Short and long, tough and easy, Wheelhouse offers a variety of guided tours for cyclists of all abilities and stamina level. What’s your interest? Detroit architecture...public art...automotive heritage...Eastern Market or other neighborhood excursions...urban agriculture...We can even craft a custom tour for your business or family!

We design many of our neighborhood tours in concert with a community partner organization. This way, we can be sure that the most accurate -- and interesting -- information can be shared with our riders. Community partners also receive a portion of our tour proceeds, so your money is going back into the neighborhood you've visited!

A listing of our 2015 Tours can be found HERE.

We also offer private group tours. To find out more, click HERE or give us a call 313-656-BIKE (2453) or email info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

How about a Wheelhouse bike tour for a gift? A tour gift certificate is perfect for the history buff or cycling fanatic in your life. Most tours cost $30 per person without a rental bike or $40 with. They can choose to put the certificate towards any tour of their liking!


For answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as, "Can my child ride with me?" or "What happens if it rains?" head to our FAQ Page.

You might also want to check out our blog for dates and times of other local rides.

Masters Series: Conner Creek Greenway

Masters Series: Conner Creek Greenway

date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $40.00 with bike rental: $50.00

This one is a ride! We will take Gratiot – and wave at the Better Made factory! – out to the eastside’s Conner Creek Greenway, some of which is completed. Points of interest include Norris Town, the Dorais Velodrome (AKA The Thunderdrome!) and the Milbank Trail. A lunch stop at the historic (haunted) Two Way Inn is included in the tour. Ride distance: 25 miles. Community partner: Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative. This tour is designed for more experienced riders.

Underground Railroad - August

Underground Railroad - August

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date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Detroit was an important station on the Underground Railroad, and the final American stop prior to freedom across the River in Canada for many escaped slaves. We will visit the Underground Railroad memorial sculpture on the Detroit RiverWalk, historic Second Baptist Church, and the Underground Railroad Living Museum at the First Congregational Church.

Cigars in Detroit - August

Cigars in Detroit - August

date: Sunday, August 30, 2015
time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $35.00 with bike rental: $45.00

Did you know that, for a brief time in the late 19th century, Detroits leading industry was cigar manufacturing? This tour explores the architectural and labor legacies of cigars -- along with a couple of stops at cigar bars, including Detroit Habana La De Casa La and Abicks Bar. The route includes Poletown, Downtown and Southwest Detroit.

Historic Detroit Churches

Historic Detroit Churches

date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

The history of Detroit can be seen through a tour of its early churches and religious locations. This tour combines a selection of historic churches, monuments or markers (21 in total), with the neighborhoods and people that they serve or served. This selection includes: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Congregational, Jewish, Baptist and Episcopalian. The neighborhoods include: Downtown, Corktown, Southwest Detroit, Cass Corridor/Midtown and Lafayette Park. Due to church hours and tour timing there will be no inside visits of the churches. The ride is moderately easy, approximately 12 miles with short stops for photos and only two short ride inclines. The majority of the ride is on city streets in light traffic and a few of the churches are accessed by sidewalks. Other landmarks or popular sites will be pointed out along the way.

Public Art (sept)

Public Art (sept)

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date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Detroit has a plethora of amazing public art, and this tour travels from the east side through Midtown and Downtown to take in a wide variety, ranging in scale, material, era and movement. Stops include the Heidelberg Project, Dequindre Cut, Lafayette Park, Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden at College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, Campus Martius and Hart Plaza. This tour is artist-led and is repeated monthly May through September. Approx. mileage: 12.

Urban Agriculture: Farm to Fork (sept)

Urban Agriculture: Farm to Fork (sept)

date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Ever wondered what a local food system actually looks like? Between Eastern Market, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and the 1,000-plus gardens and farms participating in the Garden Resource Program, Detroit offers a unique view of a local food system at work. Spend the afternoon touring local foodways on bicycles! This tour will give you the opportunity to engage with farms and gardens growing food, ride the streets this food travels, and experience the spaces where food reaches consumers forks. Approximately 12 miles. Community Partner: Keep Growing Detroit. This tour will be repeated monthly through September.

Architecture - Sept

Architecture - Sept

date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

This informative, architect-led overview of significant architecture in and around Downtown Detroit is one of our most popular tours. The discussion centers on architecture in relation to urban planning, past and future developments and the social implications of architectural design, good and bad, in Detroit. Sites include Elmwood Cemetery, Lafayette Park, Brush Park, Wayne State University and the Medical Center. Ride distance: 15 miles. This tour repeats monthly through October.

Hamtramck (sept)

Hamtramck (sept)

date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Hamtramck is one of the most diverse and lively communities in Michigan. This popular tour will explore its many angles: artsy, historic and multi-cultural, including Hamtramck Stadium, the Polish Art Center, the must-see-to-believe Hamtramck Disneyland, the Power House that is getting national media attention and a Buddhist Zen Center. Riders will also get a chance to grab a treat at the charming Cafe 1923! Ride Distance: 15 miles. This tour will be repeated monthly through September.

Corktown (Sept)

Corktown (Sept)

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date: Sunday, September 13, 2015
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Get inside info on the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. Check out Victorian homes, historic churches and buildings, vibrant and dynamic businesses and urban farms. Stops include Most Holy Trinity, Ponyride, North Corktown and several of its community gardens and urban farms, the site of Tiger Stadium, Michigan Central Station and Roosevelt Park. This tour includes a refueling stop at St. Cece’s (food/bev not included in price of tour). Tour distance: 10 miles. This tour is repeated monthly through September.

Belle Isle (Sept)

Belle Isle (Sept)

date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Explore the architecture of our island gem, including the Eero Saarinen-designed Flynn Pavilion, the Albert Kahn-designed Aquarium, the Boat and Yacht Clubs, the Casino and Livingstone Lighthouse. A sampling of numerous statues will be discussed, including General Alpheus Starkey Williams and his famous horse Plug Ugly and Scott Fountain. The tours includes stops at the Conservatory, Aquarium and Dossin Great Lakes Museum. This tour is held monthly May to September.

Eastern Market (Sept)

Eastern Market (Sept)

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date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Riders will head out from the RiverWalk to architecturally significant Lafayette Park and, from there, onto Eastern Market, one of Southeast Michigan’s most-vibrant places. At the market, cyclists will hear an overview of the improvement plan for the area. After a couple of slices from neighborhood favorite Supino Pizza, we will walk off lunch with a tour of the farmers market before hopping back on our bikes. The ride back to the Wheelhouse will zoom down the Dequindre Cut rail-to-trail! Lunch included in price of tour. Distance: 5 mile ride, 1 mile walk.

Murals of Southwest Detroit (Sep)

Murals of Southwest Detroit (Sep)

date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Come experience the public art of Southwest Detroit! From Mexicantown to Springwells Village, this tour will highlight the murals, mosaics, and metalwork of Southwest Detroit. We will see mosaic benches at Clark Park, The Alley Project (TAP), Monumental Kitty, murals by the Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project, and much more. Ride distance: 16 miles. Please note: This tour is repeated in J/J/A.

Auto Heritage (Sept)

Auto Heritage (Sept)

date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Discover how Detroit became the center of industry on this tour. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, Milwaukee Junction with a stop at the Piquette Plant, New Center (old GM Headquarters and Fisher Building) and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. On the return trip, we will pass the Michigan Theatre, the location of Ford’s original workshop, the Bagley Garage). This tour is conducted in partnership with Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. This tour is conducted monthly through September.

Architecture (October)

Architecture (October)

date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

This informative, architect-led overview of significant architecture in and around Downtown Detroit is one of our most popular tours. The discussion centers on architecture in relation to urban planning, past and future developments and the social implications of architectural design, good and bad, in Detroit. Sites include Elmwood Cemetery, Lafayette Park, Brush Park, Wayne State University and the Medical Center. Ride distance: 15 miles. Please note: This tour is repeated monthly through October.

Eastern Market (Oct)

Eastern Market (Oct)

date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Riders will head out from the RiverWalk to architecturally significant Lafayette Park and, from there, onto Eastern Market, one of Southeast Michigan’s most-vibrant places. At the market, cyclists will hear an overview of the improvement plan for the area. After a couple of slices from neighborhood favorite Supino Pizza, we will walk off lunch with a tour of the farmers market before hopping back on our bikes. The ride back to the Wheelhouse will zoom down the Dequindre Cut rail-to-trail! Lunch included in price of tour. Distance: 5 mile ride, 1 mile walk.