Touring Detroit by Land, Sea or Two Wheels

Modified: December 09, 2022 | Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola

Art and Architecture

Love bikes? Detroiters do. And Wheelhouse Detroit encourages you to take to the streets by bicycle by offering an array of tours, including one that celebrates the city’s automotive heritage with visits to the Ford Piquette Plant. Rent a bike or bring your own and catch the true meaning of Motor City. Matt Chung, director of brand strategy for the Detroit Experience Factory, said to expect an expanded public tour schedule this summer. Among his favorites is the Art in the Market tour. “It meets every Saturday in Eastern Market and features a colorful mix of the murals, creative businesses and market history,” said Chung.
Looking for a mix of both art and architecture? Join a public Show Me Detroit tour, or tailor a private tour to hit all the spots on your Detroit bucket list.

Craft Beer Fans

Pedal your way around the region with Handle Bar Detroit, the newest way to experience a new area and taste it, too.  Hop onto the bus at Motor City Brew Tours. Sample locally crafted beer on select Saturdays. Be sure to take in key stops like 8 Degrees Plato where you can both taste and purchase a wide selection of craft beer and head north to Motor City Brewing Works, Traffic Jam & SnugJolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery and HopCat for some serious pours.

History and Nature

For those ready to dive into the past, the Historic Houses of Worship Tour gives a gorgeous glimpse of years gone by, while the Detroit Bus Co. hosts its Drunks of Antiquity tour, taking a different spin by presenting the oldest or most notorious watering holes while supporting the Ride for Ride safe rides to school program for children. On a scenic afternoon we suggest heading straight for the blue waves of the Detroit River and relaxing with friends on a Diamond Jack River Tour.

For Foodies

From tasting tours to Delish Detroit these tours aim straight for our stomachs. And they sell out fast. The Detroit food scene is all the rage for good reason. “This summer we took a popular version of one of our private tours and set up public Strolling Suppers that feature some of our favorite places to eat in the city, including both new and old spots,” said Chung. “Each tour will stop at three different locations and sample each restaurant’s flavor. Don’t forget to check out our checklist of all the bars and restaurants in the greater downtown!”
Wondering what the most popular way to tour the city might be? According to Chung, it’s common to walk or tour by bus. “Eighty percent of public tours are walking tours. People really want to get out on the street and see things up close! Conversely, over 80 percent of private tours are bus tours and we can cover more areas and provide transportation to customize the events for each group’s needs.”

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Show Me Detroit Tours
    , Greater Downtown Detroit,
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    8 Degrees Plato
    3409 Cass Ave., Detroit,
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    Motor City Brewing Works
    470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Jolly Pumpkin
    441 W. Canfield St., Ste. 9, Detroit, MI 48201
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    Diamond Jack's River Tours
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Traffic Jam & Snug
    511 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201, United States