Hot cars and cool things to do in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show

January 15, 2016  

Detroit, Mich. – Visitors coming to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center will experience an automotive event like no other, and once they leave the show America’s great comeback city awaits with cool activities, new restaurants and other auto-themed things to do.

After checking out the hot new cars at Cobo Center, bundle up and head outside to Campus Martius Park for a cool experience. CARved, part of the annual Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic, showcases seven spectacular ice sculptures of full-size cars representing the iconic automotive history and design of Detroit and the world. Three of the ice model cars have interactive elements, allowing people to chill for a “test drive,” and all seven have lights within the sculptures to bring them to life at night. The carvings will be on display throughout January.

While at Campus Martius Park lace up your skates and take a spin on the ice skating rink. Skate rental is available, as are rink side dining and drinks. Go to campusmartiuspark.org for prices and rink hours.

You’re sure to build up an appetite during your time in Detroit so grab a bite at one of the nearly 100 new restaurants that have opened in the past two years, or at one of the local staples that have been around for years. If you’re looking for a local brew or spirit, stop in one of the many breweries and distilleries in the area. Detroit City Distillery in Eastern Market is even offering specials to NAIAS attendees. Show your ticket and receive $5 off your bill. There will also be a special Pink Cadillac cocktail available.

Take a deeper dive into Detroit’s automotive heritage at one of the world-class museums. Auto buffs are sure to enjoy the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Meadow Brook Hall, Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Henry Ford Museum. Be sure to get a look under the hoods of more than 40 of the most iconic cars ever made in the exhibit Engines Exposed now on display at Henry Ford Museum. And a visit to Detroit isn’t complete without touring the Motown Museum.

Visitors can feel like a true Detroiter by taking a tour with one of the many tour companies. Detroit Experience Factory has several specialized tours as well as their regularly scheduled free walking tours and bus tours (there is a fee for bus tours) during Auto Show. For dates and times go to weknowdetroit.org. Show Me Detroit also offers daily sightseeing driving tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Go to showmedetroittours.com for rates and more information.

Getting around downtown is easy and inexpensive when riding the Detroit People Mover. For only 75 cents riders can access attractions, hotels, restaurants and Cobo Center, while getting a great view of the city. For details on extended hours during NAIAS, go to thepeoplemover.com.

Save 20 percent or more on popular Detroit attractions with The D Discount Pass. Current participants include the Arab American National Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Comedy Sports Detroit, Detroit Princess Riverboat, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Meadow Brook Hall, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. Get your pass at visitdetroit.com/discount.

For more information on places to eat, things to do, shopping destinations and where to stay throughout metro Detroit go to our Visit section.


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Cobo Center
    1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-877-8777 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-0101 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Detroit Experience Factory
    123 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-4590 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Show Me Detroit Tours
    , Detroit, 313-444-2120 Highlight on map | More Details