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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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