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“Detroit's Riverwalk”
Review of Detroit RiverFront

Detroit RiverFront
Ranked #6 of 149 things to do in Detroit
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I recently moved to downtown Detroit and on a sunny Sunday afternoon decided to take a bike ride around the downtown area and the riverwalk. The riverwalk is extremely pleasant and very relaxing to take in. Funny how one is always looking to get away from people but when the opportunity arises in a public venue it seems almost strange. Detroit is undergoing a renaissance and you can see the immensity of what it offers but yet the lack of people seems strange in a city. There was some tourists and some couples and other bikers but then again it was November not a time when many people would be walking by a river. There appeared to be a number of parks and entertainment venues that probably would be well attended in the warmer seasons. I biked a good stretch from west of the Renaissance Center to east by RiverPlace a mixed office and commercial development. The ride was fascinating as a stretch of vacant industrial and commercial properties were relics of a bygone era and almost stood as museum exhibits, totally captivated my eyes, to the point that it had a different kind of beauty to feel and experience. If you can get past the decay there is some kind of offbeat charm and fascination that I am feeling about Detroit, in the short five weeks that I have been living here. Oh, did I mention that I am an active senior citizen and not part of the large group of young people that are blazing the rebirth of Detroit. Be aware of your surroundings as in any world city but enjoy the many assets the city offers, they are just not strung together like Chicago, New York, etc, etc, etc.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This could be a delightful part of the city. However, it gives that "fits" and "starts" feel. Some places along the river front are welcoming and others are drab.

Thank ERJ5086
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I stayed at the Marriott on the River, and found the riverwalk area to be a nice place for a little stroll during the daylight hours, but beware once the sun goes down. This would be a great place with increased police presence, but unfortunately, the city doesn't have the money to increase patrols. Enjoy it during the day, but forget about it after dark

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We were in Detroit for a convention and walked along the RiverFront. If it wasn't for a huge group visiting for the conference walking around, I would probably not feel safe. There wasn't much to see accept the large Riverboat, a statue in tribute to the underground railroad, and some large ugly silver object near the ethnic gallery which was underground. We peeked down there but decided it didn't look too safe or friendly. We are from Grand Rapids MI and our Riverwalk area far surpasses this one! They could maybe use a few food and gift vendors and maybe musical entertainment.

Thank Braileys
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

While I'm a native Detroiter, before visiting the riverfront specifically this summer, it had been years since I checked out the changes taking place (particularly up river from the Renaissance Center). I was pleasantly surprised to see a freshly renovated river walk, w/ stop offs featuring mini-parks, picnic benches, canopied rest areas, and more. One of the neatest features of the riverfront is the boat tours that launch from the river front walk and the new carousel.

Thank MMarshall76
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