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4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 833-9700 • majesticdetroit.com For over 100 years this 16-lane bowling alley in Midtown has been a recreation destination. Full service bar and lounge, patio and pizza. Ford Drive-In 10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn 48126 (313) 846-6910 • forddrivein.com First Opened in 1950 this movie theatre always offers a double feature! Concession stand, playground, and restrooms available.
Belle Isle www.michigan.gov (Go to Dept. of Natural Resources) This state park can be accessed using the MacArthur Bridge at E. Jefferson Avenue and E. Grand Blvd. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park in New York City), this beautiful 982-acre park has over five miles of scenic shoreline. The Nature Zoo provides family programs. Call for hours. The Whitcomb Conservatory, Livingstone Lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Aquarium and the Casino (available for rent, seniors programs); Scott Memorial Fountain and a “Kids Kingdom” playscape along with numerous recreational venues. (313) 821-9844 U Campus Martius www.downtowndetroitparks.com Campus Martius lies at the heart of the City of Detroit. Known as the “Point of Origin,” the junction of Woodward and Monroe Avenues is the starting point from where the City of Detroit’s system of streets, squares and lots was created. Home to Rocket Mortgage, retail outlets and loft residences Campus Martius is a significant and contributing factor to the ongoing rebirth of downtown Detroit. With gardens, fountains, waterfalls, monuments, ice skating rink and urban beach space, it is the meeting place for city residents. Chamber Music Detroit 440 Burroughs St., Detroit 48202 Office: (313) 335-3350 • Tickets: (313) 335-3300 www.chambermusicdetroit.org Detroit concerts at WSU Schaver Recital Hall. Grosse Pointe concerts at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Pontiac concerts at Flagstar Strand Theatre. Known for its intimate concert experience and creative program CMD is a special treat for the musically inclined. For more information about concerts and tickets, go to the website. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren at Brush Detroit 48201 (313) 494-5800 • www.thewright.org Open Wednesday through Sunday, call for exact hours. Admission charge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind. Exhibits show the history and contributions of African Americans. The museum features 125,000 sq. ft. simulating scenes from early African history to the slave trade, the civil rights movement to contemporary Detroit. Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 962-4000 • www.mlb.com There’s a lot more than baseball (still the main event!) going on at Comerica Park. Home of the Detroit Tigers. A theme park, baseball museum and restaurants add to the fun. Detroit Artists Market 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 832-8540 • www.detroitartistsmarket.org Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. This market and gallery is dedicated to Michigan artists. It was founded in 1932 and is the oldest cultural institution in Detroit promoting contemporary artists. Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave. (Detroit Institute of Arts) Detroit 48202 (313) 833-4005 www.dia.org/events/Detroit-Film-Theatre Contemporary and classic films, special events for adults and children. Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48202 (313) 833-1805 www.detroithistorical.org Established in 1928, this Detroit cultural gem is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history. “Streets of Old Detroit,” “Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy”, and “Doorway to Freedom” are fantastic! Call or log on to website for hours. Admission fee. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48202 (313) 833-7900 • www.dia.org Considered one of the top museums in the country. Open Tuesday-Sunday. The Beaux Arts Building was designed by Paul Cret and built in 1927, with extensive renovations being recently completed. Renowned for its extensive and diverse collection, with over 100 galleries, a reference library, lecture hall, cafe and museum store. Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents are free.
The Metro Detroit Area has hundreds of attractions that will capture your imagination. Be it arts, theatre, music, history or science, indoor or outdoor, fully active or mostly passive, there is always something to do, a place to go or someplace to call your favorite. Check before you go for days they are open, hours and fees because they are subject to change. But, most of all – GET OUT AND GO! They need you and you need them – a match made in heaven. ENJOY! The City Institute 440 Burroughs St., Ste 118, Detroit 48202 (313) 883-9141 • www.thecityinstitute.com Virtual and in-person city tours, learning journeys on a number of subjects. Presentations and workshops. Log in for specifics. Detroit Opera House/Detroit Opera 1526 Broadway, Detroit 48226 Tickets (313) 237-7464 • www.detroitopera.org Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane and known for its superb acoustic construction, the theatre first opened in 1922. The lavish Italian renaissance style has been allowed to flourish despite its tumultuous history of name changes and abandonment. The opera is alive and well... for tours see website. Detroit Symphony Orchestra Max M. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 576-5111 • www.dso.org Now over 100 years old, many renowned conductors and musicians have performed beloved classics, world premiers, pops and jazz. There are always programs for children and families as well. Orchestra Hall, built by C. Howard Crane in 1919, is the elegant home of the orchestra and is now part of the fantastic Max M. Fisher Music Center. Eastern Market Headquarters at 2934 Russell, Detroit 48207 (between Mack & Gratiot) S Campus Martius #4 Best Public Square (313) 833-9300 • www.easternmarket.org Open Saturdays, 6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This 11-acre open-air market sells fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, wines, flowers and plants. It is the largest historic public market district in the U.S.! The area also features specialty stores and restaurants. Ford Field 2000 Brush, Detroit 48226 (313) 262-2100 • www.detroitlions.com Admission charge. Located in the heart of the entertainment district and home to the NFL Detroit Lions. The design incorporates the Detroit landmark Hudson’s warehouse (built in the 1920s) and claims the best sight lines of any stadium in the U.S. Public walk up tours and group tours are available. Fox Theatre 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Over 80 years old, the Fox is the oldest surviving movie palace of the 1920s. It continues to showcase live music and Broadway shows.
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Monroe Street between Randolph and I-75. Authentic Greek restaurants, bakeries, shops, nightlife and a casino are all easily accessible to hotels and other attractions by the Detroit People Mover. Guardian Building 500 Griswold St., Detroit 48226 (313) 963-4567 • www.guardianbuilding.com Built in 1928-29 this significant skyscraper is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the best examples of art-deco architecture. Standing tall at 40 floors, it is made of 1.8 million custom tangerine-colored bricks and features glass from France, marble from Italy and Africa, Rookwood Pottery and Pewabic tile. The 5 story Michigan Mural and Tiffany clock make this Detroit gem a must see. Huntington Place One Washington Blvd., Detroit 48226 (313) 877-8777 • www.huntingtonplacedetroit.com The convention center is the 17th largest in the country hosting conferences, conventions, and trade shows. The People Mover has a station on the 4th floor and the largest MoGo bike share station. Huntington Place has a large art collection on display and houses an outlet of the Pure Detroit retail store. Indian Village
Over 100 years old, this community of 351 homes was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Located from E. Jefferson to Mack Avenue in Detroit, it includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues. These homes, built as early as 1895 by Detroit’s wealthiest businessmen, are on a grand scale, explaining the popular home and garden tours this neighborhood hosts. Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Opened in the fall of 2017, this multi-purpose arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. The eight-story building is built in a bowl shape with its floor 40 feet below street level. Capacity of 20,000 seats for hockey games is the 2nd largest in the world. Concert calendar, game schedules and arena tour info are online. Majestic Theatre Center 4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48201 (313) 833-9700 • www.majesticdetroit.com A city block full of fun: two restaurants, bars, billiards, bowling, live entertainment venues. Free shuttle to other downtown locations.
500 Temple Street, Detroit 48201 (313) 832-7100 • www.themasonic.com
Built in 1926, the temple is listed on the State and National Historic Registers. The theatre seats over 4,400 people and hosts all forms of live entertainment including plays, variety shows, dance and rock concerts. Southwest of downtown at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. This area offers numerous annual events including Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Summer Mercado. Restaurants and craft stores abound. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R, Detroit 48202 (313) 577-8400 • www.mi-sci.org Family oriented, hands-on displays designed with an interactive approach, for the discovery of all things related to science, math and technology. Features exhibits, live shows and activities. Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission charge. Midtown Detroit
3939 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit 48201 (313) 420-6000 • midtowndetroitinc.org Bounded by Ford Freeway (North), Chrysler Freeway (East), Fisher Freeway (South), and the Lodge Freeway (West). Known as “Midtown”, this area includes many cultural, educational and medical institutions including the Detroit Art Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Public Library, and the Max Fisher Music Center.
Motown Historical Museum
2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit 48208 (313) 875-2264
www.motownmuseum.org Two phases of the highly anticipated Motown Museum expansion are now complete. The museum is open for you to explore. Features the beginning of the Motown music empire; galleries with numerous displays and artifacts showcasing the major works of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Online gift shop. Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm. There is an entry fee. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center
1801 Atwater, Detroit 48207 (844) 622-6367 • www.michigan.gov/oac This family-friendly destination brings Michigan’s woods, water and wildlife inside a three-story, 40,000 square foot building near the Detroit Riverwalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. This unique facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of activities and exhibits. Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee. Pewabic Pottery 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit 48214 (313) 626-2000 • www.pewabic.org A Detroit institution, many homes and office buildings are decorated with these distinctive tiles and mosaics. Production, history and exhibits are available to view. One of only two active turn-of-thecentury pottery studios in the country. Online store. Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday call for group tours.
RELOCATE 2 Metro Detroit™ offers pages of information that allows you to access websites or dial phone numbers to get information from hundreds of locations and organizations. Please check with the organization or specific venue for any updates to open dates, fees, hours of operations and protocols they may be following to keep their staff and visitors safe. Although the Metro Detroit Area is getting back to normal it is encouraged that residents and/or visitors stay up to date on any local restrictions being suggested, requested or enforced.
Located on Jefferson between Brush and Beaubien (313) 567-3126 • www.gmrencen.com A Detroit landmark on the Detroit River, it is easily recognized by its five massive glass towers. The RenCen, at 5.5 million sq. ft., houses General Motors World Headquarters, numerous offices, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, a food court, fine dining restaurants, specialty retail stores located on the Detroit River. Rivertown
Located along the Detroit River between the RenCen and Belle Isle Bridge, this historic warehouse district with great views features restaurants, clubs, parks, marina and outdoor concert venue – the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Skillman Library 121 Gratiot, Detroit 48226 (313) 481 -1850 • www.detroitpubliclibrary.org Open Monday-Thursday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The nation’s most extensive public archive of automotive information including books, photographs, drawings and company histories are available by appointment. Call (313) 481-1862. Tuskegee Airmen National Museum Exhibits and artifacts located in the Coleman A. Young Gallery of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit 48201. Admission charge. Thursday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Historic Aircraft, all youth programs and administrative offices at the Coleman A. Young International Airport. 11499 Corner St., Detroit 48213 (313) 843-8849 • www.tuskegeemuseum.org Honors the legacy and achievements of the nation’s first all-black air fighter squadron. The Heidelberg Project Art Environment, 3600 Block of Heidelberg, Detroit 48207 (313) 458-8414 • www.heidelberg.org Artist Tyree Guyton has taken on urban blight and created an indoor/ outdoor art gallery incorporating found objects, sidewalks, vacant lots, and houses into his works. Log on for tour and lecture information. Wayne State University Theatre & Dance (313) 577-3508 • www.theatreanddance.wayne.edu Performance Spaces: • Hilberry Gateway - New performance venue opening 2023. • Allesee Dance Theatre – 4841 Cass Ave., (3rd floor) Detroit 48202. • Hilberry Theatre – 4743 Cass Ave. Detroit 48202 (to be converted to the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center). • Underground at the Hilberry – 4743 Cass Ave. Detroit 48202 (open stage in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre).
Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Avenue (at Schaefer), Dearborn 48126 (313) 429-2535 • www.arabamericanmuseum.org Open Thursday and Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 6pm. Admission charge. The museum is the first in the country to celebrate the Arab American story. Along with the exhibits there is an auditorium, library/resource center and gift shop. This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and can access its programs, speakers, and artifacts. Call to confirm hours. Automotive Hall of Fame 21400 Oakwood, Dearborn 48124 (313) 240-4000 • www.automotivehalloffame.org Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Admission charge. Classic cars, including a replica of the first gasoline auto, plus interactive exhibits. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores 48236 (313) 884-4222 • www.fordhouse.org Open Tuesday - Sunday with a variety of tours. Call for hours. Admission charge. Designed by Albert Kahn, this family home is representative of the Detroit “auto barons”. It was built in the style of Cotswolds in Worchester, England. Many original pieces from the family art and antiques collection are on view. Greenmead Historical Park 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia 48152 (248) 477-7375 • www.Livonia.gov This 95-acre park site includes Greek revival farmhouse (exhibits), north barn, farmhand house, gardens, and historical village. The village includes homes built in mid-1800s, gift shops, picnic and recreational facilities. Grosse Pointe Theatre 315 Fisher Rd, Grosse Pointe 48230 (313) 881-4004 • www.gpt.org More than 400 members volunteer their talents, performing five plays, “main stage” plays and smaller “black box” productions. Log on to the website for more information. Grosse Pointe War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms 48236 (313) 881-7511 • www.warmemorial.org On Lake St. Clair, this historic site serves as a center for enrichment programs, numerous community events and services in honor of veterans. Built in 1910 as the former home of Russell Alger. Hamtramck Historical Museum 9525 Jos Campau St., Hamtramck 48212 In Oakland County(313) 262-6571 • www.hamtramckhistory.com Focuses on Hamtramck’s great past, present and future. Has a wide range of programs and Avon Players services including slide/power point presentations, 1185 Washington, Rochester Hills 48306 book signings, guest lectures, craft demonstrations, (248) 608-9077 • www.avonplayers.org ethnic cultural demonstrations (dance, song, etc.) Community theatre September - May. Youth theatre video presentations and school programs. Open in the summer. Call or log on for performance and Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4 pm or by appointment. ticket information. Mill Race Historical Village Downtown Northville 48167 (248) 348-1845 • www.millracenorthville.org This charming historical village was built on 12.5 acres of land preserving architectural styles found in the Northville community prior to 1900. The village consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, Interurban station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. Log on to the website for additional information and calendar of events. Motor City Youth Theatre Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, Livonia 48150 (313) 535-8962 • www.mcyt.org This high-quality group of children and adults puts on main stage productions involving dance, music and visual arts. Classes are offered for new actors ages 5-10. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 • www.bbartcenter.org The center offers studio classes, workshops, art history classes for all ages, art camps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine
Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be purchased at the Gallery
Shop. Closed Sundays.
Clarkston Village Players
4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 (248) 625-8811 www.clarkstonvillageplayers.org Community theatre runs year round, includes summer youth theatre.
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Plymouth Historical Museum Cranbrook Educational Community 155 S. Main Street, Plymouth 48170 39221 Woodward Ave. (734) 455-8940 • www.plymouthhistory.org Bloomfield Hills 48304 Admission fee. Open 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, www.cranbrook.edu Saturday, Sunday. Features special events, historical exhibits Cranbrook Art Museum – (248) 645-3323 specializing in Victorian reproductions, and gift shop. www.cranbrookartmuseum.org This contemporary art museum built by Finnish Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942, houses 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth 48170 permanent and changing exhibitions and (734) 455-2290 • www.plymouthorchards.com features a state-of-the-art Collectors Wing. 16 varieties of apples, cider mill, country store, petting A store selling works by students, faculty, farm, music offered most weekends. Seasonal. books, prints, giftware, etc. also on site. Wyandotte Museum Cranbrook House and Garden – 2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte 48192 (248) 645-3147 (734) 324-7284 • www.wyandotte.net www.housegardens.cranbrook.edu Admission fee. The museum is housed in the Victorian Ford-Mac Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the Nichol home, built in 1896. The building features a wraparound founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen porch, turret, six fireplaces, and original decor. The museum Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home offers archives and exhibits highlighting local history; other in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse buildings on site. Yankee Air Museum (located at historic Willow Run Airport) 47884 D Street, Belleville 48111 (734) 483-4030 www.yankeeairmuseum.org Closed Mondays. Admission fee. Check website or call for specific hours and cost. Learn about Detroit’s role in winning World War II. See 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, 48124 (313) 982-6001 • www.thehenryford.org An awe-inspiring experience. The Henry Ford is 4 must see attractions (Museum, Greenfield Village, IMAX Theater and Ford Rouge Factory Tour) for discovering America – its culture, inventions and people. Hundreds of hands-on ways to explore, enjoy and be inspired. Museum hours - Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., gardens were originally designed by Mr. Booth. House tours June through October. Cranbrook Institute of Science (248) 645-3200 www.science.cranbrook.edu Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need to log on to their website.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. documentary on how Ford Motor Saarinen House – (248) 645-3307 Greenfield Village (seasonal, log on to website for hours), Company built more than 8,500 B-24 Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco Factory Tours and Imax Theater (log on to Liberator heavy bombers. Numerous masterwork. It was the home and studio website for additional information). aircraft and artifacts on display from World of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. OpenAdmission charge. War 1 through the Vietnam era and beyond May through October for public walk-in and including jet fighters and B-52 Stratofortress. private tours. Call for exact dates and times. Flight Experience rides on either a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-25 Mitchell bomber (at additional cost) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles. Smith House – (248) 645-3307 Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills; this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Museum for more info.
Woodward Ave. at Ten Mile, Royal Oak 48067 (248) 541-5717 • www.detroitzoo.org Open 362 days a year. Features 125 acres of open natural habitats that are home to 230+ species. There are numerous attractions including a new Penguinarium, Amphibian Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees. Flagstar Strand Theatre Pontiac
12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac 48342 (248) 309-6442 • www.FlagstarStrand.com Offering a diverse selection of high-quality arts programming the Flagstar Strand Theatre hosts a wide variety of events each year from international touring artists to local favorites and performances by the STArt Youth Theatre company. Housed in a three-story Renaissance-style building in the heart of downtown Pontiac, Flagstar Strand Theatre has 2 internal performance venues – the historic 900 seat Grand Theatre and the more intimate Second @ Strand Stage. In 2020 it opened a third performance space using their iconic marquee as a performing space. Holly Dickens Festival
Late November/Early December each year. www.hollydickensfestival.org Lose yourself to the “Spirit of Christmas” by being part of a very real, very unique “A Christmas Carol” immersion. Be part of the oldest and longest running Dickens Festival in the United States.
Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills 48334 (248) 553-2400 • www.holocaustcenter.org This is an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust, European Jewish communities and Jewish visitors can research their roots in the world’s largest collection of books and resources. There are lecture series, travel opportunities, teacher seminars and a speakers’ bureau. Numerous exhibits and gift shop. Call for hours. Lego Discovery Center
(Great Lakes Crossing) Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 409-6001 www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan This indoor family attraction is perfect for children ages 3 -10. There is a large play area, creative workshop, models of Detroit landmarks, Lego rides and 4-D theater. Tickets may be purchased online. Main Street Downtown Rochester
Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show –Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day www.downtownrochestermi.com The parade is a televised event running down Main Street in Rochester in early December. Stake out your space early! The light show involves all buildings lit up with lights strung every six inches. A wonderful sight at night. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills 48334 (248) 626-5020 • www.marvin3m.com Listed as one of the most unusual museums in the country, there are thousands of toys, machines, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, 48442 (800) 601-4848 • www.michrenfest.com A truly unique entertainment experience with knights in armor, joisting, strolling musicians, themed feasts and weekends, specialty acts and active marketplace. Runs from mid-August through September. Check the website for information about activities, events and festival fees. (on Oakland University campus) Adams and Walton, Rochester, 48309 Amphitheatre – (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com May through September serves as a popular outdoor entertainment venue. Pavilion and lawn seating. Home to Meadow Brook Gardens as well. Meadow Brook Hall - (248) 364-6200 www.meadowbrookhall.org The Matilda Dodge Wilson Estate (widow of auto baron John Dodge) is a beautiful 100-room Tudor revival style mansion built in 1929. It boasts 23 fireplaces, 39 chimneys and 3 kitchens. It is the 4th largest historic house museum in the country. For special events and tours please call. Open daily year-round. Fee. Meadow Brook Theatre
Adams and Walton, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 48309 (248) 377-3300 • www.mbtheatre.com Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest professional theatre company. Over the years it has won awards and critical acclaim for the high quality of the comedies, mysteries, dramas and musicals; from its accomplished actors to the lavish sets and beautiful costumes. They also have a series for children. Located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MBT’s theatre provides an intimate experience. Handicapped seating and free parking. Oakland County Fair
PO Box 365, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg 48350 (248) 634-8830 • www.oakfair.org This annual fair was founded in the 1880’s. 4-H fair memberships and event applications are available online. Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market
2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328 (248) 858-5495 www.oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/farmers-market Open year round, but not daily, the market offers food specialty items, farm and garden produce and flea market booths on site. Log on for hours and links to vendor websites. Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac 48342 (248) 338-6732 • www.ocphs.org Pine Grove Historical Museum includes the Governor Moses Wisner Mansion, Drayton Plains one room schoolhouse and carriage house, research library and Pioneer Museum. Call Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for information and hours. Olde World Canterbury Village
2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion 48360 (248) 391-5700 • www.canterburyvillage.com A designated historical landmark, the Village extends over 21 acres on the old Scripps Farm. There are specialty shops and restaurant on site along with cider mill. Call for hours. Palazzo di Bocce
4291 S. Lapeer Rd., Orion Township 48359 (248) 371-9987 • www.palazzodibocce.com Closed Sundays and Mondays. Largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, a unique venue and comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play. Paint Creek Center for the Arts
407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 657-4110 • www.pccart.org Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) helps people in our region explore, experience, and share their creativity through art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, community projects, and the annual Art & Apples Festival® – which was designated as one of the top 10 art festival in the entire nation in 2018 and 2019. 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston 48348 (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts. Ridgedale Players
205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy 48098 (248) 988-7049 • www.ridgedaleplayers.com One of the oldest community theatre groups in Michigan (over 75 years), with a junior actor program as well. Rochester Hills Museum
1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester 48306 (at Van Hoosen Farm) (248) 656-4663 • www.rochesterhills.org (Click on “Things to Do”) Open year-round Friday and Saturday, 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Tours available. Admission charge. Located in an 1840s Greek Revival farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was home to five generations. It features period furnishings and artifacts. Located within historic Stoney Creek Village, the area includes the 1848 Stoney Creek School, farmhouses and Greek Revival homes built before the Civil War. A selfguided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon. Sea Life Aquarium (at Great Lakes Crossing) 4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, 48326 (866) 622-0605 • www.visitsealife.com This 35,000 square foot underwater world features 5,000 creatures in 20 themed displays. Come explore the interactive touch pool, walk through the ocean tunnel, watch the sharks feeding, and listen to the fun programs about “why” and “how”. Log on to the website for hours and tickets. Stagecrafters (at the Historic Baldwin Theatre) 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak 48061 (248) 541-6430 • www.stagecrafters.org September through July. This theatre group presents musicals, comedies and dramas. Also special youth theatre programs. Tree Runner Adventure Park
6200 Drake Rd., West Bloomfield 48322 (248) 419-1550 • www.treerunnerparks.com/westbloomfield Over 100 obstacles and zip lines, numerous courses at a variety of levels. Seasonal park. Check website for hours. Also, one in Rochester Hills on the campus of Oakland University at Walton and Adams Road. Upland Hills Farm
481 Lake George Rd., Oxford 48370 (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com Hayrides, camps and special events. Village Players of Birmingham
34660 Woodward, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-2075 (tickets) www.birminghamvillageplayers.com Community and youth theatre and summer theatre arts camp.
In Macomb County All The World’s a Stage
66130 Van Dyke, Washington Township 48095 (586) 243-2253 • http://atwas.org With a belief that the arts are central to the educational, social, and aesthetic development of children, this award-winning theatre arts education program offers youth an opportunity to experience theatre both on and off the stage. Anton Art Center
125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 469-8666 • http://theartcenter.org Housed in a “Carnegie Library,” this premiere organization offers cultural experience year-round including exhibitions by local, regional and national artists; adult and youth classes; a gift shop featuring locally produced art; and special events. Crocker House Museum
15 Union St., Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 465-2488 • www.crockerhousemuseum.org Restored Victorian Italianate, built in 1869, it is fully furnished and was home of the first mayor of Mount Clemens. Tours by appointment only. Grand Pacific House Museum
51065 Washington, New Baltimore 48047 (586) 725-4755 Built in 1881 as a hotel and saloon, it is now a museum with an active membership, meetings and workshops for all ages. Call for days and hours of operation. Lorenzo Cultural Center
44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township 48038 (586) 445-7348 • www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com Call for hours of operation, varies at different times of year. Adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, featuring multi-dimensional programs relating science, history, culture and the arts. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Macomb Community College 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township 48038 (586) 286-2222 • www.macombcenter.com This is the cultural hub of the county. There is much to do including concerts, musicals and dance, live theatre, workshops and an art gallery. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights 48312 586-268-9700 • www.313presents.com This is an indoor and outdoor music and movie theatre surrounded by Freedom Hill County Park. It has pavilion and lawn seating.
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society
16600 Stephens, Eastpointe 48021 (586) 872-2581 • www.mimths.org Dedicated to portraying and preserving the story about Michigan's civilian and military efforts during the conflicts of the 20th Century, this unique collection showcases products produced by Michigan’s “Arsenal of Democracy.” Michigan Transit Museum
200 Grand Ave., Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 463-1863• www.michigantransitmuseum.org Train rides are available June thru October on Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m. Historic depot was built for the Chicago, Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Railroad. It is also where Thomas Edison learned telegraphy and picked up “railroads” as a short career. Depot open every Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Richmond Community Theatre
69619 Parker Street, Richmond 48062 (586) 727-9518 • www.richmondtheatre.com For over 50 years, this community gem produces five shows per year involving a wide circle of actors, stage crafters, costume makers and the other creative talents that combine to create a magical experience. Selfridge Military Air Museum
Selfridge Air National Guard Base M-59 and Jefferson, Harrison Township 48045 (586) 239-5035 • www.selfridgeairmuseum.org Indoor and outdoor exhibits, with Navy and Air Force planes. Call for hours and tour information. Starkweather Arts Center
6140 Bray Road, Flint 48505 (810) 736-7100 or (800) 648-PARK www.geneseecountyparks.org
Open Wednesday-Sunday, Memorial Day to Labor Day, call for exact times of operation. Admission Fee. Railroad departs several times a day. The Village contains more than 30 historic structures from the 1800s, along with a steam locomotive, ferris wheel, carousel and paddlewheel riverboat. There are also Halloween and
Fenton Village Players
14197 Torrey Rd., Fenton 48430 (810) 750-7700 • www.fentontheatre.org Provides professional quality theatre and includes children’s theatre program. Encourages involvement in various ways. Performances at Fenton Community Center. Flint Children’s Museum
on the campus of Kettering University 1602 W. University (Third Ave.), Flint 48504 (810) 767-5437 https://flintchildrensmuseum.org Technology, science and art all under one roof! There are more than 40 exhibits, all of them hands on, featuring monthly activities and themes so it’s always a different experience. Call for hours. Flint Community Players
Tom & Bea Nobles Performance Hall 2462 S. Ballenger Hwy., Flint 48507 Box office: (810) 441-9302. Created in 1929, this local community theater puts on five plays a season. You are welcome to audition. Flint Farmers Market
300 East First St., Flint 48502 (810) 232-1399 www.flintfarmersmarket.com Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. You can find a wide 219 N. Main Street, Romeo 48065 (586) 752-5700 • http://starkweatherarts.com This gallery, housed in a historic home built in 1863, offers classes, open mic and music concerts, and gift variety of meat, produce, dairy and baked goods all the way through the fall and winter seasons. If you’re not hungry, check out the art or enjoy any number of special events! shop. Call for days and hours of operation. In Livingston County Brighton Center for the Performing Arts
7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton 48116 (810) 299-4130 • www.brightonperformingarts.com Located on the Brighton High School campus this venue presents arts and entertainment programming.
Brighton Imagination Station
400 Cedar Street, Brighton 48116 (248) 797-0829 • www.brightoncity.org This 10,000 square foot playground is comprised of numerous wooden structures creating a fantasy area for all ages. Bridge, nature trail, gazebo and free concerts during July and August as well.
1120 E. Kearsley St, Flint 48503 (810) 234-1695 • www.flintarts.org Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission fee for temporary exhibits. Members are free. A great cultural resource both as a museum and art school. Features year round permanent and temporary exhibits. The film theatre shows independent and international films.
Flint Institute of Music
1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48503 www.thefim.org • (810) 238-1350 Manages the School of Performing Arts, the Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Flint Repertory Theatre. The school has classes for all ages. The symphony performs classics, family and summer concerts. The symphony’s home theater is Whiting Auditorium (810) 237-7333.
Flint Repertory Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley, Flint 48503 (810) 237-1530 • https://flintrep.org Professional resident theatre company, drama school º and theatre workshops.
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
2142 N. Genesee, Burton 48509 (810) 736-7100 ext. 892 • www.geneseecountyparks.org Features 380 acres with ponds, forests, hiking trails, educational programs, visitor center and museum.
Grand Blanc Heritage Museum
203 E. Grand Blanc (City Hall) Grand Blanc 48439 (810) 694-7274 • www.cityofgrandblanc.com Two floors of exhibits showcase the local history based on constant research and documentation. Numerous activities and events are held. Gift shop on lower level. Heavenly Scent Herb Farm
13730 White Lake Road, Fenton 48430 (810) 629-9208 • www.heavenlyscentherbfarm.com Housed in a barn built in 1910, painted to look like three storefronts – home decor, body care products, garden items. Specialty herbs and plants available in the greenhouse.
James H. Whiting Auditorium
1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48503 (810) 237-7333 • www.thewhiting.com Equipped to offer all performing arts programs. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful concert/ballet halls in the nation. Home of the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Robert T. Longway Planetarium
1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48503 (810) 237-3400 • www.sloanlongway.org Closed Mondays, call for shows. Admission fee. Michigan’s largest and well-equipped planetarium. Programs range from astronomical and aerospace events to night sky details and the solar system. Sloan Museum of Discovery
1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint 48503 (810) 237-3450 • www.sloanlongway.org Durant vehicle gallery, Hagerman Street early learning gallery, history gallery and Science Discovery Hall, gift shop and café. Closed Mondays. Genesee County residents have free general admission.
Spicer Orchards Farm Market & Winery
10411 Clyde Road, Fenton 48430 (810) 632-7692 • www.spicerorchards.com Built like an old Victorian carriage house; 10,000 bushels of apples, sorting machine, donut shop, bakery, cider mill and farmers market are all here. U-pick farm June-December. Hayrides in the fall and Christmas trees available after Thanksgiving.
Community Theatre of Howell
1400 W. Grand River, Howell 48843 (517) 545-1290 • www.cththeatre.org, Located in the high school’s freshman campus building, performances include a children’s production, numerous theatre workshops and two-week summer youth camp. Florence Dearing Museum
3505 Avon St., Heartland 48353 (810) 229-7621 Call for tour. Circa 1891 Victorian structure built as the town hall. It features a farm kitchen, parlor, general store, clothes, books and tools.
Hamburg Township Museum
7225 Stone Street, Hamburg 48139 (810) 986-0190 Call for hours www.hamburgmuseum.org Features a permanent train display and historical exhibits dating back to 1831. Exhibits change every two months. Other amenities include a gift shop and tearoom. Hartland Players City of Howell
611 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell 48843 (517) 546-3500 • www.cityofhowell.org Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and awarded a “Great American Main Street” designation in 2018, this charming downtown features the Annual Michigan Challenge Hot air Balloonfest, Melon Fest, and the Legend of Sleepy Howell premier Halloween event. Numerous 19th century structures including the Livingston County Courthouse circa 1889. Howell Nature Center
1005 Triangle Lake, Howell 48843 (517) 546-0249 • www.howellnaturecenter.org Open daily year-round. The center features a wildlife exhibit area and education facilities. It also serves as a rehabilitation clinic for injured and orphaned wild animals.
Livingston Centre Historical Village
Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds 8800 W. Grand River, Fowlerville 48836 (517) 223-8186. Open during the Fair, Fall Fest and by appointment. Numerous turn-of-the-century buildings collected from all over the country including a one-room schoolhouse, rail depot, farmhouse, barbershop and church.
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Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
Howell High School 1200 W. Grand River Road, Howell 48843 517-546-3920 (Chamber of Commerce) www.michiganchallenge.com The 2023 edition of this fun event will happen on June 23-25, 2023. Log on to the website to get up to the minute information about events (under the THIS YEARS EVENT tab). Sponsorship opportunities available – contact the Chamber. CASH ONLY fees for attendance. You definitely want to see the Balloon Glow!
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E, Ann St., Ann Arbor 48104 Leslie Science and Nature Center 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor 48105 (734) 995-5439 • www.discoverscienceandnature.org Hands on museum features 10 galleries, workshops, STEM focused activities, field trips and camps. The Nature Center includes trails, raptor enclosures and a critter house. Call for hours.
Hill Auditorium University of Michigan 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-2538 • www.thehillauditorium.com The auditorium is the largest performance space on the University of Michigan campus. Opened in 1913 it has hosted countless performances over the years from Leonard Bernstein to Bob Marley to G-Easy. Known for its acoustical richness. It is a venue of stunning design and programming that caters to all tastes. Jiffy Mix
201 W. North St., PO Box 460 Chelsea 48118 (734) 475-1361 • www.site.jiffymix.com Home of the beloved cornbread muffin mix, this familyowned business started as a flour mill in 1901. In 1930 the first prepared mix was sold. By making the “Jiffy” brand affordable they helped many families during and after the depression. Products, recipes and tour information is online.
Kerrytown Market and Shops
407 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 662-5008 • www.kerrytown.com Located blocks from downtown Ann Arbor this historic area features a wide variety of specialty markets, unique gift shops and restaurants. Log on for a list of all the “goodness” waiting for you! Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
University of Michigan Gardens – 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor 48105 Arboretum – 1610 Washington Hts. Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 647-7600 • www.mbgna.umich.edu The Gardens and Arboretum are both open to the public. At the Gardens you’ll find the conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens and many trails and natural areas. The Botanical Gardens are free and open 7 days a week. Jointly owned by the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor, Nichols Arboretum is located on the U-M central campus next to the U-M hospital. The Arb is a haven for students, U-M and hospital staff, and visitors year-round. It’s also home to several collections of historic or native plants. The Arb is free and open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
C o urt es y of the Michi gan Firehouse Museum University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 1105 N. University Ave. (Biological Sciences Building), Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-0478 • www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh Enjoy natural history from the comfort of your home. Explore the numerous exhibits, virtual field trips and the planetarium and dome theater. Simply log on to the website and explore – fabulous resource for classrooms, home schoolers and families. University Musical Society
Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti 48197 (734) 547-0663 • www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org A treasure trove of firefighting equipment in an old “once working” station dating back to 1898.Includes a bunk area, brass pole and vehicles. Open Thursday through Sunday. Purple Rose Theatre
137 Park Street, Chelsea 48118 (734) 433-ROSE • www.purplerosetheatre.org Started by the talented actor and Michigander, Jeff Daniels, this playhouse showcases live theater year-round. Also offers acting classes for all ages. 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-2538 • www.ums.org With a prestigious program of music, dance and theater, the UMS was a 2014 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest public artistic honor awarded by the President of the United States. Housed in Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan it is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country. With 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season UMS is a major contributor to the vibrant cultural community you will find in Washtenaw County. The ticket office is located in the Michigan League Building.
From Metro Detroit you can easily reach the many wonders of Michigan. It could be a fun day trip to Frankenmuth for a family chicken dinner or a weeklong tour above the Mighty Mac exploring the Upper Peninsula. Wherever you go the diversity of Michigan’s wonders will amaze and humble. From picture rocks and picturesque waterfalls to a presidential library and museum, resort beach communities, a “tunnel of trees” or wine tours, Michigan has it all. And when you’re done, Metro Detroit will be awaiting your return so you can continue your exploration closer to home. Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
315 Post St., Midland 48640 (866) 315-7678 • www.abdow.org The architect son of the Dow Chemical Company founder built this house which is considered an excellent example of organic architecture surrounded by gardens and pond. It is open for tours. Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens
1809 Eastman Ave., Midland 48640 (800) 362-4874 • www.dowgardens.org Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a playground, program shelter, cafe, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk at 1,400 feet long, climbing up to 40 feet. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids 49525 (888) 957-1580 •. www.meijergardens.org Ranked in the top 100 most visited art museums worldwide and billed as one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. The 158-acre campus features numerous indoor and outdoor gardens and a tropical conservatory, nearly 300 permanent sculptures, amphitheater, music concerts, visiting and holiday exhibitions.
Hartwick Pines State Park & Logging Museum
3612 State Park Dr., Grayling 49738 • (989) 348-2537 At 9,672 acres this park is one of the largest in the state. It still holds 49 acres of old growth pines, a museum that tells the tale of the “Shanty Boys”, four lakes and a wide variety of habitats. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum
www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov • Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 205-0555. Located on the campus of the
University of Michigan, the library holds historical materials including photos, documents, collections and oral histories available for research. • Museum: 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids 49504, (616) 254-0400. The permanent collection highlights the President from his youth to his life in the White
House. There is a replica of the Oval Office, a gallery of 1970s memorabilia and an interactive Cabinet
Room. There are also temporary exhibits and educational program features.
City of Marshall
323 W. Michigan Ave., Marshall 49068 (800) 877-5163 Visitor’s Center • www.marshallmi.org Located at the crossroads of I-69 and I-94, this city is a perfect example of 19th century small town America. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Attractions include the landmark Memorial Fountain, Cornwell’s Turkeyville professional dinner theatre, American Museum of Magic, Governor’s Mansion (1839), Town Hall (1857), Post Office and U.S. Postal Museum, Barton theatre organ, and much more!
Most vineyards in Michigan are within 25 miles of Lake Michigan. This insulating “lake effect” extends the growing season up to a month for a variety of grapes. There are 5 appellations in Michigan. Each is a little different in environment and feel. The Lake Michigan Shore and Fennville AVA’s are in the southwest corner of the State. Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula and Tip of the Mitt AVA’s are along the northern most coastline of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Each has numerous wineries, tasting rooms and tours. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition of 2022 awarded best in class to 4 Michigan Wineries (make sure you stop in when exploring!). 1) Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
(Leelanau Peninsula in Suttons Bay) – Gewurztraminer 2) St. Julien Winery
(in Paw Paw Michigan and other locations) – Braganini
Reserve Traminette 3) Chateau Chantal
(Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City)
Amour Rose` 4) Aurora Cellars
(Leelanau Peninsula) – Grűner Veltliner
(906) 847-3783 • www.mackinacisland.org Step back in time to a unique setting undisturbed by modern means of transportation. Listen to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages shuttling residents and visitors alike to destinations around this jewel of an island located at the very tip of the mitt. Enjoy cocktails on the porch of the Grand Hotel or dine in one of the restaurants along the docks. Must do’s are a bike ride around the island, people watching at the Pink Pony and of course unhindered fudge tasting whenever you can. Make the journey! Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Located at Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw 48170 (989) 964-7125 www.marshallfredericks.org More than 200 sculptures and his studio are on exhibit. Well known locally for his downtown landmark “Spirit of Detroit”, the “Cross in the Woods” up north in Indian River and numerous pieces gracing local parks, churches and libraries in the Metro Detroit area. Mr. Fredericks lived and worked in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area until his death in 1998. Michigan State Capitol
100 N. Capital Ave., Lansing 48933 (517) 373-2348 • www.capital.michigan.gov Dedicated in 1879. It was one of the first buildings to copy the architecture of the Capital in Washington, DC. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, call for tour information.
Located in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Northern Michigan, the Peninsula features a wide variety of top attractions. The 35 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been voted “the most beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America. Historic Fishtown is comprised of old weathered fish shanties on docks now used for galleries, retail and restaurants. It still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the State. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is divided into 3 mini-trails, each with numerous stops for tasting rooms and beautiful views of the bay. Grand Traverse Lighthouse is a museum complete with a climb to the tower, fog signal building and shipwreck exhibit. Located at the tip of the peninsula in the Leelanau State Park.
Pictured Rocks National Shoreline
1505 Sand Point Road, Munising 49862 (906) 387-3700 www.nps.gov Hugging the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, the best way to view the dramatic towering cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, and multi-color rock formations is by boat! The park also offers miles of trails, bogs, beaches, and campsites. It is a four-season recreation destination and a true Michigan treasure. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front St., Empire 49630 (231) 326-4700 www.nps.gov One of the most beautiful areas along Lake Michigan (35 miles long). Stop at the Visitor’s Center, take a seven-mile scenic drive or get out and climb the dunes! The dune climb is located off M-109 and is complete with vending machines and bookstore. West Coast Beaches & Communities
New Buffalo to Muskegon On the shores of southern Lake Michigan. Dotting the coastline are many beautiful sandy beaches and “quaint” and “not so quaint” towns and cities offering great eating, shopping and antiquing. Enjoy the many special events like Holland’s Tulip Festival which draws thousands of visitors annually. Zehnders of Frankenmuth
730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth 48734 (800) 863-7999 • www.zehnders.com Click on “restaurant”. A Michigan “must do”! One of the oldest and largest family restaurants, famous for its family-style, all-you-caneat chicken dinners. Numerous special events, especially around Christmas.
Boyne Resort — Boyne Mountain Rd.,
Boyne Falls 49713 (855) 688-7024 www.boynemountain.com The worlds longest timber-towered suspension bridge, spanning 1,200 feet, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the valley 118 feet up in the air! Open all year, tickets are available online but the walk is weather dependent. So check all updates before you purchase or go! S.S. Badger (Lake Michigan Car Ferry) 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington 49431 (800) 841-4243 www.ssbadger.com Sails mid-May through mid-October between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowac, Wisconsin (crossing time is 4 hours). Food and bar service, movies, TV, entertainment, outside decks, and on-board gift shop. SS Silversides Submarine Museum
1346 Bluff St., Muskegon 49441 (231) 755-1230 www.silversidesmuseum.org Located on the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel, this WWII submarine is credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships, received 4 Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her service. The museum is also home to the Prohibition era Coast Guard Cutter McLane, one of the last of its class in existence. Sub-Tech classes are available for children and adults. Tours daily. Log on for times depending on time of the year.
Dark Sky Parks
Six State parks in Michigan are home to protected dark sky preserves. Michigan is also home to THREE internationally designated dark sky preserves. The first internationally designated preserve was Headlands. Headlands International Dark Sky Park
The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; the Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but a place to stay awake and view the stars!). You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Plan accordingly and dress for temperatures 10 degrees below what you expect. For a list of upcoming programs, events, maps and more, visit the website below. 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 231-348-1704 • www.midarkskypark.org The second internationally designated dark sky preserve opened in 2019 at the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
41382 W. M123, Paradise MI, 49768 www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails (906) 492-3415 50,000 acres State Park with its centerpiece being the Tahquamenon River and its waterfalls. A 4-mile River Trail connects the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River with a drop of nearly 50 feet and more than 200 feet across.
Located in Cass County in the southwest corner of the State. Includes inland lakes and streams and is named after Dr. Theodore Kenneth Lawless MD who posthumously deeded the land (850 acres) to the County in 1971. Hours of operation are posted at the park. Admission is $1 for county residents, $3 for non-residents. Also includes trails, ballfields, disc golf, cross-country skiing, innertube sledding, mountain biking, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Modern restrooms and electricity in the shelters are provided for comfort. 15122 Monkey Run Street Vandalia, MI 49095 The third internationally designated dark sky preserve was approved by The International Dark Sky Association in 2022. It is the first dark sky preserve in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Keweenaw Dark Sky Park Offers a unique experience for stargazing in the Midwest. Headquartered at the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge allows visitors to view the magnificence of the night sky in a pristine boreal landscape while also having the opportunity to engage in astrophotography and lighting management workshops. This 500-acre campus is surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped wilderness and is surrounded by the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. The Dark Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day and is home to many natural resources and habitats for creatures such as bald eagles. owls. woodpeckers, deer, wolves, bears, coyotes, and more. Courtesy of SkyBridge, Boyne Mountain Resort 14252 US Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918 keweenawmountainlodge.com 69