9 Things To Do in Detroit During The World Series

October 26, 2012  |   Photos by Bill Bowen, Charles H. Wright, Hockeytown Cafe

Baseball fans coming to see the World Series in Detroit this weekend won’t have any problems finding things to do before and after the games.  “We hope fans coming to Detroit for the World Series take the opportunity to explore our world-class museums, eat in our delicious restaurants, take a walk along our revitalized riverfront, and check out everything that our city has to offer,” said Larry Alexander, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO. “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.”

  1. 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, home of the Detroit Tigers.
  2. Visitors that 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 in Rivard Plaza.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, among others, recorded their hits.
  9. Take a short drive to Dearborn to visit The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History destination. Henry Ford Museum houses one of the largest collections of its kind ever assembled, including the Rosa Parks Bus, Kennedy Presidential Limousine, a Wright Flyer Replica and the Lincoln Chair, as well as an unparalleled collection of historical vehicles. Next door to the museum, go back in time and explore 83 authentic historic structures at Greenfield Village, from Noah Webster’s home to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory to the birthplace of Henry Ford. Also be sure to take the Ford Rouge Factory Tour where you’ll watch as a Ford F-150 is built in a real working factory.

Baseball fans that 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 like the ElwoodBookies Bar & Grille and Hockeytown Café.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2283 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-656-2453 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. The Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    315 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-494-5800 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Motown Museum
    2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208313-875-2264 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-465-1777 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Elwood Bar & Grill
    300 Adams Ave., (at Brush Street), Detroit, MI 48226313-962-2337 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Bookies Bar & Grille
    2208 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-962-0319 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Hockeytown Cafe
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-965-9500 Highlight on map | More Details