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.
The designers of Playland Fun Center wanted to create attractions that engaged the entire family. So they ensured that their 18-hole mini-golf course enthralled both tiny putters and adults by including a looming T-Rex, oversized penguin in a top hat, and large pink bunny rabbit that resembles mature weatherman Willard Scott. Pink and green speed mobiles zip drivers around a curvy course bordered by wind-swept grass and a streaming creek, while indoors the arcade glows in the light of video games and air-hockey tables. A team of cooks mans Bonkers Pizzeria, serving families large slices and pitchers of pop before sending them off to troll the terrifying halls of the on-site haunted house.
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.