Walking Tours

Tour Season Starts May 3! Registration now open!

Detroit Heritage Weekly Walking Tours

Saturday Mornings | May through September

Heritage Walking Tours last approximately two hours. Please arrive fifteen minutes early for tour check-in. We walk rain or shine.

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

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Cultural Center and Midtown Tours

Saturdays at 10:00 AM The Cultural Center and Midtown tours vary from week to week and have different meeting locations. See the listing below.

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 - We will have more info on the themes for these tours as the date gets closer.

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.

**Please note that the Downtown Tour on July 5th is cancelled due to the music festival taking place in Campus Martius over the 4th of July weekend.

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:

Walk up price of $15 is cash only. Please show up 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.

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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.