Hotspot Detroit

April 05, 2009|By Liz Atwood

This weekend, all eyes are on Detroit, or at least on Ford Field, where the NCAA men's basketball championship is being played. But athletics are just part of the excitement of Motor City. Here are five other things to see:

1

Motown Historical Museum : The museum is home of the world-famous Studio A, which Berry Gordy Jr. called Hitsville, U.S.A. This is where the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and other artists recorded some of their best work. The museum features historical photographs, artwork, music, costumes and the original recording studio.

2

Belle Island : This 1,000-acre island park, originally landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead, features a zoo, aquarium, conservatory, Great Lakes museum and plenty of room to hike, picnic and bicycle.

3

The Henry Ford : The museum's collection includes the limo in which John F. Kennedy was riding when he was shot, the bus Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. On a factory tour, you can see trucks being made.

4

Detroit Zoo: Lions, camels and baboons roam large open spaces in the zoo. The featured habitats include the Arctic, Australian outback and Africa grasslands. There is also a butterfly garden, theater, art gallery and rides.

5

The Detroit Institute of Arts : Considered one of the best art museums in the country, it features more than 100 galleries with art from ancient to modern times. Renowned works include French Impressionist, German Expressionist, American and Flemish paintings.

For more information: visitdetroit.com

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