The Detroit River's international waters stretch out for miles in either direction, winding along the Detroit skyline and kissing the Canadian border. As ships snake their way through the current, they pass lighthouses on small green islands, bridges stretched across overhead, and workers milling about on the riverside docks. Building on 20 years of boating, the captains of the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle, and Diamond Queen let passengers take in these sights to the tune of guided narration as their ships' white and sea-foam green hulls slice through the water. The three ships have proven impervious to squalls and Poseidon's road-construction crews since their maiden voyages in the mid- to late 1950s, and safely gather up to 250 passengers on their panoramic upper decks or in protected lower cabins. Today, passengers on these storied steel decks can sip beer, wine, and soft drinks or nibble on snacks from an on-board snack bar during tours. Captains also pilot each ship on private group excursions, as well as school field trips past the river's ships, yacht clubs, parks, and docks.
The ghosts, ghouls, and monsters at Witch's Walk may only come out after dark, but each year it gets a little trickier to avoid them since the maze’s designers keep increasing its level of difficulty. Explorers now wander through more than one mile of winding paths and switchbacks, passing by a cemetery, swamp, and snake pit before visiting the wood maze.
Witch's Walk avoids excessive blood, gore, and any occult themes, instead scaring visitors along dark paths with ghouls and monsters. It reserves the scares for the nighttime, allowing younger visitors to explore the maze safely during the day. After wandering through the maze, guests can explore the onsite gift shop for seasonal costumes, accessories, and snacks.
Ann Arbor Aviation Center puts its students through the same training regimen regardless of their long-term goals. This approach ensures that all of its aviation alumni, whether commercial pilots or casual fliers, practice safe flying techniques as they share the air. The outfit's licensed instructors conduct training runs out of Ann Arbor Municipal Airport aboard aircraft by Cessna, Arrow, and Cherokee, guiding students through each step necessary to earn ratings from private pilot to airline transport pilot. Students also perform a good portion of their duties on the ground, both through academic work in ground school and situational practice aboard the Frasca flight simulator.
The Haunted Kingdom sprawls across 65,000 square feet, with DJs, fortunetellers, and local celebrities shambling about an eye-defying dance floor flush with thousands of revelers dressed in their best getups. Lights pulse to body-shaking bass as silk dancers twist like spiders from the ceiling above dramatically lit skeletons.
No gas. No emissions. No motors. The pedicab offers a novel way to explore a city, and the team at All American Pedicabs adds a few additional touches to this eco-friendly experience. When not pedaling around Downtown Grand Rapids, a driver may pull out a ukulele and entertain passengers or sing about how red lights really give pedicabs the blues. Then it's back on the road to travel to various destinations, perhaps a tour of local breweries.
At Straits Area Tour Company, “ugly" has transformed from a schoolyard taunt to a term of endearment, bringing life to the crew's trusty vessel, an authentic North Atlantic wooden lobster boat known lovingly as Ugly Anne. With seating for up to 30, Anne chauffeurs passengers through the waters surrounding Mackinac Island on three unique tours, during which guides pack each voyage with informative tidbits on topics ranging from the Mackinac Bridge’s construction to maritime history, such as how a local Scout troop invented sailing as a way to practice their knots. Alternatively, privately chartered trips can trace custom routes through the depths or escort parties to landmarks such as the Les Cheneaux Islands or the largest island in the Straights of Mackinac, Bois Blanc.