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Anna Scripps Belle Isle

Illustrations by Todd Detwiler

Bucket lists are pretty popular these days. Not sure why, but they are. You’ve got one for nearly every time of year and place you can think of, including destinations like The D.

Not wanting to be left out of the popular pastime, Visit Detroit staffers, colleagues, friends and acquaintances have put their thinking caps on to create our very own Detroit Bucket List. Nothing so monumental as falling in love or climbing a mountain appears on our list, but we’re still pretty darn proud of how easy it was to come up with a bunch of great things worth doing in metro Detroit during your lifetime. And this isn’t even all of ‘em. (P.S. There’s no particular order of importance here, and since this is from our Spring & Summer 2016 issue, we picked a lot of fairer weather to-dos to die for.)


1. Get in a car, drive across the Douglas MacArthur Bridge and ride around Belle Isle

On your roundabout, stop at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (pictured above), the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

2. Explore Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

Spanning two city blocks on the lower east side, the art installation has been heralded as Detroit’s Ghetto Guggenheim. Search out the People’s House (aka Dotty Wotty House) and Noah’s Arc.

heidelberg project


3. Go to The Wright

Appreciate the city’s African-American heritage at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and then travel to the First Congregational Church of Detroit for the Underground Railroad Living Museum Tour.

4. Stand beneath the famous echo chamber in the second-level gallery of the Motown Museum

When you clap your hands, snap your fingers or sing your favorite Motown tune, you’ll hear Motown’s rich, soulful signature sound echo back.

motown museum


5. People watch at Movement (May 28-30)and the Detroit Jazz Festival (Sept. 2-5).


6. Walk downtown and look up at the architecture.

The Guardian, Fisher, GM Ren Cen and Penobscot buildings must be on your list.
Read the Brick by Brick feature for more details.

detroit skyscrapers


7. Coming to America Exhibit

Read the names of Arab immigrants under the photos showcased in the Coming to America exhibit at the Arab American National Museum. Real people with real stories of courage and hope.

8. Opening Day

Kick off spring by heading to downtown Detroit for the Tigers’ Opening Day. April 8 for 2016.

Detroit Tigers fans


9. DTE Energy Music Theatre

Take a picnic blanket and hit the grassy knoll of DTE Energy Music Theatre for a concert.

10. Soak in some rays at the beach at Campus Martius Park

Grab an ice cold something from the Beach Bar and Grille, sit down and dig your toes in the sand right in the middle of Detroit’s urban jungle.

11. Take a tour

Get more intimate with the city through a guided tour by car, bus, bike or even on foot. So many themes, so many options — from ghosts to architecture.

12. Experience the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era

Tour historic auto-baron homes — take your pick from Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Meadow Brook Hall or Fair Lane Estate (reopening in fall 2016).

13. Catch a giant muskie on Lake St. Clair.


14. Go bowling, sort of

Try fowling at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. Two teams, two lanes, 10 pins each and a couple of footballs. Or, feather bowl at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Two teams, a dirt lane, wooden balls that resemble a wheel of cheese and a feather.

fowling warehouse


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