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The 2023 LIFESTYLE 4 Greater Rochester celebrates a fabulous organization that contributes to the community in so many ways AND one of its events that has defined the Greater Rochester area for quality of life on a national level. The cover celebrates the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and its iconic Arts & Apples Festival®
PCCA works year-round to advance it’s mission to celebrate and support creativity in the Greater Rochester area. It focuses on providing opportunities to learn, create, experience and appreciate the arts.
Since 1965, the Festival® has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Municipal Park into one of the nation’s top art fairs, bringing together 200+ fine art exhibitors, a wide range of food trucks, art activity stations and demonstrations and stage entertainment for a three-day weekend that the residents of Greater Rochester look forward to all year long.
Individuals and families flock to the park to experience everything the festival has to offer; “cruising” the artwork of talented artists, the sights and sounds coming from the Main Stage and the fresh apple treats and mouth-watering food vendors found around the park. And do not forget the creative experiences that can be had at the Kids Art Zone and Creation Station.
The Arts & Apples Festival® has something for everyone. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2023 @ The 2023 Arts & Apples Festival®!
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Welcome to Greater Rochester
The Greater Rochester area is comprised of three communities - the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Rochester was the first settlement in Oakland County in 1817. It quickly became a center of commerce that was connected by a spur roadway off the Detroit – Pontiac highway. These roads eventually became known as Rochester Road and Woodward Avenue.
Early settlers of Rochester discovered an area of rich farmland, with forests of oak and other hardwoods. Streams, creeks and rivers crisscrossed the landscape. The local waterpower was soon harnessed to power a sawmill, which became the community’s first industry. The building of a school came soon after with a school system organized and funded by 1848.
In 1869, the Village of Rochester was incorporated as an independent community. In the 1870’s the railroad came to Rochester, which enhanced the area’s commercial and industrial activity. Many of the railroad tracks were placed along various canal banks, the Clinton River and Paint Creek.
These rail lines connected Rochester to Pontiac, Lake Orion, Port Huron, Bay City and Detroit. Most of these rail lines no longer exist, but their roadbeds have been repurposed into a network of biking and hiking trails that enhance recreational opportunities of residents and visitors to Greater Rochester.
Each community has a distinct personality and lifestyle. Oakland Township has retained a more rural setting, including a working farm that provides local produce to area markets. Rochester Hills is more suburban with housing developments, shopping malls and executive/industrial parks. Rochester is more urban with a downtown filled with shops and restaurants surrounded by tree-lined residential streets. Together they form Greater Rochester, a community that is centrally located in the Metro Detroit/ Southeast Michigan Area. From here residents and visitors alike can access an amazing array of cultural assets and recreational opportunities or just “chill,” enjoying the many local treasures Rochester has to offer.
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City of Rochester
The City of Rochester was first settled in 1817. Rochester’s history is closely tied to the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Both tributaries provided the waterpower that made Rochester an early industrial center.
While those days are long past, these waterways still benefit city residents with scenic bike rides, fly fishing for trout, canoeing and kayaking. Rochester has matured into a city of great beauty featuring municipal parks, winding nature trails and access to everywhere.
Rochester is home to one of Michigan’s oldest Christmas parades, which is broadcast locally. The city also hosts the “Big Bright Light Show” for the Christmas season. The Show is a display of more than a million light bulbs on Main Street buildings that draws thousands of sightseers from all over the Metro Detroit area each night through the end of the season.
Downtown Rochester’s refurbished Main Street is host to a vibrant shopping district with its unique mix of high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes, specialty stores and service providers. Just off Main Street is one of Metro Detroit’s best bakeries, Give Thanks Bakery (the almond croissants are a must!). And, just around the corner is The Rochester Brunch House and Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room. Minutes from downtown is Fogler’s Farm Market, cider mills, championship golf courses, hiking trails and Stony Creek Metropark.
Residents enjoy quiet streets, a broad range of housing options, fabulous schools and an active Older Persons Commission. Rochester is historic, vibrant, changing and is committed to being business-friendly and familywelcoming. Come take a look and enjoy!
City of Rochester - Addendum
Area: 3.8 sq. miles
Location: Located in Northeast Oakland County, surrounded by Rochester Hills on three sides and Macomb County on its eastern edge.
Government: Council – Manager, Mayor is elected by Council Members
Median Household Income: $100,000
Median Home Sale Price: $466,000 (April 2023)
Population: 12,841 (July 2022)
2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Summer (Call for winter rates)
Homestead: 32.4870 Non-Homestead: 50.4870
City Offices: 400 Sixth St., Rochester, 48307, 733-3700,www.ci.rochester.mi.us
Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, www.rhpl.org
Pubilc Safety: Emergency 911 • Fire 651-4470 • Police 651-9621
School District: Rochester Community, 726-3000, www.rochester.k12.mi.us
Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050
Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747
Water & Sewer – The eastern half of the city is served by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and the western half has a municipal well field.
Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553
Dog Park Permits and Dog and Cat Licenses: 651-9061
Downtown Development Authority: 656-0060
Community House: 651-0622
Oakland County Assessor: 858-0776
GFL Environmental Trash Pickup and recycling: 844-464-3587
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308
See Sports and Recreation section.
Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656 and SOCRRA with voucher purchase 288-5150
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City of Rochester Hills
Rochester Hills is focused on innovation and the future. But its roots go back to 1835 when Avon Township was first organized. In 1978 Avon became a Charter Township and in 1984 its residents voted to become the Home Rule City of Rochester Hills.
Today, Rochester Hills is a leading community of Oakland County, offering quality services and infrastructure, advanced fiber optic networks, the research and development firepower of a major university and Michigan SmartZone and a dedicated planning and development department.
City of Rochester Hills- Addendum
Area: 32.9 sq. miles
Location: Northeast section of Oakland County, north of Troy, east of Auburn Hills, south of Oakland Township. It surrounds the City of Rochester and Macomb County runs along its eastern border.
Government: Home Rule Council, Mayor
Median Household Income: $106,000
Median Home Sale Price: $395,000 (April 2023)
Population: 77,065 (July 2022)
2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Rochester Avondale Homestead 30.1866 35.0636
Non-Homestead 48.1866 53.0636
Rochester Community Schools, 726-3000, www.rochester.k12.mi.us
Avondale School District, 537-6000, www.avondaleschools.org
City Offices: 1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 656-4600, www.rochesterhills.org
Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, www.rhpl.org
Public Safety: Emergency 911 • Fire 656-4720 (5 Stations)
Police by Oakland County Sheriff Substation 537-3530
Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050
Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747
Water & Sewer – Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Lake Huron is water source and the City operates and maintains the system.
Refuse – GFL Environmental provides curbside trash removal and recycling. (248) 204-6750
Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553
Dog Licenses (City Treasurer): 841-2581
Oakland County Animal Control: 858-1090
Recycle Bank (rewards program): (888) 727-2978
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308
See Sports and Recreation section.
Hazardous Waste: SOCRRA (248) 288-5150
Rochester Hills is focused on “quality of life” featuring the unique personality and diversity of its residents. Rochester Hills is also family oriented, which is clearly evident in its neighborhoods, schools and recreation programs. The Rochester and Avondale Community School Districts provide K-12 education for Rochester Hills. Rochester University, Oakland University and Oakland Community College are either located in the city or just outside. With nearly 1,000 acres of parkland, including the cutting-edge Innovation Hills and Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, Rochester Hills offers recreation few others can match. Organizations like the Older Persons Commission and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority sponsor countless activities, while the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Music Festival, Yates Cider Mill, the Rochester Hills Public Library and other cultural assets enrich the community.
A wide variety of industries have chosen Rochester Hills as their home. The Village of Rochester Hills and other shopping areas offer a broad array of shopping and dining possibilities. In short, Rochester Hills is the new horizon for living, working and prospering. Experience the best of Oakland County.
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Oakland Township is one of Michigan’s oldest townships, being one of the original 25 townships when Michigan was organized as a territory back in 1827. Over time the boundaries have changed, and its original size grew smaller as other townships, cities and villages were carved out of its acreage. Today, Oakland Township borders are Dequindre Road on the east, Kern Road on the west, Romeo Road to north and Dutton and Meade Road south. It is a charter township, which provides additional opportunities to streamline its administration and protects it from annexation by other municipalities.
Oakland is also one of the wealthier communities in southeast Michigan. Its wooded and rolling terrain provides the perfect setting for private estates and developments of upscale residential homes on oversized lots. It is a bedroom community to both Metro Detroit and Metro Flint. Its agricultural and rural heritage is preserved through a small number of working farms and equestrian facilities. The township is also home to championship golf courses and country clubs.
Township of Oakland - Addendum
Area: 36.7 sq. miles
Location: Just north of Rochester and Rochester Hills in the Northeast section of Oakland County
Government: Charter Township, Supervisor and Board of Trustees
Median Household Income: $161,000
Median Home Sale Price: $598,000 (April 2023)
Population: 20,500 (July 2022)
2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Lake Orion Rochester Romeo Homestead 31.3955 25.2413
Non-Homestead 49.3955 43.2413
City Offices: 4393 Collins, Rochester, 48306 651-4440, www.oaklandtownship.org
Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, www.rhpl.org
Public Safety: Emergency 911
Fire Station #1 - 4393 Collins Road, (248) 650-8605
Fire Station #2 - 1888 N. Rochester Road, (586) 752-5013
Police services are contracted with Oakland County Sheriff. Substation is at 4391 Collins Road, (248) 858-4950
The unincorporated village of Goodison is located in the Township. Goodison is a popular autumn destination place because of the number of cider mills located in the village. The Paint Creek Trail wanders through the Township on its way to the Village of Lake Orion and the sixteen-acre Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District is a fun place for young and old to visit.
School Districts: Rochester: 248-726-3000, www.rochester.k12.mi.us
Lake Orion: 248-693-5400, www.lakeorionschools.org
Romeo: 586-752-0200, www.romeok12.org
Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050
Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747
Water & Sewer – is provided by a variety of sources depending on location, including individual well and septic.
Refuse – is contracted with private haulers (list of choices is online at the Township website.)
Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553
Burn Permits: Free online burn permits available through township. 651-4440
Dog Licenses (Township Treasurer) 651-4440
Park Information: 651-7810 (See Sports and Recreation section.)
Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656
Oakland County Equalization: 858-0740
Rochester Hills Splash Pad at Brooklands Plaza
1585 E. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 www.RochesterHills.org
Free splash pad with grassy climbing hill, tables and chairs and restrooms. Open May 1 to September 30
2800 W. Hamlin Rd., Rochester Hills 48309
110 acres of fun. Includes hiking trails, sensory garden, game area, ponds, waterfall, ﬁshing on the Clinton River, kayak landing, 3-acre nature themed playground, shelter, restrooms and ITS LIT AT NIGHT!
Tree Runner Adventure Park
7553 Meadowbrook Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 www.treerunnerparks.com
Located on the campus of Oakland University this 9-acre outdoor activity center has 24 ziplines and 65 climbing elements. Log on for age requirements that are course dependent.
3701 John R Rd., Rochester Hills 48307
113-acre park that includes a lake with beach and lifeguards on duty. Rowboat, pedal boat, kayak and paddle boards are available to rent. Fishing pier, nature paths, play structure, concession stand, picnic areas with grills and restrooms.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomﬁeld Hills 48303 (248) 645-3200 • www.science.cranbrook.edu
Located on the Cranbrook Educational Community Campus this favorite local venue features a great permanent collection of objects and artifacts, interactive exhibits, special demonstrations and activities for children, an observatory and planetarium.
Summer camps for little ones in kindergarten through fourth grades. A cafe and gift shop on site.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
333 N. Hills Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999 www.dinosaurhill.org
Parks FOR KIDS Fun Activities For Greater Rochester KIDS LIBRARIES
16-acres in downtown Rochester feature hands on learning about animals, biology and nature through classes and ﬁeld trips (lots of them!). Fun for all ages.
Rochester School of Music, Rhythm and Groove
1423 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 601-3786 www.rochesterschoolofmusic.com
Private, group and online lessons – piano, vocal, guitar, ukulele and bass instructors are waiting for you! All ages and all levels of experience.
Rochester Conservatory of Music
120 E. Third Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 707-5733 www.rochesterconservatory.com
Offers lessons on a wide variety of instruments. Also offers classes in fundamentals, performance, workshops and recitals and so much more!
Expressions Music Academy
876 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 773-8364 www.expressionsmusicacademy.com
Professional music lessons on a large selection of instruments for all ages starting at 3 years old.
Sounds Like Fun Music
1809 Northﬁeld Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 260-7040 www.funmusic4me.com
Specializes in the “Simply Music” piano method. Piano and keyboard programs for all ages – AND – they offer a drop-in drum circle! How cool is that!
1185 Washington Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 608-9077 www.avonplayers.org
Don’t forget your awesome library – what could be better than fostering the love of reading in your children.
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Town Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 650-7140 (youth reference desk) www.rhpl.org
There is a wealth of information, programs and services speciﬁcally for kids and teens. “Early Lit” groups, reading and storytime events and online services cover a huge variety of topics.
Romeo District Library
65821 Van Dyke Ave., Washington 48095 (586) 752-0603 www.rdl.org
With two branches (see BASICS-Libraries), RDL offers multiple Storytimes with crafts, interactive programs, outdoor handicapfriendly playground, downtown Storywalks and fun online literary sites. Teens enjoy ongoing clubs and take-home crafts, as well as safe study space and free, private online tutoring.
Lake Orion Public Library
825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion 48362 (248) 693-3000 www.orionlibrary.org
Learning resources for kids k-12th grade, homework, help, storytime and book suggestions. Movies and video games are also available. There is a great teen room for 6th-12th graders too!
Calling all kids who love being the center of attention. Log on for information about the youth theatre – perfect for the rising stars ages 9 – 18. Hollywood awaits!
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-4110 www.pccart.org
This incredible facility offers over 300 classes a year for 3 years old and up and summer camps are available for kids ages 5-13.
The Michigan Activity Pass is also available through the libraries. This program offers free and discounted entry to hundreds of parks and cultural destinations throughout the state. The passes are limited in number and time sensitive so check with your librbary for speciﬁc availability.
Kindergarten – college
All subjects & levels + Spanish
Weekends and summer programs
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You’re In Rochester
Whether you’re visiting, thinking of moving here or are lucky to call Greater Rochester home, take advantage of the wonderful gardens, parks, galleries, museums, and community theater groups that seem to be “just around the corner”. Enjoy the next few pages of favorite venues and others that may take you on a new adventure. Check if there are any admission fees and hours of operation, since many attractions are seasonal and adjust their hours appropriately. But most of all, get out and go – you need them, they need you – a match made in heaven – HAVE FUN!
Events IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER
Downtown Rochester hosts signature events throughout the year. For 2023 events or the most up to date listing of events go on to www.DowntownRochesterMI.com and check their calendar of events. Also, make sure you stay up to date on any health details and protocols you may need to follow.
Downtown Rochester 431 S. Main Street, Rochester, MI 48307 248-656-0060 • www.DowntownRochesterMI.com
1185 Washington, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 608-9077 • www.avonplayers.org
Community theatre September - May. Youth theatre in the summer. Call or log on for performance and ticket information.
Emagine Rochester Hills 200 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills 48307 • (248) 243-3456 www.emagine-entertainment.com/theatres
Theatre featuring stadium seating (including luxury seats, cuddle chairs and DBOX motion seats), reserved seating and other upscale amenities.
2023 Arts & Apples Festival
(by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts) 407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 657-4110 • www.pccart.org
Each year, artists from all over the country come to Rochester Municipal Park the weekend after Labor Day to showcase their work in a variety of mediums. The Art & Apples Festival® consistently ranks in the Top 50 Fine Art & Design Festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was ranked #9 in 2021 for the publication’s Best of the Decade (2010-2020).
Festival Hours - Friday, September 8: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 9: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 10: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Main Street Downtown Rochester
Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show –Nov. 20 – January 21, 2024 • 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.
(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.
In Macomb County
All The World’s a Stage
66130 Van Dyke, Washington Township 4809 (586) 243-2253 • http://atwas.org
With a belief that the arts are central to the educational, social, and aethetic development of children, this award-winning theatre arts education program offers youth an opportunity to experience theatre both on and off the stage.
407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 • (248) 657-4110
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 consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top art festivals year after year.
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.
Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
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.
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.
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 self-guided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon.
Tree Runner Adventure Park and Mini Golf (2 Locations) www.treerunnerparks.com/westbloomﬁeld
7553 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester 48309 on OU Campus (248) 759-5222
6200 Drake Rd., West Bloomﬁeld 48322 (248) 419-1550
Over 250 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.
Anton Art Center
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.
Located within Shelby Township’s River Bends Park. Its unique 80-acre natural area has a wide variety of habitatshardwood forests, cattail marsh, cedar swamp, and riverside meadows. A wide range of birds, animals, and plant life can also be found. The Burgess - Shadbush Nature Center is located at 4101 River Bends Drive. Call 586-323-2478 for information on upcoming events. www.shelbytwp.org
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
219 N. Main Street, Romeo 48065 (586) 752-5700 • http://starkweatherarts.com
This gallery, housed in a historic home built in 1865, offers classes, open mic and music concerts, and gift shop. Call for days and hours of operation.
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.
In Oakland County
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.
Birmingham Village Players 34660 Woodward, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-2075 (tickets) www.birminghamvillageplayers.com
A 100-year old community theatre presenting 5 major productions. A youth theatre featuring 2 musicals. Also, a summer theatre arts camp and playwright’s work program.
Clarkston Village Players
4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 (248) 625-8811 • www.clarkstonvillageplayers.org
Community theatre runs year round, includes summer youth theatre.
Cranbrook Educational Community 39221 Woodward Ave. Bloomﬁeld Hills 48304 www.cranbrook.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum –(248) 645-3323 • www.cranbrookartmuseum.org
This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942, houses permanent and changing exhibitions and features a state-of-theart Collectors Wing. A store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc. also on site.
Cranbrook House and Gardens –(248) 645-3147 • www.housegardens.cranbrook.edu
Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse 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 log on to their website.
Saarinen House –(248) 645-3307 www.center.cranbrook.edu
Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco masterwork
It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May through October for public walk-in and private tours. Call the center for exact dates and times.
Smith House –(248) 645-3307 www.center.cranbrook.edu
Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomﬁeld Hills; this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Center 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 the world’s largest Penguinarium, Reptile Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees. The zoo also operates the Belle Isle Nature Center on Belle Isle in Detroit.
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 per formance 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
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.
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 (248) 634-5552 • 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.
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.
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 12pm – 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.
Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Strand Theatre
Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market
2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328 (248) 858-5495
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.
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
Celebrating 75 years, this community theatre performs ﬁve “main stage” plays, smaller “black box” productions and has a “youth on stage” program. 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 (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.
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 tournamentsized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.
Pine Knob Music Theatre
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.
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.
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.
Plymouth Historical Museum
155 S. Main Street, Plymouth 48170 (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 48170 (734) 455-2290 • www.plymouthorchards.com
16 varieties of apples, cider mill, country store, petting farm, music offered most weekends. Seasonal.
2610 Biddle Avenue
(734) 324-7284 • www.wyandotte.net
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.
Sea Life Aquarium (at Great Lakes Crossing)
4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, 48326 (248) 409-6001 • 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.
Upland Hills Farm
481 Lake George Rd., Oxford 48370 (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com
Hayrides, camps and special events. Seasonal, log on for hours.
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. Air Adventure rides on either the B-25 Mitchell bomber, C47 Dakota transport aircraft or UH-1 Huey helicopter (at additional cost) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles.
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, 48124 (313) 982-6001 • www.thehenryford.org
awe inspiring experience. The Henry Ford is 4 must see attractions ( GreenﬁeldVillage, IMAX T heater 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 7 days a week 9:30am 5:00pm Greenﬁeld Village (seasonal log on to websi te forhours) Factory Tours and Imax Theater log on to website for additional information Admission charge.
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.
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.
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 Center 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
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 meetin g place for city residents.
Chamber Music Detroit
440 Burroughs St., Detroit 48202
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.
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.
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
#1 Best Public Square
USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards - 2023
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 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.
Headquarters at 2934 Russell, Detroit 48207
(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.
Ford Field 2000 Brush, Detroit 48226 (313) 262-2270 • www.fordﬁeld.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 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.
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.
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.
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 reno vations 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.
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Art Museum in the Country
“Top Ten” Detroit
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 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.
Over 125 years old, this community of over 350 homes was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. 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. The 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.
Located on Jefferson between Brush and Beaubien
(313) 567-3126 • www.gmrencen.com
Michigan Science Center
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.
#3 Best Science Museum in the Country
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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
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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.
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-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.
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.
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
• 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).
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In Washtenaw County
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.
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.
In Genesee County
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
6140 Bray Road, Flint 48505
(810) 736-7100 or (800) 648-PARK
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 Christmas programs.
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.
201 W. North St., PO Box 460 Chelsea 48118 (734) 475-1361 • www.site.jiffymix.com
Home of the beloved cornbread mufﬁn mix, this family-owned 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.
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 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!
Flint Institute of Arts
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.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti 48197
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.
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
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 ºwill ﬁnd in Washtenaw County. The ticket ofﬁce is located in the Michigan League Building.
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.
Photo courtesy of Univeristy Musical Society
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.
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.
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.
Hartland Music Hall
3619 Avon, Hartland 48353 (810) 632-5849 • www.hartlandplayers.org
Presents live theater including children’s productions.
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.
Flint Repertory Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley, Flint 48503 (810) 237-1530 • https://ﬂintrep.org
Professional resident theatre company, drama school 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
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.
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.
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
Howell High School
1200 W. Grand River Rd., Howell 48843 517-546-3920 (Chamber of Commerce)
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!
James H. Whiting Auditorium
1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48503 (810) 237-7333
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
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.
Spicer Orchards Farm Market & Winery
10411 Clyde Road, Fenton 48430 (810) 632-7692
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.
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6151 Portage Rd., Portage 49002 (866) 524-7966 • www.airzoo.org
From Greater Rochester 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, Greater Rochester will be awaiting your return so you can continue your exploration closer to home.
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids 49525 (888) 957-1580 •. www.meijergardens.org
This world class, Smithsonian afﬁliated aerospace and science museum features over 100 historic aircraft, ﬂight simulators, experience theater, amusement rides, hands on exhibits and a restoration program for planes rescued from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Log on for hours and directions to the Flight Innovation and Discovery Centers.
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.
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
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, an amphitheater, music concerts, visiting and holiday exhibitions.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum
• 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.
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.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 J. Maddy Parkway, Interlochen 49643 (231) 276-7200 • www.interlochen.org
Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes, this campus is all about the arts. There are public concerts, art and music festivals, summer arts program, adult art classes and boarding high school for visual and performing arts students.
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!
(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!
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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
The Leelanau Peninsula
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.
100 N. Capital Ave., Lansing 48933 (517) 373-2348 or (517) 373-2353 • 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.
Monroe County Historical Museum
126 S. Monroe, Monroe 48161 (734) 240-7780 www.co.monroe.mi.us
Open daily year-round, call for hours. An exhibit dedicated to General George Armstrong Custer (on land where he lived) traces his life at West Point and Civil War battles, including his demise at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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
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.
SkyBridge Michigan - Boyne Resort
Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls 49713 (855) 688-7024 www.boynemountain.com
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
41382 W. M123, Paradise MI, 49768 (906) 492-3415 • www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails
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.
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-can-eat chicken dinners. Numerous special events, especially around Christmas.
State Name: Michiganisderivedfrom the Native American word “Michigama”meaning “large lake”.
Nickname: The “Wolverine State”
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. 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.
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Greater Rochester benefits from the abundance of parkland, conservation and recreation areas that are set aside for residents of Metro Detroit to enjoy. From local community parks to county and regional parks, to state parks and recreational areas there are tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting or just walking your dog. There are hundreds of lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs for boating, fishing canoeing and kayaking. With all these natural resources it is easy to see why the Metro Detroit area is a recreational and conservation paradise. Take time to check out the many options for a day adventure or a weekend getaway. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – the parks are there for your enjoyment. Take advantage!
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, one of the nation’s largest regional park systems, offers nearly 25,000 acres of pristine parklands in 13 Metroparks located across Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw counties). Head to the HuronClinton Metroparks for year-round outdoor recreation. The Metroparks host more than 7 million visitors each year! Call (810) 227-2757 or visit online at www.metroparks.com.
Delhi Metropark (81 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Colorful Delhi rapids, picnicplayground park along the Huron River with tables, play equipment and softball diamond, children’s playground, ﬁshing and boat rentals. (734) 426-8211.
Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnicplayground Park along the Huron River, canoe launch, ﬁshing, boat rentals and biking. (734) 426-8211.
Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron River with scenic wooded areas, camping, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnic-playground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore ﬁshing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include basketball, shuf ﬂeboard and volleyball courts plus a softball diamond near the Outdoor Activity Building. Cross-country skiing with rentals in winter. Two 24-hole disc golf courses. (734) 426-8211.
Huron Meadows Metropark (1,576 acres) south of Brighton. Paddle boats and rowboats, picnic areas, children’s playground, ﬁshing pier on Maltby Lake. 18-hole regulation golf course, driving range. Cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals in the winter. (734) 426-8211.
Indian Springs Metropark (2,547 acres) in White Lake. Hilly terrain and swamp land at headwaters of the Huron River, with an Environmental Discovery Center, a large nature center and labeled nature trails, paved bike-hike trail and picnic areas. Naturalist guided nature hikes, underwater pond viewing room, special events and workshops, 18-hole regulation golf course, Spray-n-Play and tot lot. (248) 625-6640.
Kensington Metropark (4,481 acres) near Milford. Wooded, hilly terrain surrounds the 1,200-acre Kent Lake ideal for ﬁshing, boating and swimming. Paved bike-hike trail, 19 miles of equestrian trails, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, two 18-hole disc golf courses, Splash-n-Blast, nature center and trails. Visit the Kensington Farm Center and pet the animals. Enjoy a ride aboard the Island Queen II, a 46passenger pontoon boat. And enjoy a full range of winter sports. (810) 227-8910.
Lake Erie Metropark (1,607 acres) near Brownstown Township near Gibraltar. Three miles of shoreline along Lake Erie provide a panoramic view. Shore ﬁshing, wave-action swimming pool, bathhouse, food service building, picnic areas, shelter, children’s play area and marina. Cross-country skiing and ice ﬁshing in winter. 18-hole regulation golf course. Marshland Museum and Nature Center, nature trails. Three-mile paved hike/bike trail. (734) 379-5020.
Lake St. Clair Metropark (770 acres) In Harrison Township. Large sandy beach along Lake St. Clair for swimming and sunning. “Squirt Zone” spray park, swimming pool, boardwalk, paved hike/bike trail, boat ramps and marinas along the Black Creek. Par 3 18-hole and Adventure golf courses, exercise “ﬁt-trail,” picnic areas, open-air dance pavilion, tot lot, and nature study area. Naturalist-guided nature hikes. Ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (586) 463-4581. Lower Huron Metropark (1,256 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the Huron River with a parkway, picnic areas, playﬁelds, ﬁshing, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and two waterslides, food service and bathhouse. Colorful redbud in the spring. Plus, beautiful fall colors. Bike-hike trail. Canoe and kayak rentals. (734) 697-9181.
Oakwoods Metropark (1,756 acres) in New Boston. Primarily a nature oriented site with nature center, exhibits and live displays. Labeled nature trails for self-guided hikes and voyageur canoe trips to observe the wonders of nature. Horseback riding trail, paved bike-hike trail. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rentals are available. (734) 697-9181.
Stony Creek Metropark (4,435 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, waterslide, boat and bike rentals, paved bike-hike trail, exercise “ﬁt-trail,” 18-hole regulation golf course, 24-hole disc golf course, picnic-playground areas, nature center and nature trails, winter sports including tobogganing, sledding, ice ﬁshing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. (586) 781-4242.
Willow Metropark (1,532 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, waterslide, playscape, bathhouse, food service, 18-hole golf course, 24 holes of disc golf, basketball, shufﬂeboard, softball, volleyball, soccer and paved bike-hike trails. Boat rentals and ﬁshing on Huron River. Sledding and cross-country skiing in winter. (734) 697-9181.
Wolcott Mill Metropark (2,625 acres) in Ray Township west of New Haven. Historic grist mill and Farm Learning Center; ﬁshing, hiking and biking and 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm).
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Oakland County Parks
14 parks, 5 golf courses 3 dog parks, 2 nature centers. The parks offer year-round recreation, including swimming, camping, hiking, boating, golﬁng and picnicking to cross country skiing, ice skating and ice ﬁshing. For information call 88-OCPARKS or visit www.oakgov.com.
Addison Oaks, West Romeo Road, Leonard. This scenic 1,140-acre park offers camping at individual or group sites, yurts and cabins. A 20+ mile trail system for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Boats, kayaks and bikes are available to rent, 18-hole disc golf course, ﬁshing, geocaching and picnic shelters. The historic Tudor style Buhl Estate can be rented for weddings, banquets or business functions.
Catalpa Oaks, off Greenﬁeld Road in Southﬁeld. Offers 24 acres of open space featuring four soccer ﬁelds, playgrounds, playscape, perimeter walking trail, pavilion and restrooms. Glen Oaks Golf Course, 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. An 18-hole, par 70 course with facilities for weddings/receptions, banquets and golf outings. Pro shop, grill room and outdoor patio.
Groveland Oaks, Dixie Highway in Holly. Features full hook up and modern campsites, eight cabins, four yurts and island pavilions located on Stewart Lake. The park has a sandy beach, ﬁshing pier, boat, kayak and bike rentals. Other amenities include miniature golf, skateboard park, playscapes, volleyball and basketball courts, concessions and campground store.
Highland Oaks off Milford Road in Highland. Located within the Shiawassee Headwaters, 302 acres of hills, wetlands, forests and pastures. Archery deer hunting is allowed in season. There are trails for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Fishing available from a ﬂoating dock.
Holly Oaks ORV Park, Dixie Hwy., Holly. Enter the park via Mt. Holly Ski Resort. Ticket sales can be purchased online and is highly recommended. Remember DNR ORV and ORV trail stickers are required ahead of time. Vehicles must have mufﬂers and spark arresters. Log on to www.oakgov.com or michigan.gov/dnr for rules and regulations (248) 653-0710
Independence Oaks, on Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. A naturally maintained, 1,286-acre park with picnicking, hiking, ﬁshing, swimming, boating (Crooked Lake) youth group camping, nature study, 12 miles of nature and ski trails with two paved trails. Also includes Wint Nature Center and Cohn Amphitheater.
Lyon Oaks, Pontiac Trail, Wixom. This park has a day-use area with hiking trails, picnic area with shelter, playground and a 13-acre, fenced, off-leash Bark Park. Lyon Oaks Nature Center offers interpretive programs. The adjacent 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course offers bent grass greens, tees and fairways, plus a state-of-the-art practice facility and driving range. The golf course’s picturesque clubhouse accommodates up to 450.
Orion Oaks, Clarkston Road, Orion Township. Nature preserve of more than 916 acres of green space. Amenities include ﬁshing on 90-acre Lake Sixteen, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Wheelchair-accessible ﬁshing deck is also available. A 13-acre off-leash Bark Park offers swimming access.
Red Oaks, Madison Heights. The waterpark is located on 13 Mile Road. This popular attraction includes a wave action pool, triple-ﬂume waterslide, splash pad with numerous interactive features, picnic areas and pavilions. The golf course is off John R Road and is great for beginners. Foot golf can be played as well. A dog park, nature center and youth soccer complex.
Rose Oaks, Buckhorn Lake Road, Rose Township. The park has 640 acres of gently rolling terrain with open meadows, wooded uplands and valuable wetlands. Hiking, bird watching and ﬁshing are available. Five miles of equestrian off Fish Lake Rd. Springﬁeld Oaks, Andersonville Road near Hall Road, Davisburg. A large activity center and surrounding grounds hosts the annual Oakland County Fair. The 18-hole, par 71 golf course also has a clubhouse, pro shop, cart rental, bar and grill room. Home to a 5-acre community garden, 2 outdoor arenas and an indoor arena in the grand 14,000 sq. ft. historic Ellis Barn, built in 1885.
Waterford Oaks, Scott Lake, Waterford. This 199-acre park is home to a waterpark, world class BMX track, playscape, trails, platform tennis and sand volleyball courts. Winter sledding hill, picnic shelters for rent, Lodge and Activity Center. The Oakland County Farmers Market and Oakland County Parks headquarters are also located here.
White Lake Oaks Golf Course, Williams Lake Road, White Lake Township. This Scenic 18-hole, par 70 course has banquet facilities, pro shop, club room and garden patio.
Livingston County Parks & Open Spaces
With access to over 123 miles of trails and 184 recreation lakes, outdoor recreation opportunities abound! For more information, log on to www.livgov.com or call (517) 546-7555.
Fillmore County Park – (517) 546-7555
198 acres located in Genoa Township midway between Howell and Brighton. It features a 5K trail, multi-use athletic ﬁeld, parking and restrooms.
Howell Scoﬁeld Park and Boat Launch – (517) 546-3500. (co-operated by the city)Located in Howell at the corner of Thompson and Barnard Streets. The park has a beach, ﬁshing, swimming, boat launch, softball diamonds, volleyball courts, sledding and tobogganing, playground.
Lutz County Park – At Lutz and Cohoctah Roads in Deerﬁeld Township. 100 acres of public access for users to experience. Natural habitat complete with trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Picnic tables provided. Free access dawn until dusk.
Mill Pond Area – (810) 227-9005. Located at W. Main and St. Paul Streets in downtown Brighton. Imagination Station Playground, the Mill Pond Walkway and a performance shelter.
Huron Meadows Metropark Island Lake Recreation Area
(See Huron Clinton Metroparks) (See State Parks)
Lakelands Trail Kensington Metropark
(See State Parks) (See Huron Clinton Metroparks)
Pinckney Recreation Area Brighton Recreation Area
(See State Parks) (See State Parks)
Washtenaw County Parks
Washtenaw County Parks, www.washtenaw.org.
For more information about Washtenaw County Parks call (734) 971-6337 or log on to www.washtenaw.org/Parks-Recreation
Border to Border Trail is a non-motorized pathway that connects cities and parks throughout the County. More than 40 miles exist in this ongoing project. There is an interactive map of all the trailheads online.
Independence Lake County Park is on Jennings Road in Whitmore Lake and offers diverse habitats from wetlands to prairies. Special features include Blue Heron Bay Spray Park, boat launch, ﬁshing, Red Hawk disc golf, swimming, picnic area, playgrounds and trails. (734) 449-4437.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is on Washtenaw in Ann Arbor. The center is a space dedicated to ﬁtness and offers a variety of classes featuring water aerobics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, and pickleball. (734) 971-6355.
Pierce Lake Golf Course and Park South Main Street, Chelsea. This 18-hole championship course has a pro shop, snack bar, and a 26-acre park along the shore of Pierce Lake at its northern boundary. A boardwalk and paved trail go through wetlands and the course is open for cross country skiing on the trails in winter months. www.piercelakegolf.com, (734) 475-5858.
11,000 acres of woods, water, trails and so much more ...
Genesee County Parks
Atlas County Park; 9139 Hegel Road in Goodrich. A variety of terrain with ﬁshing, kayaking/canoeing, nature trails for hiking and biking.
Buell Lake County Park; 14098 Genesee Road in Clio. 213 acres includes baseball diamonds, ﬁshing site, snowmobile area and radio-controlled model airplane ﬁeld.
Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad; 5140 N. Bray Rd. in Flint. Features a turn of the century town with over 34 structures. Ride the railroad and watch a show at the Colwell Opera House. Log on for numerous holiday and special events.
Davison Roadside County Park; 6160 Davison Road in Burton. Small in size but big on the peacefulness. Pavilions, playgrounds and beginners sledding hill.
Everett Cummings Equestrian Center; 6130 E. Mt Morris Road in Mt. Morris. 690 acres of hiking or trail riding fun along the banks of the Flint River. Site of the Genesee County Fair. Has 100 group campsites, restrooms, show facilities, two outdoor and one indoor arenas and 160 stalls. Snowmobiling, Sled Dog training activities and waterfowl hunting in certain areas behind the Event Center. Elba Equestrian Complex; 1875 N. Elba Road in Lapeer. 4540 of natural beauty around a small island lake. Overnight camping with your horses. Some picnic tables and ﬁre rings. Picket posts on each campsite.
Flushing County Park; 4417 N. McKinley Road in Flushing. A little gem of a 105-acre park. Trails, ball diamonds, tennis courts, pavilions, ﬁtness sections and an off-leash dog area.
Genesee Recreation Area; 4540 acres including the 600-acre Mott Lake and Richﬁeld County Park; 6322 N. Irish Road in Davison. Offers baseball diamonds, BMX bicycle motocross track, canoeing on the Flint River, tennis courts, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Bluegill Boat Launch, Bluebell Beach Splash Pad Playground and Goldenrod Disc Golf are also within the recreation area. Holloway Reservoir Regional Park; 7240 N. Henderson Road in Davison. Includes Buttercup Beach, Toboggan Hill, ﬁshing, canoe and boat launches, hiking, snowmobiling and, of course the 1,975acre reservoir.
Linden County Park; 15349 S. Linden Road in Linden. A 135-acre park with ball diamonds, tennis courts, a beach on Byram Lake, sledding hill, pavilions and picnic areas.
The Mounds ORV Park; 6145 E. Mt. Morris Road in Mt. Morris. The king of Michigan off-road facilities. Every day, all week, all year, all kinds of terrain. If you love going off road, this will be a great playground for you!
Stepping Stone Falls and Picnic Area; 5161 Branch Road in Flint. Waterfalls, picnic tables and access to the Flint River bike path.
For information, call Genesee County Parks at (800) 648-7275 or visit online at www.geneseecountyparks.org.
Macomb County Parks
Macomb County is home to more than 3800 acres of municipal parks, 3 Metroparks and one State Park. The county has access to numerous inland lakes and Lake St. Clair with 31 miles of shoreline, over 100 marinas, and 40 golf courses. For more information visit www.macombgov.org. Major parks include:
Freedom Hill – Sterling Heights, 100 acres. Hosts numerous events including festivals, outdoor markets and concerts at the amphitheater. There is a playscape, bike path, nature trail and pavilions.
Macomb Orchard Trail – Shelby Township (24 Mile Road and Dequindre) northeast to Richmond. This 24-mile linear hiking and biking path will link to 180 miles of trails in Southeast Michigan.
Stony Creek – (586) 781-4242. Utica and Rochester
(See Huron Clinton Metroparks).
Lake St. Clair – (586) 463-4581. Mount Clemens, on Lake St. Clair
Rolling Hills County Park is located on Stony Creek Rd. in Ypsilanti. 439 acres of year-round recreation includes a water park, 18-hole disc golf, softball ﬁeld, hiking trails, sledding, cross country skiing and lodge. (734) 484-9676.
(See Huron Clinton Metroparks).
Wolcott Mill – (586) 752-5932 (farm). Along the banks of the Clinton River in Ray Township (See Huron-Clinton Metroparks).
Photo courtesy of Flint & Genesee Group
Wayne County Parks
An integral part of the term “rest and relaxation” since 1919, the Wayne County Parks Division has been caring for and constantly improving these priceless investments. There are more than 7,500 acres devoted to recreation (including two golf courses) and 391 miles of streams and rivers. For more information call (734) 261-1990, www.waynecounty.com.
Bell Creek Recreation Area – Redford Township, corner of 5 Mile Road and Inkster Road, (734) 261-1990. These scenic 62 acres along the banks of the Rouge River include soccer ﬁelds, ball diamonds and tennis courts. Also shows movies and hosts concerts.
Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Preserve – 27600 Haggerty Road, Sumpter, between Will Carleton and Willow Roads. (734) 654-1220. This is an interpretive park, education, and fun all in one! Open year round there are trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing or walking. A 40-foot observation tower and campgrounds are also on the property.
Elizabeth Park – East of I-75 off W. Jefferson and Van Horn Road, Trenton. The ﬁrst county park in Michigan! This park offers 162 acres of fun including softball, biking, inline skating and ice skating venues. There is a Victorian shelter and wedding gazebo perfect for parties. The park’s Detroit River shoreline (1,300 feet) allows for a 52-slip marina (open April 1 - October 31) and boat launch. Jazz concerts and kids programs are featured. “Chateau on the River” party venue located here.
Hines Parkway – The parkway runs 17 miles and includes over 20 individual parks in its path from Northville (entrance off 7 Mile Road between Sheldon and Northville Roads) to the southeast end of Dearborn Heights (entrance off Ford Road between Outer Drive and Evergreen). There is a paved pathway for biking, hiking or rollerblading and many places to picnic in the various parks along the way. (Go to www.waynecounty.com/parks for information on the individual parks accessible along the parkway, each with unique amenities.)
Inkster Valley Golf Course – 2150 Middlebelt Road, quarter mile north of Michigan Avenue, Inkster, (734) 722-8020. This 18-hole, par 72 championship course opened in 1998 and uses 100 acres of wetlands in its natural setting. There is a clubhouse and advanced reservations are necessary.
Lola Valley Park – Beech Daly and Puritan Road, Redford Township, (734) 261-1990. Located along the banks of the Lola Valley Creek, the slopes are perfect for sledding in the winter. Summer weather allows perfect conditions for the disc golf course to be enjoyed.
Lower Rouge Parkway – Along the banks of the Rouge River, (734) 261-1990. Three different parks are featured here… Colonial Park at Inkster and Colonial Roads has baseball, soccer and picnic areas. Inkster Recreation Area in downtown Inkster has a great playscape, ball diamond and picnicking. Venoy-Dorsey Recreation Area has baseball diamonds available, call to reserve.
Wayne County Family Aquatic Center – 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, (313) 822-7665. Splish Splash Land includes a wave pool, two giant water slides and a concession area. We dare you to stay dry!
William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve – Along the Tonquish Creek in the northeast part of the county, it encompasses 550 acres with the land left in its natural state. There are woods, wetlands and meadows to explore with over ten miles of hiking trails. (Check out www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps for more information.)
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
9311 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile 48138 • www.fws.gov
This international refuge is the ﬁrst and only refuge in North America managed by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Located in the heart of a major metropolitan area the refuge consists of coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, islands and waterfront parks stretching for 48 miles along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie shoreline. Humbug Marsh is a hot spot for ﬁsh spawning and is classiﬁed internationally as important to threatened and endangered wildlife species.
Michigan State Parks within the Southeast Michigan area
Most state parks require a Recreation Passport which can be purchased at any park entrance, DNR Customer Service Center or Secretary of State Ofﬁce when renewing license plate registrations. Both day passes and annual permits are available. Hunting and ﬁshing licenses can be purchased at any sporting goods store.
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for over 100 parks and operates 16 harbors on the Great Lakes. There are 306,000 acres with over 14,000 campsites and over 900 miles of trails. Log on to www.Michigan.gov/dnr for information about all the state parks.
Bald Mountain – Lake Orion, (248) 693-6767
Eleven lakes, two trout streams, a sandy beach, boat rental, waterpark, numerous trails for hiking and biking. A shooting range allows everything from archery to skeet shooting.
Belle Isle State Park – Access at E. Jefferson & E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit (313) 821-9844. Michigan’s 102nd State Park is a 982-acre island in the Detroit River connected to the city of Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge. It is home to an aquarium, conservatory, nature center, lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and numerous other park amenities.
Brighton Recreation Area – Howell, (810) 229-6566
Almost 5,000 acres, this park has open hunting and trapping; lakes for swimming, ﬁshing, boating; trails for hiking and mountain biking, plus equestrian facilities.
Dodge #4 State Park – Waterford, (248) 682-7323
A mile of shoreline on Cass Lake this popular sandy beach has mobile concession stands on weekends during the summer. Ice ﬁshing and hiking in the winter months.
Highland Recreation Area – White Lake, (248) 889-3750
This park has a horse stable, 15 miles of riding trails, 17 miles of hiking trails, four lakes with boat access, ﬁshing and Haven Hill Natural Area, former estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford.
Holly Recreation Area – Holly, (248) 634-8811
8,008 acres, with several thousand being maintained for wildlife habitat. Swim in McGinnis Lake, boating, ﬁshing, disc golf and waterpark. Over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Camping available.
Island Lake Recreation Area – Brighton, (810) 229-7067
“Up North” feel with cabins, trails, ﬁshing, hunting. Four inland lakes, beaches and a portion of the Huron River run through the park Maybury State Park – Northville, (248) 349-8390
This facility operates a year-round working farm representing life in the early 1900s. There are also miles of trailing for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and riding stables.
Outdoor Adventure Center
Michigan Department of Natural Resources 1801 Atwater, Detroit 48207 (844) 622-6367 www.michigan.gov
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. There is an entrance fee.
Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913
A linear park, 34 miles long. Designed for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
Pinckney Recreation Area – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913
This park offers 11,000 acres of extensive trails, 40 miles of multi-use, the 35 mile Waterloo-Pinckney Trail, camping, ﬁshing, and hunting.
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area – Waterford, (248) 666-1020
Ponds, marshes, ﬁelds, miles of trails, horseback riding, beach, camping. Pontiac Lake has bass, pike and panﬁsh and excellent hunting areas.
Proud Lake Recreation Area – Commerce Township, (248) 685-2433
This park has three lakes, hunting, ﬁshing, canoeing and campground with its own beach and boat launch. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent. River Hawk Lodge on site.
Seven Lakes State Park – Holly, (248) 634-7271
Beautiful lakes, sandy beach for swimming, campground, boating (boat rentals available) and ﬁshing. Picnic shelter, grills and playground. Trail system for hiking and biking.
Waterloo Recreation Area – Chelsea, (734) 475-8307
The largest park in the lower peninsula, it covers 20,500 acres. Eleven lakes, 47 miles of trails (including equestrian), stables cabins for camping and Eddy Discovery Center which explores Michigan’s geological history.
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Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve – Brooklyn, (517) 467-7401 1,122 acres of open meadows, mixed hardwoods, low wetland areas and open water. An excellent waterfowl refuge, the park plans to offer hiking, birdwatching,upland hunting, mountain biking and other activities.
William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor – Detroit, (313) 396-0217
Located close to Hart Plaza and the Ren-Cen, this is Michigan’s ﬁrst urban state park. Includes Detroit’s three-mile Riverwalk and 52 slip marina complete with lighthouse. Picnic tables and shore-ﬁshing famed for walleye.
W.C. Wetzel Recreation Area – Marine City, (810) 765-5605. 900 acres of undeveloped park. Great for hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
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. Headlands International Dark Sky Park 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 231-348-1704 • www.midarkskypark.org
The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcome to stay for the night for dark sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; not an overnight sleeping destination). However, blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. are permissible. Dress in expectation of weather cooler than expected. For a list of upcoming programs, events, maps and more, visit the website.
Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
15122 Monkey Run Street, Vandalia, MI 49095
Located in Cass County in the southwest corner of the State. 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. Modern restrooms and electricity in the shelters are provided for comfort.
Keweenaw Dark Sky Park (in Michigan’s upper peninsula) 14252 US Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 4991814252 US Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918 keweenawmountainlodge.com
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. Astrophotography and lighting management workshops. 500-acre campus is surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped wilderness. The Dark Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.
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Archives, Museums and Historical Data
City of Rochester Historical Commission
400 Sixth St., Rochester 48307
(248) 651-9061 www.ci.rochester.mi.us
Features buildings, people and objects of historical signiﬁcance online and does “Historic Marker” project for homes in area over 50 years old.
Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District
388 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 651-7810 Tours by appointment
Sixteen acres within Cranberry Lake Park. Consists of the main house, caretakers house, Flumerfelt Barn (circa 1879) replica of a carriage house, spring house, greenhouse and other out buildings.
Rochester Grain Elevator (formerly Griggs Brothers)
303 E. University, Rochester
This two and three story wood structure is made up of three separate buildings joined to make one. Built in 1880 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens
480 S. Adams Rd., Rochester 48309 (248) 364-6200 www.meadowbrookhall.org
Built in 1926-29 for Matilda Dodge Wilson in Tudor Revival architecture110 rooms, 88,000 square feet. Open to public year round.
Oakland County Historical Resources
This consortium of libraries and historical societies offers a wide variety of books, documents, newspapers, postcards, etc. online for public view.
Oakland Township Historical Society
384 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 693-9646 www.oaklandtownshiphistoricalsociety.org
Log on for meetings schedule, programs and projects.
Rochester Avon Historical Society
(248) 266-5440 www.rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.org
Log on to view newsletters, calendar of events and projects. The society has launched a website that shows pictures and locations of numerous sites of historic interest www.oaklandregionalhistoricsites.com
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
1005 Van Hoosen Rd., Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-4663 www.rochesterhills.org
In Stoney Creek Village; 16-acre award winning museum complex featuers an 1840’s Farmhouse,1850’s Red House and renovated dairy barn. Has archives, exhibits, programs, store, Stoney Creek one room schoolhouse and (active) vintage Rochester Grangers Baseball Club.
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 www.rhpl.org
Corner of Letts and Rush Roads in Oakland Township. Measuring 120 feet tall, 20.5 feet in diameter this National Tree Champion (from 1972-1978) is thought to be over 500 years old.
Communications (cable, internet, and phone)
Apple 800) MY-APPLE www.apple.com
Apple Store @ Somerset Collection in Troy (248) 822-0081
Apple Store @ Partridge Creek in Clinton Twp. (586) 840-0500
AT & T www.att.com (248) 601-1818
Authorized Dealer at: 1270 Walton, Rochester Hills 48309
Century Link (800) 788-3600 www.centurylink.com
DirecTV (Satellite) 800-531-5000 www.directv.com
Dish Network (Satellite) (844) 485-1183 www.dishnetwork.com
Frontier (844) 316-6749 www.frontier.com
2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy 48083 (800) 427-5100 www.automationalley.com
Offers numerous services to grow high tech businesses
City of Rochester Economic and Community Development
400 Sixth Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 733-3700 www.ci.rochester.mi.us
City of Rochester Hills Planning and Economic Development
1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 656-4660 www.rochesterhills.org
BBB Serving Eastern Michigan
20300 W. 12 Mile, Ste. 202, Southﬁeld 48076 (248) 223-9400 • bbb.org/detroit
SCORE SE Michigan (248) 313-8863
Counseling workshops for small business owners in various locations
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Southeast Michigan Region (833) 522-0025 www.michigansbdc.org
Oakland County Business Development (248) 858-0720 www.oakgov.com
Numerous programs available to help with resources, connections, and development. Log on and click Business and Program tabs for more information.
Oakland Township Planning and Zoning
4393 Collins Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 651-4440 • www.oaklandtownship.org
OU Incubator Business Center
419 Golf View Ln., Oakland University, Rochester 48309 Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, (248) 648-4800 www.oakland.edu/ouinc
Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700 www.rrc-mi.com
Rochester Downtown Development Authority
431 S. Main Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0060 downtownrochestermi.com
National Trust For Historic Preservation (202) 588-6000 www.savingplaces.org
Main Street award organization. Log on for preservation issues and membership information.
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
1001 Woodward Ave., Ste. 1400 Detroit, 48226 (313) 961-4266 www.semcog.org
Provides data and analysis on Southeast Michigan and direct assistance in areas of environment, transportation, community and economic development. Also lobbies in Lansing and Washington D.C.
T-Mobile 800-937-8997 www.t-mobile.com (Services T-mobile and Sprint)
Authorized Dealers at:
• 1168 S. Rochester Road Rochester Hills 48307 248) 652-1823
• 3158 Walton Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 453-5299
Authorized Dealers at:
• 3159 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 • (248) 853-0550
• 1467 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 • (248) 608-0010
• 2554 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 • (248) 371-3500
Wide Open West (866) 496-9669 • www.wowway.com
OTHER COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Assisted Living and Nursing
All Seasons of Rochester Hills
175 E. Nawakwa Dr. Rochester Hills 48307 (586) 884-7671
American House Elmwood Senior Living
2251 West Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills 48309
(248) 852-1980 • www.americanhousemi.com
American House Stone Senior Living
3741 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309
(248) 853-2330 • www.americanhousemi.com
American House The Village Senior Living
3617 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309
(248) 327-3554 • www.americanhouse.com
Anthology of Rochester Hills
1775 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 266-7435
Assisted living, memory and respite care.
873 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-6300
3095 Blossom Blvd. (Clubhouse)
3145 Lily Trail (Residence)
Rochester, MI 48306
Retirement, Independent, and Assisted Living
3215 Silverbell Road
Oakland Township, MI 48306
Secure Assisted Living and Memory Care
Cedarbrook of Rochester
790 Letica Dr., Rochester MI 48307
Medilodge of Rochester Hills
1480 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills MI 48309
3434 W. South Blvd., Rochester 48309 (248) 829-1030 • www.pomeroyliving.com
Pomeroy Living 3500 W. South Blvd., Rochester 48309 (248) 852-7800 • www.pomeroyliving.com
Short-term nursing, rehab
Pomeroy Living – Rochester 3466 W. South Boulevard Rochester Hills MI 48309 (248) 564-2200 www.pomeroyliving.com
Sheltering Arms Adult Day Care (Division of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan)
3300 S. Adams Rd. Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 537-3300 • www.ccsem.org
Sunrise of Rochester
500 E. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 939-5831
Waltonwood on Main
1401 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 413-3683 www.waltonwood.com
Waltonwood at University
3250 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 413-4530 www.waltonwood.com
Wellbridge of Rochester Hills
252 Meadowfield Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Ascension At Home
2251 N. Squirrel Rd., Ste. 320
Auburn Hills 48326
1130 Tienken Ct., Ste. 203
Rochester Hills 48306
(248) 206-0314 • www.comfortkeepers.com
Guardian Angel Home Care
1715 Northfield Dr., Rochester Hills 48309
(248) 293-2400 www.guardianangel.net
Medical equipment & transportation services.
Synergy Home Care of Rochester
410 W. University Dr. Rochester Hills 48307
(248) 608-3970 • www.synergyhomecare.com
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Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307
(248) 656-0999 www.dinosaurhill.org
This interpretive nature center offers various programs and events for the Rochester community, including Daffodils for Dinosaurs, Heritage Days, and community gardens.
Older Persons' Commission (OPC)
650 Letica, Rochester 48307
(248) 656-1403 www.opcseniorcenter.org
Offers a variety of programs and recreational amenities for persons 50+ years of age and many special events open to the public.
Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA)
407 Pine St., Rochester 48307
(248) 651-4110 • www.pccart.org
Non-proﬁt art center offers classes, lectures, community outreach,art gallery and gift shop.
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 www.rhpl.org
Computers and meeting rooms available.
For persons 65 years or age or older or anyone that can’t drive for either a physical or medical reason, a FREE State ID card is available through the Michigan Secretary of State (www.michigan.gov/sos) and must be accepted by law as a form of personal identification.
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Information Center: (888) 767-6424
Driving for Life: Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
Need information to cope with the driving challenges of older persons and help identifying when its time to put the keys to the car away? Check out this pamphlet published by the Michigan Secretary of State. www.michigan.gov/sos
Rochester Community House
816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622 www.rochestercommhouse.org
Gathering place for many clubs and organizations. Offers classes and specialized events throughout the year.
You must title and register all motor vehicles immediately upon purchase or moving to Michigan. Residents can secure new driver licenses and auto license plates through any Michigan Secretary of State branch ofﬁce. State park permits can be purchased each year when updating your auto license plate registration.
If you are 18 or older you must meet certain requirements before a Michigan driver license can be issued (drivers under the age of 18 are issued graduated drivers licenses that have various restrictions).
1. You must have proof of identity, residency and social security number
2. Pass a vision test and meet physical and mental standards set by the Secretary of State’s ofﬁce.
3. Pass a written and driving skills test if a new driver.
4. Pay the license fee. There is a charge and a chart of various fees online under “Online Services and Information.”
5. Complete a minimum of 30 days of practice driving on a temporary instruction permit (TIP).*
6. Pass a road skills test, which is administered by an independent testing agency approved by the Secretary of State.*
* A person with a valid out-of-state driver license may have the road skills test, knowledge test, and 30-day practice requirements waived. The Secretary of State will contact your previous home state to obtain your driver record, which then becomes part of your Michigan driver record. Four forms of ID are required, along with proof of no-fault auto insurance, before you can register your car.
Driver License, Auto Registration and License Plates, and State Park
Log on to make appointment and be sure to check the numerous services that are offered by mail or online. Annual registration tabs can be printed at various “Self Serve” stations in the area as well. LOCAL OFFICES OF THE MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE • 1111 E. Long Lake Rd., Troy 48085 • 7090 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston 48348 • 1270 Pontiac Road, Pontiac 48340 • 2250 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 29
Family Support Services
AA of Oakland County (248) 332-3521 www.aa-semi.org
Will provide meeting locations in the area.
AlAnon/AlaTeen Central Oakland County
c/o Meridian Health Services, 2nd Floor
1255 N. Oakland Blvd., Waterford Twp. 48327 (248) 706-1020 www.oaklandafg.org
Log on for meetings, locations and times.
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan PO Box 80932, Rochester 48308
Store (248) 656-0414 www.semich.assistanceleague.org
Operates the store Resale Connection at 204 S. Main St. in Rochester.
Avondale Youth Assistance
1435 W. Auburn, Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-3716 www.avondaleschools.org
Counseling for students and families.
1410 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomﬁeld Hills 48302 (248) 456-8150 (administration), 24 Hour Crisis Line (800) 231-1127 www.commongroundhelps.org
Provides mental health counseling, outreach, crisis and support services.
Community Foundation of Greater Rochester
303 East St., P.O. Box 80431, Rochester 48308 (248) 608-2804 www.cfound.org
Funds “Blessing in the Backpack” program for all school children
Crossroads Pregnancy Center
3205 South Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 293-0070 www.crossroadscarecenter.org
2399 E Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 475-6300 www.easterseals.com/MORC
The mission of Easterseasl/MORC is to lead the way to 100% equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities, families, and communities.
@ First Congregation Church, 1315 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836, Food Pantry (248) 656-4904 www.ranh.org
Operated thru the Neighborhood House; Log on for eligibility requirements.
24 Hour Crisis Line (248) 334-1274 • General info (248) 334-1284 www.haven-oakland.org
Oakland County domestic violence and sexual assault counseling center
GREEN INFORMATION RECYCLING
Oakland Township www.oaklandtownship.org
Click on “Community Info”, then “Environmental Information.” Residents of the Township will be mailed a postcard that may be used to access drop-off recycling at Eagle Valley Landfill on Silverbell Rd. Questions? Call (248) 391-0990
Rochester www.ci.rochester.mi.us Click on “community” then scroll down to “Sustainable Rochester” for updated presentation and plans.
Rochester “City Beautiful” Commission “Green City” Sub-Committee www.rochestermi.org
Includes information and applications for the community garden.
Rochester Hills www.rochesterhills.org
Click on "Residents" then “Guide to Neighborhood Living’ for information regarding the Community Garden, Green Spaces, Recycling and Water Conservation.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651 -9011 www.leaderdog.org
Lighthouse of Oakland County
46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48342 (248) 920-6000 www.lighthousemi.org
For those families moving from crisis to self-sufﬁciency.
Oakland Family Services
114 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac 48341 (248) 858-7766 www.oaklandfamilyservices.org
621 W. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 601-9474 www.rainbowconnection.org
Rochester Area Neighborhood House
1720 S. Livernois, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836 www.ranh.org
Helps those in need or in crisis with a variety of support services
Rochester Area Youth Assistance
3200 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-3558 www.raya-mi.org
Professional counseling and caseworkers for children ages 5-16 and their families.
Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition
P.O. Box 80304, Rochester 48308 (248) 346-7031 www.rahcc.org
Promotes drug abuse prevention.
(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org
Summer camp for those with mental or physical disabilities. Log on to the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority website for full list of activities.
Sober Support Unit @ Resource and Crisis Center
1200 N. Telegraph Bldg. 32 East, Pontiac 48341 (248) 464-6363 www.oaklandchn.org
Program for substance abusers.
Teacher’s Pet www.teacherspetmi.org
Dogs and Kids learning together
United Way of Southeastern Michigan
3011 W Grand Blvd., Ste. 500, Detroit 48202 (313) 226-9200 • www.unitedwaysem.org
The City of Rochester has a mandatory recycling program providing bins to all residents. Call GFL Environmental (844) 464-3587 with questions or bin needs.
Rochester Hills has curbside recycling and participates in the Recycling Bank program, which offers point rewards. Call (888) 727-2978 or log on to www.recyclebank.com for more info.
North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NOHAZ) (248) 858-5656 www.oakgov.com
Rochester and Oakland Twp. are part of this program. Log on to see the collection events and schedule. NOTE: There is a $15.00 fee, per event, for Oakland Twp and the City of Rochester residents may pick up a free voucher at City Hall.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999 www.dinosaurhill.org
Educational corporation fundraisers, supports, develops and maintains the preserve. 16-acres are the setting for many classes and programs.
Clinton River Watershed Council
1115 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 601-0606 www.crwc.org
Michigan Green Schools (616) 403-1615 www.michigan.gov
Log on for local contacts.
Michigan State University Extension Office 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 26 East Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-0880 www.oakgov.com/msu
Michigan Recycling Coalition (517) 974-3672 www.michiganrecycles.org
Provides helpful information, links and guides.
Paint Creek Trail Office: Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 651-9260 www.paintcreektrail.org
Six Rivers Land Conservancy 4480 Orion Rd, Rochester 48306 (248) 601-2816 www.sixriverslc.org
SOCRRA - Troy Station 995 Coolidge, Troy 48084 (248) 288-5150 www.socrra.org
Rochester and Rochester Hills residents may use after purchasing voucher from their City Hall. By appointment only.
Did you know? Rochester Hills Public Library
Innovation Items Collection has a great selection of items you can borrow. They include air quality detector, airbrush cake decorating kit, beginner guitar, bike repair kit, bongos, cameras, drill, leaf blower, staple gun, metal detector, moving kit, night vision goggles, paper shredder, keyboard, rock tumbler kit, stud
ﬁnder, video projector, walkie-talkies and much more!
Interested yet? Log on to www.rhpl.org and browse by item or category.
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield, 48034 (800) 852-7795 www.aaa1b.org
BBB Serving Eastern Michigan
20300 W. 12 Mile, Ste. 202, Southfield 48076 (866) 788-5706 www.bbb.org/detroit
Michigan State University Extension - Oakland County (248) 858-0880 www.canr.msu.edu
1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-1000 www.oakgov.com
Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700 www.rrc-mi.com
Oakland Talking Book Service
Rochester Hills Public Library
(248) 650-7150, www.otbs.rhpl.org
Free service that loans talking books, magazines, large print books, Braille materials, and book players. Applications may be made in person or online.
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 www.rhpl.org
Adult and youth services, community outreach, meeting rooms, activity passes, databases, etc.
Orion Township Public Library
825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion 48362 (248) 693-3000 www.orionlibrary.org
Romeo District Library
• Graubner Branch
65821 VanDyke, Washington 48095 (586) 752-0603
• Kezar Branch
107 Church St, Romeo 48065
Local Public Access Television
CMNtv (Channel 18 on Comcast and WOW) 1230 Souter Blvd., Troy 48083 (248) 589-7778 www.cmntv.org
Features high tech studios, live local events, classes and government access for local Council and Board of Trustee Meetings (log on for channels). Note: Many events are streamed live or are available to view online at www.cmntv.org/watch.
RHTV (Rochester Hills Television) (248) 656-4715 www.rochesterhills.org
A division of the mayors ofﬁce. YouTube TV and city council meetings carried on WOW-Channel 10, Comcast Channel 20, and AT&T Channel 99. City Hall tours available through this ofﬁce as well.
Post Office Locations: (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777) www.usps.com
• 511 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48308
• 2632 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307
Federal Express (Fed Ex) (800) 463-3339 www.fedex.com
• Classic Shipping (Village of Rochester Hills) 3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309, (248) 375-3388
Fed Ex Office Print and Ship Center
• 133 S. Main St., Rochester 48307, (248) 651-2679
• 2500 S. Adams (Inside Walmart), Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 270-9448
• 2785 University, Auburn Hills 48326, (248) 377-2222
• 4193 Baldwin, Auburn Hills, 48326, (248) 253-0719
United Parcel Service (UPS) Toll Free (800) PICK-UPS (742-5877) www.ups.com
• Classic Shipping, 3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 375-3388
• 145 South Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-2106
• 2956 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 289-6620 Log on to the website to find information about drop boxes and smaller annex locations.
Newspapers & E-Newsletters
Detroit News www.detroitnews.com
Detroit Free Press www.freep.com
You can subscribe to either paper by calling (800) 395-3300 Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine (877) 824-9374 www.crainsdetroit.com
Oakland Press (248) 745-4700 www.theoaklandpress.com
Rochester Post (586) 498-8000 www.candgnews.com
Vicki Griﬃn 124 E. Fourth Street Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651‐9872
Tues‐Fri: 9 a.m. ‐ 6 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
Schedule your appointment at Barbersonfourth.com
Pet Information and Critter Control
The State of Michigan requires all dogs must be licensed by four months of age. Verification of updated rabies vaccine and sterilization, if applicable, must be presented. Dog and cat licenses may be purchased at or online through the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Bldg. 42E, Pontiac, (248) 858-1070 and Animal Control (248) 858-1090. www.oakgov.com
The City of Rochester requires cats and dogs to be licensed by March 1st. There’s an additional late fee unless you are a new resident. A park permit is required for dogs to enter city parks. For purchases and information visit www.rochestermi.org or call the Clerks office at (248) 733-3700. Lost pet owners call the police department at (248) 651-9621.
Oakland County Parks are Dog Friendly!
Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks County Parks offer acres of OFF LEASH dog heaven, including trails, picnic shelter, drinking water, ﬁeld area and beaches for dog swimming only. They even have modern restrooms for people use only. Sections of each park are open on a rotating basis. For more information and to view maps of the parks online log on to www.oakgov.com
Rochester Hills requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. Licenses are valid January 1 – December 31. Licenses not renewed by June 1 have a fee increase unless a new resident. Contact the City Treasurer at (248) 841-2581.
Oakland Township requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. If renewing, it must be purchased by June 1st of the following year. Contact the Treasurers office at 651-4440. Note: dogs must be on a six foot leash in parks at all times.
Animal Xtractors (248) 678-9931 www.animalxtractors.com
Critter Catchers (248) 432-2712 • www.crittercatchersinc.com
Licensed company has a trapping program, bat and mice control, can install chimney caps and TAP pest control insulation
Rochester Hills Wildlife Removal (248) 861-2108 • www.rochesterhillswildliferemoval.com
Michigan Humane Society
Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309, (866) MHUMANE www.michiganhumane.org
Performs adoption, cruelty investigations and emergency rescue and provides wildlife information.
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Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield 48034 (800) 852-7795 www.aaa1b.org
Comprehensive organization that helps with advocacy, Medicare and Medicaid issues, care giving, respite, driving program, meals on wheels and more.
Oakland County Health Department (248) 858-1280, www.oakgov.com
This website offers a guide to older adults who need help with housing, health and medical or legal issues and can connect to all the local senior centers, medicare and social security ofﬁces.
Older Persons' Commission (OPC)
650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-1403 www.opcseniorcenter.org
This community treasure offers classes, activities, sports facilities, travel opportunities, adult day services, hot weekday lunches, a mini library branch, cafe and gift shop.Open to all residents 50+ years of age in Oakland Township,Rochester and Rochester Hills. Log on to the OPC website for details. Transportation for 60+ or disabled (248) 652-4780 and Meals on Wheels (248) 608-0264.
Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7150, www.rhpl.org
The library provides numerous services for seniors including large print books, mail services and specialized materials for many other needs.
Social Security Administration
1280 Pontiac Rd., Pontiac 48340
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 800-772-1213, www.ssa.gov
SAVE Task Force
Adult Protection Services (855) 444-3911, www.oakgov.com
Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050 www.consumersenergy.com
DTE Energy (800) 477-4747 GAS LEAKS (800) 947-5000, www.dteenergy.com
Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) (313) 267-6000 EMERGENCIES
(844) 455-GLWA Information www.glwater.org
Rochester Department of Public Works (248) 651-5165 rochestermi.org
Oakland County Environmental Health Department Well & Septic Permits (248) 858-1280, www.oakgov.com
John D. Dingall VA Medical Center 4646 John Rd., Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 576-1000 www.detroit.va.gov
Oakland County Services
Pontiac Office, (248) 858-0785
Troy, (248) 655-1250
Veterans Certification Office (in Office of the Registrar) (248) 370-4010 Support Services (248) 370-2010 www.oakland.edu/veterans
Offers support services and priority registration for students. U.S. Veterans Office - Detroit Regional Office (800) 827-1000 benefits.va.gov/detroit
Voters Registration (and Election Results)
You can register to vote and find out election results at their city or township offices, secretary of state offices and the Oakland County Clerks Office. For secretary of state offices see listing under Driver License, Auto Registration And License Plates And State Park Recreation Passport information above or access online at www.Michigan.gov/sos
Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township have the following zip codes: 48306, 48307, 48308, 48309, and 48363. The 48308 zip code is for post offices boxes only.
Vital Records, Property and Land
The Oakland County Clerks Office records birth, death and marriage certificates that occur in Oakland County. Copies are available through this office. The Clerk also supplies marriage licenses, notary public and passport applications and concealed weapons permits. If you have any questions log on to www.oakgov.com/clerkrod
Vital Records: (248) 858-0571
Deeds and Mortgages Office: (248) 858-0606
The City of Rochester Hills can process applications for certified copies of birth and death certificates occurring within the city. Call the Clerks office at (248) 656-4630. www.rochesterhills.org
Bishop International Airport (FNT)
3425 W. Bristol Rd.• Flint (810) 235-6560 • www.bishopairport.org
Conveniently located off I-75 and I-69, with ﬁve airlines, numerous nonstopﬂights, free Wi-Fi, business center, lounge, restaurant and bar, gift shop.
AIRLINE RESERVATIONS WEBSITE
Allegiant (702) 505-8888 www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines (800) 433-7300 www.aa.com
United (800) 864-8331 w ww.united.com
Oakland County International Airport (OCIA)
6500 Highland Rd. • Waterford • (248) 666-3900 • www.oakgov.com
Nation’s 12th busiest general aviation airport accommodating air trafﬁcin Michigan. Corporate, private, air cargo.
Detroit/Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (Identiﬁer: DTW)
Located off I-94 at Exit 198 or off I-275 at Eureka Rd. www.metroairport.com
Call (734) AIRPORT for General Information
(734) 942-3126 Lost & Found Information (800) 642-1978 24 Hour Parking Hotline
Amtrak Train and Bus Service (800) 872-7245
Train stations are located in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Lapeer, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Troy.
Detroit Metro Airport Terminal Guide
Warren Cleage Evans Terminal AIRLINE RESERVATIONS WEBSITE
Air Canada 888-247-2262 www.aircanada.ca
Alaska Air 800-252-7522 www.alaskaair.com
American 800-433-7300 www.aa.com
Frontier 801-401-9000 www.frontierairline.com
Iceland Air 800-223-5500 www.icelandair.com
Jet Blue 800-538-2583 www.jetblue.com
Lufthansa 800-645-3880 www.lufthansa.com
Royal Jordanian 212-949-0050 www.rja.com
Southwest 800-435-9792 www.southwest.com
Spirit 855-728-3555 www.spirit.com
Sun Country 651-905-2737 www.suncountry.com
United 800-864-8331 www.united.com
McNamara Terminal AIRLINE RESERVATIONS WEBSITE
Aeromexico 800-237-6639 www.aeromexico.com
Air France 800-237-2747 www.airfrance.com
Delta 800-221-1212 www.delta.com
West Jet 866-666-6224 www.westjet.com
Passports Rochester Post Office at 511 Olde Towne Road processes passport applications. An appointment is required and a passport photo can be taken here as well. Call (248) 601-1011.
City of Rochester Hills offers passport application services including photos. Call the hotline at (248) 841-2469. www.rochesterhills.org
Expedited processing and foreign visas can be obtained by appointment at:
The Detroit Passport Agency 477 Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor, Detroit 48226 877-487-2778
Transportation Serving Airport Smart Bus Service www.smartbus.org
Luxury Sedan and Taxi Service
Metro CARS (800) 456-1701
Metro CAB (734) 997-6500
Expedites services for emergency travel by appointment only. For further information log on to the U.S. Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov
President Joe Biden (D)
Vice President Kamala Harris (D)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500
Comments: (202) 456-1111
Switchboard: (202) 456-1414
Gary Peters (D)
Washington: (202) 224-6221
Local: (248) 608-8040 peters.senate.gov
Debbie Stabenow (D)
Washington: (202) 224-4822
Local: (313) 961-4330 stabenow.senate.gov
Lisa McClain (R)
Washington: (202) 225-2106
Lake Orion: (586) 697-9300 mcclain.house.gov
John James (R)
Washington: (202) 225-4961
Warren: (586) 498-7122 james.house.gov
Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (D)
P.O. Box 30013, Lansing 48909 (517) 373-3400
Lt. Governor: Garlin Gilchrest II (D) (517) 373-6800
Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson (D) (517) 373-2510
Treasurer: Rachael Eubanks (D) (517) 335-7508
Attorney General: Dana Nessel (D) (517) 373-1110
Michael Webber (R) (517) 373-0994 senatormichaelwebber.com
Represents the greater Rochester area.
Ruth Johnson (R) (517) 373-1636 senatorruthjohnson.com
Represents part of Oakland Township.
Donni Steele (R) (517) 373-1771 gophouse.org
Represents part of Oakland Township.
Mark Tisdel (R) (517) 373-1792 gophouse.org
Represents Rochester, Rochester Hills, part of Oakland Township
Donni Steele(R) (517) 373-0839 gophouse.org
Represents part of Oakland Township.
Oakland County Ofﬁcials
County Clerk: Lisa Brown (D) (248) 858-0581
Executive: David Coulter (D) (248) 858-0480
Water Resources Commissioner: Jim Nash (D)
Prosecutor: Karen McDonald (D) (248) 858-0656
Sheriff: Michael Bouchard (R) (248) 858-5000
Treasurer: Robert Wittenberg (D) (248) 858-0611
Oakland County Commissioners
1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-0100
19 members represent equally populated districts, operating under a “committee system”. Elected to a two-year term, they’re responsible for:
• Formulating county policies
• Establishing property tax millage rates
• Adopting ordinances and rules
• Adopting County budget and development plans
• Adopting and enforcing rules establishing authority and duties of County departments.
Three commsioners cover the Greater Rochester Area
Brendan Johnson (D)
Portions of Rochester Hills
Michael Spisz (R)
Portions of Oakland Township, Rochester Hills and all of the City of Rochester.
Michael Gingell (R)
Portions of Oakland Township and Rochester Hills
700 Barclay Circle, Rochester 48307
(248) 853-5553 www.oakgov.com
Divisions include Trafﬁc, Civil, Criminal and Probate
Oakland County 6th Circuit Court
1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341
Information: (248) 858-0344
Division of the State judiciary serving as the trial court for all Oakland County citizens. Hears both civil and criminal cases, as well as appeals from the District and Probate courts. Has exclusive jurisdiction on certain family matters.
Oakland County Probate Court
1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac 48341 www.oakgov.com/probate
Information: (248) 858-0260
Probate Court deals with issues related to wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and mental health.
Log on to City and Township websites for local government structures, contacts and opportunities to get involved on a committee or board.
There are numerous ways to serve as a volunteer, being appointed or running for ofﬁce in a local election.
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
124 W. Allegan, Ste 620, Lansing 48933 (517) 485-9444, www.crcmich.org
Southwest MI (734) 542-8001
Independent, not-for-proﬁt public policy research organization. Does not lobby for, support or oppose candidates. Provides information on issues concerning voters; has an expansive library of publications.
League of Women Voters – Oakland County Area (248) 594-6602 • www.lwvoa.org
Provides voters guides, information about special elections, including local elections, election results and holds candidate forums.
You may register by contacting the City ofﬁces, Township ofﬁces or any Secretary of State ofﬁce. (See Basics – Drivers License for locations.)
Sports and Recreation
Professional Sports Teams of Southeast Michigan
Detroit Lions (NFL) Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Ford Field Detroit Little Caesars Arena (313) 262-2222 313-PISTONS
Detroit Tigers (MLB) Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Comerica Park Detroit Little Caesars Arena (866) 66-TIGER (313) 471-7575
United Shore Professional Baseball (USPBL)
Jimmy John’s Field 7171 Auburn Rd., Utica 48317 (248) 601-2400 • uspbl.com
Metro Area Sports & Recreation Websites
Oakland County parks system (See full listing in “Parks’ section.) www.mhsaa.com
The home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. All sorts of information regarding every high school sport, rules and regulations are located here! www.michigan.org
A speciﬁc list of outdoor venues close to home, including boating, hunting and snowmobiling. The site includes addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of recreational areas.
Local Community Facilities
Oakland Township Parks and Recreation (248) 651-7810 4480 Orion Rd., Rochester 48306 • www.oaklandtownship.org
Oakland township offers seasonal programs for residents and non-residents.
Bear Creek Nature Park
Playground for children 5-12, picnic shelter, grill, trails, boardwalks and docks. Outdoor ice rink conditions permitting. Equestrian trail use June - February
Cranberry Lake Park
Site of Oakland Township’s historic district. Trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding.
Draper Twin Lake Park
Shoreline ﬁshing, trails, biking, cross-country skiing. Kayaks available to rent.
Gallagher Creek Park
Playground, picnic pavilion, restrooms.
Lost Lake Nature Park
Sledding hill and warming shelter, nature center, ﬂoating docks, wetlands and farmlands.
Marsh View Park
Features a beginning archery range, basketball court, scenic overlook, trails, picnic area, and active recreation ﬁelds.
Paint Creek Trail
5.3 of the 8.9 miles run thru Oakland Township.
Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park
Pedestrian trail map is available online.
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (248) 656-8308
500 E Second St., Rochester 48307 www.rararecreation.org
Youth programs, leagues, camps, special needs programs and adult sports leagues open to residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills. Oakland Township residents pay an additional fee.
City of Rochester www.ci.rochester.mi.us
The parks include Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, a pond, tot lots, tennis courts, sand volleyball, Community House, portions of the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails and smaller parks with various athletic facilities. There is a kayak rack under the main street bridge. NOTE: City parks require dogs to have a permit. Applications are online or call the clerks ofﬁce.
City of Rochester Hills www.rochesterhills.org
General questions and shelter reservations: (248) 656-4673, Sports ﬁeld reservations: (248) 656-4797
Has 14 parks (2 not developed) with a variety of venues and athletic facilities including:
Avon Nature Area
Nature trails, pond, gazebo, scenic overlook, Clinton River frontage.
Sports ﬁelds for rent, shelter, picnic and play areas, tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts.
Bloomer Park and Velodrome
Shelters, cricket ﬁeld, sledding hill, volleyball nets,play structures and hiking/biking trails.
Features a splash pad, restrooms, tables and chairs, and lit at night.
Features batting cages, roller hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, pickleball, tennis courts, play structure, picnic tables, vending machines, restrooms.
Helen V. Allen Park
Ball ﬁelds for rent. Trail, boardwalk, playground, 2 ponds, kayak landing.
Access to the Clinton River, ponds, ﬁshing, kayak landing and carts, a mile long boardwalk, shelter, playgrounds, restrooms.
Pine Trace Golf Course (See golf information)
Rochester Hills Museum and Van Hoosen Farm
(See Rochester Attractions and About Our Cover)
Thelma G. Spencer Park
Features a lake with swimming beach, ﬁshing,ice skating and boat rentals, tennis and sand volleyball courts.
Veterans Memorial Pointe
Granite monument, gazebo, memorial pathway. Wabash Park
Community garden plots. Applications available thru Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Call 656-0999. Play structure, picnic tables, and grills
Fish the Clinton River here, picnicking and hiking.
Spencer, Bloomer and Yates parks require vehicle entry passes. Daily and annual permits can be purchased at the park locations, online or at City Hall
Photo courtesy of Rochester Hills
(248) 661-9610 • 5795 Drake Rd., West Bloomﬁeld 48322
Target archery, classes, leagues, open shooting. www.detroitarchers.com
Oakland County Parks
There is limited public deer archery hunting in six parks. Rules are listed on the individual park archery maps. Log on to www.OakGov.com
• Independence Oaks- Offers archery classes and has a public archery range.
Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club
4770 Waterford Rd., Clarkston 48346
Family oriented large indoor range. www.ocsc.club
Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering target archery classes. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Open range shooting is also offered in Marsh View Park. Pre-registrationis required. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to www.oaklandtownship.org for fees, dates and times.
Royal Oak Archers
2762 Orion Rd., Oakland Township 48363
(248) 693-9799 www.royaloakarchers.org
Clubhouse and its 3 ranges just off the Paint Creek Trail overlooking the creek Baseball/Softball (Tball to Travel)
Rochester Avon Recreational Rochester Hills Little League Authority (RARA) www.rochesterhillslittleleague.com
(248) 656-8308 • www.rararecreation.org • Boys baseball ages 5-15
Adult modiﬁed, competitive, and co-ed • Girls softball ages 8-14 leagues. Register online. Youth lessons and leagues.
Michigan AAU Boys Basketball
Michigan Girls AAU Basketball
www.aaugirlsbasketball.org lists all local clubs.
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA)
(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org
Division league play for children in kindergarten through 12th grades Mens, Womens, and Co-Ed Competitive and Recreation Teams. Open gym time available.
Clinton River Trail - Has 16 miles of trail winding thru the communities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester and Rochester Hills. For more information log on to www.clintonrivertrail.org.
Paint Creek Trail - Has 8.9 scenic miles of trail connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. For more information log on to www.paintcreektrail.org.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Biking, mountain biking, hiking and off road vehicle trails are listed by park and trail name.
Oakland County Parks
There are numerous trails throughout the parks system covering miles of land, many of which connect parks and recreation areas. There are trails speciﬁcally for mountain bikes and Addison Oaks in Leonard and Groveland Oaks in Holly offer mountain and specialty bikes for rent.
League of Michigan Bicyclists
www.lmb.org • Local clubs listed online.
Michigan Mountain Biking Association – MCMBA Motor City
One of the largest afﬁliates of the International Mountain Biking Association. There are numerous chapters throughout the state. Log on to connect to chapter links and information regarding location of trails.
International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP)
345 John R., Rochester Hills 48307, (248) 961-3705 www.ivbp.org
Less than 30 in North America! Banked race track offers classes and public hours for use. Bloomer Park also has 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Call (248) 656-4753 for more information. There is a motor vehicle entry fee at the park.
Stony Creek Metro Park
4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township
This park has 14 miles of heavily wooded dirt single and two track trails, a 6.2 mile paved biking trail around the lake and the 24 mile Macomb Orchard Trail is accessible at the south end of the park.
There are numerous lakes in Oakland County that have hard surface ramps for watercraft trailers. They include:
Big Lake,Springﬁeld Township
Cass Lake, Dodge Park in Waterford Township
Maceday Lake, Waterford Township
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford Township
Oakland Lake, Independence and Waterford Townships
Lake Orion, in Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Long Lake and Proud Lake in the Proud Lake Recreation Area. For more information see the “Parks” listings later in this section.
Clinton River Watershed offers miles of canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Log on to www.crwc.org for exact locations and details!
Oakland County Parks offer boat rentals in:
• Addison Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak)
• Groveland Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak)
• Independence Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak, canoe, and electric motors)
A small boat launch is located at Orion Oaks for non-motorizedwatercraft and boats can be carried into Rose Oaks. For more information log on to www.OakGov.com
Huron Clinton Metroparks have boat launches, slips and storage available at
• Stony Creek Metropark • Kensington Metropark
• Lake St. Clair Metropark • Lake Erie Metropark
Palazzo di Bocce
4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, 48359 (248) 371-9987 • www.palazzodibocce.com
Has 10 indoor courts and restaurant. Offers open play, leagues and tournaments.
Avon North Hill Lanes
150 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills, 48306 (248) 651-8544 • www.avonnorthhilllanes.com
2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 (248) 852-9100 • www.myclassiclanes.com
USBC – Metro Detroit Association
28200 Southﬁeld Rd.Lathrup Village, 48076 (248) 443-2695 www.mdusbc.com
Provides information on all bowling alleys, leagues, records, rules and tournaments in the Metro Detroit area.
Waterford Hills Road Racing at Oakland County Sportsmen Club 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 48346 (248) 623-0700 www.waterfordhills.com
Racing events, club racing program and open track days for the public.
Michigan International Speedway
12626 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 (517) 592-6666 www.mispeedway.com
NASCAR racing in the scenic Irish Hills.
Lapeer International Dragway
2691 Roods Lake Rd., Lapeer, 48446 (810) 938-9959 www.lapeerinternationaldragway.com
Cars, motorcycles and even snowmobiles are welcomed. Log on for dragway schedule and rules of the strip.
There are 1,400 lakes and streams stemming from 6 major watersheds in Oakland County many have public access for ﬁshing. Species include Rainbow and Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Catﬁsh and more. A ﬁshing license is required for those 17 and older. Log on to www.oakgov.com for all locations, types of access and ﬁsh speices. Oakland County Parks have 6 that offer ﬁshing access from shore, docks and/or boats.
• Addison Oaks • Independence Oaks • Rose Oaks
Detroit Skating Club
888 Denison Court, Bloomﬁeld Hills 48302 (248) 332-3000 www.dscclub.com
52999 Dequindre Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 601-6699 www.onyxicearena.com
Adult leagues, lessons, open skate time and rentals; drop in hockey.
Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy (248) 601-6699
Rochester Hockey Club at the Suburban Ice (248) 601-6699 • www.onyxicearena.com
Skate Outdoors in the Winter
• Crooked Lake, in Independence Oaks County Park
• Stony Creek Lake, in Stony Creek Metropark
• Rochester Municipal Park pond
Bear Creek Nature Park in Oakland Township in Rochester Hills
Oakland County Parks have multi-use trails in:
• Addison Oaks • Highland Oaks • Rose Oaks
Metro Parks offer trail riding in:
• Kensington • Oakwoods • Wolcott Mill • Indian Springs
State Parks offer trails and camps in numerous recreation areas including:
• Highland • Pontiac Lake • Proud Lake • Ortonville
See “Parks” section for details, locations and websites.
• Groveland Oaks • Orion Oaks
• Highland Oaks Ice ﬁshing is permitted in all the above except Groveland Oaks. See Oakland County Parks for more information.
Stony Creek Metro Park in the Huron Clinton MetroParks System offer ﬁshing and ice ﬁshing for bass, pike, walleye, catﬁsh and black crappie in the 500 acre Stony Creek Lake. (See Parks section)
Fishing is also allowed in many State Parks. See the State Parks information in this section for more details.
NOTE: If you are 17 years of age or older you need a license to ﬁsh.There are short-term licenses available. Applications and permits can be purchased online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. They are also available at Dicks Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Meijers, and Bass Pro Shop locations.
Provides a wealth of information about ﬁshing, including ﬁsh identiﬁcation, ﬁshing guides by season, maps by county, charter and ﬂy ﬁshing services and links to state ﬁsh hatcheries.
The Clinton River Watershed Guide has a list of local cold and warm water locations, the best access points and DNR stocking information. Call (248) 601-0606 or log on to www.crwc.org.
The most popular spot for steelhead ﬁshing is in Yates Park at the intersection of Dequindre and Avon Road - A valid license is required along with a trout/ salmon stamp.
Football and Cheer
Rochester Football and Cheer
PO Box 82423 Rochester, 48308
Football Coach Reid (248) 622-8219 • www.rochesterfootballand cheer.com
Cheer: Grades 1-8 •Football ages: 7-14
Oakland Township – many of the parks allow horseback riding although there are a few restrictions on the limestone trails in the spring. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to the Parks and Recreation page at www.oaklandtownship.org
Paint Creek Trail allows riding north of Dutton Road. Check it out at www.paintcreektrail.org
Oakland County Parks have limited public archery hunting for deer in:
• Highland Oaks in Highland • Lyon Oaks in Wixom
• Orion Oaks in Lake Orion • Rose Oaks in Rose Twp
• Addison Oaks, East only • Independence Oaks, North only Log on to www.OakGov.com
Hunting is also available at these State Recreational areas:
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
7800 Gale Rd., Waterford, 48327 (248) 666-1020
3,745 acres of marshes, ponds, lakes and heavily wooded areas support a variety of animals for excellent hunting.
Highland Recreation Area
5200 E. Highland Rd., Highland, 48383 (248) 889-3750
5,900 acres of forest, marshes and rolling hills. Boat access sites on 4 lakes.
Information about hunting licenses, seasons, fees, time tables and online applications can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnr. To purchase a speciﬁc type of license and see availability online, log on to www.mdnr-elicense.com. The local DNR operations service center is in Detroit at 1801 Atwater Street. Phone: (313) 396-6890.
Hunting and Fishing
The State of Michigan requires a license which can be purchased online 24/7 along with special hunt applications and permits.
To explore hunting areas by region or speciﬁc city log on to www.michigan.org.
Oakland Township has periods of controlled archery deer hunting in Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park. A township permit is required. Log on to www.oaklandtownship.org for more information.
Rochester United Sharks Lacrosse (248) 376-8033 • www.rochesterunitedsharks.com
Based on school grade levels, there are various levels of play.
Michigan Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse
www.michiganlacrosse.org • “Where to Play” lists local chapter members.
Mitten State LAX
www.mittenstatelax.com • Lists coaches, schools and travel teams in the state. USA Lacrosse
www.usalacrosse.com • Links “where to play” by zip code.
For local club information and contact numbers check out: Running in the USA, www.runningintheusa.com Road Runners Club of America, www.rrca.org
Rochester Soccer Club
6841 N. Rochester Rd. #301A, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 650-0113 • www.rscsoccer.org
Michigan State Youth Soccer (734) 459-6220 • www.michiganyouthsoccer.org
P.O. Box 70502, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 941-5160 • magicsoccer.info
Michigan Youth Soccer League
www.michigansoccer.com • Competitive leagues for youth U7-U19
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) (248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org
Check online brochure for all leagues and tournaments. Youth and adult indoor and outdoor play.
Auburn Hills Skate Park
202 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326, (248) 370-9353
Free and unsupervised. For skateboard, in-line skates and BMX bikes. Open 8am - dusk April to November.
Alpine Valley in White Lake Mt. Holly in Holly (248) 887-2180 (248) 634-8269
Pine Knob in Clarkston Mt. Brighton in Brighton (248) 625-0800 (810) 229-9581
Cross Country Skiing in Oakland County
Rochester Hills has ungroomed trails in Bloomer and Spencer Parks.
• Blackheath 3311 North Rochester Rd., Rochester 48306
• Fieldstone Golf Club 1984 Taylor Rd. Auburn Hills 48326
• Great Oaks Country Club (Private) 777 Great Oaks Blvd. Rochester 48307
Addison Oaks in Leonard
Independence Oaks in Clarkston
Huron-Clinton Metro Parks
• Kensington - Milford
12 miles of groomed trails and ski equipment is available to rent at the Ski Center.
• Indian Springs - White Lake
12 miles of trails on varied terrain, they are groomed for classic and traditional Nordic skiing.
• Seven Lakes - Holly
Over 6.5 clearly marked trails through wilderness areas by 2 lakes, a stream and numerous swamps.
Rails to Trails
• Clinton River Trail
16 miles of varied surfaces; 4.5 miles within city of Rochester
• Paint Creek Trail - Rochester Hills
9 miles of ungroomed, ﬂat trails
• Polly Ann Trail - Northern Oakland & Lapeer Counties
34 miles with a wide variety of landscapes.
There are over 6,500 maintained interconnected trails throughout the state.
Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association (616) 361-2285 www.misorva.org
Lists of local clubs, safety class locations, trail maps and conditions.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Information on ORV/ATV registration requirements, maps of trails, routes and new interactive guide online.
Website lists parks and locations of trails.
(248) 997-6696 www.teamunify.com
Great website for competitive swimmers providing meet postings, top ten times, time standards and results for all Michigan clubs.
Michigan Masters Swimming
Lists clubs, practice pools and meets for competitive swimmers over 18 years of age.
RARA (Rochester Avon Recreation Authority)
(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org
Offers outdoor lessons for children and adults spring, summer and fall. There are lighted tennis courts in Rochester’s Municipal Park, downtown behind city hall. Avondale, Bordon and Spencer Parks in Rochester Hills have outdoor courts. Log on to www.rochesterhills.org for more info.
• Myth Golf Course & Banquets 850 Stoney Creek Road, Oakland Township 48363
• Pine Knob Golf Club 5580 Waldon Road Clarkston, 48348 (248) 625-4430
• Pine Trace Golf Club 3600 Pine Trace Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-7100
• Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland Twp 48363 (248) 650-4550
• The WestWynd Bar, Grille & Golf 4161 North Adams Rd., Oakland Township 48306 (248) 608-7820
• The Wyndgate Country Club (private) 1975 West Gunn Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 652-4283
Other Golf Resources
Oakland County Parks Courses
• Red Oaks, in Madison
• Springﬁeld Oaks, in Davisburg
• White Lake Oaks, in White Lake Township
Huron-Clinton Metropark Course
• Indian Springs, in White Lake Township
(For more information see Parks)
For Information about the school systems servicing the Greater Rochester Area please call or log on:
Avondale School District
2940 Waukegan St, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (248) 537-6000 • www.avondaleschools.org
Lake Orion Community Schools
315 N. Lapeer St., Lake Orion, MI (248) 693-5400 • www.lakeorionschools.org
Rochester Community Schools
501 W. University Dr. , Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 726-3000 • www.rochester.k12.mi.us
Romeo Community Schools
316 N. Main St. , Romeo, MI 48065 (586) 752-0200 • www.romeok12.org
Michigan Graduation Requirements
Michigan has some of the toughest high school graduation requirements in the country. They consist of:
● 4 credits math and English language arts
● 3 credits science and social studies
● 2 credits foreign language
● 1 credit physical education/health
● 1 credit visual and performing arts
● 1 online learning class
All students are required to take the Michigan Merit Exam which replaces the MEAP testing.
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25200 Telegraph Ste. 100 Southfield 48033
(248) 351-0280 • www.alz.org/gmc
American Cancer Society
2000 Town Center, Ste. 1900 Southfield 48075
(248) 663-3400 • www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Association
(248) 433-3830 • www.diabetes.org
American Heart Association
27777 Franklin Rd., Ste. 1150 Southfield 48034
(248) 936-5800 • www.heart.org
American Red Cross
SE MI Chapter
7800 W. Outer Dr., Ste. 205 Detroit 48235
(313) 833-4440 • www.redcross.org/mi/detroit
American Lung Association
1475 E. 12 Mile Madison Heights 48071
(248) 784-2000 • www.lung.org
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
25200 Telegraph, Ste. 110 Southfield 48033
(248) 351-7979 • www.epilepsymichigan.org
Michigan Lupus Foundation 30200 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 170
Bingham Farms 48025
(800) 705-6677 • www.milupus.org
Michigan Parkinson Foundation
30400 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 150 Bingham Farms 48025
(248) 433-1011 • (800) 852-9781
National Arab American Medical Association
2265 Livernois, Ste. 720 Troy 48083
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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link
2900 Union Lake Rd., Ste. 213 Commerce 48382
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16205 W. 14 Mile Rd., Ste. 201 Beverly Hills 48025
Michigan Poison Center Wayne State University
550 E. Canfield, Lande Bldg. Detroit, 48201 (800) 222-1222
Unified 3968 Mt. Elliot Detroit 48207 (313) 446-9800 • www.miunified.org
ComprehensiveAIDSserviceorganization providing HIV related services through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach.
Michigan Community VNA
30800 Telegraph, Ste. 1728 Bingham Farms 48025 (800) 852-1232 • www.vna.org
Harmony Cares Medical Group 500 Kirts, Ste. 200 Troy, 48084 (248) 824-6060
Visiting physicians in home care.
LIVE HEALTHY DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Oakland County joined the National Association of Counties “Live Healthy Discounts Program” to help residents with healthcare costs. (*Note - this is not health insurance.) Prescription, dental, and health discount cards are available. Registration is online at www.oakgov.com. Call the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Office at (248) 858-0100 or (877) 321-2652 (prescription card) (877) 573-2395 (dental health card).
Hospice of Michigan
• 400 Galleria Office Center, Ste. 400 Southfield, 48034
• 43097 Woodward Bloomfield Hills, 48302
24-hour information line: (888) 247-5701
St. Joseph Mercy
Home Care & Hospice 34505 W 12 Mile Rd., Ste 100 Farmington Hills 48331 (855) 559-7178
Assisted Living, Home Care, Nursing Centers & Retirement Homes
Please see the information listed under this caption in the Basics section.
Hospitals & Health Systems
Ascension Providence Hospital-Rochester 1101 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 652-5000
Ascension St. John Hospital Cancer Center 1901 Star Batt Dr. Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 844-4000
Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak 3601 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 48073 (248) 898-5000
Beaumont Hospital – Troy 44201 Dequindre, Troy 48085 (248) 964-5000
Childrens Hospital of Michigan Troy 350 W. Big Beaver, Troy 48084 (248) 524-7180
Pontiac General Hospital 461 W. Huron St., Pontiac 48341 (248) 857-7200
McLaren-Oakland (osteopathic) 50 N. Perry St., Pontiac 48342 (248) 338-5000
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48341 (248) 858-3000
Ascension Genesys Hospital 1 Genesys Parkway, Grand Blanc, 48439 (810) 606-5000
OAKLAND COUNTY DISCOUNT DENTAL PROGRAM
Dental Care is available for families and individuals in Oakland County that are not able to obtain such care through other measures. The application and all details and requirements are available online at www.oakgov.com. For further questions call the Health Division at (248) 858-1306.
Houses of Worship
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church 1550 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-6550
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center 1730 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 293-0072
Bethany Pentecost Tabernacle 103 S Castell Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7836
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1610 Brewster Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 651-0728
Church of the Holy Redeemer 3050 Grant Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 376-9668 www.holyredeemer.us
City Light Church 3075 Shimmons, Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 759-4978
Congregation Shir Tikvah 3900 Northﬁeld Parkway Troy, MI 48084 (248) 649-4418 www.shirtikvah.org
Creekside Christian Church 1892 E. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (947) 232-1323
Crown of Life Lutheran Church 2975 Dutton Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-7720
Doxa Church 3821 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Epic Church 47488 Dequindre Shelby Township, MI 48317 (248) 606-4348 www.epicchurch.com
Faith Church 160 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-3535 faithchurchrochesterhills.org
First Baptist Church of Rochester 6377 Orion Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-6151 www.fbcrochester.org
First Church Christ Scientist 1119 N Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-3155 www.christianscienceinfo.org
Christian Science Reading Room 412 S Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-1881
First Congregational Church 1315 N Pine St Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-6225 www.fccrochester.org
Hanbit Christian Reformed Church of Detroit 1849 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 608-9888 www.hanbitcrc.org
Heart of the Hills Christian Church 5085 Orion Rd. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 841-1679 www.heartofthehills.com
Islamic Association of Greater Detroit 879 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-5657 www.iagd.net
Jehovah's Witnesses 3400 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-2131 www.jw.org
Korean First Baptist Church 127 E Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-3355 www.kfbc.modoo.at
Meadowbrook Christian Church 2741 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 659-8481 www.mccrochesterhills.com
Oak Arbor Church 495 Oak Arbor Circle, W. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 652-3420 www.oakarbor.org
Oakland Christian Church 5100 N Adams Rd Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 276-9900 www.oaklandchurch.me
Paint Creek United Methodist Church 4420 Collins Rd Oakland, MI 48306 (248) 373-2360 www.paintcreekumc.org
Rochester Church of Christ 250 W Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1933 www.rochestercoc.org
Rochester Church of Nazarene 1799 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-5744 www.rochesterchurch.org
Rochester Christian Church 4435 N Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-3353 www.rcc4me.com
Rochester Hills Baptist Church 3300 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-0585 www.rhbchurch.com
St Andrew Catholic Church 1400 Inglewood Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7486 www.standrewchurch.org
St Irenaeus Church 771 Old Perch Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-9595 www.stirenaeus.org
St John Lutheran Church 1011 W. University Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 402-8000 www.stjohnrochester.org
St Lukes United Methodist Church 3980 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 373-6960 www.stlukesrochester.com
St Mark Orthodox Church 400 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-1630
St Mary’s of the Hills 2675 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 853-5390 www.smoth.org
St Paul Albanian Catholic Church 525 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-2150
St Paul’s United Methodist 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-9361
St Philip's Episcopal Church 100 Romeo Rd Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-6188 www.stpfeeds.org
Sikh Gurdwara Temple 271 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1139
Turning Point Church of Rochester 900 W University Dr. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 266-6638
Unity Church of Rochester 1038 Harding Ave Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-0120
University Presbyterian Church 1385 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-0400
Vision Baptist Church 3931 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 852-4438
Woodside Bible Church 6600 Rochester Rd. Troy, MI 48085 (248) 879-8533 www.woodsidebible.org
Zen Meditation Center of Michigan 1370 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 650-2999
Clubs and Organizations
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
Immediate help hotline (248) 332-3521 www.aa-semi.org
Log on for meeting information around the county.
Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon / Alateen)
c/o Meridian Health Services, 2nd Floor
Physical Address: 1255 N. Oakland Blvd., Waterford Twp. 48327
Mailing Address: Oakland AFG, PO Box 155, Keego Harbor 48320
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Rochester MI Branch www.rochester-mi.aauw.net
Meetings are held at the Community House. Interest groups include:
• Chix Flix • Kaleidoscope • Book Groups
• Bridge Groups • Galloping Gourmets
• Great Decisions • International Couples Potluck
• Cultural Interest Programs • Pinochle Group
American Legion Homer Wing Post 172 234 Walnut Blvd., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-2247 www.homerwingpost172.com
Assisance League® of Southeastern Michigan 248-656-0414 www.semich.assistanceleague.org
The ReSale Connection - part of ALSM
Authors in April
P.O. Box 81634, Rochester 48306 www.authorsinapril.org
Week long community event encourages reading by bringing authors, illustrators and children together.
Avon – Rochester Moose Lodge
3967 S. Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307
Loyal Order of the Moose #409 (248) 852-4090
Women of the Moose #1748 (248) 852-4090 www.mooseintl.org
Boy Scout Troop 360 Rochester Hills, MI. Follow on Facebook.
Boy Scout Troop 123 bsatroop123.com
Boy Scout Troop 125 www.glctroop125.org
Boy Scout Troop 255 www.bsatroop255.com
Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 303 East St.,, PO Box 80431, Rochester, MI 48308 (248) 608-2804 www.cfound.org
Raises funds in a variety of ways to provide local grants and scholarships.
CORE (community resource exchange) www.rochestercore.org
Meetings at the Library
Corinthian Lodge #241 F.&A.M.
318 Walnut St. , P.O. Box 80003, Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-1529 www.corinthian241.org
Masonic Lodge of Freemasons
Fraternal Order of Eagles #2634
650 Woodward, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-9874 2634.mifoe.com
Friends of the Clinton River Trail P.O. Box 81971, Rochester 48308 www.clintonrivertrail.org
Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7179 www.rhpl.org
Volunteers run the gift shop, book cart and book sales.
Freedom Road Transportation (248) 232-1259 www.freedomroadtransportation.org
Volunteer driver program
Gold Wing Road Riders Association www.gwrra-mi.org
Social club for riders of all types of motorcycles
Greater Oakland Republican Club (248) 690-5861 • www.gogop.club
Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association www.glfwda.org
Online version of laws and regulations, land use issues, list of local clubs and phone numbers.
Inspiring Hearts for Autism
P.O. Box 523, Lapeer 48446 • (810) 656-6139 Support group helping families navigate through the journey of autism.
Kiwanis Club of Rochester www.kiwanis.org
Multiple clubs in the area.
Knights of Columbus
• St. Mary of the Hills Council 13950 (248) 853-5390 www.kofc13950.org
• Father Baumgartner Council 5452 www.kofc5452.org
League of Women Voters
(248) 594-6602 www.lwvoa.org
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651-9011 www.leaderdog.org
MADD Michigan Ofﬁce
1739 W. Big Beaver Rd., Ste. 200, Troy 48084 (248) 528-1745 www.madd.org
News, events, victim impact panel locations.
Meadow Brook Hall Docents (248) 364-6222 www.meadowbrookhall.org
Meadow Brook Theatre Guild (248) 370-3349 www.meadowbrooktheatreguild.com
Michigan Humane Society
3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (866) MHUMANE www.michiganhumane.org
Michigan Senior Olympics
650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48306 (248) 608-0250 www.michiganseniorolympics.org
Newcomers and Neighbors Club of the Greater Rochester Area
P.O. Box 80134, Rochester 48308 (248) 805-1385 email@example.com
Interest groups include:
• Book Groups
• Lunch and Dinner Groups
• Friday Night Movies
Paint A Miracle 400 Water St., LL4, Rochester 48307 (248) 652-2702 www.paintamiracle.org
Paint Creek Folklore Society
Paint Creek Garden Club
Rochester Area Democratic Club
JCI Rochester Area
P.O. Box 80161, Rochester 48308 (248) 652-7777 www.rajc.org
Jaycee organization for 21-40 yr. olds
Rochester Area Republican Club - RARC Michigan (248) 840-3553 www.rochester-gop.com
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Rochester Community House 816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622 www.rochestercommhouse.org
Rochester Community Schools Foundation
501 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 726-3190 www.rcs-foundation.org
Provides ﬁnancial support for academics, athletics and activities of the Rochester Community Schools.
Rochester Elks - North Oakland 2225 3100 Pond Rd., Leonard 48367 (248) 572-7118 (lodge and ofﬁce) www.elks.org
The Rochester Garden Club
Branch member of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Monthly meetings at the Rochester Community House
Rochester Guardians of Harmony
Dave Anderson (586) 286-4860
Barbershop chorus practices at Oak Arbor Church School
Rochester Junior Women’s Club
P.O. Box 80743, Rochester 48308 (248) 266-2913 www.rjwc.org
Monthly meetings at Community House.
Rochester Hills Lions Club (586) 914-1217 • Meets at Miguel’s Cantina.
Rochester Lions Club
P.O. Box 80393, Rochester 48308
www.rochesterlionsclub.org • Meets at Community House.
P.O. Box 81523, Rochester 48308
(248) 327-4555 www.rochesterrotaryclub.org
Meets at Community House.
Rochester Symphony Guild
• Coffee Groups
• Members on the Go • Meadow Brook Theatre
• Pub Night Ushering
North Oakland Concert Band
2183 Willow Leaf Ct. S., Rochester Hills 48309 www.nocb.org
Oakland Audubon Society
P. O. Box 796, Birmingham 48012 (248) 646-1200 www.oaklandaudubon.org
Oakland County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 1094, Birmingham 48012 www.ocgsmi.org
Oakland Literacy Council 51111 Woodward Ave. Ste. 720, Pontiac 48342 (248) 253-1617 www.oaklandliteracy.com
(248) 340-9215 www.rochestersymphony.com
Monthly meetings at the Royal Park Hotel
Rochester Toastmasters #4890
Pixley Memorial Hall, 322 W. University, Rochester 48307
Mike Andrews (248) 828-5649
Meets at the hall two times a month.
Rochester University Alumni Association
800 W. Avon, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 218-2000 www.rochester.edu
Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • Monthly meetings.
Stony Creek No. 5 F.&A.M.
318 Walnut St., P.O. Box 80003, Rochester 48308
(248) 651-7181 www.stonycreek5.com
Masonic Lodge of Freemasons
Metro Detroit, and by extension Greater Rochester is a hiker and biker paradise with each county in the metro area having numerous trails for you to explore. Some trails (or parts of trails) even allow horses to share the space with hikers and bikers. Some of the trails are repurposed rail lines that give you a feel for how the area developed before cars took over. Here are some of the trails you may want to consider. So GET OUT, SADDLE UP and RIDE, RIDE, RIDE!!!
Hiking and Biking Around the Greater Rochester Area
The Clinton River Trail extends for 16 miles in Oakland County and runs from Sylvan Lake to Rochester.
The West Bloomﬁeld Trail is a 6.8 mile rail trail connecting West Bloomﬁeld, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake. The eastern end connects with the Clinton River Trail.
Polly Ann Trail is an overall ride of 34 miles through Oakland and Lapeer Counties (14.2 in Oakland and 20 in Lapeer). Is open to horses throughout its length. Connects communities of Orion Township, Lake Orion, Oxford Township, Oxford, Addison Township ad Leonard in Oakland County.
The Huron Valley Trail is an extensive network connecting 25 miles of trails, including Kensington MetroPark in Milford and Lyon Oaks County Park in Wixom.
I-275 Metro Trail offers 40 miles of paved bike path in a north/south direction from Novi in Oakland County to New Boston in Wayne County.
Locations, trail heads, maps and trail activities can be found on Michigan State, Metro and County Park systems websites. Or you can log on to www.traillink.com to get needed information.
The Milford Trail connects the Village of Milford with the popular Kensington Metropark in Oakland County. The winding trail offers plenty of scenery as it travels through woodlands and wetlands. At the trail’s southern endpoint, it meets the Kensington Metropark Trail, which continues into the popular park and around scenic Kent Lake.
The Paint Creek Trail is 8.9 scenic miles connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. First “rail to trail” route in State of Michigan.
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Black Creek Nature Trail is in Davison Township and runs along Black Creek to join with the Abernathy Park Trail located in the city of Davison.
Belle Isle State Park is located near downtown Detroit in the Detroit River. The park has a 6 mile bike lane that circles the outer edge of the island.
The Detroit Riverwalk offers views of the Detroit Skyline for 3.5 miles along the Detroit River.
The Grosse Ile Trail is located downriver; runs 6.2 miles along the entire length of Grosse Ile.
Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path just over a mile long in downtown Detroit. The trail has separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians and you'll ﬁnd entrance ramps at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Franklin, Mack Avenue, and Woodbridge Street. The trail is called the “Cut” because it’s a wide trench that was sunk 25 feet below street level in the 1920s by the Grand Trunk Railroad to avoid foot and vehicle trafﬁc, which continued overhead unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges.
Hines Park Trail offers 17.2 miles of paved trail along Edward Hines Drive in the Rouge River Basin that travels through Wayne County parks and recreation areas. Go through Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Garden City and Dearborn Heights meeting up with the 2 mile scenic Rouge River Gateway Trail which is heavily wooded and located close to Greenﬁeld Village and The Henry Ford.
George Atkins Jr. Recreational Trail runs 7.5 miles along Pine Run Creek in the city of Clio in Vienna Township. The wide concrete path travels through a series of tunnels and bridges for an uninterrupted ride.
Flushing Riverview Trail is only 1.4 miles starting at the Main Street bridge but travels through forest and wetlands along the Flint River. It includes a 72 foot bridge over Cole Creek and a 200 foot bridge over the Flint River.
The Lower Rouge River Trail follows the Rouge River from Canton Center Rd. to the I-275 Metro Trail. The 3 mile trail crosses the river over 8 bridges and ties in with the ITC Corridor Trail that runs north for another 3 miles.
The Downriver Linked Greenways Trail stretches 24.5 miles from the Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie Metropark. This asphalt trail travels the Huron River basin through numerous metroparks and downriver communities.
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The Macomb Orchard Trail is completely paved its 23.5 mile length; runs across northern Macomb County from Shelby Township in the west to Richmond in the east.
The Metro Parkway Trail (Freedom Trail) is 11 miles of paved trailway stretching from Lake St. Clair MetroPark in Harrison Township to Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights.
The Island Lake Pathway runs east–west through the densely-wooded landscape of the Island Lake Recreation Area southeast of Brighton. Although relatively short, the paved trail may prove a challenge to some as it courses through hilly terrain.
Lakelands Trail State Park is one of Michigan’s “linear” state parks which is made up of 8 miles of paved asphalt and 12 miles of compacted limestone trail which allows horseback riding from Pinckney to Stockbridge.
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