5 Things to do Near the GMRENCEN

By Visit Detroit, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau that promotes metro Detroit regionally, nationally and internationally.

1. Explore the Riverfront on two wheels


Bike it! Bring your own set of wheels, or rent from Wheelhouse Detroit. Chances are you’ll want to step off your ride a few times to gander at the water views, or admire one of the beautiful parks along the route – Gabriel Richard Park is a must.


Tip: Download The D Discount Pass for half-off two hour bike rental from Wheelhouse Detroit. Exclusions apply.

2. Check out the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

The OAC offers an authentic Up North experience in downtown Detroit. Step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile – all within the walls of the historic Globe Building.


Tip: Download The D Discount Pass for buy one, get one free admission. Exclusions apply.

3. Catch some rays at the Campus Martius beach

Yes, there really is a beach in the heart of Detroit. White sand occupies a portion of Campus Martius Park during the warmer months. Sit back, relax and sip on a cocktail from the beach bar.

Tip: The nightlife scene is just as fun at Campus Martius Park. Expect to see live music on the weekends.


4. Shop until you drop along Woodward Avenue

Detroit’s Woodward Avenue is becoming a shopping corridor all its own. From authentically Detroit shops like Detroit is the New Black, to big brand favorites like Nike, you’ll have plenty of retail options to peruse.

Tip: Pick up some new kicks at the Nike Community Store to explore even more around the GMRENCEN.


5. Indulge in some Detroit Water Ice

This adventure calls for Detroit Water Ice – the nearly indescribable treat. It’s not quite ice cream and it’s not Italian ice, but it’s delicious. Plus, there’s no fat, no dairy and no cholesterol, so that’s a win. Not to mention, 100 percent of the profits benefit Detroit’s neediest citizens through S.A.Y. Detroit. That’s a double win.


All of this exploring probably worked up your appetite. Not to worry, the GMRENCEN has plenty of dining options. Favorites include Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Granite City Food & Brewery and Joe Muer Seafood.


What is your favorite spot to explore downtown Detroit? Let us know in the comment section.