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Planning a short break to Detroit? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Detroit. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Detroit. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Detroit Zoo

8450 West Ten Mile Rd, P.O. Box 39, Royal Oak, MI 48068-0039. This zoo is one of the best in the country and affords at least 3 hours of exploration, with exhibits like the Arctic Ring of Life, where visitors can enjoy polar bears and seals frolicking underwater in a 70-foot-long Polar Passage.

Another delight is the butterfly and hummingbird garden, where the tiny winged creatures fly free in a huge aviary.

The 125 acres making up the zoological Park is located in Woodward Ave. and 10-Mile Rd., Royal Oak, Michigan

For more information visit - www.detroitzoo.org

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Hi

Located at 315 E. Warren Ave, this museum documents the Africa-American heritage from their African roots, through the traumatic years of slavery, and on to the civil rights struggles. The museum of African and African-American history and culture is the world’s largest.

For more information phone 313/494-5800 or go to www.maah-detroit.org

Detroit Institute of Arts

Located at 5200 Woodward Ave, and the country’s sixth largest art museum, has on display artworks of such magnitude as those of Rembrandt, Cezanne, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Ancient Egyptian, Asian, and Native American collections are also exhibited, as well as modern masters, like Picasso. The first Friday of the month the museum puts on free tours, artists demonstrations and workshops for all ages.

Phone 313/833-7900 or go to www.dia.org for more information.

Movement 2004 (Detroit's Electronic Music Festi

Held in May every year, and billed as the world’s largest free electronic music festival, visitors can hear hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, house, techno and beatdown, in a star-studded line-up of international guest artists. The venue is Hart Plaza, in downtown Detroit next to the Renaissance Centre at the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward Ave. Phone +1 313 393 8325, fax +1 313 393 3230, email info@movementfestival.com for further information.

Website www.movementfestival.com/

Motown Historical Museum

Located at 2648, W Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48208, USA, this museum is a hallowed shrine to “Motown Sound”, and commemorates such greats as Diana Ross and the Supremes and Stevie Wonder. It is here that Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye recorded their first hits. The primitive recording facilities inside the original recording Studio A, are a tribute to the drive and determination of the early years of Motown.

For more information phone (+) 1 313 875 2264/5, fax (+) 1 313 875 2267 or go to www.motownmuseum.com/

African World Festival

Held in August every year, at the Hart Plaza, in downtown Detroit at the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward Ave, this festival is a three day event celebrating African culture with live entertainment, an artisans market, children’s activities, and music. Attracting crowds of up to 1.2 million people, this is a major event, and is sponsored by the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.

For more information phone 313-494-5860 or 313-494-5851, email VIC@visitdetroit.com (Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau) or go to www.maah-detroit.org/african_world_festival_2004.htm

Motor City Exhibition

Located at Detroit Historical Museum, 5401, Woodward Ave (corner of Kirby), Detroit, Michigan, and open Tue-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, this is a permanent display, and shows the importance of car building in Detroit. Featuring a segment of the assembly line from of the Clark Avenue Cadillac plant, visitors can catch the ‘body-drop’ every 15 minutes.

Phone (+) 1 313 833 1805, fax (+) 1 313 833 5342, email DHSWebmaster@hist.ci.detroit.mi.us or go to www.detroithistorical.org

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

On the north coast of Michigan’s upper peninsula, stretching fro Munising to Grand Marais, are soaring cliffs with caves, arches, and columns that have been formed by the timeless action of wind and waves. Pack a picnic lunch and take the family for a day’s outing on a side trip from Detroit. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be accessed from State Highways 77, east, and 28, west. For more information phone Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce on 906/494-2766 or the Park Superintendent at. 906/387-3700.

See areas.wildernet.com for pictures and details.

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

Located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn. The Henry Ford Museum exhibits everything from airplanes, steam engines, horseless carriages, to telephones and fridges, and a whole bunch of other interesting stuff, including his 1901 Model T Ford. The village is Henry Ford’s epitome of an American small town, and has 100 authentic houses from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

For more information phone 313.271-1620 or go to www.hfmgv.org

Detroit Tigers (Major League Baseball)

Comercia Park, 2100, Woodward Ave, Detroit, is home the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team, phone (+) 1 313 471 2255. To get to Comercia Park, take I-75 to Grand River Ave exit (exit 50) and follow the signs along the service drive, to Woodward Ave.

For full schedule of games played from April to September go to website detroit.tigers.mlb.com, VIC@visitdetroit.com

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