Walking Tours-Gift Certificates Available

Detroit Heritage Weekly Walking Tours

Saturday Mornings | May through September

Looking for a gift to give for the holidays or any other special occasion? We now have Tour Gift Certificates available for purchase at our online store for one, two or four people! For more info and to purchase certificates, please CLICK HERE!

Although the 2015 tour season is a few months away, we will have other special events and tours taking place before then, and can always book private tours. Please check out our special tours page!

Ticket Prices:
$8 Members, advance purchase only
$12 Non-members, advance purchase only
$15 all walk-ups, cash only

Midtown/Cultural Center Tours

Saturdays at 10:00 AM, tours depart from various locations, please see below for descriptions and when tours are offered.

Midtown – 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month – Departs from Avalon Bakery - Set on Detroit’s original ribbon farms, this dynamic neighborhood became an upscale living enclave for Detroit’s movers and shakers! See some of the city’s most cherished historic homes and avant-garde businesses. Transformed from “Piety Hill” to “Skid Row” to today’s vibrant urban neighborhood, Midtown is full of distinctly Detroit stories.

Cultural Center- 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month – Departs from Detroit Public Library, Woodward entrance - The vision for Detroit’s Cultural Center began more than 100 years ago and has continued to evolve through decades. Uncover the stories behind Detroit’s great cultural institutions, like the magnificent murals and sculpture of the Detroit Public Library, as well as the neighborhood, its people and their magnificent homes.

Special Tours - 5th Saturday of the month in May and August only - Two special tours BOTH offered on these days only!

Minoru YamasakiDetroit-based architect Minoru Yamasaki enjoyed an international reputation for his architectural vision.  Locally he designed office buildings, houses of worships, educational institutions, and residences.  His local legacy includes five buildings located in Detroit’s Cultural Center.  Learn more about Yamasaki and those buildings as well as his architectural contributions to Detroit and the world. Meet at the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden, located at John R and Kirby behind the DIA, on the College for Creative Studies campus.

Cass Corridor – The Cass Corridor, like the city of Detroit itself, has undergone many transformations since it was first subdivided following the Civil War. The stately Victorian homes and beautiful churches were built by Detroit’s first industrial leaders. With the enormous growth following the advent of the automobile industry brought apartment buildings, retail and commerce and auto-related businesses. These were followed by cultural institutions and entertainment venues. The depression of the 1930s saw a rapid deterioration as poor people crowded the decaying mansions. By the 1950s, the area became known as the Cass Corridor, a slum. The 1960s brought artists, civil rights activists and revolutionaries. Though many of the architectural wonders were lost by the end of the century, residents fought to restore and improve their neighborhood. Today many buildings are restored and others have been converted to other uses along with new construction. Another era has begun! Meet at the MacKenzie House at 4735 Cass Avenue.

Downtown Tours

Saturdays at 10:00 AM, tours depart from Campus Martius, located across from the Hard Rock Cafe in the Compuware building. The tour meets in front of the Fountain Bistro Café. Our award-winning walking tour of downtown Detroit! Explore the plan for the city from the ground up. Way up! Historic high-rises, towering monuments, grand boulevards, parks and plazas are all part of this groundbreaking tour. Spanning over 300 years of Detroit history, see Detroit gems from streetscape to skyline.

Eastern Market Tours

Saturdays at 10:00 AM, tours depart from the Welcome Center, located between Sheds Two and Three at 1445 Adelaide. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of America’s oldest and largest outdoor farmers market. From woodlands to cemeteries, railroads, prisons, breweries, rum-running, and crime, find out what makes Eastern Market so fascinating and learn about the exciting plans for its future.

Items to note about our tours:

Advance ticket purchases are available until 8pm the Friday night before the tour. If there is a date missing from the purchase page, the tour for that location/date is sold out. Walk up price of $15 is cash only.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour. For any and all tours we offer, we request that groups of 5 to 10 pre-register. Groups of 15 or more should consider booking a private tour. We do offer group pricing for large groups, however prices will vary based on the scope of the tour (i.e. if groups want an existing tour or a personalized tour, etc.). For info on booking private tours, please contact our office at 313.577.3559 or email Jen Ruud at jruud@preservationdetroit.org.

All tours take place rain or shine. Tickets may be refunded up to 7 days prior to the date of a tour; after that, tickets are not refundable. Ticket purchases are a tax deductible donation to a 501c3 non profit.

Purchase tickets online here!


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Preservation Detroit is Detroit's oldest and largest architectural preservation organization. As the first Detroit recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Honor Award, we have been working to honor Detroit's rich architectural and cultural heritage since 1975. Over the last three decades, the scope of Preservation Detroit has grown to encompass the entire city, from historic homes to skyscrapers to sites of cultural significance. Please join us in our mission to preserve, promote, and protect the neighborhoods and buildings that define the unique character of Detroit for generations to come.