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Best Local Scene 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.

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Cultural Center Historic District

The hub of all things cultural in Detroit, the Cultural Center Historic District in the city encompasses three sites which are the most famous historic landmarks of the city: Detroit Public Library, Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building and Detroit institute of Arts. The area of the Cultural Center has many different museums about topics very important to Detroit. This historical place is a must visit for all visitors to the city.

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Philip A. Hart Plaza

This gigantic concrete expanse at the foot of Woodward Avenue stretches from Jefferson Avenue to the Detroit River. Designed in the 1960s as a civic space by Isamu Noguchi, it includes his unusual twisted spire and fountain. The plaza has a stage and amphitheater and is used for riverfront festivals on summer weekends, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and ice skating in winter. Hart Plaza provides access to a riverfront walkway; it's a favorite spot for fishing and it has a beautiful view of Canada across the river.

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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.

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Greektown

For those seeking hustle and unlimited fun, Greektown is the place to be. What once was one block of nearly identical Greek restaurants has expanded into an exciting district filled with restaurants, clubs, shops and even the Greektown Casino. The increasingly upscale but still affordable Greek eateries and bakeries, with their succulent baklava and other pastries, still provide the anchor for a diverse area.

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Ford Field

The National Football League's Detroit Lions played outside the city at the Pontiac Silverdome since abandoning Detroit's Tiger Stadium at the end of the 1974 season. In 2002, The Lions moved back to the city and into their new digs at Ford Field, a massive 65,000-seat stadium of steel and glass in the city's downtown entertainment district. Besides sporting events, the facility holds concerts, banquets, corporate events and other special events as well.

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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.

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Corktown Historic District

Despite the fact that the city of Detroit was founded in 1701, Corktown, which dates to 1840s, is the city's oldest surviving neighborhood. The area is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally an Irish enclave in the city of Detroit, today Corktown is a charming and blossoming neighborhood popular with locals and tourists. The area is full of restaurants, bars, business and even some old Irish businesses reminiscent of the neighborhood's roots.

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The Heidelberg Project

For a unique art experience, check out The Heidelberg Project (HP). Started as a way to introduce art to a rundown, underprivileged neighborhood, it is now a growing movement to beautify and add art to local low-income communities. On Heidelberg Street you will find a stretch of painted houses and yards that each take on a different artistic theme. A lot of the homes recycle trash and turn it into art installations. The best way to experience The Heidelberg Project is to park and simply walk the street yourself.

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Mexicantown

Mexicantown is a Mexican neighborhood located in Southwest Detroit which is also one of the city's most popular communities where vibrantly colored buildings, painted with bright murals and signs dot the main thoroughfares of Vernor & Bagley street. This place houses more restaurants per square foot than any other locality in Detroit with the aromas of freshly prepared tortillas and baked goodies floating in the air wherever you go. Mexicantown is also a great place for shopping if you're looking out for authentic Mexican apparel and handicrafts.

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Palmer Woods Historic District

Palmer Woods Historic District is a historically and architecturally significant neighborhood in Detroit comprising of nearly 300 homes. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the houses feature Colonial and Tudor Revival styles of architecture. Most of the homes were built in 1925 and are characterized by grand properties with vast and beautiful lawns. The district has also been home to some famous personalities over the years.

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