Saturdays May through September at 10:00 AM, tours depart from various locations, please see below for descriptions and when tours are offered.
Midtown – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month – Departs from Avalon Bakery at 422 West Willis. Set on Detroit’s original ribbon farms, this dynamic neighborhood became an upscale 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. Parking: Metered and non metered street parking is available in the immediate area.
Cultural Center – 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month – Departs from Detroit Public Library Main Branch at the 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 Ferry Street neighborhood, its people, and their magnificent homes. Parking: Metered parking is available in the immediate area surrounding the library and there is a parking structure located at Cass and Putnam.
Historic Ferry Street – 5th Saturday of July 2017 – Departs from the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden, located at John R and Kirby behind the DIA, on the College for Creative Studies campus. Ferry Street today is known for its beautiful historic homes: the Hecker Mansion, the Charles Lang Freer House, and the houses that make up the Inn on Ferry Street. The street originated with the Ferry Seed Company farm established in the mid-1850’s at the corner of East Ferry and Woodward to grow the seeds that were sold nationwide. Then came the prosperous residences in the mid-1880’s and the Merrill Palmer Institute in the 1920s. Learn more about the people and institutions who made Ferry Street one of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods. Parking: Metered and non metered street parking is available in the immediate area. Paid parking is also available at the Park Shelton parking structure and DIA parking structure and lot.
Yamasaki in the Cultural Center – 5th Saturday of September 2017 – Departs from the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden, located at John R and Kirby behind the DIA, on the College for Creative Studies campus. Detroit-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 legacy includes five buildings located in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Learn more about him and these buildings as well as his architectural contributions to Detroit and the world. Parking: Metered and non metered street parking is available in the immediate area. Paid parking is also available at the Park Shelton parking structure and DIA parking structure and lot.
Weekly Tour Pricing – Tickets for the 2017 Season are on sale now!
$12 Members, seniors and students: advance purchase online only
$15 Non-Members: advance purchase and day of (cash only, please)
If you have a Groupon, please make your reservation here! Our online payment system will NOT take your Groupon number!
Items to note about our tours:
All tours take place rain or shine, and are about 2 to 2.5 hours long. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Advance ticket purchases are available through the afternoon the Friday before the tour. If there is a date missing from the tour page, the tour for that location/date is sold out. **Please note that there are no tickets, your name will be placed on a list and you will be checked in by a guide the morning of the tour.** Tickets may be refunded up to 7 days prior to the date of a tour; after that, tickets are not refundable.
For any and all tours we offer, we request that groups of more than 6 purchase advance tickets. Groups of 15-20 are able to receive a group discount for Saturday 10am tours. We do offer private tours for groups of any size on any day of the week. For info on booking private tours, please email Jen Ruud at firstname.lastname@example.org.