In town for the Final Four? Here are some things to do

So, March Madness is coming to a close with the Final Four and for 2009, it is in the Motor City. Of course, the big attraction is the game. That's what you paid all that money for right? Well what about before the game? If you're coming into the Motor City a few days before the big games, what is there to do? Where to eat? What to do for fun? Well lucky for you, I've compiled a sort of Final Four "Fun Guide" for people visiting the Motor City. You can always browse this site for many restaurants and attractions but for people specifically in town for this weekend, I'm going to list several things which you need to see, as well as important things you need to know. So without further ado, here it is:

Things you should know

- Detroit is a major city although not as large as NYC or Chicago. I would put it between Chicago and St. Louis in terms of size and population

- The rumors of Detroit being a crime ridden city and that you can get robbed at any point are FALSE. With the Final Four being downtown and more than likely your hotel being downtown, use common sense as you would in any big city but also keep in mind that with such a big event, the police presence will be higher than normal so keep your eyes open, but feel free to walk at ease downtown.

- Try using the Detroit People Mover to get around to places like the Renaissance Center unless of course you like walking.

Things to see and do

- "Elixir of Love" at the Detroit Opera House on Broadway. This can be a great thing to do if you're into the arts and theatre.

- The Detroit River Walk is a great way to to a good view of the Detroit River and Canadian skyline.

- The casinos offer up entertainment not only for gamblers, but for people looking for great restaurants and even clubs at the MGM Grand

- Greektown is a place you must visit with its lively atmosphere and mayn restaurants and bars. There are familiars like Cold Stone but you must try to family owned restaurants for some authentic Greek food.

- The Renaissance Center could easily be considered Detroit's most recognizable structure. Ask for trips up to the top for great views of the city.

- Check out the Detroit Institute of Arts for great exhibits and activities.

For food, your options are limitless. You can find everything from classic American (Hard Rock Cafe) to japanese and barbeque. I must recommend that you eat at Lafayette Coney Island on Michigan Ave. It's between Campus Martius and the Westin Book Cadillac. If you have any questions or suggestions for other things, please feel free to use the contact button above and I'll be sure to get back to you quickly. Enjoy!!

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