Detroit RiverFront
Detroit RiverFront
4.5
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  • alisone97
    487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strolling
    Second time in the city but first time strolling the river front along the Detroit River. Canada's Caesar casino in plain view. Clean streets. Clean river. Friendly locals. Good cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • rayjay80
    91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Place for a Morning Stroll
    Very impressed with this riverfront walkway. Went for a morning walk while staying at a downtown hotel and enjoyed how clean and well maintained it was. Almost everyone greeted you as you went by. Many must be regulars there since they had riverfront walker T-shirts.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • marcain
    Washington DC, District of Columbia222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can see Canada from here (to paraphrase a former Alaska guv).
    Very nice walk along the river, on the Sunday that I visited there was a huge and delightful variety of people and boats all around. It's very sad to see that most of the territory on the other side of the riverwalk from the river is just parking structures and lots. Such a great resource for the city devoted to cars (yes, Detroit, but) that are just sitting waiting for their owners for hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
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The_Woodstocks
Annandale, VA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Today was a blast! We rented bikes from the kiosk located at the Millikan State Park / Cullen Center. The couple that own the shop have a lovely selection of bikes at a reasonable price. The sky was blue. The temps were 60’s and it wasn’t too crowded on the riverfront. We rode the full length both directions and went on north to the Atwater brewery to “wet our whistle” then returned our bikes. Detroit is such a beautiful city and I was glad to see people out next enjoying it! Great day!
Written April 17, 2021
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The Detroit Riverfront is a true gem providing spectacular views of the Detroit River and the city skyline. With Windsor, Ontario, Canada directly across the water, this is a unique international waterway experience. There's nothing like it on blue sky day any time of the year!! And the winter scenes are no less spectacular! Walk or bike the riverfront. Sit on a bench and just watch the people or the boats of all sizes going up or down the river, including the lake freighters and the ocean-going ships! There's a fountain to run through or just enjoy the kids playing there. And a carousel to enjoy. Bring a picnic lunch or buy your lunch from the cafe and enjoy the view from one of several parks. Look for the historical markers noting the French founding of the city in 1701, the early African American residents and the first Jewish resident of Detroit, the Underground Railroad during the 1800s, and more. There are summer festivals and winter activities on selected weekends, free Friday night summer concerts, summer concerts in the Aretha Franklin Park amphitheater, bike rentals, river tour boats, dinner cruise boats, and more. A work in progress, the Detroit Riverfront just keeps getting better. So if you plan to spend time along the riverfront, especially with children, check out the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy's website for a map of the points of interest, including food and restrooms, and upcoming events.
Written February 4, 2021
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kmcclain
Detroit9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We love this area of the city and enjoy bringing out-ot-towners to walk along the river and see a lovely part of the Detroit. One trip, a Mallard duck walked with us and showed the areas of nature through his eyes. It's a gem!
Written September 30, 2021
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John C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
It's a beautiful walk. Everyone is chill and there are all kinds of people enjoying it. It never feels unsafe in any way. People are way too paranoid about Detroit. I lived in the suburbs and many of my neighbors did not dare to go into Detroit. I did, and enjoyed all the great things it has to offer. You should not miss out on all four major professional sports being played within a couple blocks of each other in great facilities. Greektown and Mexican Town are wonderful. Los Galanes restaurant is the best Mexican restaurant I have found in the whole country. Bring your kids !
Written February 28, 2021
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Jeremy D
Cold Spring, KY447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
After years of hearing how dirty and dangerous Detroit was, I was a little apprehensive about visiting, but knew that I wanted to experience the Motor City. I was completely surprised at how clean and safe the River Walk area and the downtown in general was. Detroit is a great city that is experiencing a renaissance (GM Renaissance Building pun not included) and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The Riverwalk is about 3 miles long and there is a nice, easy access parking lot at the corner of Rivard and Atwater Streets. The views of the Detroit River and Windsor, Canada are incredible. Highly recommended for anyone visiting the area.
Written November 15, 2021
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debbie W
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We liked the Eastern Market and the area around it. A couple of breweries there were great. Went to Greektown wasn't much. Went to the Autorama. It was really good. We stayed at the Mariott in the Renassaince Center. Was disappointed they had no maps or recommendations of the area. We ordered our breakfast from Fuel and the young man who worked there every morning was awesome. Dining room was only open on weekends along with the bar. We ate at Pot bellies in the Center which is a good sandwich place and Andiamos which was great food. Our waiter the first night (Deangelo?) was really good. Second night our waitress was pushy ,a little short with us and continually trying to upsell us. Ate at London Chop house pretty pricy. Went to a bar I think it was downtown Railway in the name - cool little place think it was an old station. We had a big party for dinner the one night and no restaurants could accomodate us and one Fridays was empty but under staffed and we and anyone who walked in would have a 2 hour wait.
Do not walk at night - not a safe place we were accosted by panhandlers and one was shouting obscenities at my husband - getting in his face while he was walking and threatening he better bring him some money tomorrow. While we had great experiences overall I don't think I would go back. We were also told do not walk the riverfront, it isn't safe. So we did not go
Written March 8, 2022
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Elizabeth5434
Grand Rapids, MI112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A wonderful way to spend the afternoon! The Riverfront is a paved pathway along the Detroit River, with Windsor, Canada on the opposite side. The day we were there the sky was blue and the water was glistening. Saw some boaters in the river and many people enjoying the sun and walking the path. There is a lovely carousel at Cullen Plaza along the Riverfront that is not to be missed.

We parked at Cullen Plaza (1340 Atwater Street), free parking. From there you can take the pathway to the left or right. If you take it to the left, you will reach the harbor. If you cross Atwater at the harbor, you will get onto the Dequindre Cut, which is another paved pathway, running perpendicular to the River, along a former railroad line.
Written April 5, 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Park your car and walk the entire length of the Boardwalk and take in the Detroit river and views of Canada and its Red Flag. The walkway is long and mighty and plenty of photo opportunities along the way. You can walk, stroll, rent a scooter, and so much more. There are cruise boats coming in and out and the GM building is a must see and do.
Written June 25, 2022
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usaDee
USA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Riverwalk was a delightful surprise! We hadn’t been to Detroit since the amazing renovation to downtown Detroit. Even on a cold winter day, the walk was easy from the start to the GM building complex. We enjoyed the history of GN cars on the “carousel” as well as a scattering if stores.
Written January 5, 2020
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
After touring Greenfield Village in muggy weather we drive here and enjoyed a refreshing walk along the river. Found a bench and did some people watching. Bikes available for rent that would like to ride along river. Best advice was for free parking at Cullen Plaza (1340 Atwater). Also a ferry service for afternoon river cruise and snack shack if thirsty. Not much to see but that was not the point. Great place to walk and cool off.
Written June 11, 2021
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