Sightseeing in Royal Oak


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  • Detroit Zoo
    Visitors can take a trip around the world with the Detroit Zoo's 125 acres of exhibits featuring everything from Japanese macaque snow monkeys to kaleidoscopes of butterflies. Some exhibits bring guests into direct contact with the collection of more than 2,600 animals, including the giraffe encounter, where guests can feed the animals. Conversely, the zoo's 4-D theater takes the animal experience into the realm of cinema, blending 3-D wildlife films with in-theater special effects for a more immersive experience. Still, the zoo continues to push forward with new innovations?not by teaching its birds to blog, but by opening a pair of new habitats in 2015. The first is a new, two-acre wolf sanctuary that features meadows, dens, and rock outcroppings that mirror wolves' natural environment. The other impending expansion, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, will house the zoo's rockhopper, Gentoo, macaroni, and king penguins in a spacious iceberg-shaped building with a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep swimming area where visitors can observe the birds underwater.
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    8450 West 10 Mile Road
    Royal Oak, MI US
  • Pierce Street Portraits
    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.
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    1000 South Old Woodward Avenue
    Birmingham, MI US
  • A&R Aviation
    The instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot?s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft?models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit. When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.
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    309 South Edison Avenue
    Royal Oak, MI US
  • Motor City Brew Tours
    It would take a lot of planning and gas money to visit all of Michigan's 125 breweries. Luckily, Motor City Brew Tours has perfected the brewery tour, taking visitors to three different breweries during five-hour bus jaunts. You might head to beer-making facilities in downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Ferndale, where you'll spend about an hour at each brewery learning about its fermentation process, sampling its libations, and challenging the brewmaster in a sing-off of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Participants can also join in on walking or biking tours, or hop on a bus to one of Michigan's beer festivals.
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    215 E 4th St
    Royal Oak, MI US
  • ArtCenter for Creative Study
    Helmed by a cadre of patient creatives, ArtCenter for Creative Study seeks to bolster the creativity and imagination of artists young and old. Summer camps for middle-school students foster ingenuity, teaching techniques for creating expressive paintings, composing mixed-media collages, and making papier m?ch? molds of the family goldfish. Classes for adults home in on techniques for drawing, upholstering, and painting furniture, and portfolio-centered classes for high-school students focus on polishing college applications.
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    4425 Fernlee
    Royal Oak, MI US
  • Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
    With a stage sturdy enough to bear the weight of standup comedy giants such as Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle continues to cultivate talent to fill up its schedule. In the same way that it has operated since 1979, the venue employs a three-tier format for its shows: an emcee, a local up-and-coming act and a nationally recognized comic. This approach exposes audiences to new voices while entertaining them with the promise of a recognized talent at evening?s end.
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    310 South Troy Street
    Royal Oak, MI US

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