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Are you ready to show your group a seriously spectacular extended weekend away in Detroit? If you are looking to educate, entertain, and excite your group all at once, then this is a trip you need to consider, the three-day whirlwind adventure taking you to all the best the city has to offer, from history and education to culture and cuisine!
Ford Field - Welcome to Ford Field, the popular multi-purpose sports stadium located in downtown Detroit, owned by Wayne County Stadium Authority. This Brush Street attraction is home to the NFL Lions (NFC North) and has seen several successful football games since opening in 2002, as well as SEVERAL eager football fans, the stadium holding about 65k guests comfortably. At this ‘premier family entertainment destination’ you and your group could enjoy a Behind-the-Scenes NFL Tour, Public Walk Up Tour, or a look at the onsite 1920’s era warehouse (attached to the stadium). The stadium’s commitment to providing unparalleled service shows in its 1.85 million square feet and four total levels of concessions and sporting fun, the entire stadium providing ‘unique and exciting experiences in fun, family friendly environment.’ While at the stadium you will have the unique opportunity to visit Hudson Warehouse, the historical warehouse here that puts the past and the future of Detroit all in one location!
Detroit Zoo - In Detroit, the zoo isn’t the only place where you’ll get to see Lions, but it certainly is one of the most fun and educational! The Detroit Zoo is one of this city's top attractions, a family-friendly educational hotspot where you will see over 2400 animals, from aardvarks to zebras! The zoo is located just 2 miles north of the city limits, located on the corner of 10 Mile Road. First opened in 1928, this facility has had a lot of experience with animal behavior and conservation, creating several award-winning exhibits since then. Most notably in the zoo are the Great Apes of Harambee and the Arctic Ring of Life, plus the newest exhibit, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Besides all the amazing information and animals you will also find a mini railroad and carousel on site, a picnic area, and several shops and eateries on the 125 acres throughout the zoo!
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets - Welcome to Michigan’s largest indoor outlet mall, the regionally exclusive shopping experience that will certainly not disappoint, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. Within this massive enclosed mall, you will find over 185 stores and eateries, 35 of them ones you won’t find anywhere else in the region! The mall itself is located in Auburn Hills, a northern suburb of Detroit about 30 to 40 minutes away. Besides all the great shopping opportunities found inside you will also find the highly beloved and educational SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, 1000 seat food court, 5 full-service restaurants, a theater, bowling lanes, and fun indoor carnival-style rides like the carousel. Did we mention the onsite Legoland? All of that one of kind entertainment plus unique eating and shopping make this a dream destination for any group! You could spend a whole day here doing everything they offer, so plan your time wisely!
Charles H Wright Museum of Af. American History - The Charles H Wright Museum of African American History is one of the most educationally and historically iconic in the city, the center holding the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. Located near Wayne Street University, in the Detroit city cultural center, this 1965 founded museum displays very important information for guests of any age. Spend 2-3 hours here learning all about African American history and culture, particularly subjects such as the Middle Passage and Underground Railroad. It won’t be hard to find this massive museum, the spot location being adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Science Center. As the director of the museum Juanita Moore says, this is an ‘experience you won’t forget, and a history you’ll always remember’ with over 35,000 artifacts inside! Each exhibit takes careful measure to explore and celebrate the African-American heritage and hardships in history.
The Parade Company - This is one of our favorite ‘hidden gem’ spots in Detroit, a regionally beloved company that puts on the highly anticipated ‘Michigan Thanksgiving Parade’, now just known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade. This company was founded in 1982 with the ‘purpose of staging and perpetuating the American Thanksgiving Parade, Michigan's grandest and most cherished civic event’. Several iconic civic and corporate leaders from all walks of life com. There are over 75 units within the parade, between floats, balloons, and marching bands. The parade is highly attended and televised, being the most visible civic event in the region. But don’t worry, you don’t have to visit during the holiday season to really enjoy this attraction, the Commercia Bank presenting public tours daily during the off-season. These tours are available to school groups, groups of more than 10 people, or scout groups. You will get to see Detroit’s ‘most enchanted hidden attraction’ ParadeLand from behind the scenes during one of these tours!
Diamond Jack Riverboat Cruise - If you want to take relax and enjoy some of nature's finest offerings in Detroit while still learning something then you want Diamond Jack’s Riverboat Cruise, the local attraction drawing in steady groups of eager guests daily. When you choose Diamond Jack you choose one of the best river cruises along the Detroit Riverfront, the most popular tours giving you 2 full hours of awe-inspiring sights and narration. Diamond Jack Riverboat Cruising sets sail at 1 pm and 3:30 pm each Thursday through Sunday in the on-season, which happens to be June - September 3rd. You can dock the boats from Diamond Jack at Rivard Plaza or Bishop Park, both highly convenient locations to both find and park at. Learn why Detroit is nicknamed ‘Paris of the West’ as you explore the coastlines full of beautiful architecture, a total of over 16 miles of U.S and Canada Detroit River Shoreline!
The Henry Ford - This iconic, historic, and culturally impressive local landmark may be one of the most fun places to visit in Detroit, the sprawling complex located on Oakwood Boulevard. Inside you can see the Rosa Parks bus, JFK limo, and Henry Ford’s favorite personal autos, the entire complex broken into four different, and very distinct, sections: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Giant Screen. The Giant Screen is open 7 days a week and allows you and your group to be immersed into some of America’s most inventive past, a stunning 4k Digital Display inside. You may want to spend most of the time in Greenfield Village, a living community that will literally send you back in time. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour will show you all of America’s greatest manufacturing experiences up close and personal, allowing you to see some of the greatest auto accomplishments in the world!
Greenfield Village - Welcome to Greenfield Village, an offshoot of The Henry Ford, a particular section of it that continuously draws in its own crowds. Greenfield Village is a living community that promotes America’s ‘passion and ingenuity’ with everything from working farms to Model T’s. You can explore the cycle shop in which the Wright Brothers took flight, take a spin through Edison’s lab, or even visit the spot where Lincoln’s law was written. There is a total of 83 different authentic structures within the 80 acres here, the entire site dedicated to the ‘sights, sounds, and senses of 300 years of American Life’. This truly is one massive outdoor museum, therefore to make it a little more navigable it is broken into 7 different historic districts. There are several different eateries here if you get hungry as well, such as the Eagle Tavern or Bennet Sweets, both of which aim to give you a little ‘taste of the past’.