Looking to stretch your dollar? How about all the way around the city of Flint? Then check out the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s third annual “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” event, which gives area residents and non-residents alike the opportunity to experience the best the community has to offer – all for only $1.
As part of the event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, “tourists” purchase passports that will grant them access and transportation to 30-40 venues throughout Flint. The passports are also valid for discounts in downtown Flint restaurants and businesses that day.
“Every year, our event has grown to include more venues, more tourists and more business discounts,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee CVB. “There’s no better value. We give tourists the passport, a map and a bus to ride, and they choose their own stops on the tour. Participants love being able to customize their own routes to whatever best suits their interests.”
At some venues, tourists get special access to areas that usually are off-limits to the public. Some of the most popular Be a Tourist stops each year include:
- Applewood, the Charles Stewart Mott estate
- The Flint Cultural Center, including the completely renovated Longway Planetarium
- The Michigan School for the Deaf Superintendent’s Cottage
- The Whiting
- Glenwood Cemetery
New stops and corresponding events this year include:
- Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, home of the new Flint Firebirds
- Stockton House at Spring Grove
- Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church and its Family Fun Festival
- Gospel Fest will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center
- An American Institute of Architects Walking Tour
“The main complaint we hear every year is that tourists couldn’t fit in all the stops because there’s so much to see and do,” DeFrain said. “We get people who haven’t visited downtown Flint in years, and they thank us for showing them what’s to see and do in Flint. They always vow that they’ll be back.”
To purchase your passport online, or to read the full list of participating businesses, click here. You can also register on the day of the event at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint, where tourists will also receive their maps and catch free bus rides courtesy of of Flint MTA, a Be a Tourist co-sponsor.
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