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On Second Thought … Things to Do on Your Return Trip to The D

Posted on Tuesday, June 30 2015 in Culture

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A fabulous first visit to Detroit has you coming back for more? Here are some ideas of must-sees in The D the second time around:

Culture Seekers

So, you soaked up the masterpieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts on a previous stay. There’s plenty more culture to be had. Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) or Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills for original exhibitions on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts and design. Tour the Glass Academy in Dearborn for glass blowing demonstrations, hands-on workshops and unique glass art gifts or stop by the Polish Art Center in Hamtramck.

History Buffs

If you’ve gotten a taste of Detroit’s 300-plus year storied past at the Detroit Historical Museum, choose a topic that interests you and dive in a little deeper. Spend some time at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the world’s largest museum dedicated to the African American experience, or Second Baptist Church, a former station on the Underground Railroad. How about Historic Fort Wayne, a primary induction center for Michigan troops entering battle in every U.S. conflicts from the Civil War to Viet Nam, or the Solanus Casey Center, a Capuchin Franciscan Ministry. The Arab American National Museum or Holocaust Memorial Center also offer top-notch learning experiences.

The Motown Historical Museum is a great start for those who can’t get enough of Detroit’s rich musical legacy. This time, make plans to visit United Sound Systems Recording Studios. With an all-star alumni, the museum is famous for being the first independent, full-service recording studio in the nation. Tours are available by appointment only.

Motor Heads

The Henry Ford is a destination all its own. Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour can fill a whole weekend. For those looking for more car culture on a return visit, check out the Ford Piquette Plant, birthplace of the Model T. Take a free, one-hour tour of the GM Renaissance Center, world headquarters of General Motors; celebrate outstanding automotive achievement at the Automotive Hall of Fame or tour Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a historic auto baron mansion.

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Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T.

Nature Lovers

If you have fond memories of a leisurely stroll along the Detroit RiverWalk, get out on the water with Diamond Jack’s River Tours. Or gain a whole new perspective of the city with a guided bike tour or Segway tour.

If you’ve been to Belle Isle Park, Detroit’s island jewel, spend some time at one of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, filled with seasonal outdoor activities.

Family Fun

Your kids are still talking about how much fun they had at the Detroit Zoo? Inspire them with hands-on learning at the Michigan Science Center (Ford Family Free Day is July 4!) or the new Michigan Sea Life Aquarium.
Entertainment and Nightlife

Maybe you tried your luck at Greektown Casino, MGM Grand or MotorCity Casino on a previous stay. Round out your nightlife experience with a concert or show at the Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House or The Fillmore or take in the scene in Royal Oak or Ferndale.

Start planning your next visit now!

By: Michelle Fusco

Photo Credit: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium