Part of the Detroit metropolitan area in Wayne County, Dearborn, Michigan is a diverse destination with strong ties to the automobile industry. Travelers to this city will encounter interesting things to do, from seeing advancements in the auto industry at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and the Automotive Hall of Fame, to learning about the area at the Dearborn Historical Museum.
1.Automotive Hall of Fame
© Automotive Hall of Fame
Founded in 1939, the Automotive Hall of Fame is a museum that showcases the impressive contributions of men and women to the automotive industry. Along with being part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, the hall has galleries featuring permanent and changing exhibits including the spectacular painting in the Hall of Honor, and a display about Karl Benz, the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine as well as the Lincoln Highway, where visitors can learn all about the first interstate in America.
21400 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-240-4000
2.The Henry Ford
© The Henry Ford
Auto enthusiasts will enjoy exploring all of the exhibits and experiences at The Henry Ford, an indoor and outdoor complex featuring five different attractions: the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience and the Benson Ford Research Center. From John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine to authentic Model Ts and more, there is an impressive collection of cars, historical artifacts, and transportation technology displays.
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-982-6001
3.Arab American National Museum
© Arab American National Museum
The first and only museum in the United States dedicated to Arab American history and culture, the Arab American National Museum showcases contributions that Arab Americans have made in the business, political and cultural spheres. Engaging exhibits also dispel misconceptions in the mainstream and include permanent exhibitions such as Coming to America, Making an Impact, Living in America and Arab Civilization: Our Heritage. From documents to personal papers, photos and objects, there is much to see in the collection.
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126, Phone: 313-582-2266
4.Henry Ford Estate
© Henry Ford Estate
Fair Lane, the elegant estate of Henry Ford and his wife Clara, spans 1,300 acres of farmland along the River Rouge in Dearborn, Michigan. While the actual estate is undergoing renovations and may be closed periodically, visitors to the site may still explore the grounds and gardens from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through September 30. The location is not just a home but served as an incubator for innovation and technology, and has an illustrious history welcoming guests with the brightest minds over the years including Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burrows. Along with the historic structures, the property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, features a greenhouse, boathouse, and stables.
1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI 48128, Phone: 313-668-3200
5.Islamic Center of America
© Islamic Center of America
The largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States, the Islamic Center of America as an organization has been around since 1963, although the mosque is a more recent addition. The center serves the large American Muslim community in the area and has programs for children and women. The mosque itself was designed by architect David Donnellon in the Islamic architectural style.
19500 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128, Phone: 313-593-0000
6.Fairlane Town Center
About 15 minutes from downtown Detroit, the Fairlane Town Center is a super-regional shopping mall featuring well-known retailers, a movie multiplex, food court, restaurants, and hotels. The mall is known for its interesting aesthetic and features unique architecture. Throughout the year, the center also hosts events from cooking demonstrations to family-focused events and more.
18900 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126, Phone: 800-992-9500
7.Dearborn Historical Museum
© Dearborn Historical Museum
Known as the “Gateway to Dearborn’s Past,” the Dearborn Historical Museum has an interesting history. Founded in 1950 in its original location of Detroit Arsenal Commandant’s Quarters, a former military headquarters,
the cultural organization has since expanded to include the McFadden Ross House, which showcases the local history and genealogy archives, and Richard Gardner House, reminiscent of the early pioneering days, and which also happens to be the oldest standing home in Dearborn. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
915 Brady Street, Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-565-3000
8.Sacred Heart Parish
Since opening its doors back in 1838, the Sacred Heart Parish has grown in the number of people who come to worship. The church which is over 150-years-old went through another transformation in 1918 with a new building, and today it boasts beautiful stained glass windows and striking interiors. The church regularly hosts events in the community including summer concerts, a family-friendly Oktoberfest and more.
22430 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-278-4654
© Ford’s Garage
When it comes to burgers and beers, travelers have found the right place in Ford’s Garage. Boasting a 1920s service station vibe with features such as vintage Ford vehicles, service pumps and more, this dining destination provides a unique environment for enjoying a meal. While gourmet burgers such as the “Model A” black Angus with sharp cheddar are the main attraction on the menu, there are also salads and comfort food options such as Mama Ford’s Homemade Meatloaf.
21367 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-752-3673
10.Al Ameer Restaurant
© Al Ameer Restaurant
Authentic and fresh Mediterranean cuisine is on always on the menu at Al Ameer Restaurant. Since 1989, the dining establishment, which also happens to hold the distinction of being the largest Middle Eastern restaurant in Wayne County, continues to serve savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its inviting space. Lebanese hummus and shish kabobs are among the popular staples here, as are the refreshing Fattoush salad and Special House Favorites including the Al Ameer Platter for Two with grape leaves, fried kebbie, chicken shawarma, kabobs, and kafta.
12710 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126, Phone: 313-582-8185
Contemporary American cuisine is what diners can expect at TRIA. The modern restaurant features a seasonal menu that highlights local and sustainable food. Dry Aged Angus Sliders, Caraway Dilled Salmon and House Pull-Smoked Mozzarella are among the signature creations. Creative cocktails and an extensive wine and beer selection ensure perfect pairings for every meal. During the warmer months, the restaurant opens up its summer patio for alfresco dining.
300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126, Phone: 313-253-4475
© Bangkok 96
When the craving for tasty Thai food calls, Bangkok 96 is the place to go. Since 2008, the popular local restaurant has been voted “Best Thai Food” by WDIV news and owner Genevieve ensures every dish is made with care. Meals often start with delicious appetizers such as satay and spring rolls before moving on to the main dishes which range from Stir-Fry Thai Specialties such as Pad Ped to grill selections such as Thai Steak and fresh seafood including Pla Lad Prik with fried catfish, topped with green pepper in a chili sauce.
2450 South Telegraph Road, Dearborn, MI 48124, Phone: 313-730-8161
12 Best Things to Do in Dearborn, MI
- Automotive Hall of Fame, Photo: Automotive Hall of Fame
- The Henry Ford, Photo: The Henry Ford
- Arab American National Museum, Photo: Arab American National Museum
- Henry Ford Estate, Photo: Henry Ford Estate
- Islamic Center of America, Photo: Islamic Center of America
- Fairlane Town Center, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
- Dearborn Historical Museum, Photo: Dearborn Historical Museum
- Sacred Heart Parish, Photo: Gelpi/stock.adobe.com
- Ford’s Garage, Photo: Ford’s Garage
- Al Ameer Restaurant, Photo: Al Ameer Restaurant
- TRIA, Photo: TRIA
- Bangkok 96, Photo: Bangkok 96
- Cover Photo: City of Dearborn Government