Join in the fun: July 14 is ‘Be a Tourist in Your Home Town’

Join in the fun: July 14 is ‘Be a Tourist in Your Home Town’

Sometimes we get so busy looking for places to vacation we forget there is so much to do and see on our hometowns.

The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau has a solution for that. On July 14 it will present the sixth annual “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town.” It can be a staycation day for the whole family.

The Capitol Theatre, the Mott Park Recreation Area and Disc Golf Course, and the GM Mobility Research Center at Kettering University are just some of the new attractions. Other new stops include the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church and Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall, featuring a dinosaur exhibit.

In all, 30 venues fill out the roster, which also includes the Durant-Dort Factory One, Factory Two, the Ferris Wheel Building, Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate (shown in the top picture) and For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum.

It’s a great way to spend the day and the cost is only $1, with free transportation between attractions provided by co-sponsor Mass Transportation Authority. (Admission into Sloan’s dinosaur exhibit at Courtland Center is an additional $3, payable at location.)

“Be a Tourist in Your Hometown is a great opportunity for individuals and families to see the popular attractions and hidden gems in their own backyard,” says CVB Director Brandon Morgan. “The tours are not only fun but also provide a significant cost savings. The $1 passport gives participants access to many venues that typically charge admission or are not usually open to the public.”

The Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall features a dinosaur exhibit.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Chamber’s offices in the Mott Foundation Building, 519 S Saginaw St., in downtown Flint.

You’ll need to purchase a passport, which will grant you access to the venues throughout Flint & Genesee. The passports are also valid for a 10-percent discount on food and soft drink purchases at select restaurants in downtown Flint.

You can purchase advance passports online by July 7 to be entered into a special prize drawing for two tickets to The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren.

Passports can also be purchased the day of the event at the following locations:

  • Mott Foundation Building/Brush Park
  • Flint Farmers’ Market
  • The Whiting
  • For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum-Genesee County Parks

Attendance has continued to grow since its inception, with last year’s event brought attracted about 1,100 participants, the largest yet.

Here’s a list of the things you can see and so:

Downtown Walking Tour**

The Ferris Wheel is a good place to stop.
  • Brush Park
  • Genesee County Gospel Festival at Flint’s Downtown Riverbank Park/Amphitheater
  • The Capitol Theatre
  • Flint Farmers’ Market
  • Flint Handmade Summer Art & Craft Street Fair at Flint Farmers’ Market
  • Ferris Wheel Building
  • CRIM Fitness Foundation
  • MW Gallery
  • Greater Flint Arts Council
  • University of Michigan–Flint, Frances Willson Thompson Library & Genesee Historical Collections Center
  • University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center

Route 1**

The Longway Planetariuml is one of the stops during Be a Tourist In Your Hometown on July 14.
  • Brush Park
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Hunger Solution Center (HSC)
  • Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church/Auto Fest (New 2018)
  • Flint Public Library
  • Flint Institute of Arts (FIA)
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate
  • Sloan Museum
  • The Whiting

Route 2**

  • Brush Park
  • Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall – Dinosaurs (New 2018; Additional $3 entrance fee payable at location)
  • Genesee County Parks For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
Check out General Motor’s Durant-Dort Factory One for a piece of Flint history.

Route 3** Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall, featuring a dinosaur exhibit

  • Brush Park
  • The Edible Flint Demonstration Garden
  • General Motor’s Durant-Dort Factory One
  • Factory Two
  • Totem Books

Route 4**

  • Brush Park
  • Superintendent’s Cottage
  • Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast
  • UAW Sit Down Strike Memorial
  • Mott Park Recreation Area (New 2018)
  • Flint River Watershed Coalition (New 2018)
  • Kettering University – GM Mobility Research Center (New 2018)
  • Flint Children’s Museum

*Entrance to attractions with admission fees is included with your passport purchase for the day of the event, unless otherwise noted.
**Routes subject to change.

A complete list of venues and online registration is available at




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