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Must Stay (hotel, b&b, other): The Marriott Courtyard (333 E. Jefferson Ave.), or the Detroit Marriott- Renaissance Center (400 Renaissance Center) are both centrally located in downtown Detroit. While the forty floor Marriott offers stunning views of the Motor City and it’s international neighbor; Windsor, Ontario, the Courtyard has spacious rooms and an indoor pool. It is hard to chose, but the two establishments are connected by an enclosed walkway, and both hotels are connected to the Detroit People Mover; the monorail system that covers the downtown area. Either choice gives you access to the shops and dining establishments in Detroit’s Renaissance Center, (Detroiters call it the RenCen)which also houses the World Headquarters for General Motors.
Must See: Hitsville USA -where the record label Motown was established, Greektown -the name says it all…restaurants, a casino, fun crowds and it is a stop on the People Mover. Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn- Take interactive tours and learn all about American Automotive history at this fascinating museum.
Must Do: Take a day trip over to Windsor, Ontario. Why not maximize that Motown visit by checking out our neighbors to the north? You can reach Windsor via tunnel or the Ambassador Bridge. Shopping at the duty free can save you a few bucks, although the exchange rate isn’t quite what it used to be! There are also several restaurants in Windsor, and yes…another casino.
Must Eat: Restaurant 1: Detroit Breakfast House and Grill
Restaurant 2: Fishbone’s
Restaurant 3: Andiamo’s
Must Buy: Any Detroit team attire
Must Skip: Dark alleys and abandoned buildings
Infant Activities: Detroit Zoo, Detroit Children’s Museum
Kid Activities: Detroit Children’s Museum, New Detroit Science Center, and Detroit Zoo
Teen Activities: Charles H. Wright African American History Museum (largest in the country), Hockeytown, Hard Rock Cafe Parent Activities: Seldom Blues is perfect for live jazz and food and it is located right in the RenCen. For even more ambiance, dine at the Coach Insignia Room on the top floor of the RenCen, the views are breathtaking. If you feel adventurous, take a drive to the far Westside of Detroit and experience Baker’s Keyboard Lounge..at 72 years old, it is the world’s oldest jazz club and the soul food menu alone is worth the trip. Detroit also has three casinos: Greektown, Motor City and MGM Grand; the latter two were completely remodeled and expanded last year. All of the casinos offer restaurants, live entertainment, bars, nightclubs, shopping and accommodations. Motown has a great nightlife, you just have to know where to look. One option… dance the night away at Oslo- looks like a modernized sushi bar upstairs but downstairs? Find out for yourself… Looking for a more refined evening on the town? You can always find a spectacular performance at the Detroit Opera House or a play at the Fox Theater.
Family Activities: In the winter, visit the outdoor skating rink at Campus Martius or head to the annual Winter Fest, or if you are there in mid January, go to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall to see what’s coming to a road near you. The best part of this world renowned automotive event is the futuristic concept cars on display. If you are in Detroit in the summer, you can enjoy several ethnic festivals at Hart Plaza and concerts at the outdoor amphitheater Chene Park. Another Detroit summertime favorite is having a picnic or cookout on the iconic Belle Isle Park. This park is located on an island right in the middle of the waterway that separates Detroit from Canada…a little piece of serenity in the middle of the city. So yes, Detroit gets plenty of bad press; we know…but give us a chance. Motown has plenty to offer now that you know where to look!
Emergency Info: Detroit Medical Center Emergency Services (313)-745-3331
Pediatric Urgent Care: Medical Center Emergency Services (313)-745-3331
Kid's Rating Overall (1-5 stars: 5 = best): Parent's Rating Overall: **** Yes! You can have fun in the Motor City!Fun Factor Rating: ****