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Weird Detroit: Wacky, Wild and Bizarre

The Detroit Bus Company

Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Weird Detroit: Wacky, Wild and Bizarre

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Weird Detroit Tour Ended $35.00 $1.87

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You want weird? We've got weird.

Kooky characters, spooky happenings, bizarre backyard art, off-the-wall murals, and some downright you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it weirdness. We're going on a journey to explore the madcap stories that make Detroit so delightfully strange. 

Starting way back with Detroit's very own troublemaking imp, the Nain Rouge, our city's had some seriously odd happenstances. We'll talk about him, and whether he might or might not be responsible for anything from Cadillac's embarrassed ousting to the lackluster Lions. We'll discuss some Detroit River island stories, from Hog Island to the old habitant legend of the killer fur muff (really!) and cast an eye south towards Dog Lady Island. 

We'll look at some weird wall art. We'll find out the story behind that wacky, castle-looking building currently being remodeled on Cass. We'll talk about some Harry Houdini hauntings and stunts, publicity and otherwise. Maybe we'll speculate on what exactly was under that giant sinkhole snarling up traffic on Jefferson (hint: it's old, really old). While we roll, we'll talk all about the many colorful characters who've shaped Detroit as we know it, from the embezzling, gambling founder to the eccentric who conned the city into building a massive statue of him, despite his less-than-sterling character references and to Detroit's very own "prostitute with a heart of gold" who might or might not have been reformed in the end. And of course we'll stop at one of Detroit's many weird bars for a pint or so.

Pick ups: You'll be prompted at check-out to select your pick up time and location.

Ferndale behind Rosie O'Grady's at 11:10 AM

Downtown Detroit at the Z Deck (Gratiot Lobby) at 11:55 AM




What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I'm late?


If you miss your pickup in Ferndale, you can beat the bus down to the Z Deck in Detroit and hop on there. We can't hold the bus for you if you're late, though. Sorry to be so mean about that. There's a schedule to keep and we want everyone to have a good time.


Can I drink on the bus?


Yes, within reason. Take it easy, lampshade. This is an educational tour, not a frat party. You're on a starting and stopping bus and there aren't frequent bathroom breaks. No, you can't pee on the curb. Also, please only bring things with lids; no open cups. Small coolers only, since the big ones are a safety hazard. And it's just plain illegal to take any open container on or off the bus. Drink on the bus? Sure. At the bar? Absolutely. But no drinks in the no-man's-land in between the two.


What if I can't show up? Will my friend be able to go instead?


Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via and we'll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.


Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?


Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There's a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room - no roof riders no matter how badass that might sound.


What's your refund policy? I want me dubloons.


We'll gladly refund your tickets seven days prior to the day of the event. After that, there's no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it.


What about weather SNAFUs?


We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of gnarly weather, you'll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you'll get a voucher good for a future tour with us.
Have questions about Weird Detroit: Wacky, Wild and Bizarre? Contact The Detroit Bus Company



The Detroit Bus Company

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