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Old 11-28-2011, 10:43 PM
 
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In May, we are going to a family member's massive wedding reception and party at the Renaissance Center ("Ren Cen") in Detroit. I expect we'll be there for a about three days total. We are from Utah. We went to Michigan, once, years ago, but bypassed Detroit.

Is there anything for a tourist to see around Detroit? I would appreciate anyone who lives there or has visited there to give me a list of some things we could do. We have a twelve year old daughter and I would really appreciate some things we could do with children.

A few specific questions:

1. Is it possible to tour a working automobile assembly plant?

2. Is the weather good in Michigan in May?

3. Can you suggest some outdoor activities?

4. Museums?

5. Is it worth going across the border to Windsor? Is there anything worth seeing there?
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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Is there anything for a tourist to see around Detroit? I would appreciate anyone who lives there or has visited there to give me a list of some things we could do. We have a twelve year old daughter and I would really appreciate some things we could do with children.


A few specific questions:

1. Is it possible to tour a working automobile assembly plant?

2. Is the weather good in Michigan in May?

3. Can you suggest some outdoor activities?

4. Museums?

5. Is it worth going across the border to Windsor? Is there anything worth seeing there?


I lived and worked in Detroit in 1985-87 after I finished school. I used to visit 2-3 times a year as I really like the city.

1) The Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn offers tours. However, they are NOT cheap and have some age restrictions that would limit small children.

Automotive attraction, visit working assembly line

2) If you don't like the weather in Detroit, wait a couple hours as it will change. Pack a light jacket as the temps run 50-70F, sometimes warmer.

3) One of my favorite walks in the Windsor waterfront and the Centennial Gardens in Windsor, ON. They are nice public gardens. Also, I like to walk around Greenfield Village in Dearborn.

4) The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village are among the top ten museums in the country. In my opinion, they are better than the Smithsonian. After all, they were funded and in many cases, collected by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, the two greatest industrialist and philanthropists od that generation.

Museums, Things to do in Dearborn, Detroit Michigan

5) Yes, Windsor is the automotive capital of Canada. It is a quaint town with an atmosphere different from the US. Personally, I always recommend an early walk on the boardwalk of Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, ON. Windsor was also a major destination of the Underground Railroad and some small towns were founded by escaped slaves.

Here is the problem. To cross the border into Canada, you need a passport. If you have a passport, no problem. If not, you are going to need to shell out $100+ per person. At that point, I would pass. Gone are the days when a drivers license, voter's registration card or a birth certificate would suffice.

If you have some more specific questions, I can go into much greater detail.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:30 AM
 
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You will probably get better replies if you post this in the Detroit threat in the Michigan forum.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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Personally, I always recommend an early walk on the boardwalk of Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, ON.
In May, that will be extremely crowded. It is a very popular location for birdwatchers from all over North America, and May is the peak of the migration season. Even parking could be a problem.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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The reason this person didn't post in the Detroit forum is most likely because it would just get a bunch of people bashing Detroit.

The later in May you are here, the better the chances are of having nice weather. Detroit is an interesting city with a terrible reputation. I'm not sure if you are a fan of sports or not, but it might be worth checking out Ford Field, Comerica park and the Joe Louis Arena.

There are different bars and such, like going to Hockeytown or something like that. Detroit is very sports oriented, so I wouldn't miss out on all the sports and how much us Michiganders love our teams!

I wouldn't go out of your way to go to Canada (if Windsor is your only destination). The only reason I can remember people going to Canada is because the drinking age was 19, so it was cool to go there and get drunk legally and go to the strip clubs. I say, stay in Detroit and enjoy your few days there, the border will just be a hassle.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Having lived in and around Detroit for most my life here is a list:








Seriously, You should see Greek Town (have a great dinner at any of the eateries).

While there see the Casinos

The Henry Ford (as it wants to be called) aka Greenfield Village is a must for history buffs. Also the museum houses the IMAX theater.

Eastern MArket at 4:00 in the morning is a great trip. If you are there the weekend before Mother's Day go for Flower Day

Take a drive on Woodward, the first paved highway in modern America.

Catch a MLB game at Comerica and eat at Elwood Bar & Grill

Don't leave Detroit without an AUTHENTIC coney. They don't get any better than Lafayette Coney at 118 West Lafayette Boulevard and their feuding neighbors American Coney Island

Tour the Ford Estate in Dearborn

Boston Edison where the power brokers who made Detroit shake lived.

Hitsville USA and stand on the same stage where MoTown took the world by song and even sing a few songs...

THe DIA

Science Center

Charles H Wright Museum
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I've always enjoyed going to the Detroit Zoo at least once a summer. The kid ought to love it. Typically May is a rainy stormy season, so you might often have to plan smart to avoid getting caught in a stray thunderstorm.

Detroit Zoo
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