What to do and see in Grosse Pointe Park, United States: The Best Places and Tips

April 10, 2018 Mollie Coke

Grosse Pointe Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 11,555 at the 2010 census. Bordering on Detroit with frontage on southern Lake Saint Clair, it is the westernmost of the noted Grosse Pointe suburbs, with the oldest overall housing stock of the five cities. Grosse Pointe Park is 6 miles (9.7 km) east of downtown Detroit and thus is home to many who commute to the city on a daily basis. The area is often referred to simply as 'GPP' or "The Park".
Restaurants in Grosse Pointe Park

1. Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4094 +1 313-833-7900
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5 based on 2 reviews

Detroit Institute of Arts

Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.

Reviewed By 547rania - United States

Great place to spend the whole day; esp. now that admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties. Special exhibits do cost extra but they are totally worth it. I recently saw the Monet paintings there. The venue is very well laid out, so it is easy to navigate thru'. The Diego Riviera mural is by far my favorite; I highly recommend taking the audio tour for this area (available at a table off the the mural room)- full of fascinating facts and info, lets one get into Riviera's head (or alternately pull up the description on your phone).
The restaurant and cafe are both very good with excellent choices for snacks, lunches and beverages; albeit a bit pricey. Lots of parking available in the DIA lot off John R. Street parking available in the alley off Farnsworth (in a residential area).

2. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236-4106 +1 313-884-4222
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Telling the story of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their family through their historic home on the shores of Lake St. Clair. We offer tours, programs and special events at this National Historic Landmark. Edsel Ford was the son of Henry Ford, and he built his grand home in the style of the Cotswold villages in England. Surrounded by 87 acres of scenic lakeside grounds, the home and landscape are open for tours in all seasons. The home was designed by prominent Detroit architect Albert Kahn and Jens Jensen, one of America's foremost landscape designers and conservationists. It is filled with original antique furnishings, as well as art from the Fords' vast collection. Ford House also hosts popular events, including a Fairy Tale Festival in June, Detroit Symphony concerts in July and holiday tours and events in December.

Reviewed By Dani718 - Toronto, Canada

When in Europe, people enjoy touring the impressive and luxurious residences of kings, queens and famous people...in America it's the homes of super wealthy that offer the alternative.
This home is as close to an English manor as you might be able to get on the North American continent.
To say the least, it is very authentic as the owners, Edsel and Ethel Ford, imported large amounts of the construction material from various century old manors in England.
It is definitely worth the some 13 miles, about 25-30 minutes, drive from downtown Detroit.
It will allow you to peek in to the private lives of the Fords and their genteel lives of splendor.
There is beautiful art, but most are replicas of famous originals that can be viewed at the Detroit Museum of Arts in Detroit.
The expansive grounds are serene and beautiful.
Detroit is alive and well worth a visit.

3. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547 +1 313-872-8759
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5 based on 344 reviews

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Experience the Original Model T Factory Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant is a unique experience-it's the oldest auto plant open to the public anywhere in the world. Almost unchanged since Henry Ford's day, the plant is a three-story New England-style mill building. Each floor is divided into sections by the original metal fire doors, complete with the shadows of Henry Ford's "Positively NO Smoking" stencils. The old plank floors are worn from the 12,000 Model Ts built on them, so wear appropriate shoes for your visit. The plant is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a designated National Historic Landmark and a Michigan State Historic Site. Walk the worn wood floors and touch the brick walls where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive and social revolution. See Henry Ford's office as it was in 1908 when he was on the cusp of fame. And learn why it still matters today. See a selection of rare Detroit-built cars from the first decade of the 20th century and learn their fates.

Reviewed By 2RedSquirrels - Windsor, Canada

This rather unimposing building is the origin of the modern car industry. The tour provides a comprehensive overview of the beginning of Ford Motors. The tour highlights the evolution of the early models.
An eye opener is one of the earliest Model Ts - the old adage is not true
Great diner down the street

4. The Guardian Building

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226-3480 +1 313-963-4567
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4.5 based on 563 reviews

The Guardian Building

Reviewed By AmyLynn1980

The Guardian Building simply must been seen with your own two eyes to be believed ... such incredible beauty, grandeur and attention to detail. An Art Deco masterpiece heavily influenced by Aztec styling, built during Detroit's more prosperous times when clearly no expense was spared.
Kudos to anyone involved in ensuring this building is kept up and never allowed to become vacant like so many other beautiful structures in Detroit.
It is well worth spending a few minutes wandering about to check everything out!

5. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201-1443 +1 313-494-5800
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.

Reviewed By Yusuf N - East Lansing, Michigan

The most exciting thing IMO is the journey through the history of the African American People. You get immersed through a realistic journey from the cradle of mankind, to Ancient African cultures with authentic artifacts, then through the slave trade, there is a ship also that accompanies the slave trade portion, then through the underground rail system and colored troops during the civil war errors, to the cultures of the people after slave trade was abolished, to emergence of black activists and evolution of Motown music to current black cultures. It is so realistic and very informative and a great way to learn about a whole new race

6. Fisher Building

3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202-3096 +1 313-873-7873
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

Fisher Building

Reviewed By MLM2003 - Detroit, Michigan

Stopped with visitors to see the building, and pleasantly surprised by the many interesting shops that have opened. Coffee shop too. Highly recommend. Not for young children, due to shops with lots of breakables, and low rails on the 2nd & 3rd floors.

7. Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4097 +1 313-833-7935
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Detroit Historical Museum

The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many interesting displays at this museum dedicated to telling the story of Detroit.

Reviewed By WanderlustJournal - Japan

Free entry to the museums. Parking next to the museum cost $7 per entry, so park on the streets if you are not going to take long.
There are lunch rooms in the basement, so you can bring your own lunch and have it there. Overall, it was a good museum, with a lot to learn and see about the history of Detroit.

8. Comerica Park

2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201-3470 +1 313-962-4000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Comerica Park

Home of the Detroit Tigers, this is no ordinary ballpark. Combination theme park, ballpark, and baseball museum, it features huge statues of tigers, a Ferris wheel, carousel (with tigers, of course) and a fountain that celebrates each home run with colored lights and music.

Reviewed By 334mel2013 - Detroit, Michigan

Another great. Event in Detroit for opening day. Its like a holiday. Even though the team is not very good its still very special. I love the fly over after the national anthem. Also. It is great to see all the players standing unlike the NFL. I love the park. Gets better every year

9. Old St. Mary's Church

646 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226-2935 +1 313-961-8711
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5 based on 113 reviews

Old St. Mary's Church

Reviewed By marysia14 - Southgate, Michigan

in the hustle and bustle of the city, this is a welcome respite. the facility is beautiful and charming. no matter what your religious background, the beauty and serenity is all encompassing in mind & spirit!!

10. Eastern Market

2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207-4826 +1 313-833-9300
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

Eastern Market

Farmer's market.

Reviewed By JenBell1969 - Detroit, Michigan

Came here for Black Santa :) Walked around while waiting for our turn for Santa, and wow! So many unique items. We sampled some pickles, relish, poppy dressing, chocolate, and nuts....all by local entrepreneurs too! Looked around and saw all different kinds of items at great prices from body care items made from shea butter, to clothes, to picture frames made of items like dog bones or candy, to holiday decor. Parking is free everywhere from on the street to the surrounding lots along the streets. I'd advise to give yourself time to find a good parking spot (as it was pretty full the whole time we were there 1:30-4), and browse all the booths in all the "sheds". Lots of walking between sheds also so be prepared. They had food trucks also.

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