Continental Lanes' open-bowling sessions and holiday events enable bowlers to celebrate special events with 10-pin matches alongside friends and family. After gathering up to four buddies or inviting the starting lineup of their fantasy basketball team, customers can spend two hours avoiding gutters and hunting for turkeys. Holiday revelers can immerse themselves in celestial surroundings during the Bowl in the New Year party. A four-hour year-end celebration that eschews standard lighting for black-light glows and vibrant neon colors, the bowling bash helps patrons bid adieu to 2011 and welcome whatever random number the authorities give to the New Year.
The Great Skate's been going in circles for 22 years. That's how long this indoor rollerskating and in-line skating rink has provided a safe, clean, and lively atmosphere for kids and adults. The rink offers open skating sessions for all ages, as well as special events such as adult-night skates and all-night skating for scouts, which includes dinner and breakfast and a chance to shake-up typical sleepwalking habits. The Great Skate also hosts skating lessons, birthday parties, and fundraising events for organizations such as D.A.R.E and the PTA.
As the sun rises and sets on the shore of Lake St. Clair, it illuminates a historic mansion surrounded by 87 acres of gardens, meadows, and lagoons. The light catches the elm and sugar maple trees, blue lilacs, and other local florae, treating guests to the same idyllic views that Edsel Ford—the only son of Henry Ford—used to enjoy with his wife, Eleanor Clay Ford, and their children. Built in 1929 and now open to the general public, this historic house and its surrounding grounds give visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of one of America's most prominent families.
Edsel and Eleanor Ford were renowned for their progressive design tastes and support of the arts, and these forward-thinking sensibilities are readily apparent throughout their Gaukler Point home. Detroit architect Albert Kahn chose to characterize it as a cozy escape from city life by recreating the aesthetic of a Cotswold village cottage, complete with stone roofs, vine-covered walls, and lead-paned windows. But the Ford's decidedly modern style is still visible—for every antique and stuffed and mounted Model T, guests can also spot the sleek, custom-made furnishings and leather-paneled walls recommended by interior designer Walter Teague. The acres outside those walls were shaped with equal care by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, who chose to accentuate the area's natural beauty without giving any indication of manmade interference.
Of course, the Ford House would be incomplete without the invention that made the Ford name—the automobile. Reflecting that legacy and Edsel's own passion for designing vehicles, the garage houses a 1934 Brewster Town Car, a 1938 Lincoln K Brunn Brougham, and a 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, each of which was customized to Edsel's specifications. The crown jewel of the exhibited collection—when it is not being displayed at car shows and museums across the country—is Edsel's treasured 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster, a vehicle that he personally spent years conceptualizing and then refining into a sleek, aluminum-bodied roadster.
The name does little justice to what's inside; Bounce House doesn't just have one house, but a neighborhood of inflatable structures. Kids whizz down towering slides and help each other clamber through air-filled obstacle courses, while moonwalks sit side-by-side, forming a colorful neighborhood-scape. Though grownups aren't allowed inside the bouncy structures, they can enjoy the arcade, whose free-play games take no tokens nor banana chips.
Regal Lanes has been meticulously maintained by the same family since 1960. Its vast hall offers ample space for recreational players as well as leagues, with 40 glossy bowling avenues lined with the same hardwood used to pave the road to termite Oz. While bowlers wait in the wings, they can relax at the alley's grill and sports bar, home to flat-screen televisions and daily happy hours.
At Universal Lanes, digital scoreboards keep track of points as players strive for strikes in regular or glow-in-the-dark lighting. Between games, bowlers can meander over to the lounge and rack up pool balls or order pretzels, soft-serve ice cream, or pizza from the grill. They can also perch at the stone bar to sip beer while telling a tall tale about bowling a 300 with a very ripe cantaloupe.