A proud home to the sporting teams Tigers, Pistons, Lions and Redwings, Detroit is definitely a city to see and take the time to explore its rich history and multicultural areas. Here’s some inspiration:
Old Saint Mary’s Church
The third oldest German Roman Catholic church in the Greektown district of Detroit, was first built here in 1841, that makes parts of this church really, really old. The inside is extremely impressive and calming. There’s daily mass at 12.15pm, and Sundays at 2pm there’s a whole program to enjoy of music from the choirs, organs and string instruments.
Built in a Romanesque style with Venetian accents, you don’t have to be catholic to enjoy a visit to the Old Saint Mary’s Church, just respectful, as its really, quite beautiful.
The Fisher Building
Another wonderful art deco building rich with Detroit history is the Fisher Building. 30 stories and 21 elevators, this building was built in 1928 by the Fisher family. After numerous owners it sold in 2015 at a loss at 12.2 million.
A silver medal for architecture this building is also home to the Fisher theatre, one of Detroit’s oldest live theatre venues, and regularly host art exhibitions. Love your architecture? Then you’ll love the Fisher building.
The Detroit people Mover
The Detroit People mover is the city’s light rail train system. Opened in 1987, this monorail was meant to be the next big thing for the city but after small success, and a scale back on planning, this left only one track for the sidecar in completion. The People Mover today is not a bad way to get around town, when you need to travel in one direction. You are touring above the street and get to see lots of the city scoot past as you travel from one station to the next. 13 stops in all, one round trip is very affordable and you can say you’ve been people moved by the city of Detroit. This is an underestimated gem of Detroit and one to get into.
William Livingstone Memorial
This great big marble lighthouse was erected April 8, 1930, atop the east end of Belle Isle Park. It commemorated the life and work of banker, publisher and transportation aficionado, and all round great guy, William Livingstone. This lighthouse was built to remember his work shipping on the great lakes and preserved as a memorial because he did so much for Michigan.
Sitting 80 feet high you can’t actually go in to the lighthouse, but admire it from behind the fence, which is not too bad, as it’s a beautiful sight to see.
Museum of African American History
This museum celebrates and explores the culture and history of African Americans. Established in 1965, the museum aims to preserve black history and is a cultural icon in the city of Detroit. As well as 35,00 artefacts the museum also has a library, a theatre, research centre and gift shop. The run permanent and visiting exhibitions, and have an events calendar running concerts, screening, performances and lectures.
Open Tuesday to Sunday (Mondays as well in February for Black History Month) Tickets are very affordable at $5 for children and seniors and $8 for adults.
Mexicantown – The name says it all! You guessed it. This part of Detroit was named for the settling of the Mexican population in the town in the 1940’s. It grew in waves of immigrants then in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and is now a vibrant place to see in the city. Colourful buildings, memorials and street art and the neighbourhood is full of restaurants. Are you hungry for Mexican food? Definitely make your way down and try one of the many traditional restaurants in the area, try a few if you have the time!
- Official tourism office on Visit Detroit
- Detroit’s top 25 on The Crazy Tourist
- Timeline of the Rise and Fall of Detroit on The Week