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Detroit, MI has museums, art, sports, great restaurants and shopping, culture and entertainment and fun stuff for kids. It would take pages and pages to describe all of metro Detroit’s attractions, but the following is a description of a few of major ones not to be missed when you’re visiting the area.

Detroit is known for its museums. Two of the best known are the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The Henry Ford Museum is actually located in Dearborn, Michigan, which is just outside of Detroit. Over 1.6 million visitors come here annually and it is the largest indoor/outdoor museum in the United States. It has been dubbed “America’s Greatest History Attraction.” The museum includes twelve acres of national treasures and artifacts, including the Rosa Parks Bus and the Kennedy limousine, a “somber reminder of that fateful day in Dallas.” The museum also includes an IMAX Theater, which has been called the “most exhilarating motion picture theater in the world.” Greenfield Village is an absolute delight for anyone interested in history. The newly restored Village lets you experience 300 years of living history as the sights and sounds of yesteryear come alive. There are several Greenfield Village Historic Districts – Main Street, Working Farms, Porches & Parlors, Edison at Work, Henry Ford’s Model T, Liberty Craftworks and Railroad Junction. Other museums in Detroit include the Benson Ford Research Center, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Motown Historical Museum, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of African-American History, the Automotive Hall of Fame and dozens more within a 50 mile radius of the city.

For outdoor recreation and fun places for children, be sure to visit Belle Isle Park. This 987-acre island park features a children’s zoo, an aquarium, a conservatory, a 9-hole golf course, the Dossin Great Lakes Maritime Museum and a nature interpretive center. The park also includes 3 lakes; 150 acres of state protected wooded areas, a beach and great views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline. The Detroit Zoo is located just outside the city in downtown Royal Oak. It is one of the first zoos of its kind to not have animals in cages but separated by large moats. It also has one of the largest underwater polar bear exhibits in the country. Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center in Detroit features a wave pool, kiddies pool, and giant twin slide. Other outdoor recreation includes hiking, swimming, boating and canoeing at Lake St. Clair, and golfing at one of over two dozen courses in the Detroit area.

Detroit also has casinos and top-notch sports facilities and stadiums. Shopping and dining are world class, including Great Lakes Crossings, Michigan’s #1 shopping and entertainment center. You’ll find over 200 outlet and regular priced stores at Crossings, plus themed restaurants and other entertainment venues for the entire family. You can find almost any type of cuisine in Detroit, from Asian and French to Southwestern Tex-Mex and everything in between.


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