From sightseeing and world-class museums and art galleries to shopping and dining, to cultural scene and hotels, there are multitude of things to see and do in the Motor City of Detroit. Travelers who are coming to the Motown for one day only, here’s the guide on how you can make the most of 24 hours in the 313!
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8:00 am- Morning stroll at Detroit Riverfront!
Kick off your morning by walking, jogging or running along the beautiful riverfront. Enjoy the views of Canada skyline across the river. Delightful walk in the D!
Address: 600 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI
9:00 am- Breakfast at Hudson Cafe!
Grab scrumptious breakfast at the Hudson Cafe. This spot is popular for its pancakes, do try them out! This spot has a creative menu, delicious eats!
Address: 1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, United States
Phone: 1 313-237-1000
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm; Saturday 7 Sunday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Distance from Detroit Riverfront to Hudson Cafe: 0.9 miles or 6 minutes drive
Astro Coffee- Another Fabulous option
Up for some tasty coffee, head on to the Astro Coffee. The warm smell of fresh coffee and baked goods greets you. This coffee house has a funky decor and great vibe.
Address: 2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, United States
Phone: 1 313-638-2989
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm; Saturday: 8:30 am-6:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
10:00 am- Off we go to the Eastern Market!
Head over to the Eastern Market, an open-air market for some shopping. This is the country’s oldest continually running market. This spot is full of shops, from fresh produce to antique galleries and specialty goods store. There are shops in every nook and cranny. Shop, take some photos and enjoy people-watching at this spot!
Address: 2934 Russell St., Detroit, Michigan, 48207, United States
Distance from Hudson Cafe: 1.4 miles or 8 minutes drive
11:00 am- Arty exploration at Detroit Institute of Arts!
Explore the work of art by famous artists, such as Picasso, Rembrandt, Matisse, Francis Bacon, Van Gogh and many more at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This spot holds a great art collection, from the pre-historic times to present, classical to modern. Don’t miss the murals by Diego Rivera. Truly, art lovers spot!
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48202 MI, US
Phone: (313) 833-7900
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm; 9:00 am-10:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Distance from Eastern Market: 2 miles or 8 minutes drive
12:00 pm- Up for some American musical history, head on to the Motown Museum!
Motown museum, also referred as the Hitsville USA, features the history of the recording studio and its founder Berry Gordy. Some of legendary Motown singers recorded here- Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and more. Music fans must see spot!
Address: 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208-1237, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Distance from Detroit Institute of Arts: 2.5 miles or 8 minutes drive
1:00 pm- Walk through the D’s long history at Detroit Historical Society!
The Detroit Historical Museum features several revolving and interactive exhibits that chronicle the history of the city and its people, from the pioneer days to 20th century innovation, industry and automobile. A great outline of the D history and heritage!
Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202-4097, United States
Phone: 1 313-833-7935
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 am-4:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Distance from Motown Museum: 1.7 miles or 6 minutes
2:00 pm- Snack on some delectable food at the Zenith!
Head on to the Zenith for lunch. This spot serves Southern and Mexican fusion fare with a create-your-own menu. A great eclectic eatery in the D!
Address: 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202, United States
Phone: 1 313-972-1135
Opening hours: Wednesday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm; Thursday & Friday: 11:00 am-12:00 am; Saturday: 10:00 am-12:00 am; Sunday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Distance from Detroit Historical Museum: 1.0 miles or 4 minutes drive
3:00 pm- Edutainment at Michigan Science Center!
Head over to the Michigan Science Center which features hands-on exhibits for all ages. There is so much to see and do at this center- planetarium, IMAX, traveling exhibits, live demonstrations and special kids’ zone. From solar system to human body to ecosystem to mummies, this museum has it all!
Address: 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48 202, United States
Phone: (313) 577 8400
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Distance from the Zenith: 1.6 miles or 6 minutes drive
4:00 pm- Explore the African-American Heritage at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History!
Head over to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to know about the journey of the African American from the beginning of time to the present day. This museum has great exhibits that demonstrate the AA history beautifully.
Address: 315 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, United States
Phone: (313) 494-5800
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Distance from Michigan Science Center: 0.2 miles or 1 minute drive
5:00 pm- Catch a Show/Concert at Fox Theater!
Catch a show of your interest at the Fox Theater
(2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, United States) which is housed in a historic building, it is a classic historic theater restored to its past beauty. For a comedy or off-Broadway show, head on to the Gem Theater
(333 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226, United States)
Distance from Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to Fox Theater: 1.6 miles or 6 minutes drive
7:00 pm- Catch a game!
Up for a Tiger baseball game, head over to the Comerica Park
(2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-3470, United States), the home of the Tigers. To watch a game of football, go to the Ford Field
(2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226, United States), the home of the Lions.
Distance from Fox Theater: 0.1 mile or 1 minutes drive
8:00 pm- An Aperitif at Atwater Brewery!
Grab the D original at Atwater Brewery. This spot has a great selection of beers on tap.
Address: 237 Joseph Campau, Detroit, 48207 MI
Monday to Friday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm; Saturday: 2:00 pm-10:00 pm; Sunday 12:00-8pm Website: www.atwaterbeer.com
Distance from Comerica Park: 2.3 miles or 9 minutes drive
9:00 pm- Dinner at The Rattlesnake Club!
Have dinner at the Rattlesnake Club which serves steak and seafood with a twist and also has an impressive wine list. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Detroit River at this eatery.
Address: 300 River Place Drive, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Phone: (313) 567 4400
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 11:30 am-10:00 pm; Friday: 11:30 am-11:00 pm; Saturday: 5:30 pm-11:00 pm
Distance from Atwater Brewery: 0.2 miles or 1 minute drive
10:00 pm- Experience the Slice of Motown at the Cliff Bell’s!
Enjoy the live jazz music with eclectic food at the Cliff Bell’s. This swanky jazz club is the oldest jazz spot in the D. Have a romantic evening with your better half or with friends.
Address: 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, United States
Phone: 1 313-961-2543
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 4:00 pm-12:00 am; Friday: 4:00 pm-1:00 am; Saturday: 5:00 pm-1:30 am; Sunday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Distance from the Rattlesnake Club: 3.6 miles or 11 minutes drive
12:00 am- The Night is still young in the Rock City!
Shake your legs to the hip-hop and electronic music played at the Bleu Detroit.
Address: 1540 Woodward Ave.,Detroit 48226, MI, United States
Phone: (313) 974-7799
Opening hours: Friday-Saturday: 9:00 pm-2:00 am
Distance from Cliff Bell’s: 0.2 miles or 1 minute drive
1:00 am- Late night snack at Lafayette Coney Island!
Lafayette Coney Island is the topmost hot dog joint in Detroit. Enjoy the good and greasy food, from Coney hot dogs to fries and chili at this iconic spot!
Address: 118 W Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Phone: (313) 964 8198
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00 am -4:00 am
Distance from Bleu Detroit: 0.5 miles or 4 minutes drive
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