In this edition of Free Yourself Friday, we take you to the Motor City, Detroit, MI, where Vaco provides expert consulting, permanent placement, and strategic staffing.
Yes, we specialize in premier talent and solutions, but most importantly, we help people find freedom. We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial spirit, staying team focused, and a true work-life balance.
So, if you find yourself in Detroit on business or vacation, our local Vaconians have the top five places to Free Yourself in their city!
Sports, Sports, Sports
That’s right, Detroit is one of the few cities that has all three of their major sports stadiums in their downtown area. Head to Comerica Park and cheer on the Detroit Tigers, watch the Lions reign at Ford Field, get fired up as the Detroit Pistons make slam dunks and watch the Red Wings dominate the ice at Little Caesers Arena! While downtown, we highly suggest taking a spin on the Ferris wheel or carousel and staying to see the Chevrolet Fountains light up to match a variety of the current top songs. Looking for a drink? Close to Comerica Park is the Town Pump Tavern which houses an extensive beer list and a large menu including hand-tossed pizzas and juicy burgers. Feeling lucky? Take a 5-minute walk straight to the Black Jack tables at Greektown Casino. Once you’ve won some pocket money, take your date across the street for a dessert at Astoria Pastry Shop, open late, and may we suggest the baklava or a cannoli!
Take a quick drive over the Detroit River to Belle Isle. For the more active and adventurous traveler, we recommend that you spend a whole day on Belle Isle, Michigan’s 102nd State Park. The exterior road that circles the park is about 6 miles in length and boosts views of our neighboring country, Canada! There are many activities including bicycling, golf, small boat rentals, hiking trails, and fishing! In between activities, take a break to explore the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and the Belle Isle Nature Center.
Detroit is known as the “Motor City”, but a close second is, “Motown.” Motown was home to some of music’s largest names, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Madonna. Learn more about Detroit’s music legacy at the Motown Museum. Detroit still has a widely known music scene and one of the most popular visited record stores, owned by the famous Jack White, is Third Man Records. After you buy a few records, we suggest heading over to Motor City Brewing Works to grab a beer or a delicious brick oven pizza. Get a little artsy and head to the Detroit Institute of Arts and grab a sandwich from the new Pulp Fiction inspired restaurant, Royale with Cheese.
Immerse yourself in Detroit history with a trip to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum which is located just outside of the Detroit City lines in Dearborn, MI. Spend a whole afternoon going through this “living” village, marveling at the stories and sights from the early 20th century. Tour the village by steam locomotive, ride in a Model T or a horse drawn carriage. View exhibits related to glass blowing, iron working, sawmills, walk through four working farms, and more! Step into Henry Ford’s boyhood home, Thomas Edison’s lab, the Wright Brothers bike shop, and even get a tour of an automobile production plant!
Located in the heart of downtown, Campus Martius Park is Detroit’s official gathering place and award-winning signature public space. The 2.5-acre park is open year-round with outdoor music shows, beautiful gardens, food trucks, and an ice rink during the winter months. Many people who travel for business end up in this downtown area, so we suggest taking a quick trip to the park, grabbing food at one of the tasty food trucks, and grabbing a seat at one of the game tables in Cadillac Square. Play a round of checkers or chess while you enjoy lunch outside with a friend. After lunch, head to the Detroit Riverwalk to glimpse a view of Canada and the Riverfront Conservancy Gardens. On your way to the Riverwalk, make a stop at the famous Joe Louis Monument, aka “The Fist.” End the night with dinner at the Apparatus Room, located inside the newly renovated Detroit Foundation Hotel, a boutique hotel that used to be home to the Detroit Fire Department’s Headquarters.