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Located on the Canadian coast of the Detroit River, overlooking the Detroit River Walk, Art Gallery of Windsor is a platform for nurturing creative expression. The history of the Art Gallery of Windsor dates back to 1943 when it was established in Willistead Manor. As the collection grew, the gallery moved to a better location, at which time it also came to be known as one of the city's most touted galleries. In the mid-1990s, the Art Gallery of Windsor temporarily shifted and moved back to its original waterfront location but in a new building, where it still proudly stands. If you're looking for an art fix while in town, do check it out.
With the beautiful River Rouge, River Canard, and the Ecorse River as its tributaries, the Detroit River and its surrounding environs are soaked in natural magnificence. One of the busiest waterways in the world, the river has been heavily polluted, but over the last few decades, major efforts have been made to clean it up and restore it to its natural state. The river has become a major commercial hub over the years, with a number of hotels and commercial buildings cashing in on its beauty. Cruises like The Detroit Princess Riverboat evinces wonderful sights of Detroit's riverfront. Within the river, numerous picturesque islands such as Belle Isle and Grosse Isle are arrayed, which are always buzzing with activity. Looming over the rippling waters are a string of bridges, which make it all the more scenic. Designated an American Heritage River, Detroit River is one of the most treasured sites in the country.
This 63-ft. lighthouse in Milliken State Park is a replica of the larger Tawas Point Lighthouse located about three hours north of Detroit. While Tawas Point looks majestically over Lake Huron and functions, this one here is not accessible, but it serves as a beacon for vessels entering and exiting the marina. Additionally, the lighthouse deck provides great views of Windsor, Canada across the river and it's just one of the many highlights along Detroit's riverwalk.
This promenade in Downtown Detroit runs along the Detroit River from the Joe Louis Arena to Rivard Plaza. The RiverWalk is a popular destination for various activities including walking, jogging, and rollerblading. The RiverWalk passes through and by a number of area landmarks, including the Tri-Centennial State Park Lighthouse, the Detroit River and Hart Plaza with its Underground Railroad Memorial. It's a great destination for the whole family, and even includes a spouting fountain for kids and people of all ages to play in on a hot day.
William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is Michigan's first state park to be built in an urban area. It is located along Detroit's International Riverfront and its entrance is marked by a Conical light-house tower. The park comprises of the St. Aubin Park and Marina, and much of the parks portion has been redeveloped and restored as wetlands, with a view to attract migratory birds. The park is an idea spot for family picnics, fishing and boating trips and also bike riding. It is a must visit attraction while in Detroit.
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.