Eastern Market#4 in Best Things To Do in Detroit
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Eastern Market draws history geeks and foodies alike. Open since 1891, this 43-acre district (six blocks of which are devoted to the public market) is the largest historic public market district in the United States. Still not impressed? In 1978, the Eastern Market Historic District was added to the National Registry of Historic Places.
Aside from its far-reaching history, Eastern Market showcases local area farmers and merchants. Plan to stop by during the Saturday market – open year-round – to peruse local produce and crafts before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the food trucks stationed nearby.
Though many travelers said summer is the best time to visit thanks to the pleasant temps and plentiful market options (the Sunday street market and Tuesday market are both open in the summer from June to September), reviewers said visiting the market is a fun weekend activity, no matter the season. If you're the type of traveler that loves to feel like a local when exploring new destinations, this is the place to come, according to recent visitors.
Though the district businesses and the Saturday market are open year-round, there are four other seasonal markets. The Saturday market is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the other markets operate on seasonal hours. Eastern Market is located less than 2 miles from downtown Detroit. You can drive, take a taxi or hop on the No. 40 bus, which stops within walking distance of the market. You don't have to pay to enter the market, but you should bring some cash in case you'd like to purchase any of the produce, prepared meals or crafts. To see the market's seasonal hours and a market directory, visit its website.
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#1 Detroit Institute of the Arts
Arguably one of the city's foremost cultural destinations, the Detroit Institute of Arts dates back to 1885, but the beaux-arts building (referred to as the "temple of art") that it now resides in opened in 1927. The institute is huge, comprising more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium and a 380-seat lecture hall. And its permanent collection is extensive: On its walls are Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco and Vincent Van Gogh's "Self Portrait" painting, among other works. The institute also hosts events like Friday Night Live! concerts and Art + Authors book discussions.
For many visitors, a visit to the DIA was a highlight of their Detroit trip, with some calling it a "national gem." Though many were initially drawn because of the museum's Diego Rivera collection, reviewers said they were satisfied with every part of the DIA, especially the temporary exhibits. Visitors also praised the staff, which they said were friendly and helpful.
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