Detroit…Still a fun place!

“Detroit: Cars and rock ‘n’ roll. Not a bad combo.” – Kid Rock

Although the city of Detroit has been going through some rough times lately, it should not be forgotten as a city that offers great activities! According to the article, “10 reasons travellers should show Detroit some love,” Detroit is a great city that is “clouded by headlines about financial impropriety, pension funding woes, industrial decline, racial tension and, more recently, its stupendous ruins. Yes, decay and poverty are plentiful here, but cities are the products of their weaknesses as well as their strengths, and the result in Detroit is a rare glimpse of what American pride looks like when it’s uncoupled from the overweening self-confidence that can make it so unpleasant. The result is an upbeat small town with skyscrapers – and a counter-intuitively friendly one at that.” Find out why visiting Detroit can still be fun for you!

What to Do

Over the years, Detroit has gained recognition for it’s food, arts, and cultural scene. Check out some of the places that offer these amenities:

  • Eastern Market – “Lately Eastern Market’s reach has gone beyond that of a local food hub. Art galleries, independent boutiques, maker spaces, and old-fashioned letterpress shops (two of them) have been springing up in the market over the last few years.” The market draws in crowds of over 40,000 a week!
  • Corktown – “Without any kind of corporate investment, Corktown has managed to transform itself from an area people once merely drove through to get to the old Tigers Stadium to a destination unto itself.” It’s one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods!
  • Midtown – “Detroit’s educational, medical, and cultural center is Midtown, where the city’s top museums, universities, and world-renowned hospitals are located. “
  • Detroit Institute of Arts – “Detroit Institute of Arts is the second largest municipally-owned museum in the country and has one of the biggest and most significant art collections in the U.S.” It’s even located right in Midtown!
  • Detroit RiverWalk – “The Detroit RiverWalk is a public-access walkway along the Detroit Riverfront that will eventually extend five-and-a-half miles from the Ambassador Bridge.” You can check out some outdoor sculptures, eat at the concession stand, rent a bike, and much more!

For other places to check out in Detroit, see: “Top 10 reasons to visit Detroit.”

Watch this video to see the benefits offered from the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, which offers public access to Detroit’s Riverfront:

Simplify your Visit
Visiting new places can often be overwhelming. However, with the proper guide, you can easily make the most out of your trip! Luckily, Detroit is now a featured city on the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion, which will allow you to simplify your visit! The My Explore application makes it easy for you to find the activities that you are most interested in. Whether you’d prefer to see must-see attractions, experience fine dining, or take a particular tour, this application can guide you from the palm of your hand!  See some of the features that the My Explore app offers for Detroit:
Must-See
  • Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • American Coney Island
  • Motown Historical Museum
  • Detroit Opera House

Tours

  • Best of Detroit
  • Detroit Sports Sites
  • Downtown Destinations
  • Motor City Tour
  • The Arts of Detroit

Events

  • Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals (Tomorrow at Comerica Park)
  • Kenny Chesney concert (8/17 at Ford Field)
  • Pure Michigan 400 (8/18 at Michigna International Speedway)
  • Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (8/21 at Comerica Park)
  • Reverend Horton Heat (8/29 at Majestic Theatre)

Check out these pictures for a preview of what the application can offer you!

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If you think the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion can help guide you on your visit to Detroit, download it here.

Regardless of how you decide to spend your time in Detroit, make sure you have a good time! This city is not one to be written off just yet, it still has a lot to offer!

Have fun!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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