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. Due to the M-1 Rail construction, many streets have detours and may not allow parking.
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. Due to the M-1 Rail construction, many streets have detours and may not allow parking.
Yamasaki in the Cultural Center – 5th Saturday of the month – 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. Due to the M-1 Rail construction, many streets have detours and may not allow parking.
Cass Corridor – 5th Saturday of the month – Departs from the Mackenzie House at 4735 Cass Avenue. The Cass Corridor, like the city of Detroit itself, has undergone many transformations since it was first subdivided following the Civil War. Though many of the architectural wonders were lost by the end of the century, residents fought to restore and improve their neighborhood. Once a hub for counter-culture art, music, and poetry, many buildings are restored or being converted to new uses along with new construction. Parking: Metered and non metered street parking is available in the immediate area. Paid parking in the lot across the street next to Shangri-La. Due to the M-1 Rail construction, many streets have detours and may not allow parking.
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)
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 email@example.com.