SemSeg's Segway experts equip urban explorers to cruise through Detroit at up to 12.5 miles per hour during self-guided tours. A brief orientation covers proper techniques for turning, stopping, and impromptu jousting. Then, motorists hop aboard scooters and travel up to 24 miles on a single charge. The long battery life allows motorists to cruise down the Riverfront, circle 14-acre Hart Plaza, and crisscross the Rivard Plaza in a single trip. Though SemSeg encourages DIY tours, their guides lead weekend tours through downtown and down the Riverwalk.
Offering unique "backseat" tours of Detroit, tour guide and Michigan native Joseph C. Krause hops into tourists' cars where he guides them through the streets and sights of the city. Often taking roads less traveled, his tours take visitors on an insider's route through the ever-evolving metropolis where he sheds light on little-known facts. Tour routes are entirely customizable, Krause is a wealth of knowledge on any trip, which can last anywhere from a few hours up to an entire day.
St. Lucifer's Asylum for the Mentally Insane was once a bustling, state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital that housed 12,000 patients and a staff of 700. Whether it was the frequent electroshock therapy sessions or the mysterious events that took place in the five miles of tunnels that ran beneath the facility, something quickly made things take a turn for the macabre. Stories made their way to the surrounding town about patients dying by the dozen, children waking up to find the mark of St. Lucifer on their skin, and retired nurses inflicting grotesque self-harm in department stores that have rules against that sort of thing. In 1974, the state closed the facility, but the horrors within didn't stop?especially in 13 Feet Under, the underground lab where the asylum's head physician conducted human experiments. The asylum's closing left patients trapped in the chamber, where they turned into mysterious creatures without faces or zombies forced to dine on the flesh of humans.
Throughout the Halloween season, St. Lucifer's Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under opens once more to let courageous visitors in to see the horrific scenes that were left behind. Participants walk carefully around darkened corners and through mysterious doorways, never sure of what they might encounter next. Those with a more proactive streak can fight off the undead themselves in Zombie Killers Black Ops Paintball, where they man one of eight turret-style paintball stations and put their target skills to the test.
For only having a handful of menu items, the chefs at Krispy Krunchy Chicken & Classic Burgers still manage to have something to please practically everyone. That's because their specialty is customization. They create quarter- or half-pound burgers layered with a choice of 25 toppings, which include everything from barbecue sauce to whole batches of fries and onion rings. On the other side of the menu, fried-chicken meals come with a choice of white or dark meat and make an audible crunch even when sandwiched between biscuits or coated in one of the house sauces.
Hot air balloons float into the air from Balloon Quest's idyllic launch location, taking guests on a bird's-eye tour of a stunning natural expanse studded with hills and lakes. Experienced pilots guide the rainbow-colored orbs on languorous tours, sweeping balloons' teardrop-shaped shadows over hills, dales, and the on-site mini-golf course. After their aerial tour, visitors can linger at Balloon Quest for a picnic on the grounds or a thought-provoking discussion of their top 10 favorite gravity-defying experiences. While flights are made year-round, Balloon Quest has very specific weather guidelines for flying, and rescheduling may be common.
The theme is simple at Heart of Michigan: everything in the store is Michigan-made. Owners Karen and John Wing support the local economy by stocking the shop's shelves with Michigan-made jams, ice cream, books, and beer. A recent profile of the store on the local news showcases the shop's many gift baskets, which include pre-designed options that focus on Michigan themes such as sports and cherries, as well as build-your-own options. For those who come into the store hungry, chef Ron prepares freshly made pasties perfect for a quick snack or a slow snack, depending on how fast you eat.