Greektown Casino-Hotel is one of three casinos in Detroit, Michigan, and one of four in the overall area, with the fourth located in Windsor, Canada. And while Greektown has everything you need for an ultimate vacation destination, don’t think that Detroit and its surrounding area runs short on nearby attractions.
This post outlines seven nearby attractions sure to pique your interest the next time you venture into Detroit to game at Greektown Casino-Hotel. Of course, this list provides just a handful of the overall number of activities and attractions, which exceeds 50 total.
From the University of Michigan to the city’s other casinos and resorts, you can begin your vacation itinerary with this post before you travel back to Detroit.
Let’s look into some fun activities when you need a break from the Michigan casinos.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
With 94,000 square feet, the University of Michigan Museum of Art boasts one of the largest and finest art collections in America.
Here, you will find a collection that covers over 150 years and 20,000 works that include themes like cultures, eras, media, and more. Admission is donation-based, meaning you can get in for free if you want.
However, they frown upon free entry, so the initial suggestion is a meager $10. So if you can swing the dough, head on in. And who knows? Perhaps your $10 donation will strike some decent karma at the tables and slots back at Greektown Casino-Hotel?
In 2009, the museum underwent a $41.9 million expansion and renovation, more than doubling and completing the size of the museum that you will find today.
Featured exhibits include permanent collections of work by James McNeill Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Jenny Holzer, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, and others. They also feature outdoor artwork and temporary exhibitions.
So when you venture to U of M, you will discover something new with each expedition.
Pine Knob Ski Resort
Looking to exchange a day Greektown Casino-Hotel for the slopes?
Pine Knob Ski Resort is one of the most well-known resorts in Southeast Michigan. So if you are into adrenaline-pumping winter sports, it is the place to be when the temperature cracks the below-freezing mark, as is customary in the State of Michigan.
But if you aren’t into skiing or if you arrive in the summer, Pine Knob itself is worth venturing to.
Located on one of the area’s largest hills, which is technically classified as a summit, you will also stumble upon the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Pine Knob Mansion, Pine Knob Golf Club, and a few residential homes.
Whether you are into skiing in the winter or golf in the summer, or if you would rather see what is happening at the music theater, you will find something worthwhile over at Pine Knob. Even if it just includes sitting back and enjoying the breathtaking scenery found in the State of Michigan.
University of Michigan
Located in nearby Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan, or better yet, Michigan, features nearly 21,000 acres of mind-blowing activities for all ages and interest levels. So if you aren’t a college student, there is still a lot to get excited about here.
From owning some of the most recognizable sports teams in the nation, such as the hockey and basketball program to possessing some of the nation’s greatest museums and cultural centers, there is a lot to get excited about at UMich.
And if you are a former student or just a fan of the school, step onto the campus and see what has changed or experience its vast and scenic landscape first-hand. This is also one of the ultimate destinations out there if you have a son or daughter thinking about joining the maize and blue.
Or, if you placed a bet over at the Greektown Casino-Hotel sportsbook and are looking to catch a basketball or hockey game live and in person, get in on the action. Because if you bet on the Wolverines in those two sports, you may just walk away with a profit.
So take a few hours from the casino, travel to the next county over, and experience one of the nation’s and the State of Michigan’s oldest college campuses.
If history, sports betting, and nature are on your to-do list besides endless gaming over at Greektown, the University of Michigan may just find itself on the number one spot of your vacation itinerary.
Pewabic Pottery Museum
Pewabic Pottery is one of Detroit’s oldest and most well-known museums dating all the way back to 1903. The museum became a National Historic Landmark in 1991, and to this day, it remains in operation.
But of course, you didn’t come just to stare at an old building, right? You are looking for access into one of the nation’s greatest pottery venues.
So what will you find over at this museum?
Much of what you will discover here at Pewabic Pottery stems from the company’s role regarding Detroit’s history, particularly in the Arts and Crafts movement. So expect history, if you are into it.
However, the museum also features contemporary pieces. So if you aren’t one to obsess over older works, the new wave is just warming up at this venue.
Pewabic Pottery is a smaller venue that won’t take all day to explore. So if you are looking for just a few hours away from Greektown Casino-Hotel, this is the perfect venue to visit.
You are getting more than just a pottery experience here. You will discover artwork that graces some of Detroit’s most prominent buildings.
The Russell Industrial Center
Better known as the Russell Industrial Center, this former industrial factory now contains over 2,000,000 square feet of studios and shops. In other words, the Russell has been completely redeveloped from manufacturing to retail.
If you are looking for the ultimate shopping experience in the area, this seven-building complex has all the goods. But you won’t just find your favorite shopping destinations over at the Russell. It contains several studios, lofts, and professional centers for commercial and creative arts.
It is also one of many buildings in the City of Detroit to have been renovated and repurposed throughout the 21st century after urban decay and mass depopulation plagued the city during the latter half of the 20th century when most of the manufacturing jobs either closed down or shipped overseas.
MGM Grand Detroit
And we can’t talk about Greektown Casino-Hotel’s nearby attractions without discussing its nearby casino-resorts. The first one we will discuss is MGM Grand Detroit.
Within its venue, MGM Grand is currently one of the largest casino-hotels in America. Or at least in a city not named Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
At MGM Grand Detroit, you are receiving 100,000 square feet of gaming space to go with over a thousand slot machines, many table games, and even a 401-room hotel. So if you are touring the different casinos slash resorts in Detroit, Greektown Casino-Hotel isn’t the only place on the map.
The venue also boasts a 1,200-seat theatre, a VIP nightclub, and an upscale shopping center.
Restaurant options include Breeze Dining Court, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, D.Prime Steakhouse, TopGolf Swing Suite, Palette Dining Studio, and the Roasted Bean. So if you are looking for variety, you will find it at MGM Grand Detroit.
MotorCity Casino Hotel
And to complete your tour of Detroit’s three dynamic casinos, don’t forget to make a quick stop at MotorCity Casino Hotel, which completes the trifecta if you are looking for the grand tour. Unless you are looking to venture across the border into Canada, then you will have a fourth casino to look forward to.
But anyway, let’s talk a little about MotorCity Casino Hotel.
This venue contains a 400-room hotel, 100,000 square feet of gaming space, 2,800 slot machines (160 in non-smoking areas), 59 table games, and a real money poker room. So if you are looking for a variety of gaming experiences, MotorCity is definitely worth the visit, even if Greektown gives you everything you can ask for.
Oh, and if you aren’t getting the live entertainment you expected over at Greektown Casino-Hotel, head on over to MotorCity where you will find Sound Board, arguably the greatest performance studio in Detroit.
There ain’t a bad seat in the house in Detroit’s only casino theatre. And Sound Board has hosted acts in the past like Robin Williams, BB King, Jay Leno, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Eminem, Monica, and more.
Detroit has become one of the ultimate tourist destinations in America…. once again. So if you need a day or two off the casino floor over at Greektown Casino-Hotel, this post has given you a solid start for ideas regarding the city’s many attractions.
From endless gaming at Detroit’s other two prominent casino to nostalgic days at the University of Michigan, this post is just scratching the surface of the many activities Detroit offers.
Have you gamed at Greektown Casino-Hotel or one of the area’s other casinos? And did you visit any of the above attractions? If so, let us know in the comments and tell us about your experience.