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List of Top Detroit Area Attractions

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The City of Detroit has been known by several monikers through the centuries, including the Motor City and Motown. The area has diversified since then. While cars and music are still tops, the Metro Detroit area has several top Detroit Area Attractions.

Greenfield Village

Edsel B. Ford II with a Ford Model-T at Greenfield Village
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Where: Dearborn
What: Historic theme park
Why: The living-history museum provides Model-T rides and historic baseball games
When: Somewhat seasonal, but it is open for the Christmas holidays

Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum
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Where: Dearborn
What: Innovation museum that features historic and classic automobiles
Why: Unique, only rivaled by the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
When: All year round

Tigers Baseball at Comerica Park

Comerica Park
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Where: Downtown Detroit
What: Baseball park
Why: A good time for everyone in the family
When: Seasonal

New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

Where: Downtown Detroit
What: Art museum and theatre venue for films
Why: World renown American Art collection
When: All year round

Casinos

MotorCity Casino/Hotel
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Where: Detroit and Windsor
What: Gaming casinos
Why: The new permanent casino/hotels are competing for your gaming dollar
When: All year round

RiverWalk

Detroit's RiverWalk
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Where: Downtown Detroit, Detroit riverfront
What: Riverfront park that includes concerts, bike rental, carousel, etc.
Why: A great place to enjoy the city in the summer
When: Seasonal

Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life
Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images
Where: Huntington Woods, Oakland County
What: Zoo
Why: World-renowned Polar Bear exhibit
When: All year round, but hours change seasonally

New Detroit Science Center

Where: Downtown Detroit
What: Science museum and OmniMax theater (Dome)
Why: Lots of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations
When: All year round

Malls and Shopping Centers

Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi
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Where: Throughout Metro Area
What: Shopping centers
Why: Detroit is home to the first regional mall and several malls designed by notable architect Victor Gruen
When: All year round

Top Annual Events:

North American International Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show
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Where: Downtown Detroit, Cobo
What: Auto show
Why: Who does it better than the Motor City?
When: January

Woodward Dream Cruise

2002 Woodward Dream Cruise
Photo by: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images News

Where: Ferndale through Pontiac
What: Classic car cruise
Why: Car-studded cruise with a host of activities surrounding it
When: August

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