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Jan 25 / Danielle Wright

10 Reasons Detroit is the Coolest City Ever!

1. Culture

One word: Museums! All within walking distance from Wayne State’s campus is the DIA, The Michigan Science Center, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Historical Museum, and the MOCAD.

2. Campus Martius

Ice rink by winter and beach by summer. Campus Martius always has something going on. There’s ice skating, a tree lighting ceremony, a NYE Ball Drop, Fountain Bistro, a beach, and live music. It’s one of my favorite places to go and it’s less than ten minutes from Wayne State’s campus!

3. The Arts

Detroit and the arts go hand in hand! There are numerous concert halls, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Public Theatre, The Fox, The Fisher, The Michigan Opera House, The Music Hall, and even The Detroit Artists Market!

4. All of the Hidden Gem Restaurants

There are so many restaurants you’ve never even heard of and have some of the best food you will probably ever taste! Honest Johns, Selden Standard, Alley Taco (in the back of Marcus Market), Parks and Rec Diner, Woodbridge Pub, Traffic Jam, Cass Café, this list could go on and on and on!

5. The Abundance of Great Coffee

If you’re anything like me, you live for a good cup of joe and you’re willing to try any place that is dedicated to servicing that need! Detroit has so many great coffee houses that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. There’s Great Lakes Coffee, Bottom Line Coffee House, Ashe Coffee Supply, The Roasting Plant, Urban Bean Co., Rowland Café, and sooo many more! Detroit is definitely the best place to satiate your caffeine fix!

6. Eastern Market

Every single Saturday from 6am-4pm Eastern Market is open to the public. There are flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, local butchers, food trucks, art, music, cooking demonstrations, and so much more! This is one of the coolest places to be on a Saturday morning!

7. Belle Isle

Detroit’s very own island! It’s in the middle of the Detroit River between Detroit and Canada. It has an aquarium, canoe and kayak rentals, bike rentals, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a beach, snowshoeing, geocaching, and abundance of secluded picnic spots. It’s one of the most peaceful places to be!

8. Dally in the Alley

This is perhaps one of the greatest events of the year and it’s going on its 39th year! It’s Detroit’s largest community festival that happens once a year in September right in the heart of Midtown-The Cass Corridor. There is live music on five different main stages, food tents, an art show, and some pretty awesome people! It’s a chance for college kids and residents to let loose and have some fun before the school year really starts and we all officially say goodbye to summer!

9. The Ren Cen

This is the tallest building in Michigan at 73 stories and 727 feet tall! The building is home to the General Motors headquarters and has different restaurants and shops inside. But the coolest part about this building? The restaurant at the top of the Renaissance Center on the 72nd floor called Coach Insignia. You can look out all over Detroit and Canada! It is one of the most beautiful sites you can find in the city!

10. The Tigers

Who doesn’t love to watch a baseball game? Especially when you have a team as good as the Detroit Tigers? The best day of the season is Opening Day because it’s basically its own holiday here in Detroit!

 

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