Detroit, Mich. – Visitors coming to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show should be sure to plan time before and after the show to experience all of the exciting activity taking place downtown.
Those looking to get out and about to explore the city can take advantage of one of the many scheduled tours being offered during Auto Show. The Detroit Experience Factory has several tours available including Best of Downtown, Cars & Bars: Auto Show Bar Tour, Art & Architecture and Bittersweet: Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate Bus Tour. For dates and times go to detroitexperiencefactory.org. Show Me Detroit offers daily two hour driving sightseeing tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Go to showmedetroittours.com for more details.
While discovering Detroit you’ll notice larger-than-life light sculptures around downtown. The 16 beautifully illuminated installations of various shapes, sizes and technological capabilities are called LuminoCITY, with the largest ones towering at nearly 80 feet.
Embrace Detroit’s winter weather at the Meridian Winter Blast Jan. 20-22 at Campus Martius Park. Fifty live music acts will play throughout the weekend, including DJs and metro Detroit bands. New festival features include a 30-foot-by 40 foot ice maze and a 16-foot carved ice bar. Festival favorites return including the zip line adventure, 30-foot high winter slide, free ice skating, the ice garden, marshmallow roasting and kids tent. Visit winterblast.com for event details.
Add a little culture to your visit by stopping at one of the world-class museums throughout metro Detroit. Engines Exposed starts Jan. 14 at the Henry Ford Museum where hoods of more than 50 rare autos will be lifted. Also on display is the exhibit American Style & Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions & Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family. Be sure to stop by the Rosa Parks Bus, JFK presidential limousine and Abraham Lincoln chair. Get an up close and personal look as Ford F-150 trucks are made at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
Don’t miss the Detroit Institute of Art’s (DIA) first-ever exhibit to engage all five senses, Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate. You can’t miss the 400 pound 20-foot tall installation titled Thalassa gracing the DIA’s Woodward Lobby. Also on display is the photography exhibit Detroit After Dark and The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals. If you’re in town on Friday, Jan. 20 make plans to stop by the DIA for the Friday Night Live! performance of Miniature Masterpieces by the Michigan Philharmonic.
Save 20 percent or more on popular Detroit attractions with The D Discount Pass. Current participants include the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and Wheelhouse Detroit. For a complete list of participants and to download your pass, go to visitdetroit.com/discount.
Entertainment options in Detroit are endless and visitors seeking a live performance at one of Detroit’s beautiful theaters have several shows to choose from during Auto Show. Shows include: Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live! at City Theatre, Jan. 20 – 22; Chris Tucker at the Fox Theatre on Jan. 21; Kings of Leon at the Fox Theatre Jan. 22; Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Jan. 22; and Phantom of the Opera at the Detroit Opera House through Jan. 22.
After exploring the Motor City you’re sure to be hungry, so be sure to make time to fill up at one of the dozens of new restaurants or hometown favorites. New spots within walking distance of TCF Center include. Central Kitchen, Townhouse, Wahlburgers, Granite City, Maru Sushi, Parc and Rusted Crow. Visitors can even have their own Coney challenge at side-by-side American and Lafayette Coney Islands. For more restaurant ideas, check out our dining listings.
Getting around downtown is easy and inexpensive when riding the Detroit People Mover. For only 75 cents riders can access attractions, hotels, restaurants and TCF Center, while getting a great view of the city. For details on extended hours during NAIAS, go to thepeoplemover.com.
For more information on things to do, places to stay and where to eat, check out the Visit section of our site.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com