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.
In most factories, you know exactly what to expect. Smoothly functioning machines convey standardized parts along an assembly line. But at The Fear factory, the only thing that's guaranteed is the final product: pure, unadulterated terror. During a 30-minute trek through a 25,000-square-foot house that itself seems almost sentient, you'll navigate dark passageways that conceal all manner of deadly and undead beings. For the truly intrepid, the haunted house offers a unique challenge familiar to anyone who's ever purchased a home from a forest witch: find the secret door and get three times your money back.
Voted #4 Best Wine Shop by WDIV in 2010 with Top 5 placements in the past four years and a 1st place win in 2007, Filipo Marc Winery combines quality pre-pressed grapes from vineyards around the globe to craft a multitude of compelling liquids. During their accessible and snobbery-free wine tastings, cured-grape-elixir sippers sample 15 selections from the wine list, which runs the gamut from sweet to dry. Glasses are paired with harmonious cheeses, crackers, and sausages to accentuate flavors. A full range of wine styles, from sanguine merlot or shiraz to blonde pinot grigio, parade playfully through patrons' mouths as erudite experts expound upon the wines' origins, flavor notes, and favorite Flintstones.
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.
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.