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DETROIT (WWJ) - Baseball fans coming to Detroit for the World Series this weekend won’t have any problems finding things to do before and after the games.

Larry Alexander, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO, said he hopes fans going downtown for the Fall Classic take the opportunity to explore the city’s museums, dine at one of the many restaurants, take a walk along the revitalized riverfront and check out everything the city has to offer.

“We know baseball will be top of mind this weekend, but there are so many other things to see and do in Detroit before and after the games,” Alexander said in a statement.

Want to check out some of the city’s most populat desitnations? Visitors can join the free Insider’s Downtown Highlights walking tour at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Monday, Oct. 29 at noon.

Getting around downtown is easy and inexpensive via the Detroit People Mover. This above-ground, light-rail system costs just 75 cents per ride and transports visitors to downtown bars, restaurants, hotels and attractions, including a stop near Comerica Park.

Visitors who want to explore the city by bike can rent a bike from Wheelhouse Detroit, located in Rivard Plaza on the riverfront. Take a walk or jog along the Detroit Riverfront and Dequindre Cut, or take a spin on the carousel, also located in Rivard Plaza.

Make it a Detroit sports double-header and watch as the Detroit Lions take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Ford Field.

Exploring the city will definitely build an appetite, and Detroit has a wide variety of dining choices. From Greek, Italian and barbeque to Mexican, Mediterranean and soul food, Detroit’s restaurants offer a melting pot of menu options to satisfy any palate.

Visitors wanting to get a fresh taste of Detroit can stop by Detroit’s Eastern Market Saturday morning. Walk through this vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls and pick up fruit, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and grass-fed meat.

Add a little culture to your weekend by checking out the many world-class museums in the area. The Detroit Institute of Arts houses one of the best collections in the country and currently has the exhibit Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on display.

Stop by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, to see Visions of Our 44th President, a ground-breaking, collective art exhibit created to honor and celebrate the significance of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

A visit to Detroit wouldn’t be complete without a tour at the Motown Historical Museum. Stand in the exact spot in Studio A where Motown greats such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, among others, recorded their hits.

Baseball fans who don’t have tickets but still want to catch all the action can watch the game at the many sports bars in town. Check out one of the newest bars downtown, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, or stop by local favorites such as Elwood Bar & Grill, Bookies Bar & Grille, Hockeytown Café, RUB BBQ Pub and Shotz Sports Bar & Grill in Greektown Casino Hotel.

For more information about where to stay, where to eat and other things to do in metro Detroit, go to www.visitdetroit.com.

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