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What to see outside campus

By Fayez AliAhmad
On September 21, 2022

Whether you’re new to campus or returning for another year, it’s always a great idea to visit some of Detroit’s attractions.

While the fall semester gets underway, there are a handful of places you can visit with your friends just
a short drive from the corner of McNichols and Livernois.

Here is a list of the best attractions to visit in the city.

Belle Isle

Belle Isle is an island park that is located in the Detroit River larger than New York’s Central Park.

In 2022, Belle Isle Conservancy is celebrating its 10th year.

They have plenty of activities set up for visitors, which includes free admission to their aquarium and a variety of educational tours (small fee included).

If you are in the mood to give back, they have a few dates set aside where you can volunteer to keep the park clean.

Detroit Institute of Arts

If you’re from the Metro Detroit area, it’s likely that you’ve visited the Detroit Institute of Arts for
a school assignment in the past, whether in high school or at Detroit Mercy.

However, it has one of the largest art collections in the country with different events and exhibitions every month.

Their current exhibitions are “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2022,” “Printmaking in the Twenty-First Century,” and “Van Gogh in America.”

If any of those interest you, free admission is available for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Motown Museum

If you’re interested in music or curious about the origins of Motown Records, then checking out the Mo- town Museum is a must.

Also known as “Hitsville U.S.A” the house served as Motown’s first headquarters and recording studio.

You can book a tour online to learn about its history or significance or visit an exhibit, which gallery changes once or twice a year.

They also provide community programs for those who wish to explore further.

Detroit Zoo

Museums aren’t for everyone and if so it might be best to check out the Detroit Zoo before the weather starts to change.

Admission starts at $18 dollars for adults over the age of 19.

They’ve just opened the Polk Penguin Conservation Center for those who’ve been to the Zoo before and are looking for a new experience there.

If you haven’t been to the Zoo, they have a plethora of naturalistic habitats which are home to over 2,000 animals.

Ford Field/Comerica Park

The Tigers have failed to meet expectations this year and have one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, which led to the firing of General Manager Al Aliva.

Although, as they start their search for a new general manager, the team has promised to play the younger players more during the final stretch of the season, and there are still a few home games left through the end of September.

As for the Lions, after their ap- pearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” this upcoming season has been one of their most anticipated in quite awhile. Sept. 11th’s home opener, a loss to the Eagles, was the first sell- out at Ford Field since 2019.

Both teams have multiple games in the upcoming months. Addition- ally, hockey and basketball season are not far behind at the nearby Little Caesars Arena.

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