Detroit, Michigan: It's Motown and More

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Detroit Historical Museum. 5401 Woodward Ave., www.detroithistorical.org.

Detroit Institute of Arts. 5200 Woodward Ave., www.dia.org.

Motown Historical Museum. 2648 W. Grand Blvd., 313-875-2264.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. 315 East Warren, www.maah-detroit.org.

Detroit Science Center. 5020 John R at Warren Ave., www.detroitsciencecenter.org.

Comerica Park. 2100 Woodward Ave., www.detroittigers.com.

Belle Isle Zoo and Belle Isle Aquarium. Central Ave. on Belle Isle (2 miles east of downtown Detroit via the MacArthur Bridge, also called the Belle Isle Bridge), www.detroitzoo.org.

Greektown Casino. 555 East Lafayette Blvd., 313-223-2999.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 350 Madison Ave., 313-963-2366.

PuppetArt Theater. Biegas Art Gallery building, 25 East Grandriver, 313-961-7777.

Seasonal events: Unless otherwise noted, contact the DetroitMetro Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-DETROIT for dates, location, and starting times for the following:

  • Detroit Red Wings, National Hockey League games at Joe Louis Arena (October-May)
  • America's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Woodward Avenue (November)
  • North American International Auto Show, Cobo Center (January)
  • Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball games at Comerica Park (April-September)
  • ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, an Indy-style car race on Belle Isle (June)

More Information: DetroitMetro Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1-800-DETROIT, www.visitdetroit.com; Travel Michigan, www.michigan.org.

The Inside Scoop

Favorite local spots: Pizza Papalis Taverna, 553 Monroe St., This is the place to get Detroit's delectable version of Chicago deep-dish pizza. It's three inches thick and must be eaten with a fork and knife. In honor of Pizza Papalis' Greektown location, try the spinach and cheese pizza.

Local foods: Coney Island Dogs, a Detroit tradition since 1918. Unlike the Brooklyn, NY variety, these "dogs" are dressed up with chili, mustard, and onions. 24 hours a day at two downtown locations: Lafayette Coney Island, 118 West Lafayette, 313-964-8198; American Coney Island, 115 Michigan Ave., 313-961-7758.

Best souvenir: A Detroit Tigers t-shirt or plush-toy "Tiger" mascot.

Best side trip: Automotive Hall of Fame in nearby Dearborn.

One of this museum's goals is to encourage youngsters to be innovators and inventors. Press a button and have a phone conversation with Walter P. Chrysler. Press another button and design your own car or truck. There's a neat "Personality Profile Exhibit" that quizzes kids about their own personalities and then matches them with Automotive Hall of Fame inductees who share similar traits. Who knows? Maybe there's a future auto tycoon in your family. Located 15 minutes west of Detroit, 21400 Oakwood Blvd.

 

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