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4 Things to Do in Detroit After Automate

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You’ve just witnessed hundreds of exciting automation solutions on the show floor and heard from some of the industry’s best and brightest. Now, it’s time to see what else Detroit has to offer.

From museums and restaurants to parks and more, there’s something for everyone in the Motor City. Here are a few activities to consider adding on to your trip.

1. Eat like a local

When you’re looking for a bite to eat after a successful day on the show floor, there are several delicious dining options located throughout the Detroit area.

Here are a few of our local favorites for snacks and drinks:

  • The Candy Bar – For inventive cocktails and snacks.
  • Cliff Bell’s – A unique and memorable experience that will transport you to a 1930s dining club.
  • Detroit Beer Company - Brewpub featuring a selection of beers, as well as hearty pub grub.
  • Founders Taproom - Taproom with house-brewed beers, snacks, plus a patio with fire pits.
  • The Monarch Club – A rooftop hideaway located in the penthouse of the Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit.
  • The Sugar House – Craft cocktail bar with a seasonal rotating menu.
  • Two James Distillery - A craft distillery located in the hip Corktown district.

2. Explore and discover

Detroit is home to several sprawling museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The Detroit Historical Museum offers a look at the city’s past and present through permanent galleries and temporary exhibits. And the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History holds the world’s largest permanent collection of African American culture, with more than 35,000 artifacts on site.  

If you’re a fan of Motown, you can’t miss the Motown Museum for a look at Motown’s legacy in Detroit and around the world.

3. Spend time outside

June is one of the most beautiful months in Detroit with warm days and cooler nights. If you’re craving fresh air after the show, there are several options available.

Walk, run or bike along the Detroit Riverfront, a 5.5-mile stretch of beautiful river views and lush greenery. Or spend an afternoon in Belle Isle Park, an island surrounded by the Detroit River that is home to the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Belle Isle Nature Center.

Planning to stay for the weekend? Check out the Eastern market, one of the nation’s oldest urban farmer’s markets featuring 200+ vendors. You can also catch a Detroit Tigers game—they’ll be in town playing the Toronto Blue Jays from June 10-12.

4. Brush up on your automotive history

If you’re an automobile fan, there’s lots for you to see in the Motor City. The Automotive Hall of Fame is in nearby Dearborn, Michigan. This celebrated destination highlights the accomplishments of individuals in the international motor vehicle industry and shares stories of how it has impacted society, pop culture and the world in general.

While in Dearborn, you can get the full Henry Ford Experience and learn more about this automotive trailblazer and his significant contributions to the area. The experience includes the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village—where you can hitch a ride on a real Model T—and the Ford Rogue Factory Tour.

Take a short trip to Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan and you can enjoy dining, shopping and exploring at the historic Ford House, the former home of one-time Ford Motor Company President—and son of Henry Ford—Edsel Ford.

No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find interesting and exciting opportunities in Detroit after Automate. Not registered for the show yet? Register FREE today—and get ready to accelerate your success in Detroit.


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