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 instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot?s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft?models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit.
When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.
It would take a lot of planning and gas money to visit all of Michigan's 125 breweries. Luckily, Motor City Brew Tours has perfected the brewery tour, taking visitors to three different breweries during five-hour bus jaunts. You might head to beer-making facilities in downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Ferndale, where you'll spend about an hour at each brewery learning about its fermentation process, sampling its libations, and challenging the brewmaster in a sing-off of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Participants can also join in on walking or biking tours, or hop on a bus to one of Michigan's beer festivals.
The Kunhenn brothers spend every day of the week brewing and overseeing the production of beers at Kuhnhenn Brewing. That kind of dedication is what makes the brewery a well-deserving recipient of numerous brewing awards. In 2012, the highly sought-after DRIPA?or Double Rice IPA?took home a gold medal at the World Beer Cup, and the insanely popular Raspberry Eisbock has consistently been one of the highest-rated beers in the world since its release in 2004. Inside the brewery's lively tasting room, visitors can sip on flights to sample a variety of beers, or order larger glasses or pints of their favorite brew.
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Recommended Age Group: All Ages
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Cranbrook Gardens is a local treasure of southeastern Michigan, blooming with such hidden gems as The Red Bridge and The Weeping Zeus bust (step on the right stone and he actually cries). Visitors will enjoy exploring for something new on each visit to the beautiful 40 acres of gardens.
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Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of nature, art and history all around you. From spring through fall, guests can tour the beautiful 40 acres of gardens that surround the oldest manor home in metro-Detroit, Cranbrook House (available for guided tours at an additional cost).