Nightlife in Fenton

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Carpeted in verdant grass and shaded by massive trees, the 18-hole course at Tropical Falls Miniature Adventure Golf winds among small ponds, gushing fountains, and cascading waterfalls. Elsewhere, machines churn out pitches ranging from soft lobs to 80 mph fastballs in seven on-site batting cages, and three beach-volleyball courts host spring and summer leagues open to all, even human crabs prone to popping the ball during the serve.

4312 South Dort Highway
Burton,
MI
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Hamlin Pub's grill gurus craft a hearty menu of burgers, meaty entrees, pizza, and salads while tap maestros fill chalices with libations from an extensive beer and wine list that include 15 draft brews. Kick off meals by taming a stampede of flying bison with a starter of buffalo wings ($6.99 for eight), which comes with one of six signature sauces spanning the spice-level gamut. Then, move onto a more sizable spread, such as the half-pound Angus classic burger ($6.49) or the classic Reuben, a masterpiece of corned beef brisket and sauerkraut painted with thousand island dressing on a rye bread pallet ($8.49) for a culinary creation more edifying than a mustard slathered American Gothic. Diners can tongue dive into Hamlin’s cheese pizza that's spun out with homemade dough and sauce ($6.99–$11.99) and is customizable with a bevy of toppings that include pepperoni, anchovies, portobello mushrooms, and jalapeños ($1.25–$2.50). The beer-battered fish and chips ($10.99) sates pub grub cravings otherwise quelled by meditating on bangers and mash or flambéing a pint glass.

6397 Sashabaw Rd
Clarkston,
MI
US

White Lake Inn first appeared along the water's shore in 1919, and today it remains "the place to go for a night out," according to White Lake-Highland Patch. Guests dance to live music on Friday and Saturday nights, play outdoor sports such as volleyball, or enjoy a drink at the lakeside patio and tiki bar whenever weather permits. All the while, White Lake shimmers in the background, and in the warmer months it's common to see pontoon boats pulled up to its dock.

But even when the lake's iced over, White Lake Inn keeps bellies warm with finger foods and hearty pub sandwiches, and Tex-Mex favorites such as fajitas and burritos made delightfully messy by chili and meted cheese. Naturally, there's a fish sandwich (beer-battered cod on a hoagie), along with hefty reubens and lighter wraps and roll-ups. Extra-crispy fries come with most dishes, but there's also a wide selection of shareables such as fried pickles and wings—optionally with "ear smokin'" sauce.

3955 Ormond Rd
White Lake,
MI
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Thomas and Friends Live! stars the beloved characters of Thomas, Percy, Diesel, and all their friends in a fun-filled theatrical extravaganza. The latest production, Thomas Saves the Day, follows the gaggle of anthropomorphic trains as they prepare for the annual Magic Lantern Festival on the island of Sodor. As the engines work together to repair the lighthouse that guides visitors to the island, children will learn important lessons in discovery, friendship, cooperation, and how to slip loose from a giant octopus while scuba diving. The 90-minute musical's brand-new songs will have tots clamoring in adulation for an encore and throwing gummy bears onto the stage, the highest form of pre-K praise.

7774 Sashabaw Rd.
Clarkston,
MI
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In 2011, O'Malley's Galley won The Citizen's readers polls for the best ribs, desserts, and catering in town. The eatery continues to live up to these titles with its inventive American food, including barbecue pork, smoked for 24 hours with cherry wood and basted in sauce that's made fresh for each order. In addition, Michele O'Malley, a member of the founding family, handcrafts all of the restaurant's highly lauded desserts to ensure delicious consistency. The restaurant's catered hog roasts spruce up weddings, graduations or office get-togethers with skilled chefs appearing on-site to carve the hog, prepare it, and teach it to fly.

1595 S Ortonville Rd
Ortonville,
MI
US