Antique Fords to Paddle Boards: Unique Ways to Tour DetroitModified: July 11, 2022 | Story by Sarah Bence | Photos by Antique Touring, Vito Palmisano
Detroit is bursting with unique tours you won’t find anywhere else. Forget traditional Detroit walking tours, and take in the city in a way that’s as innovative as the city itself.
These five tours offer authentic connection to the city, from honoring local ingredients to local industry. Each one provides a unique perspective, too – you won’t just be blindly following a tour guide. There’s nothing more boring than that! Instead, jump in a kayak, on a bike, or even into an antique Ford with these tours. See Detroit the way it deserves to be seen.
5 Unique Detroit Tours
1. Antique Touring
Tour Belle Isle in a genuine Ford Model A with this social enterprise that gives back to the community. Starting from the Ford Piquette Plant, climb into a refurbished Ford Model A and receive the historical tour of a lifetime from Detroit locals. Antique Touring hires drivers at livable wages and supports those in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
2. Riverside Kayak Connection
Paddle around Belle Isle and see where the term ‘canoodling’ originated with Riverside Kayak Connection. Just try not to get blown over to Canada. Grab a kayak from one of the summer rental locations on Belle Isle or in Trenton, Michigan. Take your time and enjoy the Michigan nature, all within view of the Detroit skyline.
3. The HandleBar
Take this bicycle-powered pub out on the streets for a rowdy city tour or private party. A HandleBar tour guide will lead you through the city, but you’ll be put to work pedaling. This tour puts a new spin on the classic pub crawl. Guests can even bring their own drinks and snacks aboard.
4. Wheelhouse Detroit
Rent a bike and explore Detroit on two wheels – either on your own or with a tour guide. Stop by Wheelhouse Detroit, and begin your ride near the scenic Detroit Riverwalk. Ride up through William G. Milliken State Park before making your way into the city. Just be wary of traffic!
5. Batman v Superman
As a bonus, movie buffs may want to try this free Batman v Superman tour that can be downloaded via the App Store. The block buster movie, which premiered in 2016, was largely filmed in Detroit. With the app, you can explore the city, stopping at prime filming locations.
Whether you are a Detroit native or a traveler passing through, these unique Detroit tours have something to offer everyone. Each one lets you become an active participant in seeing Detroit, supporting its creative businesses, and honoring its history.
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1Belle Isle State Park99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844
2Ford Piquette Avenue Plant / Model T Automotive Heritage Complex461 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-872-8759
3Antique Touring Co.461 Piquette St., Detroit, MI 48202313-333-5833
4Riverside Kayak Connection4016 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, MI 48192734-285-2925
5The HandleBar, Detroit, MI 48226586-960-5851
6Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-656-2453