im going to be spending a week in Detroit while my mother attends a training course.
what is there to do there other than visiting the ford museum?
because shes going to be in the course during the day i will be traveling around, by public transport, on my own so i cant go anywhere too dodgy. any suggestions?
There's a branch of Second City there. I think the shows are most likely at night, but they are a riot!
I have some experience of Detroit. Public transit is not great in Detroit. What area of Detroit are you staying in? That will help me make some suggestions. If you are downtown then you can get around on your feet and using the people mover to some extent. If you are out in one of the suburbs, you will probably want to restrict your activities to that area.
You might want to also check out the information in the Detroit and Windsor destination guides.
eh.. what is second city? a cinema?
we are going to be staying around southfield. is that good/bad?
and we will be escaping to canada soon after.
Second City is a comedy theatre troup. They do comedy sketches.
Southfield is nice. You are close to Cranbrook, which has a number of attractions like the Institute of Science museum, an art museum, and the Cranbrook House and Garden. It's located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. I don't know how exactly you can get there on public transit, but from Southfield, I think you would take the SMART bus route 275 north towards Bloomfield. Check the map here.
Towards downton, you might want to check out Belle Isle. This island situated on America's busiest waterway offers hiking, beaches, watersports and an aquarium. If you are a baseball fan, you could try and catch a Detroit Tigers game.
Frankly, without a car, Michigan is not the best place to be. Public transit is pretty shoddy in the area.