The hometown of car manufacturer Henry Ford, Dearborn is a hotspot for discovering rich American culture, from national and local museums to the Automotive Hall of Fame. Dearborn is positioned near the Detroit River and is intersected by multiple waterways, so you can chill out at waterfront parks, go kayaking and enjoy fresh seafood.
Things to do in Dearborn
Get to know Dearborn’s favourite son at The Henry Ford Museum, where you can see former president John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, the bus civil-rights activist Rosa Parks rode on and the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop. Afterwards, visit the Dearborn Historical Museum to explore military exhibits and local artefacts in a 19th-century military commandant’s quarters.
Discover the early auto industry pioneers at the Automotive Hall of Fame. Inside you can see exhibits on some of the world’s best designers, racers, engineers, dealers and mechanics. Don’t miss the Arab American National Museum, which showcases displays on Arab-American history and culture, including paintings and installation art.
Looking for some retail therapy? Visit the expansive Fairlane Town Center, a shopping mall that features about 150 stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Outside you’ll find the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC Michigan golf course and prestigious Dearborn Country Club.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, seek reprieve in the riverfront Ford Field Park, where you can enjoy a sheltered picnic, play on tennis courts or ball fields and stroll along the Rouge River. The kids will also enjoy a visit to Bounce It Up, an indoor amusement centre with inflatable slides, arcade games and private party rooms.
Getting around Dearborn
Dearborn is serviced by frequent Amtrak trains from Detroit and is about 30 minutes’ drive from Windsor International Airport. Dearborn has a public bus system, but you can also catch taxis or rent a car to get around.