- Aug 15, 2022
Detroit’s history, diversity, and a melting pot of cultures elevate the city to new heights. Between events happening throughout the city, popular destinations for residents and tourists to visit and enjoy all year long, and a variety of dining and leisure activities to explore. Detroit has it all!
The city of Detroit is now in the eyes of the world as it is enjoying a boom of growth and prosperity. Named as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places In The World In 2022”, Detroit is spotlighted as a “newfound glory” that shows growth and popularity.
As the headquarters for so many companies and the automobile capital of the United States, it has earned the nickname “Motor City”. The city is expanding toward success in popularity and revenue with more events, restaurants, and visitors coming to the city. The Motor City is gaining support from these companies who believe in Detroit’s continued growth and prosperity and want to see the city thrive.
Popular Destinations to Visit in Detroit
Depending on what you are looking to do in the Motor City, there are a variety of popular destinations and activities to see and partake in. These range from sporting events, casinos, convention centers and more.
Detroit offers sporting fans and concert lovers:
- Comerica Park for the Tigers.
- Little Caesars Arena for the Red Wings and the Pistons and concerts.
- Ford Field for the Lions and concerts.
Another big staple of Detroit sightseeing is the Renaissance Center. This building houses multiple venues for visitors, vacationers, businesses, and events. Some prominent venues in the Renaissance Center include:
- General Motors headquarters.
- Detroit Marriot Hotel.
- Restaurants such as Andiamo’s, Highlands Steakhouse, and more.
- Multiple conference rooms and larger spaces to hold meetings and events.
The nightlife in Detroit livens up with the casinos and bars down the street from each other. Detroit is home to the:
- MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino, and Greektown Casino. These casinos feature hotels for patrons to stay at and enjoy the nightlife within Detroit.
- Just down the road from these great casinos, the nightlife extends to the streets with multiple bars and taverns for those who want a night out.
If you are looking for a concert or event in Detroit, venues such as Ford Field and the Fox Theatre are where most celebrities go to host their show for their fans. The Detroit Metro is also home to the most successful concert venue in the country: Pine Knob Music Theatre. These venues are located near the heart of Downtown Detroit, offering options for exploring the city before and after the event.
Activities and Leisure in The Motor City
If you want to set sail to see the beauty of Detroit, there are several options, such as:
- Diamond Jack’s Riverboat Tours and the Detroit Princess Riverboat, both offer stunning views of the city to customers.
Along the riverfront, residents and visitors will enjoy the relaxing and scenic views from Belle Isle. The island features:
- Multiple areas for families and residents to enjoy the beauty and weather within Detroit
- A conservatory and museum to explore.
- The island also hosted the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix for 2022.
Detroit is also home to multiple parks and venues, such as:
- Campus Martius and Hart Plaza, hosting events throughout the year for residents and families.
- The Detroit Institute of Arts opens the doors to exploration and history, showcasing beautiful artifacts and paintings throughout the museum. It is one of the top five art museums in the United States.
- The Henry Ford Museum in nearby Dearborn is one of the largest and most extensive museums in the United States.
- The Detroit Opera House for hosting events, live music, and shows.
There are so many events in Detroit, and knowing what the city has to offer can be helpful when planning your trip to the Motor City.
Motor City Shopping and Dining
The Motor City houses more than just events and sightseeing. Some visitors and residents will want to shop till they drop, and Detroit is home to many shops to help customers find the right outfit, accessory, or more for their trip to the city. For those looking to enjoy the variety of cultures in Detroit, multiple restaurants are found throughout the city to offer visitors and residents cuisine while out in the city.
The city is home to:
- Eastern Market is a section of the city where multiple vendors and local shops are open to the public with various goods, such as plants, art, and more.
- Along Woodward Avenue, those looking for shopping will find multiple clothing shops such as Nike, Lululemon, and The Detroit Shoppe.
- Shoppers will also have the J.L. Hudson Site, which will house clothing, restaurants, hotels, and housing once completed.
Dotted around the city are various restaurants that blend the cultures of the residents. Some notable places would be:
- Midnight Temple, serving hungry customers Indian cuisine.
- Mom’s Spaghetti, created by the famous Detroit rapper Eminem, serves patrons spaghetti-themed dishes.
- Detroit Shipping Company houses six different menus for hungry residents and visitors to pick from and enjoy.
Whether you are looking to refresh your closet or expand your love of food with something new, the city of Detroit has something for anyone who may be visiting the downtown area.
Our Final Thoughts
Whether you are a resident of the Great Lakes State and want to visit the “newfound glory” of Detroit, as Time Magazine calls it, or want to experience it for yourself, there is never a dull moment in the city. We recommend enjoying the city, adventuring down the streets of Detroit and discovering something fresh, unique, and diverse.
With Detroit on the rise, who knows what the great Motor City has to offer in the future? As more and more residents and visitors come to the city, they help amplify the need to renovate and revitalize the city with more for residents and visitors to enjoy.
- Sep 02, 2021
What a great summer it has been so far Diamond Jack family, and it’s all thanks to you! We are looking forward to finishing the summer strong and offering Detroit River Tours into September, welcoming guests aboard to come experience the beauty of the Detroit Riverfront in the late summer.
While we offer exciting public sightseeing tours, we have also been host to hundreds of corporate parties, wedding receptions, fundraisers, family reunions, and senior citizen outings. Our river tour is designed to allow you to soak up the beautiful summer afternoon, on a clean and spacious boat.
Diamond Jack’s River Tours continues to be in the spotlight when it comes to the best things to do in Detroit. Diamond Jack’s River Tours was featured in MLive’s The Big Kahuna and 9 more water activities you may not know about in Metro Detroit. Don’t miss out, check-out Diamond Jack’s River Tours and make the determination for yourself.
September Sightseeing Tours
Our public sightseeing tour schedule is changing. Starting September 11th, our public sightseeing tours will be held on Saturdays and Sundays only. Times of departure will remain the same: 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM, 5:30 PM.
Diamond Jack’s highly recommended Detroit River Tours offers guests a chance to learn about the history of some of the most historical landmarks that helped shape Detroit, from the comfort of the deck of the Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen.
Tickets for our tours cost:
- $18 for adults, $13 for seniors 60+, $10 for children 6-12, $5 for children 5 and under.
We are happy to announce we are continuing our great special this month! Adults can get $3 off a public sightseeing tour on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 9/11/2021-9/26/2021.
Diamond Jack’s River Tours public sightseeing tours depart from the Cullen (Rivard) Plaza at 1340 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI.
Remember, we don’t take reservations for our public sightseeing tours. Tickets can be purchased on the boat once you board. Boarding begins 30 minutes before the tour’s scheduled departure time.
Give yourself plenty of time to find parking and make your way to the dock at least 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to leave to get a place in line. Don’t worry! We rarely turn people away, and the next tour is in just 90 minutes.
Hosting Your Next Gathering
Diamond Jack River Tours offer private charters that allow you to experience the beauty of the riverwalk. This calm setting provides our guests a perfect option for small group luncheons and dinners. The experience of cruising the Detroit River is unmatched, being nestled between the US and Canada, you truly get to soak up the beauty that both countries offer.
We have over 25 years experience hosting private and group gatherings. Our catering options are great for large gatherings, including luncheons. Diamond Jack River Tours offers a special on luncheons known as the “42 for $42,” where, 42 guests can enjoy an awesome 2-hour boat ride, a delicious chicken buffet meal with sodas and sides, for $42 per person.
Whether it’s a social gathering, private dinner party, family reunion or office outing, our private boat tours are a fun and affordable way to keep everyone entertained. We offer flexible departure times to meet your party’s needs.
Our vast experience hosting events in the past has helped us optimize how we prepare and execute each outing. Family reunions, office parties or charity events are hassle-free when you choose Diamond Jack’s River Tours.
Featured Tour Site: Ambassador Bridge
The Ambassador Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in the world that connects two countries and is one of the few privately owned international bridges,
On a normal weekday, over 10,000 commercial vehicles cross the bridge, making the Ambassador Bridge the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade volume, carrying more than 25% of all merchandise trade between the United States and Canada. The bridge was originally constructed in 1929 and has undergone structural enhancements over the years. Today, you can observe the towering teal structure blend between Windsor and Detroit.
At the moment, the Ambassador Bridge is the only international border crossing within Detroit city limits. However, land development plans were approved, and construction has started on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, estimated to be completed by 2024. Experts believe the addition of another international bridge will increase trade between the US and Canada while also reducing the stress placed on the Ambassador bridge (which is quickly approaching 100 years old).
From the water’s surface to the roadway above is measured at 152 ft, allowing cargo ships and other vessels are able to comfortably pass underneath the Ambassador Bridge. There has only been one major unfortunate boating incident near the Ambassador Bridge. Back on July 31, 1962, the British freighter M.V Montrose ran into a barge overnight while being tugged. After taking on water, the vessel eventually ended up on its side. Thankfully, all 44 crew members were rescued, and nobody was injured.
Removing the wrecked ship was a difficult task and wasn’t able to be completed until October 1962. The M.V Montrose had been recently built and put into service before running into the barge, the cost of building the 122-metre ship was roughly $8 million. The cost of the removal was estimated to be $750,000. After the M.V Montrose wreck, port authorities designed proper tug boating procedure and have not had any similar incidents since.
Ask the Captain a Question
Question: What do your pre-trip inspections look like?
Answer: Each day, we arrive hours before the first tour to begin our inspection process. That’s because we value the safety of our guests and staff. As an experienced captain, I have developed a great routine inspecting all major safety points and I’ve made sure our crew understands those procedures. We’re grateful to have you aboard and making sure every aspect of the boat is safe is our top priority.
Question: How much do you love your job?
Answer: Coming to work every day is very rewarding. I get to spend the day with hundreds of wonderful Metro Detroiters and tourists from all over the country. I enjoy guiding them through one of the most beautiful areas in Detroit, the Riverwalk. I have committed my life to sharing my love of the Great Lakes and the Detroit River, and I am beyond excited that people are coming back post COVID-19 and filling both the Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen.
Question: What’s the best part about being captain?
Answer: I’d say the best part about being the captain is the feedback I get from people who have never been on the tour. My job is to make sure everyone taking a ride on my vessel has a great time and maybe learns something along the way. It’s very satisfying when people come up to me after the tour and mention something they didn’t know before about Detroit, or mention they had such a relaxing time on the water. I’ve spent my whole life on the water and want others to share my passion.
It’s true when they say, “you’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do.” The more I think about it, the more joy I feel knowing I’ve been able to spend my life doing what I love, which is being on the water.
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We’d like you to keep in mind that starting September 11th, our public sightseeing tours will now be held on Saturdays and Sundays. The tour times will remain the same: 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM, and 5:30 PM
All aboard Diamond Jack’s River Tours, we are ready to depart!
- Jul 29, 2021
August 2021 Newsletter
Welcome back Diamond Jack family! Thanks to you, our Detroit River tours have been filling up fast. We now cruise into August welcoming guests aboard to come experience exciting summer fun along the Detroit Riverfront.
Are you finding that the same old activities near your Detroit area home just aren’t cutting it anymore? Well, not only does Diamond Jack River Tours offer exciting public sightseeing tours, but we have also been host to hundreds of corporate parties, wedding receptions, fundraisers, family reunions, and senior citizen outings. Our river tour is designed to allow you to soak up the beautiful summer afternoon. Read more
- Jul 06, 2021
Welcome back Diamond Jack family! We hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part on our sightseeing tours on the Detroit River this summer! We appreciate every one of our guests, whether it’s their first Diamond Jack tour or their 100th!
We have had a fantastic season so far this summer and are looking forward to keeping it up in July! If you’re looking for something fun to do on a summer afternoon, come on down to the Detroit Riverfront and hop on a Diamond Jack boat! Read more
- Jun 21, 2021
Welcome back Diamond Jack family! We had a great start to the season in May. Thank you everyone for turning out for a sightseeing tour on the Detroit River! We are so grateful for our loyal fans and customers for making our start to the 2021 season so great.
June is here and so is summer! Hot days in Michigan are best spent on the water, so come on down to the Detroit Riverfront and hop on a Diamond Jack boat! As COVID-19 restrictions ease throughout Michigan, we are able to host more people on our tours. Read more
- Apr 27, 2021
Hello everyone in the Diamond Jack family! Welcome to May 2021 and to a new sailing season! Temperatures are up, days are getting longer and an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. What could be better? Another season of sailing down the beautiful Detroit River with Diamond Jack River Tours!
We operate all our tours in accordance with CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings. Masks are required, even outdoors, and social distancing is observed. Our tours are operating at 50% capacity. Read more
- Jul 17, 2020
Greetings, Diamond Jack family! It’s July and summer is shaping up! There’s still plenty of time to create Summer 2020 memories with family and friends aboard a Diamond Jack river cruise!
We are running 4 one-hour tours a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for just $10 each. Limited to just 100 passengers, these lower-capacity cruises allowing us all to meet social distancing guidelines.
If you’re looking for an affordable family-oriented fun way to get out on the river this summer and learn something new, a Sightseeing Tour is just the ticket. Children under 3 board free.
- Jun 17, 2020
SPECIAL 2020 SAILING SEASON
Everything has changed. Please read carefully.
COVID-19 has certainly brought a lot of uncertainty these last few months. However, we’re so fortunate and excited to announce that Diamond Jack will be offering river boat tours once again!
Diamond Jack will be kicking off the season by offering 1 hour riverboat cruises from our Detroit dock to the public. Tours Start July 3rd and run through Sept 6th.