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.
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 Eleanor's custom-made 1952 Lincoln Town Car, a 1914 Detroit Electric, and a 1965 Mustang. 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.
Those who love fall know that full immersion is the best way to get into the spirit of the season. The Pumpkin Factory just happens to be the perfect place to plunge into all things autumnal, welcoming visitors with an array of fall-themed activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and a haunted house. Once twisting stalk has been traversed and every pumpkin has been inspected and assessed for its potential carvability, kids can expel excess energy by jumping in a giant inflated spider house or by exchanging tin can recipes with the resident goats in the nearby petting farm. And, if all that activity works up an appetite, the farm's country store sells a number of delectable, seasonal treats, including pumpkin pie, donuts, caramel apples and apple cider.
Falcon Flight Center's pilots take passengers up in the skies for breathtaking views of Ann Arbor and sites such as Michigan Stadium or to teach aspiring pilots how to operate a plane. Students learn how to master takeoffs and landings while communicating with an operating control tower. They also have the chance to mingle with other aspiring pilots by participating in group study sessions or enjoying friendly hangar barbecues. The center also rents out its aircraft to pilots who don't have their own planes, and it equips patrons with aerial photography shots of their homes and businesses.
On October 25, Haunted Lumberyard will attempt to break the world record for largest Halloween Party. Organized by the creators of Haunted Kingdom, Haunted Lumberyard will feature 50,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor areas. Ghouls, goblins, and other costumed guests will be free to roam about the spooky space, which will thump to the music of 10 different DJs on multiple entertainment stages. Attendees will also be able to sip drinks at several bars, marvel at cirque performers, and hear about their future from fortunetellers, such as whether they'll get tacos later in the night or not.