In Detroit

The activities we highlighted below, along with the hotel and venue locations, are marked on our Google Map.
  • For additional resources, see the Visitors Bureau or Eater Detroit.
  • Visiting with your kids? Check out the Outdoor Adventure Center and other kid-friendly ideas from Curbed Detroit!
  • Learn more about Detroit's Mogo bike share, Q-Line light rail, People Mover elevated rail, parking and more on our Transportation page.

  • Riverfront: Look south to Canada while taking a walk, run, or bike ride on the 3-mile Riverwalk path from Downtown. Along the Riverwalk are wetland areas, a splash pad, a mini waterpark at Mt. Elliott Park, a carousel, a state park, a lighthouse, and access to the Dequindre Cut.
  • Dequindre Cut: The Dequindre Cut greenway, a 1.6-mile car-free path and former rail line, features public art and connects to Eastern Market. Have a drink or a snack at the Freight Yard gathering space along the route.
  • Eastern Market: The largest historic public market district in the country, Eastern Market draws about 45,000 people on Saturdays. The market is surrounded by cafes, food trucks, specialty shops, a brewery, and a distillery. Check out our neighborhood details below.
  • Biking: Detroit offers bike lanes and Mogo bike share with stations throughout downtown, including in Grand Circus Park across from the Aloft hotel. If you're looking for a traditional bike and equipment rental, check out Wheelhouse Detroit on the Riverfront. Try the 4-mile route on our map from the Aloft along the Riverfront and Dequindre Cut to Eastern Market.
  • Baseball: The Tigers are in town all weekend, and Comerica Park is across the street from our reception venue. Get tickets here.
  • Belle Isle: An island park in the Detroit River, Belle Isle is located 5 miles east of Downtown and contains an aquarium, a greenhouse/botanical garden, a yacht club, a driving range, a giant slide, kayak rentals, bike paths, and a swimming beach.
  • History & art:
  • Food: Detroit is known for the Middle Eastern food contributed by its large immigrant population, as well as for its Coney Islands—diners that for some reason all serve coney dogs (chili dogs), Greek food, and all-day breakfast. We also have Uber Eats if you're looking for delivery.
Central Neighborhoods
  • Downtown: Busy dining and entertainment area with shops along Woodward Avenue leading to the riverfront. Sit on the beach at Campus Martius, a sandy park with beach chairs and games, step into Vault of Midnight comics, or shop at the markets in Capitol Park and Cadillac Square. Try Avalon Cafe, Dime Store, Eatori Market, The Skip, Apparatus Room, Wright & Co., Queen's Bar, Grand Trunk Pub, Cliff Bell's, and American or Lafayette coney island.
  • Corktown: Detroit's oldest (and originally Irish) neighborhood. Non-touristy with several local options for lunch or drinks. Try Batch Brewing Co., Two James Distillery, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Slows BBQ, Astro Coffee, Mudgie's, Takoi, or the cafe/restaurant at Trumbull & Porter hotel.
  • Midtown: Pretty streets near museums and Wayne State University; hip student cafes and bars. Shop along Canfield Street at the Shinola flagship store, City Bird, and Jack White's Third Man Records. Try Great Lakes Coffee, Motor City Brewing Works, Founders Taproom, Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Harmonie Garden Middle Eastern cafe, The Whitney, 8 Degrees Plato, or Bronx Bar. Midtown has a Whole Foods if you need groceries.
  • Eastern Market: Highlighted above, the area around the market includes Eastern Market Brewing Co., Detroit City Distillery, Russell Street Deli, Supino's Pizzeria, Germack Coffee, Moo Ice Cream Shop, and food stands/trucks.
  • Greektown: Destination for Greek food, Greektown casino, and nightlife adjacent to the Downtown sports venues. Try Santorini, Pegasus Taverna, or Astoria Pastry Shop.

In Southeast Michigan

  • Dearborn (10 miles): Automotive history at The Henry Ford Museum and Rouge Factory; great Middle Eastern food.
  • Royal Oak (15 miles): Location of the Detroit Zoo—see the new penguin and polar bear habitats—as well as many good restaurants.
  • Birmingham (20 miles): Fun downtown with great shopping. Birmingham is Caitlin's hometown!
  • Ann Arbor (40 miles): College town with good coffee shops, bookstores, and breweries. Greg and Caitlin live in AA!
  • Metroparks: The regional park system offers several options for hiking, biking, and swimming.

In the Midwest

  • Lake Michigan beaches: The west side of the state offers sandy beaches, including the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (270 miles, pictured below), as well as vacation towns like Saugatuck (190 miles) and Grand Haven (200 miles).
  • Brewery visits: Bell's is in Kalamazoo (140 miles), Founders is in Grand Rapids (160 miles), and other beer tasting destinations are spread throughout the state.
  • Wine country: Traverse City (250 miles) offers wineries, beaches, foodie restaurants, and a nice downtown. Wineries are also scattered throughout the towns near Lake Michigan.
  • Chicago: It's easy to drive, take the train, or fly to Chicago (280 miles).

Rebecca Bowen