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Best Tours in Detroit

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Detroit Urban Adventures

Detroit Urban Adventures is one of the most popular tour companies in the city. Urban Adventures offers several different tours, ranging from the "local's" Detroit to a historical walking tour. Tours include a chance to ride Detroit's People Mover, a stop into a popular local businesses for a meal, snack or beverage like a Coney dog or a drink at the Detroit Beer Co. The two hours tours will definitely teach you a lot about Detroit with a very interesting history and give you a feel for the city.

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Detroit Princess Riverboat

The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three hours long, with the quaint and scenic beauty of the Detroit River placed at your disposal. The ship specializes in a variety of cruises including moonlight cruises, fall color cruises and dinner cruises. Serving as many as 1800 people, the beautifully structured Detroit Princess is used for hosting parties, conferences, family outings and a lot more!

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Detroit People Mover

Getting any kind of mass transportation up and running is an uphill battle in Detroit. The Detroit People Mover is a start. It was supposed to be the center of a citywide light rail system. Instead, it has remained isolated since it was built in the 1970s as a downtown elevated loop. It's a great way to tour downtown, and it works well as a quick way to skip around the downtown area for business people, shoppers and sports fans. If you wish to look at the city from a different vantage point then get aboard The Detroit People Mover for a thrilling experience.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Diamond Jack's River Tours

In the summer months, take a two-hour tour of one of the world's busiest international waterways, the Detroit River. This fun cruise leaves twice a day from docks in two locations, The Upper Detroit River Tour departs from Detroit's Rivard Plaza while the Lower Detroit River Tour departs from Bishop Park in Wyandotte. The ships Diamond Jack and Diamond Queen have sailed the Great Lakes for many years and are Coast Guard approved. The Detroit tour passes by modern downtown Detroit and along the Canadian shore passing under the famous Ambassador Bridge.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Feet on the Street Tours

Feet on the Street offers up various different fun and interesting themed tours of Detroit. Whether you are interested in architecture, history, food or anything in between, if Feet on the Street doesn't already offer it, they can create a custom tour for your group! Most tours involve some kind of local meal or snack, so even if it isn't a food-based tour, you can still get a sample of the local flavor. Feet on the Street has bus tours as well as walking tours.

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Detroit Bus Company

What started off as a means to help the public transit to different areas in Detroit has now become a full fledged operation that is unique in every way. The brainchild of Andy Didorosi, the fleet of former school buses now decked with graffiti art is not only used as a public transportation, but also for city tours and charters. The Detroit Bus Company has five distinct tours that are offbeat and fabulous. Hop on their buses for rides such as Drunks of Antiquity: The Historic Bar Tour, Detroit Photo Tour: Architecture, Detroit Diner Club: The Historic Eatery Tour and Detroit Photo Tour: Street Art. What's more, you also help a local kid have a free travel to school with your ticket purchase!

Detroit, MI, United States
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Two James Spirits

Located in the historic neighborhood of Corktown, this popular distillery is known as being the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition era. Distilled and bottled locally, Two James aims to further the artisanal craft movement and revitalizing the Detroit community by using locally sourced products in their production, from grains in the liquor to artists for the labels. The tasting room affords visitors a glimpse and a taste of this beloved local product that has garnered citywide attention. Handcrafted cocktails and tasting flights highlight their vodka, gin and whiskey.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Preservation Detroit

To learn about the interesting and underrated history of Detroit take one of Preservation Detroit's tours of the city. Preservation Detroit offers several different tours of parts of the city. Try a cultural tour of Midtown, a tour of the Eastern Market or an Auto Heritage Tour of the Motor City. These interesting tours are a great way to gain some insight into this unique city.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Show Me Detroit Tours

Covering all aspects of the city, Show Me Detroit Tours is among the best in town. From folklore to legends, history to architecture, art and landmark, their 2-hour chauffeur driven van tour is intriguing. You can choose the pick up point from their venues in Downtown and Midtown or from certain hotels that they are associated with. The experienced docents will drive you around all the major areas of the town. Get to know Detroit like a local with all its quirks, secrets and trivia. The guides will enthrall you with their anecdote of the Motown and Motor City legacies.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Motown Museum

It is just befitting for the former headquarters of Motown Records Corporation to be a repository of this famous label. Motown Museum is an integral part of Detroit's cultural landscape and the country's musical legacy. Chronicling the most reputed African-American record labels in the nation where musical legends such as The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Temptations, Funk Brothers and Gladys Knight became stars, it is a true ode to music that inspired generations of music lovers.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Ford Rouge Factory Tour

During this self guided tour you have the opportunity to experience five separate elements: The Legacy Theater, The Art of Manufacturing Theater, the Observation Deck Tour, the Legacy Gallery, and the Assembly Plant Walking Tour. While you're in the manufacturing plant, you have the opportunity to witness new Ford F-150s being put together from an elevated walkway. Note that actual vehicle production will vary on a daily basis, so if you are set on this portion of the tour please check ahead to make sure you avoid coming on a day when the assembly line is at a stop. All tours begin on the historic grounds of The Henry Ford. Buses depart for the factory every 20 minutes.

Dearborn, MI, United States
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Riverside Kayak Connection

Get to know Detroit by touring the area's rivers, lakes and channels. Riverside Kayak Connection offers a wide range of kayaks you can rent for the day so you can explore the waterways at your own pace. The company also offers fantastic tours. Paddle down the Detroit River with your guide or arrange a custom tour where you can request a tour in German or Swedish. Take a tour and have an adventure!

Wyandotte, MI, United States
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