1. United States
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  3. Detroit
  4. Campus Martius Park

Detroit: Downtown Detroit Walking Tour with a Local

Product ID: 8455
See the real Detroit on this downtown adventure with a local guide. Ride on the elevated People Mover train, see landmarks like Comerica Park, Fox Theater, and the Guardian Building, and sample a Detroit-style Coney dog and baklava in lively Greektown.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the beautiful Art Deco–style Guardian Building
  • See major downtown landmarks like the Fox Theater, the Renaissance Center, and Comerica Park
  • Ride around on the elevated People Mover train
  • Taste a traditional Detroit treat–baklava in Greektown or a Detroit-style Coney dog
Full description
Get to know the real Detroit on this downtown adventure. Ride around downtown on the elevated People Mover train, and see all the major landmarks as well as other favorite local haunts. You will also have the chance to taste Detroit's traditional Coney dog.

Start this half–day tour in Detroit at a cafe located at 1515 Broadway, where you can purchase a coffee or snack to take with you on the tour.

The tour then begins in the nearby area which includes Foxtown, Madison Avenue, and Paradise Valley. You will see the fabulous Fox Theater, Comerica Park–home of the Detroit Tigers, and the lovely Detroit Opera House.

Next, take a quick ride over to the popular Greektown district on the People Mover. In Greektown, sample a piece of baklava and see a casino, a historic church that was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and restaurants including popular Fishbone's.

Another ride on the People Mover leads to a stop in the Civic Center area. Here you will see The Spirit of Detroit and The Joe Louis Fist sculptures. You will also see the massive Renaissance Center, the headquarters of General Motors, and the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. You can also catch a glimpse of Canada across the Detroit River.

Next, visit the Art Deco-style Guardian Building to see the remarkable lobby and banking room. Walk by another landmark, the 47-story Penobscot Building, to Lafayette and American Coney Island restaurants, where you can try a free Coney dog. This grilled hot dog is served with Detroit-style chili, mustard and onions–Detroiters have been devouring them for more than 90 years.

The last stop on the tour is the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, which opened in 1924. You'll also see the Compuware Building and Campus Martius Park, where there is an outdoor ice-skating in the winter.

Your 2-hour downtown Detroit tour finishes with a ride on the People Mover back to the cafe at 1515 Broadway where the tour started.
Includes
  • Fares for rides on the People Mover
  • Choice of a Coney dog at American or Lafayette Coney Island, or a baklava (or pastry of equal price) at a bakery in Greektown
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
  • Tips for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your guide in front of 1555 Broadway, Detroit MI 48226

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Important information
Know before you go
Dress casually and comfortably. Wear shoes that are good for a fair amount of walking. Depending on weather, you may want to have a jacket, hat or an umbrella.

On the occasional day when a steady heavy rain might dampen the mood on a walking tour, you will start from the same location but will stay dry by riding the People Mover.

On a very rare occasion, the People Mover or one of the venues usually visited may be unavailable.

This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour.

Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are non-refundable.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I was in Detroit for a day and had a 3-hour time block free. I was very pleased with the walking tour. Jim, the guide, was very familiar with Detroit history. He invited questions (at any time) from those on the tour. He also pointed out several restaurants that might be worth a trip. The tour took the full 2 hours and was well worth it. Highly recommend.

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September 6, 2019

Kathy was great!

Our little group learned a lot about Detroit. We walked all over admiring buildings, people and Detroit in general. It was wonderful that our guide, Kathy, is a local and she was a wealth of information. I highly recommend visitors to sign up for this tour and enjoy a little Detroit flavor. Thank You Kathy!

September 6, 2017

Friendly and informative guide

The tour starts from a cool coffee shop, fresh ground per cup and hand poured by hot water weight. Richard, our guide was very informative on the area in which we walked. He lives and worked in the area most of his life and knows the history of the buildings and some back stories of Detroit. Don't forget to be inquisitive and ask a few questions. All in all a great way to meet a local, and a few fellow tourists.

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May 14, 2017

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 8455