Top 5 Detroit Attractions for Auto Enthusiasts

Detroit is called The Motor City, and its history and culture is centered on the iconic American auto industry. If you love the idea of learning more about the cars and trucks that made Detroit famous, look no further than the variety of auto-industry approved Detroit attractions you’ll find in museums and exhibits throughout the area.


Automotive Hall of Fame

This museum celebrates “the history of mobility” and the men and women whose innovations have shaped our world -- and the way we move. Offering a variety of both permanent and temporary exhibits, the hall of fame examines the intersection of automobiles with almost every aspect of our modern life. Here you’ll find exhibits dedicated not just to the technical innovations of the industry, but to the stylistic and design developments as well.


The Henry Ford Complex

This massive complex is made up of a variety of elements: the Henry Ford museum, factory, village, and large-screen theatrical experience. You’ll have a variety of tour options including some or all of the following:

  • The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, one of the largest collections of significant automotives ever assembled
  • Greenfield Village, an 80-acre model village experience
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour, a tour that examines both the past and future of automotive manufacturing
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, a spectacular home and grounds tour.


Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Known as the birthplace of the Model T, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was saved in 1998 by an initiative sponsored by the Henry Ford Heritage Association just before it was due to be demolished. Today the plant serves as an event space and museum dedicated to the history of both Detroit and the automotive industry.


Meadow Brook Hall

This national historic landmark was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile titan John Dodge. Considered one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America, the home is both a museum and a popular event space, offering visitors a glimpse into the opulent past of early 20th century Detroit.


Special events include Downton Days, inspired by the lives of the servants in the great Hall, and an annual Holiday Walk, featuring holiday-inspired decorative elements.


Detroit Historical Museum

Offering a glimpse into the city’s more than 300-year history, the Detroit Historical Museum features a variety of both permanent and rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Current permanent exhibitions include:

  • The Gallery of Innovation
  • The Allesee Gallery of Culture
  • The Kid Rock Music Lab
  • Legends Plaza
  • Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy
  • Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad


Uniroyal Tire in Allen Park

No visit to Detroit would be complete without a photo in front of the giant Uniroyal Tire in Allen Park. Created for the 1964 World’s Fair as a Ferris wheel, the eight-story tire is now a static display. It is the largest non-production tire scale model ever built, and one of the largest roadside attractions in North America.


If you love the idea of learning more about the history and culture of this vibrant American city, you’re sure to love all of these exciting Detroit attractions. If you’re looking for a home builder in the Motor City, look no further than a Pulte community. They’re everywhere your imagination can take you.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Christy Murdock Edgar

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Published 2.12.2020

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