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.
Much like a classic horror film, Panic at Pine Stump Hollow scares visitors with authentic, suspenseful attractions rather than 3-D special effects. Actors dressed in terrifying ensembles and lit only by dim torches and the light of the moon prowl the half-mile haunted forest walk in search of nervous explorers. The trail, which features a pitch-black tunnel and a "vortex" passage, eventually leads visitors to the haunted house, where even more macabre ghouls wait to scream, snarl, and whisper bad stock advice to wary walkers. The terrors eventually give way to a relaxed group area, where a warm bonfire welcomes those who made it through the attractions in one piece. Though inciting fright is important to the staff, helping out is just as high on their to-do list—a portion of the attractions' proceeds goes to support the St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council.
Salem's Haunted Barn started as a family destination designed to scare their relatives and friends with a haunted hayride and barn maze. After seven years of spooks, the family decided to extend the invitation to the general public. Now, costumed actors trained in the art of scare tactics sneak from behind corners to terrify all who enter. While thrill lovers complete the maze, kids and adults who don't want to be scared can tour the grounds in a horse-drawn hayride or climb a straw mouton and pet fluffy animals. The hayride and barn maze change from year to year, though that headless ghost is always available to bring home as a souvenir.
Imagine that someone combined a restaurant with a concert venue, then dropped the whole thing in the St. Clair River. That's the Duc d'Orleans II. The 84-foot sightseeing vessel can hold about 132 passengers aboard its two decks, and its crew?which includes caterers and bartenders?accommodate most any occasion, such as weddings or National Buoyancy Day. However, a special occasion isn't required to peer out from the ship's top deck.
The Duc d'Orleans II hosts public cruises each day of the week, during which captains cruise the river and crew members narrate the journey. They might point out sights along the banks or describe how the Duc d'Orleans II got its name from an old World War II boat. To turn things into a floating party, the cruises often incorporate buffets, live music, karaoke, and other activities.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.