Detroit Original: 104 Things Every Detroiter Must Do!

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detroitoriginallogo Detroit Original: 104 Things Every Detroiter Must Do!

104.3 WOMC is proud to be a Detroit Original Station.  We are proud to promote Detroit Original classic hits and we are proud of our Detroit Original businesses.  We want to share this pride with all of our loyal listeners.

WOMC has compiled a list of 104 Detroit Original things that all Detroiters must do.

Everyday we will add to the list leading up to the #1 spot. Check back daily for new entries. We also want to know your favorite Detroit Original activities. Let us know your favorites in the comments field at the bottom of this page.

  • #1 – WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE This is the Motor City and THE event every year that draws millions of car buffs to nine communities along the Original Highway 1 is the WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE! New Cars, classic cars, race cars, hot rods, and everything that rolls on wheels…it’s all in the Woodward Dream Cruise – a true Detroit Original…you just gotta see it! www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

 

  • #2 – NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW Every year, people make the annual trip to the NAIAS! Whether you’re a serious car enthusiast, or you just enjoy the tradition of the auto show, you will love it! For more information on the upcoming show, check out www.naias.com

 

  • #3 – MACKINAC BRIDGE/UP NORTH Connecting the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan, the Mackinac Bridge leads us to the haven that we all call “Up North”. The perfect weekend getaway, Detroiters often go to shop, relax, golf, and take in the beautiful scenery that has often been dubbed “God’s Country” because it’s so gorgeous.  www.visitmichiganupnorth.com

 

  • #4 – THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE In Detroit, the Thanksgiving morning tradition of attending America’s Thanksgiving Parade has been around for 86 years! Families gather each year to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with giant balloons, colorfully decorated floats and marching bands, with the help of over 4,500 volunteers.  www.theparade.org

 

  • #5 – DETROIT RIVERFRONT One of Detroit’s most visited tourist attractions, the Detroit International Riverfront boasts docks for ships like the Detroit Princess and Infinity and Ovation Yachts, a marina, multiple parks, restaurants, and shopping, along with the Cobo Center, Hart Plaza and Joe Louis Arena.  The 5.5 mile stretch promenade from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle is a coveted spot for running, biking, and fishing. www.detroitriverfront.org

 

  • #6  GREEKTOWN If you never heard the words “OPA!!” shouted out as someone lit your cheese on fire, you need to head down to Greektown for a delicious, fabulous meal! www.greektowndetroit.org

 

  • #7 – FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS For a dazzling display of fireworks during Fourth of July, head down to Hart Plaza where hundreds of thousands of spectators line up downtown to witness the big show! www.theparade.org/fireworks.php

 

  • #8 – TIGERS OPENING DAY Kicking off baseball season in the D is a huge extravaganza! A Detroit holiday for Tigers fans, many people take off time from work to attend Opening Day at Comerica Park! Even if you can’t get tickets, make sure to check out 97.1 The Ticket’s Opening Day Block Party with lots of food, beer, sports, music and fun activities! www.tigers.com

 

  • #9 – DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN Bringing three days of down home fun to Downtown Detroit every year, the WYCD Downtown Hoedown is an event that all country music fans look forward to! Boasting artists such as Jake Owen, Uncle Kracker, and Joe Nichols in the past, it’s a weekend show not to miss! wycd.cbslocal.com/category/hoedown

 

 

  • #11 – DETROIT ZOO If you come across a day with nice weather and nothing to do, then make sure you head down to the Detroit Zoo! With polar bears, tigers, lions, gorillas, penguins, bald eagles, butterflies, bears, and so many more animals, it’s a place that’s fun for people of all ages! Learn more www.detroitzoo.org.

 

  • #12 – THE BIG HOUSE The home of Michigan football, Michigan Stadium is more appropriately titled “The Big House”. With a record attendance of 115,109, the University of Michigan is always working to increase the capacity. Going to a game at the Big House is unparalleled to any other sporting venue in Michigan. www.mgoblue.com/facilities/michigan-stadium.html

 

  • #13 – ARTS, BEATS, AND EATS If you haven’t heard of it by now, then you’re sorely missing out! Arts, Beats, and Eats is a Labor Day Weekend Festival. In Downtown Royal Oak since 2010, it’s a place for outstanding family entertainment at an affordable cost. With only a $3 admission fee during the day, you can shop, eat, watch concerts, and go on amusement park rides. A great deal of the profits also go to various charities, with the festival raising over $3 million to date.  www.artsbeatseats.com

 

  • #14 – DETROIT CASINOS – MGM/MOTOR CITY/GREEKTOWN Are you feeling a little lucky? Head downtown to check out one of our glamorous casinos. Whether you’re at MGM Grand, Motor City, or Greektown you can play it safe with the slot machines, or get a little risky with the high stakes poker tables! With a Vegas feel, you can also partake in the exciting nightlife, upscale dining, and trendy hotel rooms. Find your favorite —  www.mgmgranddetroit.com or www.motorcitycasino.com or www.greektowncasino.com

 

  • #15 – CRANBROOK  You can take in a day with the Cranbrook Art Museum to increase your education on art history, or you can check out the Cranbook Institute of Science – also known as Michigan’s Museum of Natural History. For decades now, Cranbrook has been helping the community to explore the arts and sciences. Take the time to come and check it out for yourself –  www.cranbrookart.edu/museum/‎ or science.cranbrook.edu/

 

  • #16 – RED WINGS GAME AT THE JOE We are Detroit, and we are Hockeytown!! A must-do for every Detroiter is to take in a Detroit Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena! With 11 Stanley Cups and 19 Division Championships under their belt, it’s a piece of Detroit that we’re all proud of! redwings.nhl.com

 

  • #17 – BATTLE OF THE CONEY ISLANDS The battle between Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island has been a long standing argument for Detroiters. Everyone has their loyalties and they stick to them! What started out as a debate between two brothers owning Coney Islands right next to each other, has become a statement of loyalties for Detroiters. There’s one thing that’s for sure though – if you go to either one, you’re sure to enjoy a delicious coney dog!! Which one is your favorite? http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130125/BLOG006/130129908/

 

  • #18 – DOMINO’S PETTING FARM For a fun-filled day, you can go to Domino’s Petting Farm where you can learn all about farming, play with the farm animals, and go for a fun hayride! And if you miss it during the warm weather, make sure to drive by during the winter season to check out their holiday light show display!  http://www.pettingfarm.com/

 

  • #19 – PISTONS GAME AT THE PALACE Detroiters know that when you hear someone say “DEEEEETROIT”, you instinctively respond with “BASKETBALL”. As the Pistons work to rebuild their team, the crowds at the Palace of Auburn Hills are also growing. Check out a game this season to see the intense competition! www.nba.com/pistons/

 

  • #20 – DETROIT OPERA HOUSE The Detroit Opera House is the home of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Located in the Grand Circus Park Historic District of Detroit,  there are a variety of opera, dance, and shows available to watch. Learn more here — www.michiganopera.org

 

  • #21 – MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER If you want to learn some interesting new facts and entertain the kids at the same time, this is the place to go! Teaching children and adults alike, the Michigan Science Center has interactive exhibits and shows to help you explore and learn at the same time! Don’t forget to take in the ultimate movie experience with the state-of-the-art Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre!  http://www.mi-sci.org/

 

  • #22 – FISHER MANSION It has Italian marble fireplaces, and 24-karat gold leaf ceilings. The Fisher Mansion was purchased by Henry Ford’s grandson in 1975 and subsequently donated and now operates as a cultural center. Make sure to check it out for a tour and to have a delicious meal in their gourmet restaurant! www.michigan.org/property/fisher-mansion

 

  • #23 – GM RENAISSANCE CENTER  The Ren Cen is not only General Motor Headquarters, but it’s Detroit’s most noticeable landmark. Most people don’t know that in addition to the hotel and offices, the Ren Cen offers shopping and dining! Look here to see what you can do there à www.gmrencen.com

 

  • #24 – JOHN K. KING USED AND RARE BOOKS If you’re a collector, historian, or an everyday guy or gal that likes to read, check out John K. King Used and Rare Books in Detroit. It’s one of the world’s largest book stores and can even see the rare book section by appointment.   http://www.rarebooklink.com/cgi-bin/kingbooks/index.html

 

  • #25 – DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA If you’re looking for a classy idea for your next date, look no further than the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Music Fisher Center in Midtown. The illustrious classical music will be sure to sweep them off their feet! www.dso.org

 

 

  • #27 – KID ROCK CONCERT Every Detroiter needs to go to a Kid Rock concert at some point in time! When he performs in his hometown, the crowd is rockin! Always doing something for the city, Kid Rock is a true Detroit Original! www.kidrock.com

 

  • #28 – KRINGLE JINGLE Boasting artists in the past such as Neon Trees, Rita Ora, Hot Chelle Rae and Wiz Khalifa, the 98.7 AMP Radio Kringle Jingle concert is not one to miss in Detroit! Check out this year’s lineup here:  987ampradio.cbslocal.com/kringlejingle

 

  • #29 – STROH’S BUILDING They have given us a lot of beer, and fabulous ice cream, and the name Stroh’s is synonymous with Detroit. The former headquarters of the Stroh Brewery Company, the beautiful Stroh’s on the Riverfront off Joseph Campau in Detroit is a must see! www.strohriverplace.com/building
  • #30 – HOCKEYTOWN CAFÉ Hey, hey, Hockeytown! A perfect Detroit Original is grabbing a bite to eat while watching the game at the famous Hockeytown Café right across from Comerica Park. Named Detroit’s #1 Sports Bar and the #2 Sports Bar in America by ESPN2! Check it out at www.hockeytowncafe.com

 

  • #31 – DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY Being the second largest library system in Michigan, and the 20th largest library system in the U.S., the Detroit Public Library is more than just a home for books. In addition to the vast resources at the library, you can also enjoy artwork collections, learning classes, and their special rare book collection. The main library on Woodward Avenue is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, and definitely deserves a visit.  www.detroit.lib.mi.us

 

  • #32 – SKI BOYNE When winter hits in Michigan, we need fun activities to take advantage of the cold weather. Skiing at Boyne Mountain is the best way to do this! Celebrating its 50th season this year, you can head up there hit the slopes and then warm up and relax at Boyne Highlands Resort. www.boyne.com

 

  • #33 – CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Located in the Cultural Center of Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History houses the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. Highlighted as a venue of cultural retention and growth, Detroiters visiting this museum will find over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Learn more at thewright.org.

 

  • #34 – ROUGE FACTORY TOUR Have you wondered how a car is assembled? Being from the Motor City, we have grown up in an automobile driven industry. Take a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory and take in the experience of viewing the final assembly process of the new Ford F-150’s! www.thehenryford.org/rouge/index.aspx

 

  • #35 – COACH INSIGNIA Winning multiple awards, Coach Insignia offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Detroit and Windsor from atop the GM Renaissance Center. Enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine of this elegant and contemporary steakhouse the next time you’re in Downtown Detroit.   www.theepicureangroup.com/coachinsignia.html

 

 

  • #36 – FRANKENMUTH Located only 1.5 hours from Downtown Detroit, Frankenmuth is the perfect family daytrip! Enjoy museums, the waterpark, shopping, and eating their famous family style chicken dinners! And don’t forget all the cheese, meat, taffy, and fudge shops! www.frankenmuth.org

 

  • #37 – MILLER’S HAMBURGERS On GQ’s list of best hamburgers in America, this is the “Home of the World Famous Ground Round”! Miller’s in Dearborn has been serving up juicy, meaty goodness since 1941 and they have perfected the art of burgers and cheeseburgers in this time!  www.millersbar.com

 

  • #38 – CHELI’S CHILI BAR Owned by former Red Wing, Chris Chelios, this bar is just a couple steps away from Comerica Park. Join fans before Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings game for an ice cold beer, or a Coney Dog topped Cheli’s Original Chili. www.chelischilibar.com

 

  • #39 – OAKLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE Ranked the #25 golf course in the world! Designed by Donald Ross, they have hosted a great deal of prestigious golf tournaments throughout its history, including 6 U.S. Opens and 3 PGA Championships. If you can’t get out there to play, you should definitely at least check it out as a spectator!  www.oaklandhillscc.com

 

  • #40 – NOEL NIGHT Going strong for 40 years, Noel Night brings Detroiters together in Midtown. Including over 70 Midtown venues, many of the museums in the area will take part and offer free admission during this event. People gather to enjoy the culture and cuisine of the city while reveling in holiday magic. Get more info at http://midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night
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  • #41 – AVALON BAKERY With the mission of “Eat Well. Do Good.”, Avalon Bakery is gaining popularity with its fresh bread, sweets, and coffee. They also have some delicious lunch offerings. A great place for someone to find breads made with 100% organic flour! www.avalonbreads.net

 

  • #42 – CLIFF BELLS Detroit loves jazz music and Cliff Bell’s is voted the Best Jazz Club in Detroit by Hour Magazine! Another proud honor is that Cliff Bell’s was also voted as One of America’s Best Bars by Playboy highlighting the “stiff drinks, great jazz, and Motor City Magic.” www.cliffbells.com

 

  • #43 – YANKEE AIR MUSEUM They present the spectacular Thunder Over Michigan Air Show each year that people love to see. It takes place each summer at Willow Run Airport. Check out more information for this fun event at www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow

 

  • #44 – ROMA CAFÉ Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant! Popular for having some finest traditional Italian cuisine in the area, this restaurant even offers shuttle services to most sports and entertainment events in the downtown Detroit area! www.romacafe.com

 

  • #45 – ANN ARBOR STREET ART FAIR Hitting 55 years of originality in 2014, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is something you don’t want to miss! With hundreds of artists displaying and selling their work in the beautiful downtown streets of Ann Arbor, it was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by American Style Magazine.  www.artfair.org

 

  • #46 – CAMPUS MARTIUS In the summer, you can go enjoy a scenic urban beach setting, and in the winter you can enjoy ice skating and the famous Campus Martius Christmas tree! People love going here in the heart of downtown to experience Detroit. www.campusmartiuspark.org

 

  • #47 – MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Whether you’re a lord, a lady in waiting, a knight in shining armor, or just wanting to have a ton of fun…come to the Michigan Renaissance Festival! It’s unique, classic, and an absolute blast! And don’t forget to enjoy a huge turkey drumstick!! www.michrenfest.com

 

  • #48 – DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL Each year, the festival takes over multiple blocks of downtown Detroit. From Campus Martius to Hart Plaza, there are over 100 acts over four days celebrating the rich history of jazz music. Learn more information at detroitjazzfest.com

 

 

  • #50 – JOE LOUIS “THE FIST” MONUMENT The memorial located in Hart Plaza is well-recognized, but not everyone knows that this fist belongs to the one and only boxer, Joe Louis. However, the monument has more meaning than just his boxing career. It is a very controversial symbol of the Jim Crow laws. Detroiters know the significance of this monument to our country. If you would like to learn more, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/monument-to-joe-louis-fist-sculpture-25-years_n_1275709.html

 

 

  • #52 – DETROIT GRAND PRIX The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a fun and exciting race that brought over 95,000 spectators in 2012. Make sure to check it out for a fast paced day in the city! www.detroitgp.com

 

  • #53 – WINDSOR While checking out the Canadian city of Windsor is something common for Detroiters to do, we’re telling you to go there so that you can checkout the best view of the Detroit skyline! One of the most iconic views of the Motor City is right across the bridge in Windsor. www.citywindsor.ca

 

  • #54 SOMERSET COLLECTION Luxury comes in many forms, and Somerset Collection is one of them. With an original opening date from 1969, it really is a beautiful Detroit Original. With over 180 stores and services, it’s a great place to spend the day shopping, relaxing, and dining.  www.thesomersetcollection.com

 

  • #55 – GROSSE ILE  The Detroit River has many cool islands, but A Detroit favorite has to be Grosse Ile. It’s perfect for cruising, golfing, checking out the historic bridge, and it has a great view of Canada and Downriver! www.grosseile.com

 

  • #56 – THE WHITNEY This once private residence has been renovated into one of the most classic Detroit restaurants on Woodward. Voted the Most Romantic Restaurant by Detroit’s A-List, it’s the ideal place to take a date you’re trying to impress! www.thewhitney.com

 

  • #57 – SUPINO PIZZERIA Everyone knows the classic place to get an extra wide hand tossed stretched pizza in Detroit is Supino Pizzeria. Pick a Red Pizza or White Pizza, or get a little bit of both! supinopizzeria.com

 

  • #58 – MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION “Nothing symbolizes Detroit’s grandiose rise and spectacular fall like Michigan Central Station. No other building exemplifies just how much the automobile gave to the city of Detroit – and how much it took away.” This landmark attracts thousands to soak in and take photos of the ruins of the beautiful architecture. www.historicdetroit.org/building/michigan-central-station/

 

  • #59 – SOO LOCKS AT SAULT ST. MARIE If you want to be amazed by engineering, see the world-famous locks at Sault St. Marie. It’s the gateway to Superior and a shipping marvel right here in Michigan. www.saultstemarie.com/soo-locks-46/

 

  • #60 – MARINERS’ CHURCH The songs says the bell tolled 29 times for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald, and that classic Mariner’s Church mentioned in the famous Gordon Lightfoot ballad is right on Jefferson next to Hart Plaza. marinerschurchofdetroit.org

 

  • #61 – LONDON CHOP HOUSE The legendary London Chop House on Congress Street presents Detroit’s elite with the finest aged steaks and an exquisite Cigar Lounge. www.thelondonchophouse.com

 

  • #62 – NEMO’S SPORTS BAR Rated as the third best sports bar in America by Sports Illustrated, it’s the hot spot to be before a Wings or Tigers game. People come for the juicy burgers and beers, but stay for the exhilarating sports atmosphere with TVs all around. Check it out at www.nemosdetroit.com

 

  • #63 – DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS Every real Detroiter knows what a treasure chest the Detroit Institute of Arts is…paintings, sculptures, photography, and historical artifacts are just a few of the items from around the world that you’ll find here. Don’t forget that there’s always an exciting and exclusive new exhibit available! For more information on the DIA, check out www.dia.org

 

  • #64 – SANDERS AT THE MORLEY CANDY FACTORY Delicious hot fudge sundaes and yummy bumpy cakes can only be found at Sanders! A Detroit Original since 1875!! This sweet company started right on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit and has since become a Midwestern favorite. If you want to see where it all happens, the Morley Candy Factory on Hall road in Clinton Township is where they make all the fantastic Sanders candy and desserts! Take a tour: www.sanderscandy.com/factory-tours-a/250.htm

 

  • #65 – HEIDELBERG PROJECT Where else can you see an entire street decorated with colorful paint and trash transformed into art? It’s the Heidelberg Project created by resident artist Tyree Guyton! Garnering a lot of attention for his artwork, Guyton has made it his vision to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. To see more on the mission of the project: www.heidelberg.org

 

  • #66 – NORTHVILLE DOWNS Detroit might be partially famous for the big name casinos downtown, but there’s a hidden gem in metro Detroit that also packs a lot of excitement in the gambling arena. Northville Downs is celebrating 100 years of racing in Northville, where you can come check out the horses 7 days a week. And who knows, you might hit that perfecta!  www.northvilledowns.com

 

  • #67 – BELL’S BEER BAYVIEW MACKINAC RACE Bob Seger has done it and it’s a sight to see! It’s the annual Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race. If you’re not a sailor and can’t compete, it’s still very entertaining to be a spectator in this fun race! www.bycmack.com

 

  • #68 – EDSEL AND ELEANOR FORD HOUSE This beautiful mansion pays tribute to an iconic Detroit legacy. A tour of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is a great way to spend the day with the family. After your tour, you can enjoy a great lunch at Cotswold Café in the Visitor Center. www.fordhouse.org

 

  • #69 – BUDDY’S PIZZA It’s not only for Italians, but every Detroiter knows the place to play Bocci ball is at the original Buddy’s Pizza at McNichols and Conant St. The classic Detroit pizza since 1946 now has nine locations! www.buddyspizza.com

 

  • #70 – ART AND APPLES The 30-acre Rochester Park is transformed into one of the nation’s top fine art festivals every year in the early fall. Soak in some art, food, and entertainment at the Art & Apples Festival! www.artandapples.com

 

  • #71 – THE FILLMORE A historic venue in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district. Popular musical artists and Broadway shows grace the stage in this venue. Make sure to check out the historical Detroit Original beauty the next you’re in this building! For upcoming shows: thefillmoredetroit.com

 

  • #72 – SLOWS BAR BQ The south is famous for BBQ but we have our own classic in Slow’s right downtown in Detroit’s legendary Corktown….delicious Slow’s Bar B Q! Whether you’re going for the pulled pork, pulled chicken, or sliced brisket – you know you can’t go wrong! Check out their mouth-watering menu: slowsbarbq.com

 

 

 

 

  • #76 – TURKEY TROT Every year before the annual Thanksgiving Parade down Woodward, there’s a tradition of the Turkey Trot! Setting records of being the largest race in Michigan for 2012 with 22,100 registered runners, it’s a fun holiday tradition for our city! www.theparade.org/turkeytrot

 

  • #77 – HENRY FORD MUSEUM Everything from John F. Kennedy’s limousine, to the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, and to Rosa Parks Montgomery Bus, the Henry Ford Museum is home to a plethora of historical and fun artifacts. Find more information at www.thehenryford.org

 

  • #78 – DETROIT DERBY If you’re looking to find some athleticism, entertainment, and intense competition at the same time, The Detroit Derby Girls is the way to go! The excitement is a great experience and everyone should give it a shot! www.detroitderbygirls.com

 

  • #79 – KARS NUTS Originally located in Detroit, and currently headquartered in Madison Heights, Kars Nuts is a tasty Detroit Original! The company was founded in 1933 by selling nuts to fans outside Tigers Stadium! For more on the history and where you can buy them: www.karsnuts.com

 

  • #80 – DETROIT ORIGINAL POP We call it pop instead of soda here in Michigan and we love it! Whether you’re downing Faygo Pop or Towne Club, you know that you’re supporting a Detroit Original! Check them out at www.faygo.com or towneclub.com

 

  • #81 – MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE You can smell the delicious aroma before you can even see it. Mackinac Island Fudge. The world class mouth-watering fudge that everyone craves is a Detroit Original that we can never get enough of! If you can’t make it up north to the Island, you can always find other ways to get it delivered straight to you!!  www.mackinacisland.org/fudge-shops/

 

  • #82 – CORKTOWN We love our sports in Detroit, and what better way to celebrate it than with a pit stop to Corktown on the way to a game! It’s the oldest neighborhood in Detroit and it’s also where you can watch your favorite team and grab some delicious food and a cold one to go with it…you just gotta experience it!  www.corktowndetroit.org

 

  • #83 – RED COAT TAVERN Most known for its Piedmontese burgers, Red Coat Tavern is famous in the metro Detroit area! With two locations in Royal Oak and West Bloomfield, it boasts exceptional burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, prime ribs, filet mignon and a crème brulee that is to die for! http://detroit.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-burgers-in-detroit/

 

  • #84- DOWNTOWN ROYAL OAK Shopping at over 85 boutiques and eating at over 70 restaurants with up to 750 outdoor seats. This is what you’ll have the chance to experience when you take the time to head out to Royal Oak and enjoy the night. For a list of activities, shops, restaurants and events in Royal Oak – http://www.downtownroyaloak.org/

 

  • #85 – MICHIGAN CRAFT BEERS It’s hard to believe it, but Michigan is the home of dozens and dozens of microbreweries. From Atwater to Fort Street and Dragon Meade… you’ll find tons of local names that are waiting for you to come in and try their craft beers! http://www.michigan.org/breweries/

 

 

 

  • #88 – MARVIN’S MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MUSEUM Listed in the World Almanac as one of the most unusual museums in America, it’s quite the experience. With vintage collectibles and penny arcade games, it’s a fun time for kids and adults alike. Get more info at marvin3m.com

 

 

  • #90 – FALL COLOR ROAD TRIPS One of the best things about fall in Detroit is the fun fall colors as nature takes its course when the weather changes. Take a fun fall road trip to experience the changing colors. www.michigan.org/fall-color-tours/

 

  • #91 – PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA Detroit may not be the undisputed pizza capital of the world, but we still know how to do it right! Whether it’s the Detroit raised Little Caesar’s Pizza franchise, or the deep dish at Buddy’s, you can’t go wrong! Here are some of our favorites: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-detroit-pizzas/

 

 

 

  • #94 – BETTER MADE POTATO CHIPS A Detroit Original since 1930! Using locally grown potatoes, their online virtual factory tour shows you how they make it from the bin to the bag in only 7 minutes! www.bmchips.com

 

  • #95 – GORDIE HOWE STATUE Almost every Detroiter knows who wore #9 with that winged wheel….Gordie Howe! A statue was unveiled in 2007 at the Joe Louis Arena in his honor that is a must-see if you’re ever at the venue for a game or concert. http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=467063

 

  • #96 – THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT The Spirit of Detroit statue is one of the most easily identifiable monuments to represent our city. Make sure you stop by and admire this significant piece of artwork on Woodward the next time you’re downtown! For recent news articles involving the statue, check out  http://detroit.cbslocal.com/tag/spirit-of-detroit/

 

  • #97 – MICHIGAN STATE PARKS We take pride in Michigan as being a state with a great deal of outdoor adventures. Take in the scenic views of one our many state parks. Some are even located within the city of Detroit! For a list of state park locations, check out www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/

 

  • #98 - DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM Come shop the unique boutiques and check out the exceptional dining in downtown Birmingham! With seasonal carriage rides and farmers markets, it’s fun for a family night out, or even a romantic date!  www.enjoybirmingham.com

 

 

  • #100 – DETROIT PRINCESS This is the most classic Detroit Original way to head out on the Detroit River! Public cruises are offered most weekends throughout the year. Either enjoy the summer weather on one of the four boat decks, or take part in an indoor dinner party or moonlight cruise during the winter months! For cruise scheduling, check out  www.detroitprincess.com

 

 

  • #102 – MEXICAN TOWN This is where you’ll find the most authentic Mexican food in the city! There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from, and if you’re in the mood to cook up an authentic dish yourself, there are some great Mexican grocery stores as well. For some more information on the area, click here à http://detroit.cbslocal.com/tag/mexicantown/

 

  • #103 – DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER It’s the best way to see downtown Detroit! You can easily take a connection to all the excitement of the city. Fare is only 75 cents and you can check out stops all over the city. For more information, check out www.thepeoplemover.com

 

  • #104 – EASTERN MARKET  Come spend a sweet Saturday afternoon with your family and friends at the hustle and bustle of Eastern Market. You’ll find fresh produce, food and flowers from local vendors and merchants! Check it out at www.detroiteasternmarket.com
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