Tourism in metropolitan Detroit

Market overview

Tourists can ride in a Model T in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark.

The metropolitan region’s tourism industry depends on drawing large crowds to positively impact the local economy. As the world’s traditional automotive center, the city hosts the annual North American International Auto Show in January, a multi-day event. Other major multi-day events which reflect the region’s culture such as the Motown Winter Blast and the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival can draw super sized-crowds of hundreds of thousands to over three million people. In 2006, the four-day Motown Winter Blast drew a cold weather crowd of about 1.2 million people to Campus Martius Park area downtown. Metro Detroit is one of thirteen U.S. cities with teams from four major sports.

Besides casino gaming, the region’s leading attraction is The Henry Ford, America’s largest indoor-outdoor museum complex, a museum entertainment complex with an IMAX theater next to the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. The Detroit Institute of Arts in the cultural center downtown is another leading attraction. The Detroit Festival of the Arts in Midtown draws about 350,000 people. The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak has the nation’s largest polar bear exhibit, the Arctic Ring of Wildlife. The zoo has a train which encircles the park. Together, The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Zoo attract about 2,500,000 visitors annually.

Greektown in Detroit

Another automotive attraction cataloging the history of the industry is the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Historic tours of the mansions of the auto barons such as Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate in Dearborn, and the Lawrence Fisher Mansion in Detroit are available.

The city’s Greektown is a busy entertainment district. The city has evolved into a center for the major casino resorts – MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino, and Caesars Windsor just across the river in Canada. The metropolitan region’s potential to attract super-sized crowds should not be underestimated. Just across the river, Caesars Windsor attracts about six million visitors annually. More than fifteen million people cross the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel annually. An estimated 46 million people live within a 300 mile (480 km) radius of Metro Detroit. Since 2000, the city has seen continuous annual increases in tax revenues from its casinos; the city collected and estimated 8,250,000 in casino taxes alone for 2007, with the casino resorts open in 2008. The Detroit International Riverfront hosts an events including the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival in late June with one of the nation’s largest displays of fireworks and the Electronic Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. The New York Times listed Detroit among its 53 world travel destinations for 2008.

Movie studios in the metro area help establish the state as a legitimate contender in the 12-month-a-year film business. Detroit Center Studios (2009) will debut at the downtown building which was the start-up casino for MGM Grand to create digital animation and visual effects. Motown Motion Picture Studios (2009) with 600,000 square feet will produce movies at the Pontiac Centerpoint Business Campus for a film industry expected to employ over 4,000 people in the metro area.

Hospitality infrastructure

Cruise ships, hotels, and resorts

Detroit Princess Riverboat charter hosts regularly scheduled public cruises.

MGM Grand Detroit.

The Dock of Detroit on Hart Plaza near the Renaissance Center receives major cruise ships and tall ships. The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition supports passenger ship cruises through a joint U.S-Canadian venture to Great Lakes Ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor in downtown Detroit offers public docks for boaters.

Besides its casino resorts, the Detroit area has tens of thousands of hotel rooms. The city’s hospitality industry has hosted many major conventions as well as sporting events. The Marriott corporation and Starwood Hotels (Westin and Sheraton) have a significant presence in the region. The area has many luxury hotels and resorts including the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel which was restored in 2008. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the Omni Detroit Hotel at Riverplace have waterfront views. An example of investment in the city’s historic downtown area is the restored Inn at Ferry Street, a collection of Victorian bed and breakfasts in the cultural district near the Detroit Institute of Arts. Downtown Detroit has about 5,000 hotel rooms, with 4,000 in walking distance of its Cobo Hall convention center. The suburb of Novi has about 5,300 hotels rooms within a 10-mile radius and the suburb of Pontiac has about 5,800 within a 10-mile radius.

In 2003, General Motors completed a 0 million redevelopment of the Renaissance Center as its world headquarters. The east riverfront promenade development was planned at and additional 9 million, including 5 million from GM and million from the Kresge Fundation. The International Riverfront is linked by the River Walk, a promenade along connecting the cruise ship dock on Hart Plaza to a series of parks, restaurants, Asian Village, retail shops, and other venues from the Marriott at the Renaissance Center to the Omni Hotel at Riverplace on the historic Stroh’s riverplace site. Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos would played in the financing to reconstruct the city’s historic restoration of Campus Martius Park which now hosts events such as the Motown Winter Blast in January attracting large crowds.

Shopping and restaurants

See also: List of shopping malls in Michigan

Somerset Collection South adjacent to the Somerset Inn in Troy.

Several restaurant clusters with shopping districts and malls may be found throughout the region including Greektown, downtown, the Renaissance Center, Somerset Collection mall, Troy, Grosse Pointe, Dearborn, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Livonia, Ann Arbor and other suburbs.

Metropolitan Detroit has a variety of major shopping venues such as the upscale Somerset Collection mall in Troy which mall developers consider to be among the nation’s top privately held mall properties with 2004 annual sales of about 0 million and sales per square foot at 0 compared to the national average of 1. The Mall at Partridge Creek is an upscale outdoor lifestyle center located in Clinton Township. Other notable shopping malls in Detroit include Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, which was expanded in 2007 to include Nordstrom; and Great Lakes Crossing, an outlet mall in Auburn Hills which is among the largest malls in Michigan.

A new shopping center, the Shoppes at Gateway Park, is slated for construction in 2009-10 within Detroit’s city limits. When complete, the outdoor mall will provide the city of Detroit proper with its first full-line department store in nearly a decade.

The Eastern Market Historic District, a farmer’s distribution center in downtown Detroit, is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 foods and specialty businesses. On Saturdays, about 45,000 people shop the city’s historic Eastern Market.

Political impact

The city’s mayor in the 1990s, Dennis Archer, also a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, supported a plan which resulted in new casino resorts as a catalyst for urban development in Detroit. Initially, Archer’s plan was for a casino cluster along the east riverfront. In April 2005, after an eight-year legal battle over the bidding process, the courts cleared the way for the City of Detroit to permit its temporary casinos to build all new casino resorts, to open in late 2007. The settlement was further complicated by MGM’s acquisition of Mandalay Bay, then owner of the Motor City Casino. Upon acceptance of the settlement, Detroit entrepreneur Marion Illitch exercised her option to purchase Motor City Casino, outbidding other partners. The plan for the casino resort locations changed as the city decided instead to have the a promenade of parks along the International Riverfront to spur residential development, thus freeing the casinos to build in other areas of downtown. Detroit is the largest American city and metropolitan region to offer casino resorts.

2008 Tour De Troit.

There are .3 billion in new construction projects downtown. In 2007, complementing the MGM Grand Detroit, DTE Energy announced a million transformation of the area around its downtown headquarters into an urban oasis with parks, walkways, and a reflecting pool. Completion of the MGM Grand Detroit resort in 2007 has opened new prospects for future development downtown with the west riverfront area and the area from MGM Grand Detroit to the Michigan Central Station. The question of how to finance a new convention facility to accommodate the expanding needs of the North American International Auto Show generated media attention and speculation with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s proposal for a fourth casino resort to anchor the convention center following the example of the Las Vegas Sands Expo convention center which would need approval from a state wide referendum. Governor Jennifer Granholm ultimately signed legislation on July 2, 2009 for a nearly 0 million expansion of Cobo Center; the plan calls for a 166,000 square foot addition. The legislation created a five-member board, appointed by the governor, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties to oversee the operation of the center with the city retaining ownership. The project, which also calls for the demolition of Cobo Arena in order to expand the center began October 1, 2009. Redevelopment design concepts include the possible addition of glass walls to connect the complex with the waterfront.

Detroit’s geographic proximity to Windsor, Ontario provides for spectacular views and nightlife, along with Ontario’s 19-and-older drinking age. The political clout of beer-drinking consumers has grown in the state, with politicians concerned about a backlash from the “beer vote” over a possible increase in the beer tax.

A strategy entitled Pure Michigan resulted in the State’s tourism website ranking as the busiest in the nation. Metro Detroit “urban destinations” such as The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Zoo were also emphasized in the strategy. This led to support for proposals for increased funding in 2008 for the Travel Michigan budget from Detroit area legislators.

Cultural centers

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Museum of African American History in Detroit.

The Midtown and the New Center area are centered around Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. Midtown attracts millions of visitors each year to its museums and cultural centers. Other significant cultural centers include those in Dearborn, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe, Rochester Hills, and Ann Arbor. The fortunes of region’s auto barons and business leaders continue to facilitate philanthropy for museums and cultural centers.

The Detroit Cultural Center Historic District contains the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Detroit Public Library is part of Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Detroit Public Library (1921) was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style. His son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. was a partner with Francis J. Keally in the design of the library’s additional wings added in 1963. Cass Gilbert also designed the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C..

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Entering the Detroit Institute of Arts’ hallway, visitors pass the armor collection of William Randolph Hearst. Through the entry way is a grand marble court lined along the upper and lower levels with Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals, commissioned by Edsel Ford. The French-American architect Paul Philippe Cret designed the building. The museum is part of the city’s Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Institute is among the largest art museums in the United States and contains over 100 galleries. The museum houses the 1150-seat Detroit Film Theatre, also used to showcase famous collections. Officials at the DIA have ranked the American paintings collection third among museums in the United States. Works by American artists began to be collected immediately following the museum’s founding in 1883.

The collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts include ancient Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian material, as well as a wide range of Islamic, African and Asian art of all media.

Entertainment

Theatre in Detroit is part of the Broadway theatre circuit. The Windsor-Detroit casino resorts have nightclubs, restaurants, and large performance centers for shows. Star performances in the city’s theatre district complement major events such as North American International Auto Show. There are a number of popular nightclubs including the Necto in Ann Arbor, the three-level St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, and the casino resorts.

Fox Theatre is a National Historic Landmark near Detroit’s Grand Circus.

Live music has been the dominant feature of Detroit’s nightlife since the late 1940s bringing the city worldwide attention. The metropolitan area has two of the top live music venues in the United States: DTE Energy Music Theatre and The Palace of Auburn Hills The Detroit Theatre District is the nation’s second largest after Manhattan’s Broadway. Major theaters include the Fox Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, and the Fisher Theatre. Detroit’s Orchestra Hall is the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The city hosts several annual music events, including the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Electronic Music Festival, the Motor City Music Conference (MC2), the Urban Organic Music Conference, the Concert of Colors, and the hip-hop Summer Jamz music festival.

Events

CityFest in the New Center with Cadillac Place in the backdrop across from the Hotel St. Regis.

Fireworks at the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival.

Major festivals and events

Timeline

North American International Auto Show

Cobo Hall – January.

Plymouth Ice Festival

Ice sculpture spectacular in January.

Motown Winter Blast

Campus Martius Park – January or February.

Detroit Music Awards

Held at The Fillmore Detroit Theatre in April.

Downriver Dream Cruise

Held in Southgate, Lincoln Park, Riverview, and Wyandotte.

Detroit Electronic Music Festival

Memorial Day weekend.

Civil War Remembrance

Held at The Henry Ford on Memorial Day.

Detroit Festival of the Arts

Midtown – early June.

Motor Muster

Held at The Henry Ford on Father’s Day weekend in June.

Detroit River Days

Detroit Riverfront- late June.

Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival

Last week of June.

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs at The Henry Ford the four nights around on the Fourth of July.

CityFest sponsored by Comerica

Held in the New Center area around the Fourth of July.

Tall ships at the Dock of Detroit

Hart Plaza – summer.

Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Mid-July.

APBA Gold Cup

Detroit Thunderfest hydroplane races.

Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance

Formal event and classic car show at Meadowbrook Hall in early August.

Detroit Fashion Week

August.

Fash Bash – a major fashion event

Coordinated by the Detroit Institute of Arts, typically at the Renaissance Center in August.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Third Saturday in August.

Meadowbrook Music Festival

Rochester Hills, July-September.

Detroit Indy Grand Prix

Belle Isle Park – Labor Day weekend.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

International Riverfront – Labor Day weekend.

Rochester Art & Apples Festival sponsored by National City

Weekend after Labor Day.

Old Car Festival

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford typically the weekend after Labor Day.

Urban Organic Festival link

Every fall.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November.

Theatre in Detroit

Spring, fall, and winter.

Sports and recreation

Comerica Park in 2007 adjacent to Ford Field.

Main articles: Sports in metropolitan Detroit, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

The area which has hosted several major sporting events in order to attract large crowds such as Super Bowl XL; in fact, Detroit is the only northern city to have hosted two Super Bowls. Ford Field hosted the 2009 NCAA Final Four, where North Carolina defeated Michigan State; in April 2007 it hosted WrestleMania 23. Major League Baseball’s 2005 All-Star Game was held at Comerica Park, as were 2006 World Series games due to the Detroit Tigers success. The 2005 All Star Game injected million into the area economy, while Super Bowl XL injected 0 million. In 2008, the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park reported 3.2 million visitors with a 98.6 percent attendance rate.

The area has a 24,000 acre network of “metro parks” which receives about 9 million visitors annually Outdoor activities in the metro region include downhill and cross-county skiing at Alpine Valley Ski Resort, Mt. Brighton, Mt Holly, and Pine Knob Ski Resort, Huron River kayaking and canoeing available through the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and fresh water beaches such as Metro Beach, Kensington Beach, and Stony Creek Beach. Golf is an important sporting activity in the metropolitan area with a variety of courses, country clubs, and resorts. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the only international wildlife preserve in North America, uniquely located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. The refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shoreline.

Sites of interest

The beach on Lake St. Clair in the Metro Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores

The Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s Rackham Memorial Fountain.
Attractions

Metro location

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Belle Isle Park – downtown Detroit

Architecture of metropolitan Detroit

City and suburbs

Automotive Hall of Fame

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Charles H. Wright Museum

of African American History

Detroit

Cranbrook Educational Community

Bloomfield Hills

Chrysler Museum

Auburn Hills

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit

Detroit Science Center

Detroit

Theatre in Detroit

Downtown Detroit and New Center

Detroit Zoo

Royal Oak

Domino’s Petting Farm

Ann Arbor

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tour

Grosse Pointe

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate tour

Dearborn

Kensington Metropark Beach

Milford

The Henry Ford

Dearborn

Lawrence Fisher House tour

Detroit

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor

Meadowbrook Hall

Matilda Dodge-Wilson Estate tour

Rochester Hills

Metro Beach Metropark

Harrison Township

Lake St. Clair

Motown Historical Museum

Detroit

Renaissance Center

Detroit International Riverfront

Russell A. Alger Jr., House,

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Grosse Pointe

Stony Creek Metropark Beach

Shelby Township

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

Wayne State University

Detroit

Access

Main article: Transportation in metropolitan Detroit

Photo gallery

The Elwood Bar and Grill is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The R. Hirt Jr., Co. (1893) in the Eastern Market. The architect is unknown.

Detroiter Bar in Bricktown.

Cheli’s Chili Bar on Grand Circus Park has a across from Comerica Park.

See also

Metro Detroit portal

Detroit celebrities

Detroit-style pizza

Images of Metro Detroit

Images of Michigan

Michigan History magazine

List of museums in Michigan

2020 Summer Olympics

Detroit-Windsor

Notes

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^ Michigan’s Future – (July 10, 2007).Metro Detroit visitors, spending at the highest level since 9/11.Michigan’s Future citing CIC Research Inc. study for 2006. Retrieved on November 6, 2007.

^ Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau statistics Retrieved on April 4, 2007.

^ Yousseff, Jennifer (March 25, 2009).10-year tourism plan is on track.The Detroit News. Retrieved on April 10, 2009.

^ a b Detroit Case Study. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved on April 21, 2009.

^ Lawrence, Peter (2009).Interview with Michigan’s Governor, Corporate Design Foundation. Retrieved on May 1, 2009. “Michigan is known as the world’s automotive center.”

^ “Michigan Cities”. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. http://student.britannica.com/comptons/article-204598/Michigan. Retrieved May 1, 2009. “[Detroit] is the automobile capital of the world” 

^ Bailey, Ruby L (August 22, 2007). The D is a draw: Most suburbanites are repeat visitors.Detroit Free Press. New Detroit Free Press-Local 4 poll conducted by Selzer and Co., finds, “nearly two-thirds of residents of suburban Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties say they at least occasionally dine, attend cultural events or take in professional games in Detroit.”

^ a b c Fifth Third Bank rocks the Winter Blast.Michigan Chronicle. (March 14, 2006).

^ America’s Story, Explore the States: Michigan (2006). Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Library of Congress

^ State of Michigan: MI Kids (2006).Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

^ Corley, Irvin (April 30, 2003).2003-04 Budget Analysis City of Detroit Memorandum to Graham Beal, Director, Arts Department. Retrieved on November 10, 2007. “The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is the second largest municipally-owned museum in the United States and contains an encyclopedic art collection worth over one billion dollars.”

^ Midtown Model D Media. Retrieved on April 4, 2007.

^ a b Mink, Randy, and Karen Mink (July 2001).Detroit Turns 300 – Detroit 300 Festival. Travel America, World Publishing Co., Gale Group.

^ Metro Detroit Tourism Barometer, (February 2007). Detroit Tourism Economic Development Council. Retrieved on September 18, 2007.

^ Cordiano, Joseph (February 15, 2005). Government of Ontraio invests in a competitive Casino Windsor.Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. Retrieved on October 28, 2007.”Casino Windsor attracts around six million visitors each year and is a key driver of the local economy.”

^ Trade Point Detroit Windsor. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.

^ Cities located close to Detroit.Time and Date world clock distances. Retrieved on September 2, 2007.

^ Audi, Tamara (September 26, 2007). What Happens In Detroit. The Wall Street Journal, B6. “But the market at issue, as MGM Mirage sees it, includes a 300-mile radius of potential overnight clients across the region,”

^ Michigan Gaming Control Board. Retrieved on April 15, 2008.

^ Lee, Danny (December 9, 2007).The 53 Places to Go in 2008.The New York Times. Retrieved on December 10, 2007.

^ USA Today (February 3, 2009).Film production studios coming to Michigan cities.Retrieved on March 27, 2009.

^ Shea, Bill – (2/3/09). million film studio planned for former MGM Grand casino. Crains Detroit Business.

^ Gallaher, John and Kathleen Gray and Chris Christoff – (2/03/09).Pontiac film studio to bring jobs. Detroit Free Press.

^ Runk, David, Associated Press (July 11, 2006).Great Lakes cruises offer majestic views USA Today. Retrieved on May 29, 2007.

^ Great Lakes Cruising Coalition Retrieved on April 4, 2007.

^ a b c Gray, Kathleen and John Wisely (March 31, 2009).Oakland lures, but 2010 auto show stays at Cobo.Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on May 2, 2009.

^ Mercer, Tenisha (October 19, 2005).GM’s RenCen renovation attracts new business back. Detroit News.Retrieved on July 24, 2007.

^ Metropolitan Detroit renaissance benefits local tourism DEGA. Retrieved on July 24, 2007.

^ Detroit News Editorial (December 13, 2002). At Last, Sensible Dream for Detroit’s Riverfront. Detroit News.

^ Groover, Joel (June 1, 2004). Privacy Please. Retail Traffic Penton Media. Retrieved on September 3, 2007.

^ Trop, Jaclyn (April 1, 2009).M open-air Detroit mall moves ahead.The Detroit News. Retrieved on July 8, 2009.

^ History of Eastern Market. Eastern Market Merchant’s Association. Retrieved on August 1, 2007.

^ Eastern MarketModel D Media Retrieved on April 8, 2007.

^ McWhirter, Cameron and Darren A. Nichols (December 13, 2002). Hurdles will test riverfront vision. Detroit News.

^ Melmer, David (April 20, 2004). Detroit casinos settle with tribe. Indian County Today. Retrieved on September 18, 2007.

^ Illitch outbids partners for Motor City Casino. The Michigan Daily. Retrieved on Septbember 18, 2007.

^ The world is coming, see the change City of Detroit Partnership (accessed 03-31-2007).

^ July 4, 2007 Detroit News Downtown Detroit Partnership

^ Gabriel, Larry (February 21, 2007). When pigs fly.Metro Times Editorial. Retrieved on October 28, 2007.

^ a b c Nichols, Darren A. (July 3, 2009).Granholm signs bill to expand Cobo Center. The Detroit News. Retrieved on December 30, 2009.

^ Gallagher, John (November, 30, 2009).In Detroit, Ideas for Cobo Not So Far-Fetched. Detroit Free Press, Architect Magazine. Retrieved on Dcember 30, 2009.

^ Belle Isle Detroit Department of Recreation. Retrieved on September 15, 2007. “Spectacular views.”

^ La Canfora, Jason. “Detroit’s Big Party Next Door. In Windsor, Temptation Waits for Players, Fans” (in English). The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/03/AR2006020302747.html. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 

^ Crain, Keith (August 27, 2007).Now we have become the ‘beer’ state. Crain’s Detroit Business. Retrieved on September 18, 2007.

^ Great Lakes IT Report. (May 3, 2007,).Michigan’s Tourism Website No. 1 in the U.S. Retrieved on August 10, 2007.

^ Borgstrom, Kirsten (June 19, 2006).Pure Michigan.Michigan.org. Retrieved on November 5, 2007.

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^ Midtown Model D Media Retrieved on April 8, 2007.

^ DTE Energy Music Theatre Listed as 2004 Top Attended Amphitheatre (1/25/05). DTE Energy Music Theatre.

^ Firsts and facts Detroit Tourism Economic Development Council. Retrieved on July 24, 2008.

^ Arts & Culture Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Retrieved on July 24, 2008. “Detroit is home to the second largest theatre district in the United States.”

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^ Alberta, Timothy J. (April 2, 2009).Detroit Hopes for Economic Bounce From Final Four.Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on April 10, 2009.

^ MLB Attendance Report – 2008.ESPN. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.

^ Huron Clinton Metro Parks Retrieved on April 4, 2007.

Further reading

A&E with Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D.,(2000). America’s Castles: The Auto Baron Estates, A&E Television Network.

Bridenstine, James (1989). Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814321615. 

Cantor, George (2005). Detroit: An Insiders Guide to Michigan. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0472030922. 

Fisher, Dale (1996). Ann Arbor: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 096156234X. 

Fisher, Dale (2005). Southeast Michigan: Horizons of Growth. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1891143255. 

Fisher, Dale (1994). Detroit: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 0-9615623-3-1. 

Gavrilovich, Peter and Bill McGraw (2000). The Detroit Almanac. Detroit Free Press. ISBN 0-937247-34-0. 

Hauser, Michael and Marianne Weldon (2006). Downtown Detroit’s Movie Palaces (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4102-8. 

Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 

Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 

Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 

Wilson, Matilda Rausch Dodge, Debbie Patrick, ed., (1998). A Place in the Country: Matilda Wilson’s Personal Guidebook to Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI: Oakland University Press.

Woodford, Arthur M. (2001). This is Detroit 1701-2001. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2914-4. 

External links

Detroit travel guide from Wikitravel

Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau

The New York Times listed Detroit on its list 53 places to visit in 2008. “The 53 Places to Go in 2008” cited the new Casino resorts and the Detroit Institute of Arts as tourist attractions.

Southfield, Livonia, Novi, Bloomfield Hills, Troy

Royal Oak, Warren, Sterling Heights, Flint

Grosse Pointe, Lake St. Clair

Dearborn, Ann Arbor

Windsor, Ontario

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Lake Erie, Monroe

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City of Detroit

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Metro Detroit

Topics

Architecture  Culture  Detroit River  Economy  Freeways  History  Historic places  International Riverfront  Lake St. Clair  Media  Music  Parks and beaches  People  Skyscrapers  Sports  Theatre  Tourism Transportation

Central city

Detroit

Suburbs

over 80,000

Canton Township  Clinton Township  Dearborn  Livonia  Sterling Heights  Troy  Warren  Westland

Suburbs

50,000 to 80,000

Dearborn Heights  Farmington Hills  Grosse Pointe  Macomb Township  Novi  Pontiac  Redford Township  Rochester Hills  Royal Oak  Saint Clair Shores  Shelby Township  Southfield  Taylor  Waterford Township  West Bloomfield Township

Satellite cities

Ann Arbor  Brighton  Flint  Howell  Lapeer  Monroe  Port Huron  Windsor, Ontario

Counties in MSA

Lapeer  Livingston  Macomb  Oakland  St. Clair  Wayne

Counties in CSA

Genesee  Monroe  Washtenaw

Region

Southeast Michigan

Outlying regions

Flint/Tri-Cities  The Thumb  Northwest Ohio  Southwestern Ontario

See also: Michigan

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Theatre in Detroit

Venues

Baldwin Theatre Bohemian National Home Bonstelle Theatre Century Theatre City Theatre Detroit Film Theatre Detroit Masonic Temple Detroit Opera House Detroit Repertory Theatre Fisher Theatre The Fillmore Detroit Fox Theatre Gem Theatre Grande Ballroom Greektown Casino Harpos Concert Theatre Hilberry Theatre MGM Grand Detroit Majestic Theater Max M. Fisher Music Center Motor City Casino Music Hall Center Orchestra Hall Redford Theatre Senate Theatre Studio Theatre

Organizations

Bert’s Entertainment Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Repertory Theatre Detroit Symphony Orchestra Greektown Casino Kresge Foundation Live Nation MGM Mirage Mosiac Youth Theatre Motor City Casino Nederlander Plowshares Theatre Co. Olympia Entertainment Wayne State University

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Shopping malls in metropolitan Detroit

Enclosed

Class A/B

Briarwood Mall  Eastland Center  Fairlane Town Center  Great Lakes Crossing  Lakeside Mall  Laurel Park Place  Macomb Mall  The Mall of Monroe  Northland Center  Oakland Mall  Renaissance Center  Somerset Collection  Southland Center  Twelve Oaks Mall  Westland Center

Open-air

Lifestyle Center

Class A/B

Green Oak Village Place  The Mall at Partridge Creek  Pavilions of Troy (approved)  Shoppes at Gateway Park (approved)  Southgate Shopping Center  Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk  The Village of Rochester Hills  Wonderland Village

Class C/

Closed, under redevelopment

or demolished

Arborland Center  Brighton Mall  Great Oaks Mall  Lincoln Park Shopping Center   Livonia Mall  Summit Place Mall  Tel-Twelve Mall  Universal Mall  Winchester Mall

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Parks in metropolitan Detroit

Detroit city

Belle Isle Campus Martius Dequindre Cut International Riverfront Fort Wayne Grand Circus Michigan State Fairgrounds Palmer Park Patton Park
Water Works Park Washington Boulevard

Metro

600 to 1,500 acres (243 to 607 ha)

Addison Oaks Algonac State Park Belle Isle Camp Dearborn Crosswinds Marsh Independence Oaks Lower Huron Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area Metro Beach Metropark River Rouge Park Sterling State Park

1,500 to 5,000 acres (607 to 2,023 ha)

Bald Mountain Hines Drive Hudson Mills Huron Meadows Indian Springs Kensington Lake Erie Metropark Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Oakwoods Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Stony Creek Metropark Wolcott Mill Willow

over 5,000 acres (2,023 ha)

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Highland Recreation Area Ortonville Recreation Area Waterloo State Recreation Area

Waterways

Clinton River Detroit River (Islands) Huron River Lake St. Clair River Rouge St. Clair River

Major beaches

Belle Isle Brighton Recreation Area
Kensington Lakeside Beach and Park Lighthouse Beach and Park Metro Beach Stony Creek

Trails

5 to 17 miles (8 to 27 km)

Bald Mountain Detroit River Walk / Dequindre Cut Highland Recreation Lakes Kensington Lakelands Trail State Park Maybury State Park Novi North Park Paint Creek Trail Poly Ann Trail Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Stony Creek Inwood Trails

Zoological and botanical

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Cranbrook Detroit Zoo Matthaei Botanical Gardens

See also Tourism in metropolitan Detroit and Huron-Clinton Metroparks

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