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First Time in Detroit

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First Time in Detroit

Driving from Toronto with teens 19 & 14. Welcome any suggestions on areas to stay in and stay away from. We are sports loving family and will appreciate any help on 'must sees' attractions. Is it advisable to live in downtown or outskirts and where. We will be in Detroit 1st week of Aug. for about 3 nights. Please advise with safe and clean places to stay.

Heard a lot about shopping in Frankenmuth. Any other shopping outlets????? Is driving around town our best bet or taking public transportation. Also how safe is it to catch a Tigers evening game......if we get tickets?

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1. Re: First Time in Detroit

Yes, Tigers games are safe to in the evening. There are parking lots located very close to the stadium. They are in town August 3rd through August 11th. Are you planning on staying downtown or in one of the burbs? You could split your time between Detroit and Frankenmuth in regard to your hotel.

Frankenmuth has a ton of stores at its outlet mall (Birch Run), you can also hit Great Lakes Crossing on your way from Detroit to Frankenmuth. They have outlets as well, just not as many at Birch Run.

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You can stay downtown or in the suburbs. The areas around downtown, Comerica Park and most things you'd want to see is fine, just use common sense as you would in any city.

Wherever you go, you will need to drive as public transit is greatly lacking in the area. Most sights have nearby parking. For a Tigers game, there are several lots and garages near the stadium. You could also park in another part of downtown and take the People Mover (tram). Several downtown restaurants offer shuttles to the games, so you can eat dinner and leave your car there. They'll pick you up after the game and return you to your vehicle.

If you opt for the suburbs, you can try around Madison Heights/Troy or Livonia. There are several long-term hotels such as Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, Candlewood or Extended Stay America that would give you a full kitchen in your room. I'm not sure about the others, but Residence has 2-BR suites.

In Troy, you'll find The Somerset Collection, the area's largest mall and a few miles north on I-75 is Great Lakes Crossing which has a mix of regular and outlet stores. I don't know that the outlet mall in Birch Run is worth the 60-90 minute drive. It's larger than Great Lakes Crossing, but only because it has multiples of each store.

There's lots of shopping in Livonia and nearby in Novi is Twelve Oaks Mall at I-96 and Novi Road.

Some of the other area attractions include The Henry Ford, an indoor/outdoor museum complex that has historic buildings and a top-notch auto collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts which is known for its Rivera Murals. Finally, there's the auto barons' estates-Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills and the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. If you're into music, you may want to consider the Motown Museum. It's small and you could see everything there in a couple hours.

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Make sure you eat at Pizza Papalis in Greektown - you and your kids will love their deep dish - best anywhere!! It's only about a 1/2 mile from Comerica, so you can park for free (usually) at the Greektown Casino parking garage and then walk to Comerica.

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If you are looking to stay downtown some suggestions for hotels would be the Hilton Garden Inn, Westin Book Cadillac, Greektown Casino Hotel, the Atheneum, Holiday Inn Express, all pretty much in the Greektown area and walkable to Comerica Park. The Marriott at the Renaissance Center is on the People Mover line and you could drop off with a short walk to the ballpark.

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