Top Five Destinations of Detroit
My only experience with Detroit came on a road trip from Chicago to see Tiger Stadium before it closed shop. On that weekend, I got to enjoy a game under the shade of the second level behind first base and one from the upper level of the outfield bleachers. Besides those games, all I remember about the trip is that I ate at a Red Robin.
Not exactly a banner road trip according to my standards, but it was worth it just to sit in that stadium. The same stadium that hosted hometown heroes like Cobb, Gehringer, Greenberg, Kaline, Whitaker and Trammell to go with the many AL stars that passed through several times a season. Yes, it didn’t have the amenities or good concession areas, but it had such a pleasing old-time feel. Sitting in those seats gave me viewing angles I’d never experienced before. Good or bad, it took me to days long past and gave me a chance to dream about all the changes for the town and the world between 1912 and 1999. So, for my next trip, I know what I want to see to bring me into the 21st century.
There is no question that new stadiums have more room, are more convenient and have better sight lines. I know Comerica Park will be the same. While I’ll miss the tradition, I know I’ll love the amenities and that makes sense for a ballpark around 12-years-old.
Something near the same age as the ballpark and near the same area is the Heidelberg Project, an art project created to enhance the blighted area in Detroit with beauty. The blight of the region has lasted much longer than the current recession and this public art project originally started in 1986. I would think about strolling over after a day game, but the FAQ recommend travel by car or taxi in the area.
I know that I need to listen to more Motown as what I have listened to so far lights the smile in my soul. I can definitely find more of what I like just by surfing the web, but going in person to the Motown Historical Museum sounds better to my musical ear. Taking a tour and listening to people talk about the music they loved will better guide me to my future used CD sand MP3 purchases.
Then again, listening to someone talk about music or even putting on my headphones doesn’t compare to the energy of a live show and PJ’s Lager House sounds like a great place to catch a little music. Once a secret bar during Prohibition, it now serves hamburgers and gumbo to accompany the tunes and that means the history and cuisine call to me just like the music.
Belle Isle contains many attractions to keep anyone busy for the day. A casino, a giant slide, a botanical conservatory and an aquarium can give me plenty to do as I walk around this big public park.
Any suggestions for things that I missed? Any additional recommendations for the area? Just let me know in the comments.
About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."