What To Do in Detroit While at The Auto Show 2012

The 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) officially opens to the public tomorrow, January 14th and runs through January 22nd. If you’re heading down to the show, make a day of it and enjoy what Detroit has to offer. Here are a few activities to check out in the city.

Explore over one-hundred galleries at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the country’s fifth-largest fine arts museum. Several exhibitions are currently taking place, including Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010, where contemporary artists present photographs and video inspired by the city of Detroit and its people.

Visit the skating rink at Campus Martius Park, “Detroit’s town square,” for some winter fun! The skating rink is open every day of the week for people of all ages. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, enjoy the open fire, where you can purchase S’more kits at the Arctic Zone for your roasting pleasure.

Stop by Pewabic Pottery, a national historic landmark where the unique art form was developed in 1903. The pottery houses a museum, gallery of contemporary pottery, learning center and gift shop.

Score tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot, now playing at the Detroit Opera House. This award-winning musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

See why visitors from near and far rave about the barbecue at Slows Bar BQ in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Beyond barbecue ribs, pulled pork, several sandwiches and a variety of comfort food side dishes, Slows also serves a selection of Michigan wine and beers.

Nothing says “Detroit” like a Coney dog! Try one at the legendary American Coney Island, then head next door to Lafayette Coney Island to see how they compare.

Try your luck at one of Detroit’s casinos including MotorCity Casino and Hotel, Greektown Casino-Hotel and MGM Grand Detroit. Beyond luxurious hotel accommodations, each features celebrity chef restaurants, spas, nightlife and 24-hour gaming.

For more ideas on things to do in the Detroit area, visit www.michigan.org.