school. The gardens are extensive and open all year.
  • David Whitney House, 4421 Woodward Ave., [3]. Now a fine restaurant.
  • Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe, [4]. Public tours. This tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
  • Grosse Pointe Historical Society, [5]. Historic sites and homes.
  • Grosse Pointe War Memorial, (Russell Alger Mansion), 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms,[6]. Public tours.
  • Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn. Often referred to as "Fairlane." Public tours.
  • Colonel Frank Hecker House, 5510 Woodward Ave., [7]. Offices.
  • Meadow Brook Hall[8] Rochester. Dodge House, located near Oakland University. Public tours.
  • Lawrence P. Fisher Mansion, 383 Lenox Ave., [9]. Public tours.
  • Palmer Woods Historic District, [10]. A private historic neighborhood in the city of Detroit west of Woodward Ave. and north of Palmer Park.
  • S.S Kresge House, 70 West Boston Boulevard, [11].


  • Ambassador Bridge[12]
  • Belle Isle[13] the nation's largest island park with 982 acres (3.9 km²; 2.42 sq mi) designed by Frederick Olmstead, the beautiful James Scott Fountain designed by Cass Gilbert, the world's largest marble light house, a public beach, waterslide, playgrounds, tennis courts, sports fields, a nine hole golf course and picnic areas. The Belle Isle Conservatory, the nation's oldest, houses one of the largest orchid collections, originally donated by Anna Scripps, who had preserved orchid species from the bombing of Britain during World War II.
  • Book Cadillac Hotel
  • Cadillac Place State offices across from the Fisher Building in the historic New Center.[14]
  • Campus Martius Park[15]
  • Chene Park[16]
  • Country Club of Detroit 220 Country Club Dr., Grosse Pointe. Founded in 1897.
  • Detroit International Riverfront [17] Walk along the Riverwalk.
  • Detroit Athletic Club 241 Madison Ave., Detroit. Private club.
  • Detroit Zoo[18] Royal Oak. Recognized as one of the top zoos in the nation, ride the train, walk through arctic ring of wildlife. This is a "must see."
  • Fisher Building[19] [20] Detroit. Famous, beautiful lobby, a "must see" for architecture buffs.
  • Fort Wayne[21]
  • Guardian Building[22] Detroit. Famous for its beautiful lobby, it was used as headquarters for production during World War II.
  • Grand Circus Park[23]
  • Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe.
  • Hart Plaza Site of the Dodge Fountain, Joe Louis Fist, and the Port of Detroit.
  • Heidelberg Project[24]
  • Historic Churches of Detroit[25]
  • Historic Tours of Detroit[26] [27]
  • James Scott Fountain Belle Isle.
  • Joe Louis Fist[28] An inspiration to the United States
  • Matthai Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor.
  • Michigan Central Station[29] Awaiting restoration.
  • Monuments of the City of Detroit[30], including Marshall Fredericks "The Spirit of Detroit" in front of the City-County Building, and the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument of the Civil War in Campus Martius Park.
  • NextEnergy Center[31] 461 Burroughs, Detroit. A center to develop hydrogen fuel cells and energy alternatives at Wayne State University's Tech Town.
  • Old Mariner's Church of Detroit[32] 170 E. Jefferson. The city's oldest gothic stone church.
  • Renaissance Center[33], Detroit.
  • St. Anne de Detroit[34] 1000 St. Anne St. The 2nd oldest parish in the U.S.
  • St. Aubins Park 1900 Atwater St. Detroit
  • St. John's Episcopal Church[35] I-75 & Woodward Ave., next to Comerica Park. Built in 1860.
  • Tri-centennial State Park & Harbor, the first urban state park.
  • Underground Railroad at the Second Baptist Church in Detroit[36]
  • Wayne County Building 600 Randolph St. Detroit. America's finest example of Roman Baroque architecture, built from 1896-1902. Restored.
  • World's Largest Tire [37] Built as a ferris wheel for the 19xx NYC Worlds Fair


  • Automotive Hall of Fame[38]Dearborn. Next to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
  • Cranbrook[39] Bloomfield Hills. Art Museum, Science Center, House & Gardens, 300 acre campus, and School.
  • Charles Wright Museum of African American History[40]315 E Warren, Detroit. Next to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • Chrysler Museum[41] Auburn Hills.
  • Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit[42]
  • Detroit Institute of Arts[43] 5200 Woodward Avenue, 313-833-7900 CLOSED Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Designed by Cass Gilbert. Visitors may dine at the delightful cafe inside the museum on the lower level. One of the top ranked art collections in America, this is a "must see."
  • Detroit Historical Museum[44] 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
  • Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Beautiful, designed by Cass Gilbert.
  • Detroit Science Center & IMAX Theater[45] 5020 John R., Detroit. Next to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum[46][47] 100 Strand, Belle Isle.
  • GM Heritage Collection, 6400 Center Dr., Sterling Heights
  • GM World Automotive display inside the Renaissance Center. Detroit.
  • The Henry Ford[48](Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village with an IMAX Theater) Dearborn-- This is a "must see". A massive historical and entertainment complex, a leading attraction with a keen focus on innovations. Highlights include: Lincoln's chair, Rosa Park's bus, JFK's limos, original historic structures, nice shops, great food, and, not surprisingly, a spectacular history of the automobile collection that is a football field long. Visitors may have many entertaining experiences such as mini-shows, music, parades, train rides, and Model T rides.
  • Michigan History Magazine[49]
  • Motown Historical Museum, Hitsville USA[50], 2648 West Grand Boulevard, 875-2264 ([email protected]). Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. The Motown Museum preserves the legacy of Motown Records, the record label that put Detroit on the world's music map. Located in label founder Berry Gordy, Jr.'s old home, the museum is hard to miss: Gordy's "Hitsville, USA" sign is still over the front door. $8.
  • Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame of America[51] Novi.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit[52] 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Phone: (313) 832-6622
  • Pewabic Pottery Museum[53]10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Phone: (313) 822-0954.
  • Rearview Mirror from the Detroit News History of Detroit online.
  • Selfridge Military Air Museum Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens.
  • Underground Railroad at the First Congregational Church of Detroit[54] , 33 E. Forest at Woodward Ave. Phone: (313) 831-4080.

Performing Arts

  • Baker's Keyboard Lounge[55] The world's oldest jazz club.
  • Bohemian National Home[56] Free Jazz, Free improvisation & Indie/DIY music venue. All-ages venue. 3009 Tillman, Detroit.
  • Bonstelle Theater[57] Wayne State University, Detroit.
  • The City Theater[58] 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
  • Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit[59] The CAID has various dance parties and muscians playing shows there, check the website for the schedule. It is a BYOB venue and events are all-ages.
  • Detroit Film Theater[60] 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • Detroit Luv[61] Bulletin Board that lists many of the rave & electronic music shows in Detroit.
  • Detroit Opera House[62] 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Beautifully decorated old concert hall. Home of the Michigan Opera Theater.
  • Detroit Ochestra Hall[63] Part of the recently renovated/built Max M. Fisher Music Center. Home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Civic Ensembles.
  • Detroit Repertory Theatre 3103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. Phone (313) 868-1347.
  • DTE Music Theater[64] Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston. Formerly known as Pine Knob.
  • The Fillmore Theatre[65] 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
  • Fisher Theater[66] 3011 W. Grand Blvd., #F100, Detroit. The lobby is a "must see."
  • Fox Theater[67] 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. A performance at the 5,000 seat Fox is a "must see."
  • Ford Community and Performing Arts Center[68] Dearborn.
  • From The Gut[69] Loft showspace in Eastern Market, Detroit. Caters to extreme electronic music lovers, the breakcore genre is predominantly featured. Most shows are 5 dollars and are BYOB.
  • Gem and Century Theater[70] 333 Madison Ave., Detroit.
  • Golden Gate Cafe[71] Jazz on Fridays nights at the Golden Gate Cafe, costs money; not free. 313-366-2247 18700 Woodward, Detroit.
  • Masonic Theater[72] 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.
  • Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts 250 Madison Ave., Detroit. Phone (313) 963-2366.
  • Noise Music Scene[73] This is a bulletin board run by Michigan noise label Chondritic Sound that lists underground noise music shows. Michigan has a thriving noise scene thanks to popular Ann Arbor band Wolf Eyes. Most shows are 5 dollars and BYOB.
  • Painted Lady Lounge[74] Bar in Hamtramack just outside of Detroit, all-ages shows and is a smoking venue.
  • Plowshares Theater[75] Detroit. Inside Charles Wright Museum of African American History.
  • Paycheck's Lounge[76] Bar & Alternative Music Venue, in Hamtramack just outside of Detroit.
  • Scrummage University[77] Friendly all-ages Independent Music Venue & Artspace, 17499 Van Dyke RD., Detroit. Most shows are 5 dollars and are BYOB.
  • Seldom Blues [78] Detroit. An upscale restaurant featuring live Jazz inside the Renaissance Center.
  • Trumbullplex[79] Anarchist Punk showspace in Detroit, BYOB. All-ages venue. Potlucks on Thursday.
  • UFO Factory[80] Intimate Independent Music venue & Artspace. 1345 Division St, Detroit. Most shows are 5 dollars amd are BYOB. All-ages venue. Idiosyncratic Michigander Warn Defever has his hand in curating events, he is known for the band His Name Is Alive.

Major venues and convention centers

  • "Big House"[81]Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Stadium.
  • Caesars Windsor Casino Resort About a 20 minute drive from Detroit in Canada. 100,000 sq. ft of meeting space, and a 5000 seat entertainment center.
  • Cobo Hall Convention Center[82] Detroit's premier convention and exhibit facility with 700,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, home to the North American International Auto Show in January.
  • Cobo Arena Detroit. Various events.
  • Comerica Park[83]Home of the MLB Detroit Tigers, a fabulous experience.
  • Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center[84]. 100,000 sq ft of meeting space.
  • Ford Field[85] Home of the NFL Detroit Lions.
  • Greektown Casino Hotel 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
  • Hyatt Regency Dearborn[86]. 62,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
  • Joe Louis Arena[87] Home of the NHL Detroit Red Wings.
  • McGregor Memorial Conference Center at WSU, 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit. (313) 577-2400.
  • Michigan State Fair Grounds & Exposition Center, 1120 W. State Fair Ave., Detroit.
  • MGM Grand Detroit[88] Large conferences and performances. 1777 3rd Street, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.
  • Motor City Casino Resort 67,000 square ft. of meeting space.
  • Palace of Auburn Hills[89] Home of the NBA Detroit Pistons.
  • Pontiac Silver Dome. Pontiac.
  • Rock Financial Show Place[90] Novi. A state of the art exposition, conference, and banquet center with 320,000 sq ft.
  • Southfield Civic Center[91]
  • Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport[92]. 25,000 sq. ft of meeting space, conferences of up to 1,000 attendees.
  • Westin Southfield-Detroit[93] inside the Southfield Town Center which accommodates conferences for up to 1,000 attendees.

Other attractions

  • Discover Detroit TV[94] The Detroit travel show sponsored by the Detroit Convention & Visitor's Bureau airs weekly on Mondays at 5:30 PM on Detroit Public Television.


Detroit offers a array of events with some of the highlights listed.

  • America's Thanksgiving Day Parade[95]
  • Beaches, Canoeing, Kayaking, and more[96] 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 [97].
  • Boat rentals
  • 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.
  • CityFest[98] Detroit. A food festival sponsored by Comerica. Traditionally held around July 4th in the New Center area near the Fisher Building.
  • 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 [99] The Dock of Detroit receives major cruise lines on the Great Lakes. Adjacent to the Renaissance Center on Hart Plaza. Chartered tours are also available. Take a cruise.
  • Dally in the Alley [100] An annual festival of live music, visual arts, performance, food and beer that takes place in the alleys of the Cass Corridor, the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Dave & Busters 45511 Park Avenue, Utica.(586)930-1515. Famous high quality entertainment arcade with food and fun. The food here is not highly recommended. (Minors need an adult, up to four minors may be accompanied by one adult).
  • Detroit Golf Club[101] 17911 Hamilton Road, Detroit.(313) 345-4400.
  • Detroit International Jazz Festival[102] Labor Day weekend.
  • 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" features an online tour 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 lists music events happening in the Detroit area.
  • Diamond Jack's River Tours[103] Detroit.
  • Dirty Show[104] Detroit International Erotic Art Exhibition, popular event.
  • Domino's Farm[105]Ann Arbor
  • Drum Circle[106] Drum Circles at the Golden Gate Cafe on Wednesdays at 9 pm. No need to bring a drum to play, there are extra drums available for people to play. 313-366-2247 18700 Woodward, Detroit.
  • Electronic Music Festival, [107], Memorial Day weekend.
  • Fash Bash[108] A cutting edge fashion event and fund raiser coordinated by the Detroit Institute of Arts, featuring big name celebrities, traditionally held in August.
  • Funk Night[109] Popular all-ages dance event at the CAID in Detroit, Funk & Soul music is played by a DJ. Last Friday of every month from 12 AM to 5 AM. This event is BYOB.
  • Golf Metro Detroit has many award winning golf courses. Try Detroit's Metro parks [110], St John's Resort in Plymouth, and more.
  • Horse Racing Hazel Park Raceway, Northville Downs, and Windsor Raceway.
  • International Freedom Festival[111] Detroit. Begins the last week of June.
  • The Magic Stick/The Majestic Theater at 4120-4140 Woodward Avenue combines a show space, a theater, cafe and a bowling alley. You can get up close and personal to the bands or shoot pool while listening to live music. Highly recommended for checking out some new music whether it be local or a touring band.
  • Meadowbrook Concours d' Elegance[112]Rochester. A formal occassion, traditionally held in August.
  • Meadowbrook Music Festival[113]
  • Metro Parks[114] Huron Clinton Metro Parks.
  • Motown Winter Blast[115] Held in January or February in Campus Martius park, includes ice skating, concerts, and a street party in Greektown.
  • North America International Auto Show[116] 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[117] 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.
  • Reford Theatre[118] 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Features classic movies & free supervised parking.
  • Rock -n- Bowl Located in the Majestic Theater complex. The oldest bowling alley in the state. DJs play old-school punk and new wave music while you bowl.
  • Sailing Races[119] The annual Bayview Yacht club Mackinaw Island sailing race starts in Metro Detroit.
  • Skiing and Snowboarding in Metro Detroit[120] 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[121] Hydoplane races on the Detroit River. Mid-July.
  • Theater[122] 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[123] 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.
  • Jon's Guide Service / Guided Fly Fishing “Fly Fishing Michigan” 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.[124] Fly Fishing Michigan



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