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Preservation Detroit Tours

4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
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Ranked #12 of 39 Activities in Detroit
Owner description: Learn about the history of Detroit on a set of five guided walking tours led by volunteers from...
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Owner description: Learn about the history of Detroit on a set of five guided walking tours led by volunteers from Preservation Wayne.

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Halifax, Canada
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258 reviews 258 reviews
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We've done a couple of the Preservation tours and found them all to be excellent. The guides are very knowledgeable and interesting, and provide an amazing insight into the history of Detroit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We took the downtown tour - was lead by a very knowledgeable guide ; we took in Hart Plaza, saw lots of outdoor art , through the theatre district, greek town, germantown , along Woodward , learned of now long gone department stores and into the business district where you will see gorgeous older office towers built with character and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you like architecture and history then this is the tour for you. The tour leaders are very knowledgeable and provide a great background and explanation of places around downtown Detroit. The tour is around 2.5hrs and travels approx. 2.5 miles around the town so bring your walking shoes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Preservation Detroit is an organisation trying to save and publicise the architectural heritage and treasures of this once great city. They run regular walking tours which give you an real insight in to Detroit's incredible past and are well worth participating in. The guides are friendly, highly knowledgeable, and inspiring. Can't recommend them enough!

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Tours listed for this non-profit group can be found at www.preservationdetroit.org. They offer a variety of tours and events throughout the year. My husband and I took the cultural center tour of downtown Detroit, and as other reviewers have commented, the tour was interesting and informative. We will definitely try another tour again. The tour lasted over 2 hours and... More 

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I took the cultural tour of Downtown Detroit where we strolled through the Detroit Public Library, the Scarab Club, the College of Creative Studies and a few more buildings and homes in the area. It was very interesting, the tour guide was very informative, and I officially have a new appreciation for the city of Detroit and its history. I... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Not impressed at all with the Preservation Detroit Eastern Market Center tour. I went on this tour this morning and wow, was I disappointed. The tour guide is an old man who constantly clears his throat and says "anyways" a good 40 times throughout his boring commentary. It only lasts an hour but that is an hour too long for... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Detroit Heritage Tours runs a number of tours of Detroit. We took the downtown architectural tour. It lasted 2 1/2 hours, so wear good shoes. The tour was excellent, the operator well informed, friendly, and interesting. I've lived in Detroit most of my life and was not aware of the many unique architectural styles and little pocket parks within the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

This company gave me a great tour of detroit, they are local people who really know the history and the evolution of the city, I highly recommend this tour.

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Detroit, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

Preservation Wayne has a great variety of tours. I've taken the Eastern Market tour several times, but my favorite was the Cultural Center tour. I thought I knew the Cultural Center until I took the tour! It's more than, "Here's the DIA, here's the library, etc." Instead, I learned in-depth about the history of Ferry Street and really was exposed... More 

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