Detroit Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Detroit

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Detroit. Popular attractions include Eastern Marketand Guardian Building.
  • #4
    Things to do in Detroit
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    #4 in Detroit
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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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.

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    Guardian Building
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    #7 in Detroit
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the art deco Guardian Building is a must-see for architecture buffs. Known as Detroit's Cathedral of Finance, the Guardian Building was completed in 1929 for the Union Trust Co. The exterior of this 40-story steel-framed building may not look like much, but once you pass through its interior, you'll understand why the building remains one of Detroit's most palatial skyscrapers.

    Among the interior's standout features: a 150-foot-long main lobby with a three-story vaulted ceiling, giant columns composed of Travertine marble imported from Italy, a Tiffany & Co. glass clock and an Ezra Winter mural. 

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