Detroit Urban Adventures
Detroit Urban Adventures
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Detroit Urban Adventures is offering three great 2-hour walking tours in 2015 so you can have your best day ever in Detroit. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Register online for: "The D You Must See" (9:30-11:30am, Tues-Sun, Mar-Nov) "Corktown is Popping!" (1-3Pm, Tues-Sun, May-Oct) and "Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal" (4-6pm, Tues-Sun, Mar-Nov)
Detroit, Michigan

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Maria G
Dunwoody, GA1,236 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
I learned a lot of information on my rise and fall of Detroit tour. We went into the guardian building. The guy was very good at pointing out the sites. I would’ve liked a little more information on the architects and the building Stiles. I greatly enjoyed walking around downtown and the riverfront.
Written April 6, 2021
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Jeff_Frazier
Louisville, KY67 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Bob was our tour guide and he was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. We got a lot of inside information about where Detroit has bee in the past and the course that it has set for itself for the future. Also, we had the United Nations of tour groups in that we had a couple from Germany, another from Seattle, a man from Liverpool and a woman from Toronto. We all got along famously and the tour was, without a doubt, the highlight of my trip to Michigan.
Written June 30, 2019
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mosstravel
Perth, Australia45 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
I did both Detroit Urban Adventures at the end of September 2011 and I would highly recommend them for anyone visiting Detroit. If you want to get out and hear the stories about this amazing city and see some of the most stunning architecture this tour is for you! This really is the "D" you must see! Bob was an incredible guide with an amazing wealth of knowledge about Detroit. Another great Urban Adventure!

It was just me on the tour but Bob did a great job of showing me the city, answering my questions and providing me with incredible insight into Detroit. The buildings (vacant and occupied), the sports stadiums, the rich history, the fall and the impending renewal all made for a really fascinating afternoon.

Do yourself a favour and make sure you do at least one of these tours when you arrive in Detroit!
Written October 6, 2011
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Kate O
Saline, MI4 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Our tour guide was very good at describing the houses we saw in Corktown. He was always sure to tell us if the house was brick or painted. He told us what color the paint was. Bob also pointed out which houses were duplexes and which had flat roofs. He was very good at reading MANY menu's to us. As an added benefit, he read numerous restaurant reviews. The flattery in these articles couldn't have been better if the owner's had written it themselves. He did not bother or bore us with any details about the history of Corktown. Even when we got to the site of the former Tiger Stadium. He managed to skip over the century of history there to read us the review for the UFO bar across the street.
Written July 6, 2015
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RedalAsch
Kista, Sweden14 contributions
Jul 2011 • Business
We chose the "Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal" tour, because of our interest in the glory days of the city, the fall of it, and now the cool atmosphere in a cheap city full of opportunities for open minds.

We were three colleagues visiting a conference at the Renaissance Center that took the tour that day.

The guy, Bob, charges 20 $ per person following the tour.

We phoned him when the tour was supposed to start. Thereafter he showed up even though he did not expect any tourists that day. But maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, so do the booking in advance! The idea is that you should call in advance, we did however not realize that in time.

Besides he is a nice guy, Bob knows a lot and makes the tour very personal, and he is willing to anser all your questions. Since he lived in the city for many years and comes from the Detroit Metropolitan area he has Detroit in his blood.

The tour starts at a nice and priceworthy cafe (with a nice and helpful girl) and ends at a pub serving local Detroit and Michigan beers located in the same block as the cafe. Bob takes you into as well new as old skyscrapers, which insides you could not imagine. They contain butiful art, bamboo, waterfalls, as well as shops you do not see any signs of outdoors. The Guardian building, for example, contains a superb cafe and a nice souvernir shop. The guy working in the shop is also very helpful regarding local hangouts. The tour is very focused on architecture, and all the nice old buildings that still stays in city. Untfortunately, a few of them have been torn down.

Since it is a walking tour, there is no time for visiting midtown, newtown, Michigan Central Station or the like, the tour still takes about 2h.

If you visit the Midwest, visit Detroit, if you visit Detroit, make sure to walk this tour!
Written August 9, 2011
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senedra
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
Jul 2011 • Friends
I have not been on such a good tour of any city. We chose the "Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal" tour, because we were interested in getting the backstory behind one of the most interesting cities in the US. Bob was an excellent guide. It was clear that he was very interested in architecture and knew a lot about Detroit and its landmarks. He also got us to appreciate the contrasts between the city during its peak and low periods, and see what a cool city is now. Bob also answered all the questions we had about Detroit, and gave us his personal impression of his own city.

The tour was two hours, walking around downtown Detroit. Make sure you book in advance!
Written August 8, 2011
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gino4634
Franklin, MA34 contributions
Oct 2019
My wife and I were in Detroit for a family reunion. I had never been before and I am interested in Downtown development so we took this tour. Bob conducted the tour and as a resident of Downtown he was able to provide great perspective on the changes (mostly positive) that have occurred in recent years. He provided historical data on the city itself, most of the prominent buildings and facilities, how they got built originally, their period of decline and vacancy and how and when they were renovated.

The architecture (and architects) of most of the buildings was discussed and the tour included the interior of a few buildings as well as a walk through a couple of parks. It also included a ride on the people mover and a beer at a local brew pub at the end where we had a chance to ask questions and discuss in more detail some of what we had seen as well as life in downtown Detroit. We very much enjoyed it.
Written October 17, 2019
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Nikita D
2 contributions
Oct 2019
Did not think this was worth $30. Took my friend from from out of town on this tour expecting to learn about Detroit, but our tour guide Bob didn't really provide anything that we couldn't have just read on Wikipedia. On top of that, Bob wasn't responsive to our questions and even shushed me at one point. Overall, the city was lovely, but my experience with Bob was definitely not worth the price.
Written October 14, 2019
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Robin6479
Rockville, MD139 contributions
We were very disappointed in our Rise, Fall, and Renewal tour. Having already taken the Detroit Preservation Society's tour which focused on architecture, based on the name of this tour, we expected to learn a lot about the history of the city. Instead, it really focused on what buildings had been rebuilt, for how much money, and the effect of Dan Gilbert and other investors on the current cost of living in downtown. The riot of 67 was mentioned just once, the auto industry was glossed over and there was no sense of why, how and when the rise occurred and only after I asked him pointed questions to try to elicit this information did I get more on the fall, but still not enough. I learned more about the topic of this tour in 45 minutes at the free Detroit Historical Museum than I did on this tour. For an overview of downtown or the renewal specifically, it would have been adequate though still not dynamic, but disappointing if you're looking for a tour about history.
Written August 5, 2019
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Larry S
Hamilton, OH13 contributions
May 2019
Bob is a fountain of Detroit knowledge. He leads a fantastic and edifying tour of the city. The architecture is stunning and the history behind it, fascinating. The views outside are great, and you get to enter a handful of buildings whose interiors leave you breathless. And a craft beer at the end!! Our only regret is that we did this tour at the end of our Detroit visit. Do it at the beginning for great tips. We did, however (at Bob's behest), tour the DIA and Fisher building the next day instead of going straight home.
Written May 22, 2019
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