The BELT is a culturally redefined alley in the heart of downtown Detroit named for its physical orientation in a former downtown garment district. It contains rotating public art in addition to bars and restaurants, including The Skip, ‘an experience that marries the heart and soul of a trusted old bar with a fun, whimsical take on cocktails,’ and Standby, a beverage and culinary experience fit for both locals and travelers to our great city of Detroit.
Established by Greek immigrants in the 1880's, historic Greektown continues to beat as the heart of downtown Detroit as a thriving entertainment center. Many tourists and residents of Detroit flock to this downtown area to eat and shop in what was the traditional center of the city's Greek community.
In 1996, Michigan voters approved operation of three casinos in the City of Detroit. After a lengthy review process, the City selected the Motor City, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown casinos from a pool of applicants that included Donald Trump and other notables. The result is three spectacular hotel / casino resort complexes offering world-class accommodations, gaming, live entertainment, clubs, and cuisine.
Detroit Princess River Cruise
The Detroit Princess Riverboat was built in Jennings Louisiana in 1993 for use as a gambling boat. Now servicing as many as 1800 passengers on party cruises, the Detroit Princess calls the Detroit River home! Visit the website to view cruise schedules and ticket information.
Love Never Dies, the musical sequel to the Phantom of the Opera, will be playing at Detroit’s Fisher Theater this October. The show is presented by Broadway in Detroit, and the building also features a unique selection of shops.
Other Points of Interest Downtown
Campus Martius Park anchors a two-square block district that is the commercial center and heart of downtown Detroit. Surrounded by over 6.5 million square feet of mixed used space from the stunning historic architecture of the landmark Penobscot Building to the contemporary Compuware and Quicken Loans Headquarters and One Kennedy Square Buildings, the Campus Martius district is a regional destination. All of the major avenues radiate out from Detroit’s Point of Origin in the Park.
Hart Plaza has been a long-time city riverfront destination and venue for summer festivals, concerts and special events.
Detroit Riverwalk/Riverfront Conservancy
The first phase of the Detroit waterfront transformation project spans three-and-a-half miles of the east riverfront. The completed portions of the east riverfront, along with its sister rails-to-trails greenway, the Dequindre Cut, are populated with approximately three million visitors annually who come to walk, run, bike, spend time with family and friends and take advantage of the quality of life opportunity a revitalized riverfront provides. Attractions along the east riverfront include parks, plazas, pavilions, pathways and open green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk.
The GM Renaissance Center
Dine, shop, play, stay & meet at the center of the Detroit Business District.
Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit with historic, environmental, and cultural resources that have been beloved for generations. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more!
Experience one of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the United States. The organizers of Eastern Market aim to build on the Market's rich history to make a healthier, wealthier and happier Detroit!
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Its collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. Founded in 1885, the museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.
Other Museums Located in Detroit’s Cultural Center:
Michigan Science Center
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit Historical Museum
Other Attractions Around Metro Detroit
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation/Greenfield Village
(Located 11 miles west of the city center in the suburb of Dearborn)
A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, The Henry Ford Museum allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat, or play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers' achievements.
At Greenfield Village (located on the same site), experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation, where over 80 acres brim with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Step foot in the lab where Thomas Edison had his lightbulb moment or take a ride in a real Model T. Rub shoulders with world-class artisans, and explore the place where America’s can-do spirit inspires you to go out and get it done.
Meadow Brook Hall
(Located next to Oakland University’s campus around 35 minutes outside the city in the suburb of Rochester)
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Meadow Brook offers tours and community programs throughout the year.
(Located around 30 minutes from downtown in the suburb of Bloomfield Hills)
Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year. Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmarks.
Read about “The District” which includes the new Red Wings Hockey Arena opening Fall 2017:
The District Detroit will be 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations. It will be home to the young and the young at heart, families, new residents and long-time residents who want to be where the action is. The District will connect Downtown and Midtown into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love.
Imagine Detroit as it once was. Imagine Detroit as it can be again!!!