Sightseeing in Pontiac

Up to 46% Off Introductory Flight Lesson

Flight 101

Waterford

$200 $109

Beginner's lesson covers taxi operations, radio communications & bank turns while contributing toward future flight certification

Up to 49% Off Season Garden Pass to Cranbrook House & Gardens

Cranbrook House & Gardens

Bloomfield Hills

$25 $13

Visit the gardens surrounding Detroit's oldest manor home, where you'll see flowers in bloom and explore its 40 majestic acres

Up to 55% Off Discovery Flights

A&R Aviation

The Transit Center

$284 $139

Discovery flights let anyone experience the majesty of flight, starting with an on-ground lesson before taking off to view aerial landscapes

Up to 55% Off at Holocaust Memorial Center

Holocaust Memorial Center

Farmington Hills

$16 $8

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Holocaust museum traces the history of Judaism before bearing witness to the atrocities of World War II

Up to 53% Off Admission to Military Historical Society

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society

Eastpointe

$25 $12

Historial society celebrates the efforts of the Greatest Generation during WWII with exhibits and interactive events

The Henry Ford – Up to 50% Detroit Maker Faire Visit

The Henry Ford

Detroit Maker Faire

$56 $28

More than 400 inventors & DIY makers show off the science behind their robotics, electronics, & rockets plus food & music at The Henry Ford

Detroit Historical Museum Membership – 51% Off

Detroit Historical Museum

Midtown

$65 $32

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History-museum membership includes access to online artifact database, discounted gift-shop purchases, and free museum parking

46% Off Self-Guided Segway Tour in Plymouth

Seg Adventures

Plymouth

$50 $27

60-minute self-guided tour gives guests the chance to explore Plymouth's sites and sounds at their leisure

50% Off a Round-Trip Cruise to Amherstburg

Windsor River Cruises

City Centre

C$90 C$45

A boat takes passengers down the Wilkinson Channel to the historic town of Amherstburg, where they can enjoy lunch and sightseeing

Up to 43% Off a Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Sundance Balloons

On Location

C$250 C$150

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One-hour sunrise and sunset flights rise to 1,000 feet, capturing pastoral vistas and ending with champagne toasts

52% Off Art Museum Membership

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Ann Arbor

$75 $36

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Membership to the university art museum—which showcases 19,000+ artworks—includes invites to special events and exhibition openings

Half Off Family Zoo Outing in Ann Arbor

World of Discovery Reptile Zoo

Ann Arbor

$24 $12

Zookeepers and other staff introduce visitors to more than 70 species of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds

Up to 52% Off Distillery Tour

Ugly Dog Distillery

Chelsea

$20 $11

Tours illuminate the copper workshop of a local master distiller as he makes traditional and bacon-flavored vodka, rum, and gin

50% Off at Port Huron Museum

Port Huron Museum

Multiple Locations

$14 $7

Visitors explore Port Huron's historical sights such as the Carnegie Center, Thomas Edison Depot, and Huron Lightship

Up to 49% Off at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

The Stadium District

$25 $13

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More than 50 vehicles built from 1886 through 2003 celebrate the legacy and innovation of R.E. Olds

Up to 51% Off Interactive Theater Experience at Trapped Toledo

Trapped Toledo

Toledo

$50 $25

Interactive theater experiences lock 12 participants in a room to solve thrilling challenges such as disarming a bomb

Select Local Merchants

Settled inside an art gallery heralding myriad international works of art, Danielle Peleg Gallery’s skilled framers draw on more than 33 years of experience to professionally flank canvases with high-end frames. Customers can enlist framing services for treasured family photographs, cherished artwork, or third-place elementary-school spelling-bee certificates in sizes ranging from 16”x20” ($85–$100) to 30”x40” ($250–$350). Trimming technicians suggest frames and mounts to complement styles and customers’ tastes before fitting and framing each piece. The experts also furnish a glass casing as protection from the fingers of barbecue-eating art aficionados.

4301 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield,
MI
US

Cranbrook Institute of Science grants visitors an up-close look at a collection of more than 150,000 objects and artifacts that adorn 11 galleries dedicated to natural history and science. Interactive exhibits let visitors feel the fur on a mastodon model, run their fingers along a meteorite, and touch the cast taken from the floor of a now-extinct 500,000-year-old sea. More wonders of the natural world fill the Erb Family Science Garden, where flow pools cascade over three terraces dotted with native plants. To study the world above terra firma, the institute holds nighttime sessions in its research-grade observatory and screens space-related films in its planetarium.

Behind the museum, more than 150 species—from jamaican fruit bats to the malaysian flying fox, the world's largest bat—flap freely through the Bat Zone. During award-winning live shows highlighting how they adapt to living at night, the bats emerge into daylight along with fellow nocturnal critters, two-toed sloths and convenience-store clerks.

39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

For more than 75 years, Cranbook Academy of Art has enjoyed a reputation as one of the nation's leading independent graduate schools for art and design. Renowned graduates such as designer Florence Knoll, architect Hani Rashid, and fiber artist Nick Cave all honed their craft on the verdant 315-acre campus, where crammed lecture halls are replaced with small studios and students enjoy one-on-one mentorships with the Artists-In-Residence. Designed to inspire creativity as much as possible, the academy supplies each student with his or her own private studio space, and allows artists to design their own program of study without formal boundaries or beret-based dress codes.

The Cranbrook campus is a work of art in itself, owing the design of its original buildings to famed Finnish architect Ellel Saarinen. The academy further inspires its graduate students and the surrounding community with a museum that grew out of the eclectic personal collection of George Booth in 1930, and has grown to focus on the art, craft, design, and architecture of the 20th, 21st, and 22nd centuries.

39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

At Pierce Street Portraits, Elaine Yaker draws upon a keen artistic eye and more than 20 years of experience to invite smiles from subjects of all ages. She has a particular knack for capturing photographs of children and has made her studio a place for young imaginations, photographing them posing in kid-friendly clothes or dressed up in costumes with their favorite toys. But while kids are her specialty, Elaine also helps parents, grandparents, and even pets to flash their brightest smiles, immortalizing precious moments in black and white or color prints, photo books, boxes, and wall hangings.

1000 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham,
MI
US

Named one of the city's best cultural museums by CBS Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center is among America’s first Holocaust museums. For more than 25 years, the HMC has memorialized the senseless murder of millions, promoting tolerance while sending out a call to action to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, and genocide by keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and the lives it claimed.

Starting near the museum's lobby, an illustrated timeline tracing 4,000 years of Jewish history leads into The Museum of European Jewish Heritage, which highlights Judaism through artifacts and displays. From there, a ramp descending beyond a 22-foot window display of Nazi propaganda leads into an exhibit on The Final Solution. Here, displays and audiovisual installations usher visitors toward the Survivors' Theater, where live presentations by Detroit-area survivors illuminate the atrocities' personal costs. Daily tours are led by the museum's caring, expert educators, who guide guests through the exhibits while encouraging them to internalize the lessons for use in their own lives.

New to the museum is the Weisberg Gallery, where a Holocaust-era boxcar stands as a reminder of the scale of the period's atrocities. The museum also welcomes traveling exhibits such as Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, a collection depicting the story of Jewish professors fleeing Nazism and finding teaching positions at historically black universities. The exhibit explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, the impact the relationships had on one another, and the effect on the Civil Rights Movement and American society.

Post-war exhibits cover the Nuremberg Trials, honor the righteous individuals who risked their lives to resist the Nazis or save Jewish lives during the war, and pay homage to those who perished with a memorial flame. The museum also houses a well-stocked library, where guests can research their genealogy with materials dedicated to European Jewish history. Beyond its core exhibits, the HMC hosts special exhibits encompassing photographs, art, and history, in addition to sending survivors to speaking engagements throughout the city and hosting the Kindertransport Memory Quilt, whose patches represent the experiences of Jewish youth rescued from Eastern Europe.

28123 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills,
MI
US

Marvin Yagoda, the owner of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, has amassed mechanical oddities and coin-operated machines since 1960 and regularly updates his collection of curiosities with new additions. A champion of all things outlandish, Marvin ensures that no nook or cranny in the 5,000-square-foot space remains unembellished with treasures such as P.T. Barnum's famous Cardiff Giant, as featured in RoadsideAmerica.com, or the AutoWed, America's first and only coin-operated wedding-ring dispenser for on-the-fly unions, replete with wedding music and an AutoDivorce voucher. Rafters atop 40-foot ceilings anchor low-flying model planes, and walls cloak themselves in vintage photos and pictures. Modern machines mingle with antique contraptions, whose old-timey noises and quaint images whisk visitors away to days of yore as effectively as a coal-powered wormhole.

A concession stand ensures that players remain sated and hydrated, and a prize shop enables guests to trade in their hard-earned game tickets for rewards such as figurines, toys, and yacht cruises with the Pac-Man family. To share its quarter-munching contraptions with as many visitors as possible, the museum remains open 365 days a year and offers free admission.

31005 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills,
MI
US