405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac (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 (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 tournamentsized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.
Greenmead Historical Park
20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia www.Livonia.gov • (248) 477-7375 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, (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 for more info. Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms (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 (313) 262-6571 • www.hamtramckhistory.com Focuses on Hamtramck’s great past, present and future. Has a wide range of programs and services including slide/power point presentations, book signings, guest lectures, craft demonstrations, ethnic cultural demonstrations (dance, song, etc.) video presentations and school programs. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4 pm or by appointment. Mill Race Historical Village
(Downtown Northville) (248) 348-1845 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. For additional information and calendar of events and activities log on to www.millracenorthville.org. (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts.
205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy (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.
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.
Motor City Youth Theatre
Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, Livonia (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. Plymouth Historical Museum
155 S. Main Street, Plymouth (734) 455-8940 • www.plymouthhistory.org Admission fee. Open 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Features special events, historical exhibits specializing in Victorian reproductions, and gift shop. Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill
10685 Warren Road, Plymouth (734) 455-2290 • www.plymouthorchards.com 16 varieties of apples, cider mill, country store, petting farm, music offered most weekends. Seasonal. (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.
Upland Hills Farm
481 Lake George Rd., Oxford (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com Hayrides, camps and special events.
Village Players of Birmingham
34660 Woodward, Birmingham (248) 644-2075 (tickets) www.birminghamvillageplayers.com Community and youth theatre and summer theatre arts camp.
2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte • (734) 324-7284 Admission fee. The museum is housed in the Victorian Ford-Mac Nichol home, built in 1896. The building features a wraparound porch, turret, six fireplaces, and original decor. The museum offers archives and exhibits highlighting local history; other 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 documentary on how Ford Motor Company built more than 8,500 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Numerous aircraft and artifacts on display from World War 1 through the Vietnam era and beyond including jet fighters and B-52 Stratofortress. Flight Experience rides on either a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-25 Mitchell bomber (at additional costs) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles.
Open 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission charge. The complex is America’s greatest history attraction. The past, present and future is represented in four distinct venues: the Museum exhibits 300 years of history, Greenfield Village (seasonal, log onto website for hours) includes Main Street, railroad junction and Model-T rides, an IMAX theatre, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Benson Ford Research Center.
4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit (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 (313) 846-6910 • forddrivein.com First Opened in 1950 this movie theatre always offers a double feature! Concession stand, playground, and restrooms available.
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 Casino (available for rent, seniors programs); Scott Memorial Fountain and a “Kids Kingdom” playscape along with numerous recreational venues. (313) 821-9844.
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 CMS 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 (313) 494-5800 • www.thewright.org Open Tuesday 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. 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit (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 (313) 833-4005 • www.dia.org/dft Contemporary and classic films, special events for adults and children. Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (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 Ave. Detroit (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. Detroit Opera House/Detroit Opera
1526 Broadway, Detroit 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 Experience Factory (DXF)
440 Burroughs St., Ste 118, Detroit (313) 962-4590 • www.detroitexperiencefactory.org Public and customized tours allow exploration of the city in a variety of ways - walking tours, bus tours, happy hour bar tours. Nothing is off limits, get creative and give DFX a call! Also, a great resource for house hunting, retail shopping, bar and restaurant locations. Lists and maps broken down by geographical areas. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Max M. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit (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.
Headquarters at 2934 Russell, located on Russell between Mack & Gratiot (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.
2000 Brush, Detroit (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.
2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit (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.
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.
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.
One Washington Blvd., Detroit • (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.
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 (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 (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 (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 (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. 3939 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit (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 (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., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee.
10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit (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-the-century 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. Renaissance Center
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. 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 (313) 481 -1850 • www.detroitpubliclibrary.org Open Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 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 complex for theatre, music, dance and art-related events. -
Coming Fall 2022. • Hilberry Theatre - Will be renovated to become the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center for music and dance performances. • Underground at the Hilberry - Open stage in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre used for experimental and classroom productions. • Allesee Dance Theatre - Small theatre on the third floor of the Old Main Building.