The public viewing on the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo starts tomorrow! Are you ready?!
As you saw from my post about Genesis Motors yesterday, I got a sneak peek of the auto show thanks to She Buys Cars. And now I have a wealth of information and tips about the auto show that I am going to share with you to make your experience even better.
Go When It Is Slow
Or at least when it should be slower. The Auto Show is open from 9am-10pm starting Saturday January 14 through Saturday January 21. The last day of the show is Sunday January 22 and the hours for that day are 9am-7pm. Like most attractions, the busiest days are going to be the weekends. If you are able to go during the day on a weekday, that would be your best bet. If you can only go on the weekends don’t be deterred, just know that everyone else will be there too.
Buy Tickets Online
Save yourself the hassle of standing in line by buying your tickets online. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 65 and older and $7 for children ages 7-12 years of old. Kids 6 and under are free with a parent or guardian. Click here to get your tickets online.
Plan Your Parking
Parking at Cobo and the lots in the immediate area are going to be the most expensive. Consider parking farther out but near a People Mover station and use the People Mover to get to Cobo. The People Mover is an inexpensive way to get around Detroit and only costs 75 cents per ride. Make sure to bring quarters with you or you can also use dollars to get tokens at the machines. I would recommend parking at the Z Lot. It’s name comes from its zig zag shape but it is the murals on its walls done by 27 different artists that will keep you talking. I’ve always paid $10 to park there. They do have a maximum rate of $20 per day, so it is sure to stay affordable. While you are there make sure you check out the The Belt which is the alley next to the Z Lot that is also covered in art. From the Z Lot you would utilize the Cadillac Center People Mover Station to get to Cobo. To see all of the People Mover Stations click here.
Dress For Comfort
Wear comfortable shoes. I can not stress this tip enough. My feet were aching by the end of my first day at the press preview. You may also want to consider wearing a lighter jacket than you normally would as you will either have to carry it around with you or pay to leave it with the coat check.
Plan To Refuel
You are bound to work up a thirst and appetite while walking around the auto show. You can stow a couple of snacks in your bag to tide you over but eventually you will need a real meal. Cobo does have a pretty good variety of food options but don’t feel limited to just the food offered there. Detroit is a food mecca and really does have something for everyone. Some of my favorite restaurants downtown Detroit are Small Plates, the Detroit Beer Company, Red Smoke and Texas de Brazil. You can use the People Mover to get to all of these restaurants and more!
Pack Your Patience
Regardless of when you go to the auto show, traffic and crowds are inevitable. The sooner you accept that the sooner you will be ready to just enjoy the experience no matter what gets thrown your way. Just breathe and know that everyone is there for the same reason….to see some great cars!
There are so many fun things to do at the auto show. My favorite booths were Ford (tons of hands on activities including a VR experience which I highly recommend), Jeep (I am a Jeep girl at heart), Pixar (Lightning McQueen, need I say more?) and of course Genesis (you need to see their luxurious cars).