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Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour

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This 4-hour tour is an opportunity to explore the other side of Detroit - urban exploration style! Check out abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings and theaters with your professional tour guide.
  • Capture images of Detroit’s abandoned buildings with a guide in the lead
  • Learn about composition, exposure, and more from a photographer
  • Comfortable transportation between stops included
  • Souvenir photos available for purchase (own expense)
What to Expect
Meet at Things From Detroit, a shop in the Detroit suburbs. On this guided small-group photography tour, you explore the city's abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings, and theaters with a professional photographer as your guide. Shoot photos of the city’s urban landscape, learning the history of various buildings as you move from location to location in a comfortable coach bus. Plus, receive photo guidance on composition and exposure. Since part of your tour includes walking across rough terrain strewn with bricks, glass, and debris, it’s recommended that you wear boots (avoid open-toe shoes) and dress in layers. In addition to any camera equipment such as a tripod and wide-angle lens, bring a flashlight or be prepared to use your cell phone for light to explore the various locations. The tours ends at the point of departure.
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Things from Detroit
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1814 Parker St
Detroit, MI 48214
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional/local guide
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 18 years to sign waiver for yourself
  • A liability waiver will be required for signature to take part in this tour
  • Participants should be in general good health
  • Dress appropriately (layers, boots, etc.)
  • Bring a flashlight or use your cell phone light
  • Restrooms are provided at the start and conclusion of the tour
  • No open toe/sole shoes (rough terrain of bricks, glass, and debris my be encountered)
  • Photographers should consider a tripod and wide angle lens
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've tried twice to book one of these tours but after a few days Tripadvisor comes back to me saying they can't make a booking. Are these photography tours no longer running?

Date of experience: October 2019
3  Thank 5Mackenzie
Reviewed 24 July 2019

The tour was awesome !! Jessie and the driver Tom were very congenial !! The tour was a small group which gave all of us time to enjoy the very informative narrations !! Jesse again is well informed and is willing to go the extra...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank paul m
Reviewed 11 June 2019 via mobile

This was a great trip. Our guides gave us some background/history about each site and the neighborhoods we drove through and made sure we got some great shots. Detroit’s accessible ruins are slowly disappearing as the city works to rebuild, so don’t wait too long...More

Date of experience: June 2019
3  Thank MrsDottieParker
Reviewed 15 May 2019

Highly recommend this tour if you're interested in urban decay, automotive history, the story of Detroit, and its future. It was a great time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable!

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank kellybSTL
Reviewed 10 May 2019

Same as previous reviews. Jesse and Tom were fantastic. Educational and fun. It's like Pripyat, Ukraine near Chernobyl. The method of destruction is different but just as palpable. The rebuilding part is inspirational, personified by Jesse and his plans for the future. Nothing beats climbing...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Larry S
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Sean H
11 August 2019|
Response from paul m | Reviewed this property |
I really can’t tell you as the owner is planning on discontinuing to due the fact a number of buildings are being leveled. There is another tour available from a competitor good luck as it was awesome
18 July 2019|
Response from Jeffrey G |
The charge is around $70 per person, regardless of age. Better hurry, many of the sites they visit are being gentrified, and may not be around for too long...
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