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.
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.
The grisly figures of the undead besiege the grounds of Scarefest Scream Park, where intrepid visitors tour unearthly edifices and lurid landscapes. An eerie hayride leads visitors through the town of Sowin, whose streets are populated with the souls of depraved maniacs and merciless calculus teachers. Encountering terrifying figures and ghastly horrors, patrons grasp their way through the labyrinth-like Castle of the Dead, or hike through the Forest of Darkness to research undead wildlife in its natural habitat. Visitors can wander through the walls of the Terror Zone Maze, confounded by twisted passageways and a total lack of GPS reception.
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.