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Best Things To Do In Detroit This Summer Part 2

Best Things To Do In Detroit This Summer Part 2

Two Cool Spots to Snap Selfies

Photobombing your Summer Selfies with a Famous Boxer’s Arm & a Family’s Favorite Cow’s Head If you haven’t already checked out these two oversized iconic sculptures, put them on your list of Places to Visit in Detroit This Summer. Located atop the Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy Building on the northwest corner of Mack Avenue and Lenox Street, there’s a giant cow head! Designed to resemble “Elsie” ~ one of the beloved cows owned by the Wilson family, it’s a cool place to take some selfies this summer. Although the ice cream stand has been out of business for over a decade, the stand was restored in 2002 for “8 Mile” ~ the movie based on the life of (and starring) the legendary rapper and Detroit native,Eminem. If you watch the movie again, you’ll see the famous cow’s head in the scene where Eminem shoots it with a paintball. Another iconic sculpture in Detroit isthe giant boxing armof heavyweight champion boxer and Detroit native,Joe Louis. One of the greatest prizefighters ever, Louis defended his heavyweight title more times than any other boxer ~ all while consistently demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship. Located in the center of the city at the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward, the 24-foot, 8,000-pound sculpture was a gift to the city of Detroit from Sports Illustrated.

Detroit Institute of Art

For Art’s (and your) Sake Rain or shine, any time is the perfect time to check out the 60,000 works of art housed here! In addition to free admission for local residents,the museumalways has special events, programs, exhibits, and classes taking place for individuals, kids, and families. The museum is closed on Mondays, open 9 AM – 4 PM on weekdays, ‘til 10 PM on Friday nights, and open from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Belle Isle Aquarium

Summer with the Sea Creatures ~ 7 Days a Week Designed in the early 1900s by Detroit-native and architect Albert Kahn,the Belle Isle Aquariumwas closed from 2005-2012 due to tough economic times for the city. Since its reopening, the aquarium continues to be a popular place to visit for Detroit residents and visitors alike. Along with countless salt-water creatures and critters being shipped directly from the oceans to this Detroit landmark, the Belle Isle Aquarium is also home to fish from lakes, rocky shores, and sandy depths from all over the world. The aquarium is open 7 days a week, from 10 AM – 4 PM; admission and parking are always free.

Cozy Concert Venues

Summer Nights Out at Local Lounges, Concert Clubs, & Music Halls While there is no shortage of huge stadiums, amphitheaters, and other popular places in Detroit to boogie to major music artists this summer, it’s the local, intimate venues in Detroit that really make the live music experience memorable. From blues to jazz to country, pop, and rock, Detroit’s music clubs book regional, national, and international acts for music enthusiasts of all genres. Callahan’s Music Hall, the El Club, the Magic Stick, and the Token Lounge are just a few of the many hotspots in town where you’ll want to spend your summer nights. WithinCallahan’s Music Hallis a bar and grill open Monday-Friday from 11 AM – 6PM; it’s a great place to catch lunch, dinner, and happy hour and check out the venue’s seating prior to attending a concert there (since most summer shows are first-come-first-served general admission seating). You can enjoy beer and pizza with your music at theEl Club. A former bowling alley,the Magic Stickis a unique music venue that has a standing-room-only capacity of 750. From Mr. Big and Winger to cool a Grateful Dead copy band,The Token Loungehas booked a whole slew of great music for their summer concerts series.

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