We have just listed a few of the most notable areas of interest here. If you have a passion for something, drop us an email and we’ll let you know where to go while you’re here. If you are planning on crossing the border into Canada remember your passport and driver license.
The Henry Ford
America’s Greatest History Attraction. Ford founded his museum to document the genius of ordinary people by collecting objects they created and used in everyday life. Today, it’s the largest collection of its kind.
Greenfield Village: On the grounds outside the museum provides an opportunity to experience life as it was in the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Walk through neighborhoods and step inside homes, workshops, stores, and more. Tours available on the weekends.
Ford Rouge Factory: You can see a truck being built, take a virtual reality trip, and visit the environmentally friendly “living roof.” Tours depart from the museum. Call at least one week in advance to arrange tours.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
Holocaust Memorial Center
A stunning documentation of the Holocaust, Jewish culture, and the Jewish people’s contribution to society are resented in order to create intercultural understanding. Free.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills
Not open during Shabbot.
This campus features an art museum, the widely renowned Academy of art, striking modern architecture, and the Institute of Science, which houses Michigan’s only full-size tyrannosaurus rex. Check out the fascinating laser shows and sky shows in the planetarium. Also visit the Cranbrook House and Gardens.
39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills
The Detroit Zoo
More than 100 acres of large animal exhibits, including the new Artic area, where polar bears swim right over your head. Plus, a four-acre ape habitat and an award-winning amphibian house. $7-$11, parking $5-$8.
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA features a wide-ranging, high-quality collection with multicultural and multinational scope, from history to modern times, including works from Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Matisse, and Picasso. No one who visits the DIA should miss the Rivera Court, where Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle adorns the walls. Friday nights the museum stays open until 9 p.m. with concerts and activities for kids. $1-$4 donation is suggested.
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
The Automotive Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame presents entertaining and enlightening stories of the people who shaped the world-wide automotive industry. Many interactive exhibits, a high-impact video theater, and one-on-one demonstrations are there for you to enjoy.
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
The Detroit Historical Museum
Here is your opportunity to stroll through the famous “streets of old Detroit” and experience how people actually lived in the 1840s, 1870s and early 1900s. Permanent exhibits include Furs to Factories and Glancy Trains.
5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
The Museum of African American History
The world’s largest museum of its kind dedicated to documenting, preserving, and educating the public on the life and culture of African Americans.
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
The Arab American Museum
The museum collects, documents, and preserves objects that help illustrate the Arab American Experience. The permanent collection includes art, three-dimensional artifacts, documents, personal papers, and photographs that were created by, owned, primarily used by, or that illustrate the Arab American experience. Warning: Rumor has it that proceeds go to disreputable organizations in the Middle East.
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn
(313) 582-AANM (2266)
The Henry Ford Estate
The estate was the riverside home, powerhouse, laboratories, and gardens of the automotive pioneer Henry Ford and his wife Clara from 1915-1950. Note: Estate closed for renovation, gardens still open.
4901 Evergreen, Dearborn
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Edsel Bryant Ford was the only child of Clara Bryant and Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. Take a tour of 60-room estate and stroll the grounds.
1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Visitors can enjoy more than 250 interactive exhibits, each with a different focus to bring physics, geology, math, music and more to life. We recently took our 16 month old nephew there and everyone enjoyed experimenting including his grandparents.
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
Michigan Science Center
It’s a child’s hands-on dream come true. Completely remodeled and reopened in 2001, the science center offers a huge 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration. Located downtown, parking is $5, reciprocal memberships accepted, admission includes everything except the IMAX and planetarium. Formerly the Detroit Science Center.
Detroit is one of the top five cities contributing music artists to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – 23 Detroit artists/groups have been inducted. At Hitsville visitors can spin back in time with exhibits, costumes and “Studio A” where Motown greats recorded so many hits.
2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
This market has been serving Detroiters and suburbanites for over 160 years. Fresh produce, meat products, herbs, cheeses, nuts, candies, and condiments are all supplied by retailers and wholesalers spread over a 43-acre area. The market is open Monday through Saturday.
The Parade Company
Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a.k.a. America’s Thanksgiving Parade® is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular parades! Every November something magical happens on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue, a holiday tradition dating back to 1924. Take your behind-the-scenes tour of The Parade Company and discover the city’s most hidden treasure. Reservations typically necessary.
9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A; Detroit
With over 20 restaurants, ranging from fine dining to casual and authentic Greek cuisine, Greektown has something for everyone! This high-energy district is located mere steps from the casino, professional sporting arenas, the theatre district, and Michigan’s largest convention centers.
500 Block of Monroe St, Detroit.
Visit the city across the Detroit River. Enjoy area attractions along with fantastic dining opportunities in Windsor’s Little Italy.
Meadow Brook Hall
The 110-room, 88,000 square foot Tudor Revival-style mansion was once the residence of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge. The manor is complete with vast original collections of art and furnishings. The grounds were designed by noted landscape architect Jen Jensen.
Oakland University, Rochester
Includes four major department stores- Marshall Field’s, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Collection also offers distinctive merchandise and a delightful ambience for all lifestyles.
2800-2801 W. Big Beaver, Troy
Includes Lord & Taylor, JCPenny, Sears and Marshall Field’s along with many other big name stores.
27470-27500 Novi Rd., Novi
An outdoor experience where shopping, food and fun come together! Available activities include Putting Edge (Glow-In-The-Dark Mini-Golf), Chuck E. Cheese’s (Family Dining and Fun), Emagine Theatre (18 Screen Stadium Seating), Lucky’s Restaurant and Mega Game Room, and Modern Skate Park (Indoor Skate Boarding).
44075-44275 W 12 Mile Rd., Novi
The Village of Rochester Hills
The Village of Rochester Hills provides shoppers with tree lined boulevards, convenient parking and nationally recognized retailers.
82 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills
The downtown is pedestrian-friendly, revitalized in 2002 with bricked crosswalks, newly constructed sidewalks, trees and benches. From Coolidge to Greenfield on 12 Mile and between 11 Mile and 12 Mile on Coolidge.
Greater Berkley Chamber of Commerce: www.berkleychamber.com
Includes an eclectic mix of boutiques, regional and national stores, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and movie theaters. N. Old Woodward just south of Oak Street.
Chamber of Commerce: www.bbcc.com
A vital downtown shopping district along with more than 500 acres of open space for use as public parks and athletic facilities. Intersection of Farmington and Grand River.
A picture-perfect, turn-of-the-century American town with varied retail and businesses. West of I-275, on Main and Center between Seven and Eight Mile.
Northville Chamber of Commerce: www.northville.org
A historic downtown that includes restaurants, shops and businesses. West of I-275, intersection of Main and Ann Arbor Trail.
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce: www.plymouthchamber.org
A friendly, family-oriented city filled with shops and restaurants. The city hosts many successful seasonal activities featuring music, food, and art. Plenty of public parks as well. From Diversion to Woodward and Elizabeth to Helen.
Rochester DDA: www.downtownrochestermi.com
Includes restaurants, outdoor cafes, clubs, coffee bars, galleries, and specialty shops. Woodward between I-696 and 14 Mile, and downtown at Lincoln to 11 Mile, West to Troy.
Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce: www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us
Waterford Oaks Water Park
Raft rapids, slip down waterslides, and swim in a wave pool.
1702 Scott Lake Rd., Waterford
Boat Rental at Drayton Boat Livery
Rent row boats on Loon Lake
4224 Dixie Hwy., Waterford
Bicycle Motorcross at Waterford Oaks BMX
1702 Scott Lake Road
Between Dixie Highway and Watkins Lake Rd., Waterford
Climbing at Planet Rock
Fifty-foot walls for beginners and more experienced climbers. Instruction and equipment are available.
34 Rapid St., Pontiac; 248-334-3904
82 April Dr., Ann Arbor; 734-827-2680
Horseback Riding at Maybury Riding Stables
There are more than 11 miles of trails in a Maybury State Park.
20303 Beck Road, Northville; 248-347-1088
Labor Day Weekend Happenings
Michigan State Fair
Has been discontinued.
Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-258-4437
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
It’s all things Polish at this annual fall event including music, food, and drink. Along Joseph Campau
Detroit International Jazz Festival
A great time to see hot jazz acts on six stages on the riverfront, Detroit; 313-887-8501;
Arts, Beats & Eats
The streets are overrun with food, art, and big-name music acts. Now in Royal Oak. www.artsbeatseats.com