Things to do in Wayne County

Locate a Park or Golf Course

Wayne County operates 12 parks and two public golf courses including Hines Park which stretches from Dearborn Heights west to Northville. Our parks offer a variety of recreation activities for children and families.


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Inside Detroit

Inside Detroit is your one-stop-shop for everything happening in downtown Detroit. Inside Detroit can provide information on events, restaurants, hotels, cultural attractions, and Inside Detroit provides tours of the downtown district.


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Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Visitor’s Bureau (visitdetroit.com) is the region’s central promotional wing for tourism, large events, and conventions. The Bureau can help connect you with events, tourist attractions, and accommodations throughout the region.
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Yelp

Yelp can help you find restaurants, shopping, hotels, and just about everything else you might want through their comprehensive search engine. Search by “Wayne County” by zip code or by city.
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Midtown Detroit

Detroit’s Midtown district, anchored by Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, is becoming Detroit’s hot spot for retail and cultural events. Shop Midtown showcases some of the districts boutique shopping.


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Eastern Market – Detroit

Located just outside Detroit’s central business district, Eastern Market attracts thousands of visitors daily and for the Saturday Market. Eastern Market features more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food.
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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House – Grosse Pointe Shores

Since 1978, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, and special events. Visit the Ford House to learn about a patriarch of Detroit’s automotive heritage.
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The Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak

Open 362 days a year, The Detroit Zoo is the region’s premier location for exotic wildlife and nature appreciation. The Zoo is an excellent place for families and children, featuring daily events and educational activities for all ages.
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Greektown – Detroit

Located in downtown Detroit near Comerica Park and Ford Field, Greektown features Detroit’s finest Greek cuisine and culture. Greektown also hosts an annual Arts festival during the summer.
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New Center – Detroit

Located off Woodward Ave., 3 miles north of the Detroit River, New Center is home to Henry Ford Hospital, the Fisher Building and Theatre, and Cityfest, an annual festival filled with food and music held over the 4th of July weekend.
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Belle Isle Park – Detroit

Belle Isle Park is the third largest island park in the United States and features the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a waterslide, and a par 3 golf course. Belle Isle is also a popular spot for picnics and family gatherings and is home to the Detroit Yacht Club.
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Arab American National Museum – Dearborn

The Arab American National Museum is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.
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The Henry Ford – Dearborn

The Henry Ford Museum has a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments. With its five distinct attractions, at The Henry Ford you will travel through America’s past and encounter ideas that changed the world.
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Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) – Detroit

The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory.
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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Detroit

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.
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Historic Fort Wayne – Detroit

Historic Fort Wayne preserves the history of Michigan’s men and women who served their country between 1845 and 1973. These men and women passed through Historic Fort Wayne as a place of induction to United States military service.
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Ford Rouge Factory – Dearborn

The Ford Rouge Factory was once the world’s largest industrial complex and forerunner of today’s modern assembly technologies. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is the only Detroit automotive plant tour available to the public.
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New Center Park

Located in Detroit’s New Center area and former home of Cityfest and Tastefest, New Center Park is a unique green space for events and activities including concerts, a marketplace, and other activities.
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Detroit Riverfront – Detroit

Open to the public, Detroit’s East Riverfront extends 3.5 miles from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park. Detroit’s riverfront is a beautiful, exciting, safe, accessible world-class gathering place for all.
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Detroit Historical Museum – Detroit

For 80 years, the Detroit Historical Museum has chronicled the life and times of the region, safeguarding its rich history. Visitors enjoy exhibits showcasing more than 300 years of the region’s history.
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MOCAD – Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.
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Detroit Opera House – Detroit

The Detroit Opera House is a venue for all Michigan Opera Theatre productions and hosts a variety of events. The Opera House is committed to presenting the best professional opera and dance productions in the nation.
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GM Renaissance Center – Detroit

Located along the waterfront in downtown Detroit, the “RenCen” has dozens of stores / services, four movie theaters, two foreign consulates, a 1,300 room Marriott hotel, financial center, four of the city’s hottest restaurants and a 1,100 seat food court.
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Motown Museum – Detroit

The Motown Historical Museum preserves the legacy of Motown Record Corporation. The Museum educates and motivates people, especially the youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship.
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Science Center – Detroit

The Detroit Science Center inspires children and their families to discover and appreciate science, technology and engineering. Discover hundreds of hands-on exhibits and five theaters, including Michigan’s only Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre.

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Ford Field – Detroit

Ford Field is an indoor football stadium that is home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Ford Field has an overall seat capacity of 65,000 and hosts concerts, conventions, tradeshows and more!
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Comerica Park – Detroit

Comerica Park is home to the MLB’s Detroit Tigers, replacing the historic Tiger Stadium in 2000. Not your typical stadium, Comerica Park has a carousel, ferris wheel, a mammoth water feature in center field and a decade-by-decade pedestrian museum.
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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit

Joe Louis Arena is home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. The 20,058-seat arena regularly hosts college hockey, concerts, ice shows, circuses and more.
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The Fox Theatre – Detroit

Detroit’s crown jewel, the Fox Theatre, has played host to some of the biggest names in show business and holds its ground as one of the top-grossing theaters of its size in the nation.


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Corktown – Detroit

The Corktown neighborhood is Detroit’s oldest surviving neighborhood. Located just west of downtown Detroit, Corktown is a diverse, vibrant and affordable urban village.
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Plymouth Historical Museum – Plymouth

At the Plymouth Historical Museum, learn how the growth of American industry, the advent of the railroad, and the invention of the automobile changed America’s small towns, especially Plymouth, Michigan.
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Golf Courses – Wayne County

In Wayne County, Michigan there is an array of beautiful golf courses, both public and private. Please click the following link to explore your options!
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Detroit

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is the fourth oldest symphony orchestra in the United States. Centrally located at the Max M. Fisher Theater in Midtown Detroit, the DSO also hosts special performances throughout the region.
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