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There are plenty of things to see and do throughout the Motor City. Because the city is transforming, there is a unique attraction you won’t find anywhere else. From getting outdoors on the Detroit Riverfront to experiencing history at the Fisher Theater and Guardian Building, there is plenty to see in Detroit.

Free Things to Do in Detroit City Riverfront

Detroit Riverfront

The Detroit Riverfront project is a multi-phase project that extends along the river. For 3.5 miles, you can enjoy this community outdoor space. This is a popular place for walking, running, biking, and picnicking. There are also plazas, parks, and pavilions for gathering. The Dequindre Cut Greenway is worth visiting. It’s a two-mile path that connects the East Riverfront, Eastern Market, and local neighborhoods. The RiverWalk is open seven days a week from 6 am to 10 pm.

The Eastern Market

While there are plenty of things to buy at the Eastern Market, you can explore and enjoy the market without spending a cent. You can check out the local vendors, find all of the murals, or enjoy the street performers. With continuous operations for over 120 years, this market has become a central part of the community. Booths sell apparel, produce, artisanal items, meat, cheese, seafood, baked goods, and art. The market is open every Saturday year-round from 7 am to 4 pm. From June through September, it is open on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Guardian Building

Located in downtown Detroit is this National Historic Landmark building. Built in 1928, it is a stunning example of art deco architecture. The outside is covered in beautiful red brick with art decor details. However, it is the inside where this building shines. There are large colorful murals, Italian Travertine marble, African Numidian marble, and detailed mosaics. Visit on Saturday or Sunday, and you can join a free tour. This is an active office building, so be respectful of those working when you visit.

The Fisher Theater

Constructed from Minnesota granite and Maryland marble, this 30-story building is on the US National Register of Historic Places. Everywhere you look, you will see elegantly appointed with beautiful details. Indian rosewood, walnut paneling, bronze, and crystal are all used. While the original theater had 3,500 seats, today’s seat arrangement has 2,089. Over the last 60 years, some of the theater’s biggest stars have graced the stage. However, the building itself dates back to 1928. It was initially a vaudeville and movie house. While attending a show will require you to purchase tickets, simply viewing the theater is free. There are also free tours available that can give you greater insight into the building’s history.

The Heidelberg Project

Head to the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the eastside of Detroit, and you will find the Heidelberg Project. Created by Tyree Guyton in 1986, this community art project aims to transform and enlighten the local community. You will see outdoor art installations throughout. What was once empty lots and abandoned buildings is now an explosion of color and thought-provoking art. This public art installation is open from 8 am to 7 pm.


You can fully enjoy Detroit and the beauty that Motor City has to offer on any budget. Book now to make the most of your visit!