Click Here to listen to or download 4 different audio tours of Downtown Detroit scripted by Inside Detroit!
Downtown Entertainment Options
Downtown History and Architecture
Cultural Center Highlights
On this sweatshirt weather day in the middle of February in Detroit, our minds start to wander and we start to think of the warm days of summer. Then we start thinking about the wonderful tours we can take you on.
Like our Segway Tours that will show you what makes Detroit shine, including major landmarks, new developments and historical gems. You’ll zoom along the beautiful Riverwalk, get up close and personal with the Stadiums and Fox Theater and even stop and go into the gorgeous Guardian Building, all while enjoying the amazing speed and mobility of the revolutionary Segway!
Our wonderful Walking Tours, some of you were able to experience those during Winter Blast!
During the spring and summer we will offer our Discover Detroit Tour.
Where you will see all the major landmarks, the new development and some of the great historical spots from an Insider’s perspective. Additional tours include Architecture, African-American History, Entertainment Options and more.
And our ever popular Inside Eastern Market Tour, on this two hour tour of Eastern Market we will take you behind the scenes of the largest historic public market in the country. We’ll talk about the history, culture and new development as we step inside lofts, shops, restaurants and more all the while hearing from the Insiders that help the market thrive.
We hope you’re excited about our Spring and Summer Tours… If you’re getting itchy for a tour right now, we still have our Community Bus Tours every Saturday! Stop into the Welcome Center, 1253 Woodward Ave. Detroit 48226 and shop our amazing selection of Detroit Merchandise.
On Saturday February 12th at 7:00pm Inside Detroit will be striving for a chance to beat the Guinness Book of World Record for the Worlds Largest Group Hug! This HUG effort will be held during the annual Motown WinterBlast Celebration!
If you haven’t yet gotten your “I Hug Strangers in the D” button, stop by these great Detroit restaurants to pick one up:
Inside Detroit Downtown Welcome Center
1253 Woodward Avenue
2138 Michigan Avenue
Hard Rock Cafe
45 Monroe Street
Vivio’s Food & Spirits
2460 Market Street
4620 Cass Avenue
Buttons for this special event are only $1 and all proceeds go to Inside Detroit to help maintain the Welcome Center and the tours you’ve come to know and love!
Early registration for the Motown Winter Blast is open all this week at the Inside Detroit Welcome Center, 1253 Woodward Ave, just one block north of Campus Martius Park. Bring canned food or book donations to the Matrix Human Services collection container in our Welcome Center anytime this week and pick up your WinterBlast wristband. You’ll also get instructions for Saturday’s HUG.
On Saturday evening HUG check-in begins at the Welcome Center at 5:30PM. The count for the official Record Breaking HUG will take place at 7:00PM, around Campus Martius Park. At 6:30PM, an announcement will be made over the Campus Martius Park Skating Rink speakers asking HUGgers to start lining up.
Inside Detroit volunteers, holding HUG signs above, will be disbursed around the edge of Campus Martius Park. Find one of them and they’ll direct you exactly where to line up.
At 7:00PM, You’ll hear the song “Hello, Detroit” played over the CMP Skating Rink speakers while our volunteers count the number of HUGgers. At the end of the song, we’ll all HUG!
Come join us!
Motown Winter Blast is a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that are centered on Campus Martius Park. This years features include The Ambassador Bridge Snow Slide, a Lunchtime Opening on Friday Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and donation of a book, food or $1 at the door to benefit Matrix Human Services. Don’t Miss it!
FEBRUARY 11-13, 2011
Friday February 11th, 11am-11pm
Saturday February 12th, 11am-11pm
Sunday February 13th, 11am-9pm
Inside Detroit will be offering a variety of tours and events. We have listed them below, ranging from our Guinness World Record Group Largest Hug to Free Walking Tours and a Bar Tour. And, as always, our Welcome Center will be open Monday – Saturday from 11am-6pm for all of your local Detroit merchandise shopping needs!
World’s Largest Group Hug FREE
Inside Detroit, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote Detroit as a preferred destination to live, work and play is leading the charge to attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Group Hug right here in Detroit.
Inside Detroit wants to get Detroiters and Detroiters-at-heart involved now to bolster excitement for, and participation in, the attempt by selling buttons that say “I Hug Strangers in the D”. Buttons are only $1 and are available at the Inside Detroit Welcome Center located at 1253 Woodward (one block from Campus Martius Park).
The record-breaking hug attempt will be made Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. during Detroit’s annual Winter Blast Festival. Supporters of Detroit will be asked to gather around Campus Martius Park in an attempt to break the record set in Transylvania in 2009 for the most hugs at one time. More than 10,000 people will need to “hug” Detroit to take the record.
I Hug Strangers in the D buttons are being sold at the following locations:
Inside Detroit Welcome Center 1253 Woodward Avenue 313-962-4590
Slows Barbecue 2138 Michigan Avenue 313-962-9828
Hard Rock Café 45 Monroe Street 313-964-7625
Vivio’s Food & Spirits 2460 Market Street 313-393-1711
Cass Café 4620 Cass Avenue 313-831-1400
Saturday, February 12 7:00PM
The hug will take place on Satruday. Check-In at the Welcome Center between 6pm and 7pm for instructions, 1253 Woodward, one block north of WinterBlast.
Register for group hug here
Free WinterBlast Walking Tours FREE
If you’re coming down for the Winter Blast, join Inside Detroit for this short tour where we’ll show you some of Detroit’s fabulous architecture, introduce you to cool small businesses and take you inside one of the new luxury lofts. We’ll stay warm by going inside Detroit’s greatest assets right around the Winter Blast.
Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Meet at Info Desk in Compuware Atrium, 1 Campus Martius
Register for walking tour here
WinterBlast Bar Tour $15
Thousands of people will be coming downtown for the Motown Winter Blast and Inside Detroit wants everyone to know that just steps beyond the festival they will find 130 bars and restaurants, over 13,000 theater seats, world renowned architecture and a small-town energy that is unique to a big city like Detroit.
This bar tour will take you inside 3 great bars right around Campus Martius and the Winter Blast. If you want to play darts, sip on a martini or just warm up a little, Inside Detroit will show you where to go and give you the inside scoop.
Inside Detroit will make you feel like an insider by introducing you to owners, getting you drink specials and filling you in on Detroit’s interesting history and latest developments.
Friday, February 11 5:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Meet at The Well, 1228 Randolph