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The Riverwalk offers many potential spots for crying.
Michelle Gerard

Detroit's top 10 places for crying in public, mapped

It's ok. Let it out.

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The Riverwalk offers many potential spots for crying.
| Michelle Gerard

It's rough out there, friends, and sometimes you have to feel your feelings in public. If you're on the verge of an ugly cry, don't worry. There are plenty of places in the city to sit and let it all out.

We picked some places that are better for warm weather and a few options for winter. We know that there are many, many places to cry in public around the city, but we chose 10 of our favorites to let you know that you're not alone. Everybody hurts. Sometimes.

Note: Locations are arranged west to east.

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1. Merrill Fountain at Palmer Park

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910 Merrill Plaisance
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 757-2751
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Looking for a place to find some quiet and reflect on the past? This fountain in Palmer Park is beautiful and it doesn’t run anymore, so you’ll be providing all the waterworks. Have a seat. Think about what it must have been like back in the day, or what you were like back in the day. Let the tears flow.

Other parks you might want to check out would be Lafayette Park, AB Ford Park, and Clark Park.

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2. Historic Fort Wayne

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6325 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 628-0796
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If you want to be alone, you can definitely do that at Historic Fort Wayne. Get lost as you’re surrounded by battlements and barracks at this unique destination. And here, you’re about as close to Canada as you can get. Wave to our friends across the river while you wipe the tears away.

3. The QLine

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4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 769-8828
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Is the endless debate about regional transit wearing you down? Hop aboard Detroit’s streetcar. Go up and down Woodward, watching the DDOT and FAST buses pass by. If it’s not rush hour or during a big event, there probably won’t be many others around you. And maybe it’ll even get delayed giving you more time to process your feelings.

Another good option would be the People Mover.

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

4. John K. King Used & Rare Books

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901 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-0622
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It’s easy to get lost wandering through John K. King Used Books. Here, you’ll find a book on any subject in the world. Maybe grab some poetry, or a tragedy—whatever feels right. Plus, when someone is crying while holding a book, people just think they’ve read something especially profound.

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

5. The sea of parking lots behind Fox Theatre

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2208 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-0319

Feeling nostalgic about Detroit’s past? Wander behind the Fox Theatre and gaze at the vast sea of parking lots, which once held so many buildings—and hope. Think about other big cities and marvel at how much surface parking Detroit can handle. It’s probably best not to do this during a sporting event, FYI.

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6. The Riverfront near the demolished Joe Louis Arena

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600 Civic Center Dr
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 396-7000

Down near the former hockey arena, at the end of the Riverwalk, there's a circular structure where you can often see one or two people sitting. Depending on the day, you can usually some quiet time to shed some tears. Also, near the empty side of Joe Louis Arena, you think about how wasteful it is to build and then demolish sports stadiums. Such is life.

7. The top deck of the Z-Lot, looking east

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1234 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

Everyone might be having fun at the Belt Alley below, but you can see some great skyline views from this parking structure. High altitude mixed with nice views give crying a plausible deniability. Don’t want to pay for parking? Just walk in and take the elevator to the top.

8. Under Hart Plaza

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1 Hart Plz
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 877-8077

If you have some loud crying to do and you want to be alone, but heard, head down under Hart Plaza. The rough hardscape of this public space matches the rough contours of your tortured soul. And maybe you’ll get lost in the otherworldliness of the place and forget your hardships altogether.

9. Elmwood Cemetery

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1200 Elmwood St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-3453
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No one will wonder why someone’s crying in a cemetery. Detroit has many huge, sprawling cemeteries—reminders of our history and past. Perhaps the nature itself can help you feel better, and Elmwood Cemetery is a certified arboretum.

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

10. Belle Isle Conservatory

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Conservatory Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 331-7760
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The Belle Isle Conservatory is one of our favorite places to take in nature. It's also a good place to feel your feelings. If the weather's nice, there are a few benches outside in the gardens. If it's too cold for that, there are also a few benches inside. Hey, maybe the oxygen will help you feel better!

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1. Merrill Fountain at Palmer Park

910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48203

Looking for a place to find some quiet and reflect on the past? This fountain in Palmer Park is beautiful and it doesn’t run anymore, so you’ll be providing all the waterworks. Have a seat. Think about what it must have been like back in the day, or what you were like back in the day. Let the tears flow.

Other parks you might want to check out would be Lafayette Park, AB Ford Park, and Clark Park.

910 Merrill Plaisance
Detroit, MI 48203

2. Historic Fort Wayne

6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209

If you want to be alone, you can definitely do that at Historic Fort Wayne. Get lost as you’re surrounded by battlements and barracks at this unique destination. And here, you’re about as close to Canada as you can get. Wave to our friends across the river while you wipe the tears away.

6325 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48209

3. The QLine

4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Is the endless debate about regional transit wearing you down? Hop aboard Detroit’s streetcar. Go up and down Woodward, watching the DDOT and FAST buses pass by. If it’s not rush hour or during a big event, there probably won’t be many others around you. And maybe it’ll even get delayed giving you more time to process your feelings.

Another good option would be the People Mover.

4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

4. John K. King Used & Rare Books

901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

It’s easy to get lost wandering through John K. King Used Books. Here, you’ll find a book on any subject in the world. Maybe grab some poetry, or a tragedy—whatever feels right. Plus, when someone is crying while holding a book, people just think they’ve read something especially profound.

901 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

5. The sea of parking lots behind Fox Theatre

2208 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Foxtown, July 2017
Google Street View

Feeling nostalgic about Detroit’s past? Wander behind the Fox Theatre and gaze at the vast sea of parking lots, which once held so many buildings—and hope. Think about other big cities and marvel at how much surface parking Detroit can handle. It’s probably best not to do this during a sporting event, FYI.

2208 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

6. The Riverfront near the demolished Joe Louis Arena

600 Civic Center Dr, Detroit, MI 48226

Down near the former hockey arena, at the end of the Riverwalk, there's a circular structure where you can often see one or two people sitting. Depending on the day, you can usually some quiet time to shed some tears. Also, near the empty side of Joe Louis Arena, you think about how wasteful it is to build and then demolish sports stadiums. Such is life.

600 Civic Center Dr
Detroit, MI 48226

7. The top deck of the Z-Lot, looking east

1234 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

Everyone might be having fun at the Belt Alley below, but you can see some great skyline views from this parking structure. High altitude mixed with nice views give crying a plausible deniability. Don’t want to pay for parking? Just walk in and take the elevator to the top.

1234 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Under Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plz, Detroit, MI 48226

If you have some loud crying to do and you want to be alone, but heard, head down under Hart Plaza. The rough hardscape of this public space matches the rough contours of your tortured soul. And maybe you’ll get lost in the otherworldliness of the place and forget your hardships altogether.

1 Hart Plz
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Elmwood Cemetery

1200 Elmwood St, Detroit, MI 48207
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

No one will wonder why someone’s crying in a cemetery. Detroit has many huge, sprawling cemeteries—reminders of our history and past. Perhaps the nature itself can help you feel better, and Elmwood Cemetery is a certified arboretum.

1200 Elmwood St
Detroit, MI 48207

10. Belle Isle Conservatory

Conservatory Dr., Detroit, MI 48207

The Belle Isle Conservatory is one of our favorite places to take in nature. It's also a good place to feel your feelings. If the weather's nice, there are a few benches outside in the gardens. If it's too cold for that, there are also a few benches inside. Hey, maybe the oxygen will help you feel better!

Conservatory Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207