Each year, the city of Detroit ups its game from the previous year, further propelling the Motor City into the upper echelon of the best and brightest places to be each year on New Year’s Eve. The top party night of the year calls for an awesome location to party, and whether that’s in the rocking outdoor area of Campus Martius or inside at one of Detroit’s many bars, nightclubs or casinos, there’s always something to do when the calendar switches from 2015 to 2016. This year, Detroiters will find a plethora of things to do around Motown, no matter what your tastes are. Here are the best tips for having an amazing New Year’s Eve in Motown for this year.
Getting Around On NYE

It may not be your first consideration on any other night, but the People Mover really is one of the best underutilized aspects of the downtown Detroit area. Snaking throughout all of the major areas and attractions in downtown, the People Mover is the perfect way to travel with family and friends on what will likely be a blisteringly cold night. Plus, if you intend to partake in a few adult beverages, the People Mover is the safest and downright cheapest way to get from Point A to Point B for your party plans for the evening.

Hit Up Campus Martius For 2016’s “The Drop” Party
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101
motorcitynye.com

This year will be the 6th annual happening of “The Drop” party in downtown Detroit, near the hip and young area of Campus Martius and Cadillac Square in the heart of downtown Motown. Throughout the day, and well into the night and the following new year, The Drop will play host to a number of musical acts, celebrations and parties in the area, all leading up the the now-famous drop of the “D”, unrivaled in the Midwest and second only to New York City for its pomp and circumstance. Best of all, The Drop is completely free, and there will be plenty of super-heated tents and areas all around, so no need to let the cold stop you this year!

The Detroit Riverfront; Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

The Detroit Riverfront; Photo Credit: Michael Ferro


Fireworks On The Detroit Riverfront

Another wonderful New Year’s Eve tradition for Metro Detroiters are the stunning fireworks on the Detroit Riverfront. The fireworks are free to watch and can be seen from anywhere in the city. Some of the best places to watch this year’s fireworks will be from the first-class restaurant high above Detroit. Coach Insignia can be found at the top of the center spire in the Renaissance Center along the riverfront. Hart Plaza is another option, which will be the perfect place for a winter stroll to ring in the new year. Along the riverfront is another great location!

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Get Outside The City For A Classy Night

You don’t have to stay within the city limits of Detroit in order to have a classy night. If the hustle and bustle will be too much for you, and you and your special someone would rather have a more quiet and classy night, then the Weber’s New Years Eve Classic is the thing for you. This special couple’s package offers an incredible meal at the famous Weber’s restaurant in beautiful Ann Arbor, followed by drinks and a party, all topped off by a night in one of their deluxe hotel rooms. If you’re not looking to spend the night, dinner and party tickets are also available, which include a live performance from the band Mainstreet Soul in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Switch It Up – Take A Boat Ride!
1-877-DET-BOAT
www.detroitprincess.com

Every New Year’s Eve, the legendary Detroit Princess riverboat takes a holiday trip up the Detroit River for a fun-filled night of partying and celebration. This year marks the 11th year that the Detroit Princess Riverboat will be offering their deluxe New Year’s Eve package, so hurry up to purchase your tickets before the big night! There will be great food, drinks, music and a slew of other party favorites, as well as a heated party deck. See the Detroit skyline from the beauty of the Detroit River.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.

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