Get Dorky in The D: Seemingly Uncool (but Actually Cool) Things to See and Do in Detroit

Modified: May 29, 2020 | Story by Heidi Tiano | Photos by American Jewelry & Loan, Motown Museum

Detroit is a great place to nerd out. You may catch a few eye-rolls at first, as you make an evening out of the suggestions below with a group, but they promise a fun night to remember.

 

Get Dorky

Gaze at the Stars

Relive your middle school astronomy lessons at the Wayne State University Planetarium, which hosts weekly public shows (usually on Friday nights). No need to be an astronomy buff to attend but you should check the calendar of events before heading out.

Be a Bookworm

It’s easy to lose yourself in the pages of a good book and even easier to lose yourself in the towering aisles of John K. King Used & Rare Books, Michigan’s largest used and rare bookstore. The store has no computerized catalog or search system, which means each floor’s manager is a wealth of knowledge about the, erm, knowledge contained on the shelves. It’s a unique shopping experience you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy.

See Some Hardcore Pawn

It’s a guilty-pleasure TV show, and a trip to the real “set” is just as fun. American Jewelry and Loan home of the reality show “Hardcore Pawn” is one of the largest full-service pawn shops in the world, and open to the public.

Tour Hitsville, U.S.A.

They don’t call it Motown for nothing. A tour of the Motown Museum lets you walk in the shoes of the Temptations, Four Tops, Miracles, Supremes and more. It’s touristy, but for good reason. It’s where some of the artists recorded their best music.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues





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    Wayne State University
    5221 Gullen Mall, 573 Student Center Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-577-2424
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    American Jewelry & Loan - Detroit
    20450 Greenfield Road, Detroit, MI 48235
    313-345-4000
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    Motown Museum
    2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
    313-875-2264
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