Diamond Jack Tours are a great way to see all that Downtown Detroit has to offer. Aboard our one-hour sightseeing tour on the Detroit River, you’ll have the chance to see Detroit attractions from a whole new perspective.
This year, our tour routes had to be slightly adjusted due to COVID-19-related governmental restrictions. Our 1-hour tours will still highlight the best points of our tours, but we will no longer go under the Ambassador Bridge or the Belle Isle Bridge.
Here is a complete breakdown of all of the Detroit sightseeing attractions you’ll see on Diamond Jack’s 1-hour Detroit sightseeing tour. Our tours leave from the Cullen Plaza, which is the first attraction on our list.
Cullen Plaza: The Cullen Plaza is home to many popular riverfront highlights, including the Cullen Family Carousel, an inlaid granite map of the Detroit River, a playscape for children, fountains, seating and more. Diamond Jack’s River Tours docks at Cullen Plaza, and you can visit the RiverWalk Café or Wheelhouse Detroit, a bike rental shop, after your tour to continue the fun on the river!
Hart Plaza/Dodge Fountain: The Hart Plaza has long been a host to many summer festivals and concerts in downtown Detroit. Historically, the plaza is believed to be where Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed in 1701, subsequently founding what is now known as Detroit. The plaza opened in 1975, and the Dodge fountain was completed in 1978.
Renaissance Center: The Renaissance Center, or the “Ren Cen,” is an iconic landmark in Detroit’s skyline. Home to the world headquarters of GM, the seven.
connected skyscrapers also house a Marriott Hotel as well as many other businesses and shops. It is the tallest building in Michigan and the Ren Cen’s central tower is the second-tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor: The Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor is a beautiful stretch of a park right on the Detroit Riverfront. It is home to a harbor, lighthouse, picnic area, wetland, trails and more and sits just east of downtown Detroit. There is easy access from the park to the Outdoor Adventure Center, Belle Isle Park and other Detroit attractions.
Historic Warehouse District: This trendy neighborhood sits along the waterfront in downtown Detroit. Like it’s name suggests, the neighborhood used to be full of industrial multipurpose warehouses. Today, the warehouses in the district have been converted into residential lofts or businesses. The Warehouse District is home to many cocktail bars, restaurants and food trucks as well as locally owned businesses.
Stroh River Place: The Stroh River Place is a 25-acre, mixed use campus on the banks of the Detroit River. The building is the former headquarters of the Stroh Brewery Company and is now used for office and retail tenants. The building has a distinct look, making it stand out on the riverfront.
Belle Isle Bridge: The Belle Isle Bridge spans the Detroit River and is the only entrance from Detroit to Belle Isle. The bridge features 19 total arches and was completed in 1923. Belle Isle itself has the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Scripps Conservatory, both popular destinations for residents and visitors.
Downtown Windsor: Sitting right across the Detroit River is Windsor, Ontario. Windsor is also a car capital and is dubbed “Automotive Capital of Canada.” On Diamond Jack’s River Tours, we can see the Windsor skyline, where you can see people walking, bicycling and rollerblading along the riverfront.
Ambassador Bridge: The Ambassador Bridge spans across the Detroit River and connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The privately-owned bridge is the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade volume — it carries approximately 25% of the trade between Canada and the United States!
J.W. Westcott Mailboat: Established in 1874, the J.W. Westcott Shipping Company began a marine mail shipping business that became an official U.S. Postal Service mail boat in 1948. The boat is the world’s first non-military floating postal ZIP code – 48222. The boat operates to this day, delivering mail and packages to residents of Detroit. The boat also delivers to ports around Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Detroit Fireboat Curtis Randolph: The Curtis Randolph is a fireboat operated by the Detroit Fire Department and is the only Class A fireboat on the waterways between Chicago and Cleveland. The boat was launched in 1979 to replace an older fireboat called the John Kendall. It can pump 11,000 gallons of water per minute.
Joe Louis Arena: Diamond Jack’s River Tours pass by the site of the former Joe Louis Arena, which was demolished completely in 2020. The former site was a famous Detroit institution, home to the Detroit Red Wings before they moved to the Little Caesars Arena in 2017. The Joe Louis Arena was closed in July 2017.
TCF Center/Cobo Hall: The TCF Center (formerly called Cobo Hall) is situated right next to the former Joe Louis Arena. The venue is the home of the North American International Auto Show, and also hosts some of Detroit’s largest exhibitions, attracting millions of people to the venue every year.
Detroit People Mover: The Detroit People Mover is a 2.94-mile long elevated train operating on a single track, circling downtown Detroit. The unique mode of transportation originated in 1966 but was completed in 1987. It acts as a convenient alternative to walking or driving around downtown Detroit and since it is elevated, offers unique views of the city.