Best Historic Detroit Tours

October 26, 2011 9:50 AM

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There’s always something interesting to discover in the D whether you’re in town for a few days or you’re a life-time resident. You’ll find out all about Detroit’s fascinating people, places, and things when you take a tour … either by foot, bike, boat, segway, or bus. The hardest decision you have may be choosing which tour to take. –Kris Kelly
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Inside Detroit

Downtown Detroit Welcome Center
1253 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-4590

Jeanette Pierce and Maureen Kearns of Inside Detroit have been promoting the city as a great place to live, work and play for years. Take a segway tour and visit Downtown Detroit’s landmarks and architectural gems. Go on a walking tour behind the scenes at Eastern Market, the largest historic public market in the country. Grab the bus and get an insider’s look at Detroit’s hot spots. Times, dates, and costs of tours vary…but a good time is always on the itinerary!

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Detroit Tour Connections

615 Griswold Street #1624
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 283-4332

Love architecture? Fascinated by historical places? Since 2004, Detroit Tour Connections founder and owner, Bob Goldsmith, has been showing people all the highlights around this beautiful city. From a look at our historic downtown churches to tours of specific eras in architecture to the “Coney Island Hot Dog Tour,” Detroit Tour Connections has an eclectic selection of fascinating venues from the traditional to the unique.

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Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

211 W. Fort Street, Suite 1000
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 202-1800
Visitor Center Contact Information:
(800) DETROIT (338-7648)

For a one-stop resource on everything Detroit, don’t forget a visit to the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau website. In addition to maps and all kinds of tour information, the Bureau also offers a unique set of audio tours. Select the one you want, download the information, and off you go on your own tour of the city.

Detroit’s Seasonal Tours

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Preservation Wayne

4735 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-3559

From May to September, Preservation Wayne offers its popular series of Detroit Heritage Tours. These guided walking tours of Detroit are a wonderful way to discover the city’s rich architectural heritage and landmarks including the Cultural Center, Midtown, and Downtown. Special seasonal tours include the Broadway in Detroit tour, Detroit’s cemetery tours, and the Haunted Fort Wayne tour.

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Wheelhouse Detroit

1340 E. Atwater St.
Rivard Plaza on the Detroit RiverWalk
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 656-2453

Take a two-wheel tour of Detroit between March and October with the help of Wheelhouse Detroit. This cycling shop located on Rivard Plaza on the Detroit RiverWalk can help you discover the city with through their specialized bicycle tours. You can rent a bike from them or bring your own as you check out Detroit’s Underground Railroad, the Dequindre Cut and Heidelberg Project, RiverWalk and so much more.

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Diamond Jack River Tours

1 Hart Plaza
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 843-9376, ext 100

See the sights and sounds of the city from the beautiful Detroit River. From June through September Diamond Jack River Tours will take you on a two hour cruise along one of the world’s busiest waterways. See the soaring skylines of Detroit, the parks and walkways of our neighbor, Windsor, Canada, and the historical sights along the shoreline.

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  • A Native Detroiter

    I recently took a historic tour from the torn down rubble of Cass Tech, up Second Avenue to Warren and back down Third. The attractions of abandoned buildings, crumbling road ways, urban blight, homeless people living under trees will strongly emphasize Detroit’s need for economic development, investment and strong work ethic. Division of opinion is doing nothing for the city of Detroit. An economic common council staffed by successful business people could be the future tour guide.

  • Jerry

    Diamond Jack River Tours
    the parks and walkways of our neighbor to the north, Windsor, Canada

    Most people don’t belive it but Windsor is SOUTH od Detroit. Look at the map

    • JorgeMSU

      Hi Jerry,

      Ha ha… I guess you’re right. That does read funny. I think they were referring to our neighbor to the north … Canada.

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