Area attractions

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.

Attractions | Shopping | Physical Activities
Labor Day Weekend Happenings |


Attractions

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.
www.hfmgv.org
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
313-271-1620

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.
www.holocaustcenter.org
28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills
248-553-2400
Not open during Shabbot.

Cranbrook

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.
www.cranbrook.edu
39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills
877-GO-CRANBROOK

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.
www.detroitzoo.org
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
248-398-0900

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.
www.dia.org
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
313-833-7900

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.
www.automotivehalloffame.org
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
800-29VISIT

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.
www.detroithistorical.org
5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
313-833-1805

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.
www.chwmuseum.org
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.
www.arabamericanmuseum.org
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.
www.henryfordestate.org
4901 Evergreen, Dearborn
313-593-5590

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.
www.fordhouse.org
1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores
313-884-4222

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.
www.aahom.org
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
734-995-5439

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.
www.mi-sci.org

Hitsville USA

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.
www.motownmuseum.com
2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
313-875-2264

Eastern Market

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.
www.detroiteasternmarket.com

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.
www.theparade.org
9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A; Detroit
313-923-8368

Casinos

MotorCity Casino: www.motorcitycasino.com
Greektown Casino: www.greektowncasino.com
MGM Grand Casino: www.mgmgranddetroit.com

Greektown

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.

Windsor, Ontario

Visit the city across the Detroit River. Enjoy area attractions along with fantastic dining opportunities in Windsor’s Little Italy.
www.citywindsor.ca

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.
www.meadowbrookhall.org
Oakland University, Rochester
248-364-6200


Shopping

Shopping Malls

Somerset Collection

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.
www.thesomersetcollection.com
2800-2801 W. Big Beaver, Troy
248-643-6360

Twelve Oaks

Includes Lord & Taylor, JCPenny, Sears and Marshall Field’s along with many other big name stores.
www.shoptwelveoaks.com
27470-27500 Novi Rd., Novi
248-348-9400

Fountain Walk

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).
fountainwalkofnovi.com
44075-44275 W 12 Mile Rd., Novi
248-679-1000

The Village of Rochester Hills

The Village of Rochester Hills provides shoppers with tree lined boulevards, convenient parking and nationally recognized retailers.
thevorh.com
82 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills
248-375-9451

Shopping Districts

Berkley

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
248-414-9157

Birmingham

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
248-644-1700

Farmington

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.
www.ffhchamber.com
248-473-7276

Northville

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
248-349-7640

Plymouth

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
734-453-1540

Rochester

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
248-656-0060

Royal Oak

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
248-547-4000


Physical Activities

Golf
Search for golf courses in Oakland County

Waterford Oaks Water Park
Raft rapids, slip down waterslides, and swim in a wave pool.
www.splashfun.com
1702 Scott Lake Rd., Waterford
248-858-0918

Boat Rental at Drayton Boat Livery
Rent row boats on Loon Lake
4224 Dixie Hwy., Waterford
248-673-3407

Bicycle Motorcross at Waterford Oaks BMX
1702 Scott Lake Road
Between Dixie Highway and Watkins Lake Rd., Waterford
248-858-0915

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
www.planet-rock.com

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
www.mayburyridingstable.com


Labor Day Weekend Happenings

Michigan State Fair
Has been discontinued.

Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-258-4437
detroit.tigers.mlb.com

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;
www.detroitjazzfest.com

Arts, Beats & Eats
The streets are overrun with food, art, and big-name music acts. Now in Royal Oak. www.artsbeatseats.com

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