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Top 10 Attractions in Detroit

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  October 16, 2013 12:14 PM

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By Alexa Dibenedetto, Globe Correspondent

As the Red Sox get set to face off in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, here's a look at how TripAdvisor readers rank the best attractions in Motown.

Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits and features award-winning exhibits including the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee, and the Arctic Ring of Life. Over 3,300 animals of 280 species call the Detroit Zoo home. Take a visit to the Penguinarium or stroll through the Butterfly Garden.
Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI
(248) 541-5717
http://www.detroitzoo.org/

Detroit Riverfront

Extending from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the East Detroit’s Riverfront, the riverfront encompasses a marina, parks, restaurants, shops, and pavilions, all connected by the popular RiverWalk. The Riverfront acts a venue for a variety of events and festivals, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the North American International Auto Show.
Detroit Riverwalk, Detroit
(313) 566-8200
www.detroitriverfront.org/‎

Detroit Opera House

Located in Grand Circus Park Historic District of Detroit, the opera house is the home of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Originally opened January 12, 1922, as the Capitol Theater, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world at the time of its gala premiere.
1526 Broadway St., Detroit
(313) 237-7464
http://www.michiganopera.org/

Detroit institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts covers 658,000 square feet and includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The museum’s collections are diverse, including American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art as well as African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
(313) 833-7900
http://www.dia.org/about/history.aspx

Detroit Princess Riverboat

Originally named Players Riverboat Casino II, the Detroit Princess Riverboat was built in Jennings Louisiana in 1993 for use as a gambling boat. Today, the boat operates as a restaurant on the Detroit River. With a capacity of 1,500 passengers, the boat runs weekend party cruises.
201 Civic Center Dr., Detroit
(877) 338-2628
https://www.detroitprincess.com/

MGM Grand Detroit Casino

The MGM Grand Detroit Casino has nearly 4,000 slots and video poker machines and 98 table games. Just next door, the MGM Grand houses five lounges and bars with live music and DJs and is a popular nighttime spot.
1777 Third St., Detroit
(877) 888-2121
http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com/

Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in Michigan. The stately Italian Renaissance style library is built from white marble and is considered one of Detroit’s most beautiful buildings. The library’s collection contains 4.1 million items, and there are 23 branches throughout the city including the main building.
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit
(313) 481-1300
http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/

Detroit Downtown

Downtown Detroit is a bustling part of the city, featuring Cadillac Square, Campus Martius Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Paradise Valley. With hundreds of bars, cultural institutes, and music venues, so there’s many activities to choose from.
http://www.downtowndetroit.org

Detroit Heritage Tours

Preservation Detroit, an organization committed to historic preservation within Detroit, runs two-hour walking tours for $10 per person. There are a variety of tours to choose from, including a tour of Detroit’s Eastern Market, the country’s oldest farmer’s market, and a tour of Detroit’s Cultural Center.
4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit
(313) 577-3559
http://preservationdetroit.org/about/

Detroit Symphony

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012. The orchestra performs a variety of music genres including classical, pop, jazz, as well as neighborhood concerts and collaborations with popular musicians. In 1922, the DSO was the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast.
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5100
http://www.dso.org/

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