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Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

The tallest hotel in North America with floor to ceiling windows and incredible views.

Riverfront

Detroit International Riverwalk

Parks, pavilions, and green space all connected by the ever-popular riverwalk.

People Mover

People Mover

An elevated and automated light-rail system getting you around downtown easily and safely. A 2.9-mile looped system with 13 automated station stops. Unlimited ride passes are available.


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  • Enjoy downtown views from the Detroit People Mover. Just 75 cents.

  • Take in a Detroit Lions game, jam at a top-name concert or tour the secret spots at Ford Field.

  • The Spirit of Detroit is a familiar and much-loved symbol of the city.

  • ExpressTram runs in Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal.

  • Come out and experience a Tiger's game.

  • Hart Plaza is a point of origin for many popular downtown events.

Welcome to Detroit, ELCA youth and leaders! We’re so glad you’re joining us for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering.

The Gathering takes place every three years and is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play for high-school age youth. As you experience the 2015 Gathering, you will learn about how we are called and claimed as characters in and witnesses to God’s divine story, a story that always moves through the cross to the resurrection.

We invite you to explore Detroit and see how God’s story unfolding here!

Welcome to Detroit

The complete Detroit experience consists of events and attractions in the realms of cars, culture, gaming, music and sports. With new developments, tasty eats and nationally recognized entertainment options that stun crowds unlike any other region, we think you’ll find that Detroit is a culturally remarkable city that you just can’t get enough of.

To help you plan ahead, below are a few of our must-sees, but there’s so much to see and do in Detroit that it’s hard to narrow the list. Please feel free to peruse this website and the Visit Detroit Blog, to help make the most of your time in The D.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Sunday Funday!!! - This is your last opportunity to experience Detroit, and what better way than a day at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers play ball. With over 9 attractions from a Ferris Wheel to a Carousel, a wide variety of food from Detroit’s famous coney dog to gyros, Comerica Park is a great end to your journey with new friends. Purchase tickets here or call 313-471-2255 and press 2 for group sales.

City Theatre - Baseball fans get ready for a ride! Not just for Tiger fans, but for all baseball fans everywhere! "ERNIE" - the smash hit play returns for a FIFTH SEASON- will take you on a journey through baseball and bring back the days when you watched or played those sandlot games and dreamed of the Big Leagues! ERNIE didn't just announce baseball he brought the game to life for all of us! You will swear he has come back to talk to you one more time! You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you'll go away with some wonderful memories!! Click here for information. To receive the lowest available prices on tickets without having a minimum group call 313-471-3099.

Eat, Shop, Stay + Play Downtown Detroit Map

The Eat, Shop, Stay + Play In The D downtown map is a one-stop shop for finding Detroit DMCVB member restaurants, hotels, attractions, nightlife, theater, retail and tours. We update this map twice a year to ensure that the most recent downtown DMCVB members are included.

Downtown Detroit Map

Attractions

The Henry Ford, “America’s Greatest History Attraction,” is a world-renowned museum with exhibits full of historic artifacts that will amaze and make you reflect on American history in a way you never imagined. JFK’s limo, Rosa Parks’ bus and George Washington’s bed are just a few of the items you’ll see. The Henry Ford offers the ultimate family experience, with its IMAX Theatre and the stroll-able Greenfield Village, which features Model T Rides, Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and much more. Click here for group discounts.

The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $6 at all times. Special offers regarding group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at detroithistorical.org.

The Detroit Zoo is situated on 125 acres with many naturalistic habitats inspiring the community with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences. Providing innovative zoological facilities that contribute to the region’s economic vitality is a part of the Detroit Zoo’s mission. Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Penguinarium and Butterfly Garden. Home to more than 2,500 animals of 280 species. Click here for group discounts.

Known as “Hitsville USA,” the Motown Museum is home of the world-famous Studio A, where Motown greats, such as The Temptations, Marvin Gay and others, recorded classics that we still listen to today. During your visit, you’ll get a tour around the place to see iconic photos, hear stories about how the stars made it big and learn to sing and dance just like they did back in the day.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African-American experience! The Wright Museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African-Americans and their African origins.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is favored among the top 10 museums in the country, and rightfully so. Offering an astonishing 100+ galleries of art, with pieces from ancient to modern times, the DIA is a cultural haven from the 1800s that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages year-round, from all over the world. The interior structure alone is enough to goggle at.

The Detroit’s Underground Railroad — codenamed Midnight — was the last stop on a long journey for many fugitive slaves looking to cross the river to Canada — and their freedom. You can retrace their steps with visits to these and other historical Underground Railroad landmarks throughout the city by bus, by bike or on foot. Take the adventure here 3 Ways to Experience Detroit’s Underground Railroad.

Public Transportation

DDOT Mobile Steps:
1. Click here and find DDOT Bus Apps.
2. Select 'App Store' for IPhone users or 'Google Play' for Android devices and download the app.
3. Tap 'Trip Planner' to get your route, using Cobo Center (1 Washington Blvd., Detroit) as your end address.
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Google Maps:
1. Click here, enter your start destination.

SMART Route:
1. Click here to use SMART Ride Trip Planner, using Cobo Center (1 Washington Blvd., Detroit) as your end address.
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Welcome to The D

 

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 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

Dates: July 15-19th, 2015

Gathering Locations
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COBO Center
1 Washington Blvd., Detroit
 

Ford Field
200 Brush Street, Detroit
 

Hart Plaza
1 Hart Plaza, Detroit