Things to do in Detroit?

  1. Okay, so I'm going to Michigan with my SO. Already planning on hitting the Somerset for H and LV and all the other amazing stores I don't get here... but what else is there to do? Places to eat? Art? Culture?

    TIA! :flowers:
  2. Where in Michigan are you staying? Not all the things I've listed will be accessible if you'll be in Northern Michigan.

    It's going to be pretty cold ... but here are some things that I remember that I used to do when I lived there:

    1. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is fabulous.
    2. If you like history, try the Henry Ford Museum and/or Greenfield Village.
    3. One of the best restaurants in the city (and very fancy) is the Whitney. There are other great restaurants in downtown Birmingham.
    4. Shops in downtown Birmingham are fun and there are lots of little restaurants too.
    5. There are many small art galleries in downtown Birmingham.
    6. The Franklin Cider Mill still might be open when you're there.
    7. There's a Museum of Art in Detroit that is quite large.
    8. If you'll be in northern MI, Mackinac Island is fun.
    9. If you don't mind the drive, go to Frankenmuth -- it's a town where they do Christmas 365 days a year (or maybe 362, something like that).
    10. Take a ride in Grosse Pointe and check out all the mansions lining the lake.

    That's all I can think of at this second ... maybe I will come up with more, but it's been 11 years since I left MI for CA!
  3. In the Thumb..... not TOO far from Bay City/Saginaw. Thank you! :flowers:
  4. I second the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recommendation. One of the finest symphonies in the country...probably Detroit's most precious cultural gem.
  5. ^^Also agree with the DSO. You could go to Midland (about 20 mins away from Saginaw) and go to the Midland Center for the Arts, they have a great museum. You could also go to the Dow home & garden but you have to book in advance. I would suggest Midland, it's the nicecest city around there (Bay City and Saginasty aren't great at all).

    Good luck and have fun!
  6. You totally have to go to Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall in Auburn Hills, great deals to be found & it is a huge outlet mall with Off Saks & NM
  7. Kolibris, my SO is from Saginaw and he busted up laughing when he saw your post!

  8. HAHAHAHA!!! I'm originally from Flushing, MI about 30 minutes away from there...

    I hope I didn't offend him! And I hope he gets the joke...

    I always got so scared driving through Saginaw (the serious ghetto part with all-night liquor stores and bars on windows) at night but my dad said it was a shortcut. Right.
    I do hope you have a good time, though!
  9. I also have a word for Bay City but I'm not allowed to post it... darn swear words.

    I bet you can guess though.
  10. Does it start with SH and rhyme with City? Heehee
  11. Detroit is so much fun! Im from Toledo,OH which is super close to Detroit. We always fly into Detroit and spend the day there. I dont know any of the names of the places we go lmao! But I hope you have fun!! When will you be going?
  12. Val, I'm going the day after Thanksgiving. You should come join me! I'd love to meet some tPF'ers...

  13. Why, Yes! It does!:supacool:
  14. :roflmfao: My SO was laughing his butt off. He said "Come on, Bay City isn't nearly as bad as Saginasty" and I said "Wait, don't they butt right up against each other?"

    Any naughty names for Midland? :graucho:
  15. I thought of one more thing ... Greektown in Detroit is a lot of fun!