Educational, interesting and healthy, touring Detroit on foot will get you to places that are hard to access in a bus or car. There are several tours to choose from that vary in terms of neighborhood, theme, and length. To help you get started, here is a list of Detroit Area Walking Tours:
Haunted Tours at Historic Fort Wayne
Historic Fort Wayne dates back to 1845. The star-shaped fort sits on the banks of the Detroit River, where it's guarded Detroit against dangerous Canucks for 165 years. While Terri King conducted ghost tours at Historic Fort Wayne until 2008, the tours were taken over by members of Metro Paranormal Investigations in 2009. The 2010 Haunted Tour consists of a guided historical tour and self-paced ghost hunt. The tours take place on Saturday nights once a month from May to August. In the months leading up to Halloween -- September, October -- the tour runs twice a month. Tickets are $42, and dates include May 15th, June 26th, July 17th, August 28th, September 4th, September 18th, October 23rd and October 30th.
Detroit Heritage Tours
Detroit Heritage Tours start on May 1st. Each Saturday tour explores a different area of Detroit, including its cultural center, downtown, Eastern Market, theater district and midtown. There are also walking tours based on different themes: Detroit's Auto Heritage, Cemetery, Architecture, and Eastern Market's Brewing History. Architectural tours on Tuesday evenings explore different styles, themes, and architects.
Detroit Tour Connections
Detroit Tour Connections offers guided walking tours of downtown Detroit on Sundays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from May through October. The tours are $10 per person. Themes include 1800s Architecture, 1920s Architecture, 1950-1999 Architecture, 2000-2010 Architecture, Historic Downtown Hotels, Coney Island Hot Dog Tour, Nudes in Downtown Public Art, Riverwalk, and Artsy Midtown.
Inside Detroit Walking Tours
Inside Detroit hosts several kinds of tours, including bar crawls (arguably a walking tour of local watering holes). The organization's $10 walking tours include the two-hour Inside Easter Market Tour on the second Saturday of each month and Downtown Highlights Walking Tour on most Saturdays and Tuesdays at lunchtime.