Dearborn is a city in Wayne County in the state of Michigan. This article also covers the adjacent community of Dearborn Heights.

Understand edit

Automotive history edit

Dearborn was the birthplace of Henry Ford, and later he pioneered the mass production of Automobiles here. The world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company is still here.

Arab heritage edit

Settlers from the Middle East date back to the 1800s, and many were employed by Henry Ford during the early days of the company in the 1910s. As a result of their long heritage in the area, Dearborn is the city with the most concentrated Arab population in the Western Hemisphere.

Visitor information edit

Get in edit

Map of Dearborn

By car edit

By train edit

See also: Rail travel in the United States
The Detroit Amtrak station

By bike edit

  • 2 Rouge Gateway Trail. Goes north, eventually reaching Northville.

Get around edit

By bus edit

  • SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation).    

See edit

Henry Ford Museum
  • 1 Automotive Hall of Fame, 21400 Oakwood Blvd, +1 313 240-4000.    
  • 2 Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave (between Neckel and Schaefer), +1 313 582-2266. W-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. The only museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. $6 adults, $3 students/seniors/children, free for children 5 and under.    
  • 3 Henry Ford Estate (Fair Lane), 1 Fair Lane Dr, +1 313 668-3200, . Offers public tours.    
  • 4 The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., +1 313 982-6001, toll-free: +1-800-835-5237. Daily 9:30AM-5PM. This is a "must see". A massive historical and entertainment complex, a leading attraction with a keen focus on innovations. Consists of four separate attractions—the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, and an IMAX theater. Highlights include: Lincoln's chair, Rosa Parks' bus, JFK's limos, Thomas Edison's last breath hermetically sealed in a test tube, original historic structures, nice shops, great food, and, not surprisingly, a spectacular history of the automobile collection that is a football field long. Visitors may have many entertaining experiences such as mini-shows, music, parades, train rides, and Model T rides. Visitors should plan at least one full day for the village, and another full day for the Museum. Adults $25 Greenfield Village, $20 Henry Ford Museum, $16 Factory Tour; seniors $22.50 Greenfield Village, $18 Henry Ford Museum, $14.50 Factory Tour; children 5-12 $18.75 Greenfield Village, $15 Henry Ford Museum, $12 Factory Tour; under 5 free to all attractions. All IMAX tickets $10 regardless of age. 10% discount for online ticket purchases to a single attraction, except for IMAX. Combo tickets to any two non-IMAX attractions are the price of the more expensive ticket plus half of the less expensive one, with no online purchase discount. Unlimited ride pass $10. Parking fee $..    
  • 5 Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 S. Brady St., +1 313 565-3000.    

Do edit

  • Old Car Festival (Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn). the weekend after Labor Day. Antique and classic car collector's show.
  • 1 Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, +1 313 943-2350. Hosts a number of cultural amenities including the Dearborn Michael A. Guido Theater and the Padzieski Art Gallery. Also has a fitness center, indoor pool with water slides, spa, and indoor rock climbing wall.
  • 2 Ford Drive-In Theater, 10400 Ford Rd, +1 313-846-6910. Box office opens 7PM daily. One of the largest drive in movie theaters in the world.
  • 3 MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Henry Ford Community College).
  • 4 Dearborn Ice Skating Center, 14900 Ford Rd, +1 313-943-4098.    
  • The Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, +1 313 561-8587. A performance art theater.
  • Ford Lanes, 23100 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, +1 313-292-1700. A bowling alley.

Buy edit

Many businesses in Dearborn are bilingual, offering service in both English and Arabic. This even extends to chains, such as the one pictured.
  • 1 Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Avenue, +1 313-593-3331. Fairlane Town Center mall hosts many departments stores, high end clothing stores, and over 140 other restaurants and stores. The Town Center is a popular local shopping center near U of M, a short drive from downtown Detroit.    
  • Green Brain Comics, 13936 Michigan Ave (at Jonathon), +1 313-241-7954. M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM.

Eat edit

Thanks to the large Arabic population Dearborn has great Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as many halal options.

  • 1 Buddy's Pizza, 22148 Michigan Ave, +1 313-562-5900. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sat 11:30AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. A local chain from Detroit that specializes in Detroit-style square deep-dish pizza.    
  • Miller's Bar, 23700 Michigan Avenue, +1 313 565-2577. M-Sa 11AM-12:30AM. Known for the "best burgers" in Dearborn and throughout Michigan. Basic menu of hamburgers, fries, and drinks. Fairly reasonable prices.

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Sleep edit

  • 1 The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood, +1 313-271-2700. 222 rooms.    
  • 2 Doubletree Hotel Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway, +1 313-336-3340.
  • Red Roof Inn, 24130 Michigan Avenue, +1 313-278-9732.
  • 3 The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, +1 313-441-2000. 308 guest rooms. A Marriott hotel. Free high speed internet, DirecTV. Two restaurants. Two executive-level floors with a Concierge Lounge. Indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, sauna and lockers. Massages available by appointment. The Gallery Restaurant surrounds you with fine art from Park West Galleries and Cleveland's Glass Bubble Project, and offers a selection of classic American regional cuisine featuring such entrees as a house 21-day dry aged rib eye. Henry's Bar and Grill offers a petite plate menu featuring build your own personal pizza, signature pork belly, and crab cake sliders.
  • 4 Courtyard by Marriott, 5200 Mercury Dr, +1 313-271-1400.
  • 5 Hampton Inn.

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Go next edit

Detroit is about 25 minutes east. If you're not visiting downtown Detroit, you might want to stop in some of the suburbs. There's a nice movie theatre and good restaurants in nearby Canton; Novi and Troy (home of the impressive Somerset Collection mall) are good for shopping and Hamtramck has a sizeable Polish population.

Routes through Dearborn
Battle CreekAnn Arbor  W   E  DetroitPontiac
Ann ArborMelvindale  W   E  DetroitPort Huron
ColdwaterDearborn Heights  W   E  DetroitEND
Detroit  N   S  TaylorToledo
SouthfieldDetroit  N   S  Allen ParkLincoln Park
Ann ArborGarden City  W   E  DetroitEND

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