Detroit Marathon & Half Marathon
Detroit, MI USA
October 20, 2013

Attractions around Detroit Marathon

Two Detroit museums that will be at the top of your list are the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Motown Historical Museum. The Institute of Arts offers one of the top art collections in the country. Their collection boasts over 65,000 works with everything from African masks to Monet originals to mummies to modern art. Make sure to check out the General Motors Center for African American Art. The Motown Museum building is the original 1960s headquarters of both Motown and Tamla records. The museum now houses an office, a recording studio, a residence, a daycare, and a switchboard. Learn the story of Motown Records and Tamla records, both of which were widely successful from 1959 to 1971. The museum memorabilia includes gold records, album covers, photos, and costumes.

Even if you are not attending a game, it is worth a trip to Comerica Park or Ford Field. Home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica is a unique ballpark with a baseball museum and theme park attractions. They have a Ferris wheel, a carousel (with tigers instead of horses), lots of tiger statues, and a fountain that plays music and shines colored lights after home runs. Ford Field offers weekly tours, which are a great way to enjoy the architecture of the stadium. During the tour, you'll get to peek in an NFL locker room, view the Ford Field suite, stroll down the tunnel to the field, and plant your feet right on the turf.

Detroit is a great town to catch a show or a concert. Consider starting with the Fox Theater. Built in the late 1920s by William Fox, an early film pioneer, it was originally a movie palace. Currently it is one of the country's most successful theaters and features concerts, Broadway shows, special classic film showings, and other special events. The Detroit Symphony performs in a stunning century old building that offers a large foyer and comfortable seating. Enjoy a concert from one of their three series: classical, jazz, and pops. Finally, head over to the Detroit Opera House to catch a performance from the Michigan Opera Theater. They feature both operas and dance performances with special events during the off season, such as a mini jazz series.

Detroit is home to a number of historical churches. Old St. Mary's Church is Detroit's third oldest parish. It was founded in 1834 in an effort to serve Detroit's German-speaking immigrants. The original building was constructed in the early 1840s. The current structure was completed in 1885. It was designed by Peter Dederichs, a German architect, and features red brick with both Venetian and Pisan Romanesque influences. Head over to Ste. Anne de Detroit Church to tour Detroit's second oldest parish. This church was established during the city's French Settlement in 1701. Its records provide a plethora of information about Detroit's earliest French residents. The current church complex was completed in 1887 and includes a church, school, rectory, convent, and parish hall.