A rejuvenated Downtown Detroit

Many attractions to explore

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Downtown Detroit has changed a lot. Find out about the many attractions, restaurants, hotels, and more in the revitalized downtown area. This area has changed so much in the past ten years and is rapidly continuing to do so. People are starting to move back to the downtown area with the lure of urban living. Young people are especially starting to look into buying condos, lofts, and apartments downtown.

Some of these places have great views of the city and of the downtown skyline. The Detroit skyline has some great buildings with nice art deco architecture like the Guardian Building. The area has many new attractions and activities for all. Also the nightlife has been much improved over the past few years. Popular restaurants like American Coney Island, and the Detroit Beer Company, are also there for everyone to enjoy (not to mention a lot of great sports bars).

Unfortunately, there isn't much downtown shopping yet. There are a few mom and pop stores which you definitely should check out, but nothing big. Hopefully in the future there will be more shops and retail for people to enjoy.

You can also find many dance clubs, theatres, sports bars (perfect for before or after a Tigers, Red Wings, or Lions game) Also, downtown is the perfect place to catch the annual Freedom Festival and the fireworks show every summer. The area is also not far from the Cultural District with great museums such as the Science Center, the Charles Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Here is my list of the best Downtown attractions. Also be sure to check out my Event Calendar to find out about monthly events going on downtown.

The Downtown Skyline

Check out my Detroit skyline page so you can identify the buildings that you always see in pictures or for yourself in person. The skyline is very unique and diverse and you can find a variety of different acrhitectural gems that stand out.
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Campus Martius

Campus Martius has become Detroit's "New Gathering Place" and is one of the newest attractions in the city. This has to be my number one of my favorite spots in the city, and it's something you MUST go to when you're in town. During the summertime and wintertime, you will find many activities to do here. Concerts and music (from jazz to R and B), and even an ice skating rink can be found here during the year.


Greektown is a popular attraction for anyone whether they are a tourist or a resident of the city. It's filled with so many dining places, hotels, and shops such as the Atheneum Hotel, Fishbones, and Astoria Pastry Shop. If you're the gambling type and you feel like trying your luck, you have the Greektown Casino in the heart of it all, one of three casinos in the city.

The River Walk

A great new attraction that provides great views of the river. The new stretch just opened this summer and the other extensions of it were finished in 2009. Find out more about the Riverwalk.

The Renaissance Center

You CANNOT miss the building. It is the tallest building in the city and all of Michigan. Inside you will find one of the best hotels in the city as well as daily trips up to the top of the "Ren Cen" for spectacular views. Find out more about the Renaissance Center.

Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a fresh food market located right in the heart of Detroit. Stop by and enjoy the food, people, and atmosphere.

Hart Plaza

Hart Plaza is one of the most popular spot to go to for events, concerts, and festivals.

Cobo Hall

Cobo Hall is the city convention center and you can find many events going on here throughout the year, the biggest being the North American International Auto Show.

The People Mover

The People Mover is a great way to get around the downtown area and save a little bit of money and make it easier to park. Check out my page on the People Mover

Downtown Parking

Finding downtown parking is crucial when wanting to look around and going to restaurants and other events downtown. Besides taking your chances and going around in circles for a parking space on the street, find out the best places to park here on my Downtown parking page.

Chene Park

Chene Park is not located directly in the downtown area, but it is no less than 3-5 minutes away. You will find many concerts and performances here during the summer. Check out Chene Park for more info on concerts.

Downtown Detroit Bars

There are many great bars and restaurants to check out in the downtown area. For info on bars in downtown, and around the region, check out Detroit Bars.

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