I’m switching gears back to traveling this great state. This time, were headed to the East side and making a stop in Detroit. Detroit is Michigan’s largest city, known for it’s rich history in the automobile industry. It is also home to Motown and other famous performers like Kid Rock and Eminem. The city has much more to offer than just a history lesson, it has it’s own set of unique shops and eateries, along with many events and activities happening all of the time. With so many things to do, you’ll always want to come back and visit!
This weekend starts off as soon as you get out of work on Friday. Head to the beautiful city and get settled into your hotel. Detroit is home to the Major League Baseball team, the Tigers and that is our first stop. Head over to Comerica Park to catch a late night baseball game. Stop into their merchandise store to get some orange and navy gear, and if you happen to score tickets for the Pepsi Porch, there is Happy Hour for the first hour of the game. To purchase tickets for a Tigers game, check out: mlb.com/tigers
Start off Saturday morning right with a stop to one of Detroit’s very best: Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters. They offer pour over style coffee, and focus solely on three types of coffee, so you know that it’s brewed to perfection. As their name suggests, they also have delicious cheesecake and pastries to go along with your coffee. To see more about Dessert Oasis or to check out their merchandise store, visit: Dessert Oasis
After a delicious cup of joe, head over to Michigan’s largest zoo, the Detroit Zoo. Pop in to feed the giraffes or check out their 4D cinema. One of their most preserved exhibitions is the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. This habitat houses over 75 penguins from across the globe. In 2017, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center was awarded the Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which is one of the most honorable awards. It is cheaper to purchase your tickets online beforehand, instead of at the gate. To purchase tickets, go to: detroitzoo.org
Depending on how much time you spend at the zoo, you may be ready for lunch. Take a break from the touristy stuff at Andrews on the corner. This restaurant has been a family owned business since 1918, when it opened. It’s American cuisine, and all of their dishes are very reasonably priced. Although they do not have a kid’s menu, they do have options that everyone in the family will enjoy! Find out more about Andrew’s on the Corner and their menu at: andrewsonthecorner.com
Next, it’s time to head to Belle Isle Park. Belle Isle Park consists of Belle Isle, along with a few other surrounding islands. Don’t worry about driving to the island, because there is a bus service that can take you! Not only is this a great way to capture Detroit’s beautiful skyline, there is also a lot to do and see on Belle Isle. The first thing that you must see is the James Scott Memorial Fountain, which is on the left side of the isle and a great place to capture a photo of this fantastic trip! Belle Isle is mostly known for the Belle Isle aquarium, and the Belle Isle Nature Center. There is also golfing, historical museums, fishing, playgrounds and a fantastic beach. There is something for everyone to love on Belle Isle. Learn more about things to do at Belle Isle Park at: belleisleconservancy.org
After you see a few attractions in Belle Isle Park, catch the shuttle back to the city, because Greek Town is the next destination on the itinerary. Greek Town has been a staple of Detroit for almost 120 years. For dinner, visit Pegasus Taverna for authentic greek dishes that are exquisite! Pegasus Taverna is connected to Greek Town Casino, and of course you can’t go to Greek Town without a visit to their famous casino! Everyone loves gambling. You may even get lucky! To see upcoming events happening in Greek Town, check out their website: greektowndetroit.org/
If there is time, take a stroll along the Detroit Riverwalk. This is where you can see Windsor, Canada and the bridge that connects the two neighboring cities.There is nothing better than catching the Sunset over the Detroit river with Canada in the background. This is a great way to see Detroit’s best view and end the day.
First thing on the list is the Eastern Market, which has been a very popular landmark of Detroit’s since 1891. On Sunday’s, it opens at 10 am. and it is best to visit the market in the morning as early as possible in the morning. For breakfast, grab a delicious smoothie or a healthy bowl at Beyond Juicery and Eatery. You can even order online, so it’s ready when you get there. The Eastern Market spans over many blocks and is home to a wide variety of vendors, such as clothing, art, beauty products, and many more that are made right here in Michigan. This is quite a lengthy attraction, so plan for this to take a few hours. There are always events happening, so make sure to check out their website: easternmarket.org/ to know what is going on when you’re in town!
Before you’re trip comes to a wrap, check out one of Detroit’s many museums. Detroit has so much history, it would be wrong to visit without seeing some of it. There are over 30 museums in Detroit, some of the most popular being the Motown Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Holocost Museum and the Automotive Hall of Fame. If you are visiting the city as a family, you may want to check out the Sanders Chocolate Factory and go on a free tour. No matter what you fancy, you will find a museum for you!
After viewing some history, your weekend getaway has come to an end and it’s time to head home. I hope that the trip is fantastic and makes you want to come back each Summer!