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Established: 2007

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Pro Tip: For the tours, dress comfortably and for the weather

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Detroit Eastern Market Tours

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Linda Yellin, Founder

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Going back to when I started showing people the gems of Detroit as a hobby in 2001, we strive to take people behind the scenes to see and experience things that they may not discover on their own. We have long-standing close relationships that allow us access to places and people that will surprise and delight our tour guests. Our goal is for everyone to say "Wow! That's cool, I didn't know that was here!"

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Prepare yourself to experience, explore, and enjoy Detroit, as we help you to become more familiar with all the fascinating things the City has to offer.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

We warmly welcome our guests, treating them like family and friends. Our signature style is fun and engaging, and not too serious. We have a great time while we are learning and exploring. Even people who are long-time Detroit visitors, residents, and supporters learn new things on our tours, and have a fabulous time doing it. We have lots of repeat guests, and we conduct private tours for all kinds of groups and occasions.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Beyond Eastern Market tours, we offer all sorts of outings all around the City of Detroit, private and public, by foot, car and bus, emphasizing the food, fun, architecture, music, history, culture, art, and unique neighborhoods of our City. Customized tours are our specialty: for family groups, friends, co-workers, social clubs, seniors, school children, community recreation departments, social workers, and non-profit organizations.

440 Burroughs St

Detroit Bike City promotes cycling in Detroit in myriad ways?from weekly group rides to bike expos and events that draw bike-lovers from across the country. In their store, they also sell apparel emblazoned with pro-bike slogans, for cyclists to sport around town. In everything they do, their mission is to encourage the growth of bike culture in the city.

1520 Merrick Street

Maccabees at Midtown's spacious dining room?with its wood accents, pendant chandeliers wrapped in bronze-colored filigree, and Art Deco?style ceiling?looks like something from the 1920s or '30s. But its bistro food is decidedly modern. Housemade chicken fingers made from all-natural chicken dip into wasabi ranch, Kobe beef burgers support applewood-smoked bacon and garlic aioli, lobster meat joins bacon in the BLT, and certified-Angus new york strip steaks arrive alongside pesto mashed potatoes. The eatery also embraces brunch, a tradition that became popular in the 1930s, along with using a black-and-white filter on every photograph.

5057 Woodward Ave

Preservation Detroit, founded in 1975, is Detroit's oldest group dedicated to historic preservation. Over the past three decades, the architectural preservation organization has become a leading advocate for the protection and rehabilitation of Detroit's historic abodes, skyscrapers, and culturally rich sites. They have used a variety of educational and research programs, along with advocacy and awareness campaigns to help grow support for the conservation Detroit's built heritage. Part of this mission includes encouraging the redevelopment of neighborhoods throughout the city around these historic structures, providing an anchor for residential areas and helping increase economic investment.

An all-volunteer organization, Preservation Detroit's staff continues to nurture their community's passion for historical treasures through lectures, seasonal newsletters, and tours. The organization continues to live up to its name; it recently helped conduct a historic preservation resource survey that recorded property-by-property information in six historic Detroit districts.

4735 Cass Ave

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Charles Wright is proof that one person can make a big difference. In the 1960s, Dr. Wright was consumed by a vision: to create a center for the development and preservation of African American culture and history. He drew 30 other Detroit citizens to his cause, and together they established the International Afro-American Museum, which was renamed in honor of Dr. Wright in 1998. Today, the museum remains a place to explore the history of African Americans, from their origins in Africa to their struggle to overcome slavery and discrimination in America.

  • Size: a 125,000-square-foot facility with more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials
  • Permanent Exhibit: And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, where more than 20 galleries travel from ancient African civilizations to modern-day Detroit
  • Eye Catcher:Ring of Genealogy, a 37-foot tile mural surrounded by the names of prominent African Americans

  • Special Programs: films, lectures, educational programs, and annual events, including the African World Festival
  • Don't Miss: the handcrafted artwork inside the museum store, which comes from local and African artisans
  • Hands-On Learning: A is for Africa, an exhibit with 26 interactive stations that introduce young visitors to African history
  • Pro Tip: The museum is closed on Mondays.
315 E Warren Ave.