Detroit’s Best Budget-Friendly Attractions

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It can be tough to imagine that it’s possible to spend a day in a busy metropolis like Detroit, without dropping a lot of money. However, not everything costs as much as a Tiger’s game or a dinner at Coach Insignia. In fact, you can have a long, busy day in the city on a small budget or even for free! Here are some of Detroit’s best free and low-cost attractions that you can enjoy when you’re in between paychecks.

Detroit Institute of Arts (Midtown)

Make sure you change your address when you move to Detroit, because any resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County can attend the museum for free. Any adult who doesn’t live in the tri-county areas can visit for $12.50. The DIA has one of the largest art collections in the country, with approximately 65,000 pieces on display, and a collection ranking among the top six museums. Enjoy a latte in the Rivera Court, overlooked by “Detroit Industry, or Man and Machine,” an enormous mural painted by Diego Rivera in 1932. No matter what style of art you prefer, there will be plenty of pieces that catch your eye at the DIA.

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Detroit’s Best Independent Record Stores

There’s nothing like spending a day in the birthplace of Motown, sifting through records to complete your collection. It’s not a quick undertaking, though! Though there are a number of independent record stores in a small radius in Detroit, there’s no guaranteeing that you won’t spend a good chunk of time marveling at the variety that each location has to offer. If you’re looking to spend an afternoon with some fellow music geeks, here are some of the spots that you need to check out:

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Giving Downtown Detroit Its Due

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Detroit, taken as a whole, is simply massive: 140 sprawling square miles of unique neighborhoods, expansive public parks, and undiscovered treasures. At the center of it all sits Downtown Detroit, occupying in total just one of those square miles between the Detroit River and Midtown.

But don’t be fooled by its footprint. Downtown is what so many people think of when they think of the city itself, brimming with cultural attractions, financial and corporate institutions, and historical places. Whether you’re looking for something to do during the day or a place to party at night, there are plenty of options downtown. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss.

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Detroit’s Best Brunch Spots

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Is there anything more perfect than rolling out of bed at noon to meet up with your friends for brunch at your favorite local spot? Whether you’re a sweet or savory kind of person, someone who prefers a divey spot or doesn’t mind a bit of a wait, there are plenty of different types of brunch spots in the city of Detroit, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits you best. Here are some of the top picks Motown has to offer:

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How Detroit Makes Walkability A Priority

Detroit has always marched to the beat of its own drum. People may try to compare it to a big metropolis like New York City, or another rust belt city like Cleveland or Chicago, but it has an identity all of its own. While Detroit will always be known as the Motor City, the city has spent the past few years making an effort to increase its walkability.

More and more areas of the city are appealing to walkers, with new shops and restaurants popping up every single day. This makes driving around the city less of a necessity, and people are opting to park their cars and explore Motown on foot. According to The Foot Traffic Ahead report, released in June, Detroit is listed at number 21 of the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas, and is in third place for increasing walkability. Here are a few of the ways that Detroit is making it possible to leave your car parked and explore this great city in other ways.

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