06 November 2007

Adventures accessible from SE Michigan

We’re getting so many hits on this list that it seemed worth a serious revamp, so here it is, Adventures Accessible from SE Michigan, sorted by region and topic! Please be aware that this is research based and not experiential. If I have specific remarks about a place I'll add them, but I recommend that you do some research of your own before heading out. If the website is still up, I assume the place is still there, but that won't always be the case and I can't get to every place at once.

If you know of a cool place that *isn't* on the list, please let me know -- we're always on the lookout and we know there’s a lot missing!

We add anything new we find to our list, so check back when you're in the planning mood! (I am slowly, slowly going in and adding URLS to make planning easier.)

Oh, and if you;d be so kind as to know how you find this lisr, we'd be tickled! Thanks!!

Region 1 Washtenaw


University of Michigan - Museum of Art
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
The Museum of Art houses a rich permanent collection with holdings from both the western and Asian traditions. Highlights include paintings by Picasso, Whistler, Monet, photographs by Ansel Adams to name just a few. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum offers a changing series of special exhibitions, family programs, chamber concerts, a full compliment of interpretive programs.

Washtenaw Community College Gallery One

4800 East Huron River Drive , Ann Arbor, MI
Gallery One is dedicated to developing and presenting exhibitions that are enjoyable as well as educational and challenging. Free and open to the public, the exhibitions are developed to be aesthetically appealing, informative, and thought provoking, while helping to make art accessible by relating it to different aspects of life. Almost all of the exhibitions are accompanied by related workshops and lectures from artists and qualified experts.

Ann Arbor Art Association

117 W. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI

One of Michigan’s oldest and most respected arts organizations is committed to engaging the community in education, exhibition, and exploration of the visual arts. The Art Center offers youth classes year-round for ages 3 - 17 in a creative learning environment meant to introduce art media, build skills and awaken the young artist within. From My 1st Art Class to Young Masters to Introduction to Pottery for Teens, they provide an array of diverse and fun-filled courses with something for every age and skill level.

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Tours of the Zingerman's Bakery

3711 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI

Ever wonder what a 50 Lb. block of butter looks like? Come for a tour of the Bakehouse! See the hands behind the baked goods as we walk you through the bakery.
To book a private group tour please contact Amy Emberling at 734-761-7255. $50 per group of up to 20 people. 2 hours. For their safety, no children under 6 please.

Classes available for older kids and adults.

Tours of the Zingerman's Creamery

3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis leads the whey and gives the inside scoop on how we make artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato (that's Italian ice cream)!

Every Sunday, beginning at 2pm for $5
Give us a call at 734.929.0500 and we'll save you a place! Classes also available for older kids and adults.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are about connecting people with nature. We're about sustaining the earth. We're about caring for our natural heritage. We're about sharing knowledge and promoting learning. Take a nature hike, explore the trpoical conservatory, take a class, volunteer.

Jiffy Mix

201 W. North Street, Chelsea, MI
Tours are available Mon through Fri by reservation. Tours will last about 1 1/2 hours and consists of a slide presentation, a refreshment period, and a walk through our packaging plant. For safety reasons children under 6 are not allowed into the plant, but there will be a designated place in the tour center where one adult can stay with the younger children.


Cobblestone Farm, Living Farm Museum

2781 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI
Living history museum in the restored 1845 cobblestone Classical Revival two-family home of Dr. Benajah Ticknor (U.S. Naval Surgeon) and Heman Ticknor (farmer and Whig politician). Guided tours and special events portray rural lifestyle of the 1845-1860 era.

Michigan Fire House Museum

110 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI
The Michigan Firehouse Museum encompasses an original historic firehouse and a new, modern 10,000 square foot addition. The original firehouse, constructed in 1898, complete with horse drawn vehicles and an original brass pole, offers visitors a glimpse of life in a firehouse circa 1900. The new 10,000 square foot addition, built in 2002, houses a changing exhibition of fire fighting vehicles and equipment.


Leslie Science and Nature Center

1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI

50 acres of fields, prairie, woods, and pond, the Leslie Science and Nature Center provides natural science and environmental education programs for youth and their families. Stroll along the trails, meander past the outdoor enclosure of our new Resident Raptors, or join us for an education program. The Center is an amazing place where children and families revel in the exploration of the natural world. Affiliated with National Wildlife Federation.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Inspire young people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. Ignite your imagination as you explore nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits. With subjects ranging from physics to health to nature to mathematics and beyond, learning is made fun for all ages in an informal environment where hands-on experience is the best teacher.

Exhibit Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, Native American culture, anthropology, geology, and a Planetarium. The Exhibit Museum is open seven days a week, 357 days a year.

Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum & Miller Motors Hudson

100 E. Cross, Ypsilanti, MI
The Museum is also home to the world's last Hudson Dealer. With its records dating to 1927 a priceless part of Ypsilanti automotive history is now preserved. See original Hudson dealer memorabilia and transportation technology displayed.


Dreamland theater

26 N. Washington St. ~ Ypsilanti ~ MI 48197 (734-657-2337)

Puppet shows. Make sure to check out the show before you bring children. The humor is definitely not appealing to more traditional families.

Region 2A Wayne


Children's Museum of Detroit

6134 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI

It is the third oldest childrens museum in the nation. Detroit Children's Museum has developed into a unique educational and cultural institution. The galleries at the Children's Museum feature various exhibits, which explore the sciences, history, world cultures and the arts.

The New Detroit Science Center

5020 John R. Street, Detroit, MI
The New Detroit Science Center -- where creative exploration is the key to discovering the wonders of science and technology. The From Michigan's only IMAX® Dome Theatre to the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, family programs to field trips, live science demonstrations to hands-on exhibit laboratories, the Science Center has something for kids ages 2 to 92. Check the website for a list of family programs.

Heritage Park Petting Farm
12803 Pardee Rd., Taylor, MI
The Farm offers a hands on experience for the young or just young at heart in a unique park atmosphere. Meet Sonora the cow who likes to give kisses. See and touch the soft fuzzy baby chicks and a wide variety of bunny rabbits. Walk around the stalls of the goats, sheep and piglets.


Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Founded in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA is a world-class museum with a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits, and is the fifth-largest fine arts museum in the country; offers over 100 galleries with art from ancient to modern times.

Center Galleries

301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit, MI

Center Galleries displays the work of the students of The College of Creative Studies, you can view and purchase the artwork displayed, the gallery is located in the Center Area, right across the street from the Institute of Arts Museum, and near the Detroit Science Center.

Pewabic Pottery
10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI
Pewabic Pottery is a living treasure that offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history. Founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes. Today it is a non profit ceramic art education center which welcomes 70,000 visitors annually.

Your Heritage House Fine Arts Museum for Youth
110 East Ferry Street, Detroit, MI
Museum and school for youth, with workshops, classes, arts camp; exhibition space for one-person and group shows; collection of children’s books by African-Americans; historical African and African-American artifacts, documents, and objects.


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI

The world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, the museum provides exhibitions and programs exploring the diversity of African American history & culture. The Museum houses over 30,000 artifacts & archival materials and is home to the Blanche Caggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, and much more.

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard PO Box 1970, Dearborn, MI
The Henry Ford is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. Five distinct attractions captivate and inspire visitors of all ages. Encounter ideas that change the world, travel through America's past, embark on America's greatest factory tour and more. It all comes together at The Henry Ford, America's greatest history attraction.

Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
Cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, an auto assembly line, toy trains, and a fur trading post from the 1700s are only a few of the wonders to see at the Detroit Historical Museum. For more than 75 years, the Museum has chronicled the life and times of the region, safeguarding its rich history.

Historic Fort Wayne

6325 Jefferson Detroit, MI 48209

The Fort is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday from May 27 through September 3 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge for self-guided tours. Visitors are provided with a brochure upon entering the park which has the self-guided tour map. Guided tours are available both days at 12 p.m and 2 p.m. Tours typically last between 1 and 1 1⁄2 hours and cost $3.00 per person. The National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen is also housed at Historic Fort Wayne. Their hours are by appointment. To schedule a tour of their museum while you visit Historic Fort Wayne, call 313-833-8849.Secured, on-site parking is available for $5.00.

Yankee Air Museum - Willow Run Airport

2041 A Street, Belleville, MI
Willow Run Airport was built by the Ford Motor Company in 1941 to serve as an airfield for their B-24 Bomber Plant. This was the first aircraft manufacturing plant to use Ford's automotive mass production techniques, a leading technological innovation of the time. Ford Motor Company built 8,685 B-24s from 1942 until the end of World War II. At its peak, the Willow Run plant employed over 42,000 people and produced one B-24 every 59 minutes. The last bomber to roll off the assembly line was named the "Henry Ford." When the war was over the airport became the hub for passenger flights and air freight in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Belleville Area Museum

405 Main Street, Belleville, MI
The Belleville Area Museum features small-scale replicas of historical buildings which once stood in Belleville, Sumpter, and Van Buren Townships. With visitors regularly promenading its “Main Street”, the Museum became a popular attraction. The Belleville Area Museum preserves the history of the community through exhibit of historical artifacts and the presentation of historical programs and events.

The Plymouth Historical Museum (Dunning Memorial Building)

155 South Main Street, Plymouth, MI
The Plymouth Historical Society seeks to promote education by historical study and research; to collect, preserve and exhibit historical materials connected with the Plymouth Community; and to maintain the Dunning Memorial Building as the Plymouth Historical Museum, providing those who enter with "Knowledge of our forefathers, enjoyment of our heritage, encouragement toward preservation, and inspiration to continue progress." - Margaret Dunning

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI
Nankin Mills in Westland, Michigan dates from 1842. Once a grist mill, it now serves as an interpretive center and tells the area's cultural and natural history. The building was onced owned by Henry Ford who used the mill to manufacture automotive parts.

Greenmead Historical Park

20501 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI
The 95 acre park site was the 1820's homestead of Michigan pioneer, Joshua Simmons. It includes the original farm complex, the Livonia Historical Village, picnic facilities and recreational areas. The farm complex features an 1841 Greek Revival farmhouse with nine of the original eleven outbuildings still intact.

The Henry Ford Estate at Fair Lane

4901 Evergreen Road , Dearborn, MI

A museum rich in history of first auto maker Henry T. Ford. Showcases the mansion where Henry and Clara Ford lived.

Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI
Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the Arab American National Museum is the first museum in the world devoted to bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences. Learn about their economic, political and cultural contributions. The Museum pays tribute to the diversity of our nation by bringing to light the shared experiences of our immigrants and ethnic groups.

Automotive Hall of Fame

21400 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI
The Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience automotive history through visual and interactive exhibits, automobiles and authentic artifacts. Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is considered the highest honor in the motor vehicle industry.

Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, Inc.

411 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI
Detroit's Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of the Model T. It is the only example of an early Detroit auto factory open to visitors. See where Henry Ford designed the Model T and built the first 12,000 "Tin Lizzies." Learn about transportation technology and the colorful personalities who set the world's record for car production, making Ford the world's largest manufacturer of autos in less than four years.

MotorCities National Heritage Area

200 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI

Located in Southeastern and Central Michigan and one of twenty-three designed national heritage areas, our MotorCities tours allow visitors to discover Michigan's rich automotive heritage. Each tour takes visitors to such attractions as The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, GM World, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan International Speedway, Automotive Hall of Fame, Yankee Air Museum and the River Rouge Plant Factory Tour. We’ve developed theme tours and Tour packages to make the planning easy so you can have more fun.

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Art/ History

Art House Tours and Lectures

59 Alfred Street, Detroit, MI
Art House is an 1872 Gothic Revival home located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Detroit. Its original interiors have been preserved, and since 1981 it has served as a center for art and architectural study and a tour destination for those wanting to relive an era of graciousness that once was found in the city of Detroit when it was known as the "Paris of the Midwest." Tours, Classes and Events.

Edsel & Eleanore Ford House

1100 Lake Shore Road , Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
Since opening to the public in 1978, hundreds of thousands of guests have visited Edsel & Eleanor Ford House to marvel at the extraordinary home and collection of original antiques and art; to stroll the 87-acres of beautiful, lakefront grounds; and to attend special events.

Winter Hours: January — March: Tuesday — Sunday -- 11:30 a.m.— 6 p.m.


Motown Historical Museum

2648 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI
Motown Historical Museum is one of Detroit's most popular tourist destinations. Its mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. The exhibitions include a fascinating collection of historical photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia from this booming musical era.

Region 2A Ingham


Kresge Art Museum

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Kresge Art Museum, founded in 1959, houses Michigan State University's collection of over 7,000 works of art. Portions of the collection are on continuous display, offering a rich diversity of style, technique and media. Objects on view span 5,000 years of human history and include representative examples of works of art from ancient Cycladic figures to contemporary mixed media installations.


Michigan State Capitol building

Michigan Ave, Lansing

Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame

213 West Main Street, Lansing, MI
Our museum recognizes the achievements of Michigan women, past and present. It houses the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame gallery and the Belen art gallery, which displays the work of Michigan women artists and photographers. The center is located next to Cooley Gardens, an outstanding botanical garden.

Michigan Historical Museum

702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI
The flagship of the Michigan Historical Museum System, the Michigan Historical Museum offers you Michigan's rich past, from the time of the state's earliest peoples to the late 20th century.


Impression 5 Science Center

200 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI
Impression 5 is a hands-on learning environment that challenges its visitors to experience, discover, and explore the physical and natural world in which they live. Impression 5 achieves this by producing hands-on exhibits and participatory programs engaging all five senses.

Potter Park Zoological Gardens

1301 S Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI
The Potter Park Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Siberian Tigers, Black Rhinos, Red Pandas, Bali Minah Birds, Snow Leopards, Tamarin Monkeys, Bongos, Aldabra Tortoises, and many more. It is a great way to spend time with your family and reconnect with nature.

Minibeast Zooseum and Education Center

6907 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing , MI

This unique learning center is devoted to minibeasts—everything from worms to insects—with all the best attributes of a zoo, museum, interpretive center, science store and outdoor classroom. Enjoy exciting displays, hand-on activities, programs and outdoor exploration.

R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

240 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI
At the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum, you'll not only find the oldest Oldsmobile, but the fastest. You can see rare vehicles like REO, Star, Durant, and Viking. See buggies, bicycles, trucks, engines, and more! Come take an exciting tour. :::: Don't miss the museum rated one of "The Ten Best Automobile Museums in the United States"

Region 2A Oakland


Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI

This museum offers exceptional exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in all media. Collection highlights include works by Dubuffet, Eames, Lichtenstein, Saarinen, Stella and Warhol, along with a wealth of objects from the Arts and Crafts-era to the present. The museum offers exhibitions throughout the year, including work by leading national and international artists.


Meadow Brook Hall

Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. Built between 1926 and 1929 , the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot, Tudor-revival style mansion is complete with vast collections of original art and furnishings. Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine art so visitors may be educated and inspired by history.

Governor Warner Mansion

33805 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI
The Governor Warner Museum is a Victorian Italianate structure built in 1867 by P. D. Warner, the Governor’s father, and is furnished in late Victorian style. Sitting on almost three acres, the house is surrounded by gardens lovingly tended by the Museum Garden auxiliary.

Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

556 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI
The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park features the 1822 John West Hunter House and the 1928 Allen House. These historic buildings sit side-by-side in the beautiful John West Hunter Historic Park near downtown.

Shalom Street

6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
Shalome Street welcomes all to engage in a unique interactive experience in an exciting 4,500 square-foot facility. More than 30 exhibits enhanced by dramatic programming are designed to inspire a sense of wonder and exhilaration. Key themes of the major exhibit areas include Jewish traditions and values such as Tikkun Olam (repairing the world through volunteerism and philanthropy), our relationship with and responsibility to nature, Jewish arts, and the diversity of our people.


Cranbrook House & Gardens

380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Cranbrook House and Gardens stands as a centerpiece of Cranbrook's 319-acre National Historic Landmark campus. From May through October, visitors can experience the grandeur of both the House and the Gardens with guided and self-guided tours.


Detroit Zoological Park

8450 West Ten Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI
The Detroit Zoo is a natural habitat for more than 3,000 animals and 700 varieties of trees, shrubbery and flowering plants. Of the 340 species at the Zoo, 64 are officially listed as endangered or threatened and two are extinct in the wild. Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Great Apes of Harambee, Penguinarium, free-flight aviary, Holden Museum of Living Reptiles, the National Amphibian Conservation Center, giraffes, Siberian tigers, African lions, Asian elephants, Grevy's zebras, Bactrian camels, snow monkeys and the prairie dog exhibit, just to name a few. In 2001 the Detroit Zoo opened the world’s largest polar bear exhibit, the Arctic Ring of Life. The Arctic Ring of Life features the Polar Passage, a 70-ft long clear tunnel in which visitors can get breathtaking views of diving and swimming polar bears and seals. Guests can experience the tundra, open sea and pack ice of the Arctic environment, and the animals that are distinctively adapted to life there.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Cranbrook Institute of Science, a great place to explore science, technology and natural history. Join 200,000+ visitors who every year appreciate the Institute's fascinating exhibits, hands-on activities, and planetarium shows.

Belle Isle Nature Zoo

8450 West Ten Mile Road , Royal Oak, MI
Open daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 362 days a year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Offering family nature programs on the weekend and nature-based (Michigan flora and fauna) education programs to schools and community groups during the week.

Hermelin ORT Resource Center

6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
This resource center offers technology training and media facilities for the benefit of the general public. Classes are offered on a variety of computer and photography topics, and Windows laptops, Macintosh graphics workstations, color printers, and wireless network— are all available for nominal fees. JCC and ORT members receive reduced rates for classes.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum
One Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, MI
Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive kiosk stations, or enjoy educational films in our movie theater.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham, MI

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center offers over 500 classes and has students age 3 through adulthood. The Center has four exhibition galleries-each with its own focus. Local, regional and national artists, community, school, BBAC faculty and students all exhibit. Exhibitions are free. The Gallery Shop has constantly changing, affordable, unique artistic gifts including home decor.

Region 2A Macomb

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Morley Candy Makers Factory tours

23770 Hall Road (M-59), Clinton Township, MI
Come observe the Morley Candy Makers in action! Arrange a tour for your group today. Our tour director will take you back to 1919 where it all began. Can't arrange a tour time? Just stop in between 9 am and 3 p.m., Mon. through Fri., and take a self guided tour by walking down our 70 ft. glass observation hallway.


Loren Andrus Octagon House

57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI
Built at the beginning of the Civil War, the Octagon House is said to have been on the route of the Underground Railroad leading to Canada. The eight sided house with the beautiful spiral center staircase crowned by the cupola made the Octagon House the gem of the community.


Michigan Transit Museum

200 Grand Ave., Mt. Clemens, MI
Michigan Transit Museum was established in 1973 as a non-profit corporation to compile and record historical data on mass transportation systems and equipment, and to collect, preserve, display and operate such equipment.

Selfridge Military Air Museum

27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge, MI
The Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park is the final resting spot for over thirty vintage aircraft that served the nation in times of peace and war. Climb into the cockpit of a F-16 fighter jet. View photos, newspapers, artifacts and memorabilia of aviation history from World War I through Desert Storm. Children and adults alike will love this hands-on and close-up view of aviation history.

Lionel Trains

26750 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield, MI
The Lionel Tour is free and lasts about 45 minutes. You will see a 14x40-foot operating layout with ten trains running simultaneously and accessories that visitors can operate by pushbutton. The Center houses a 52-foot-long display of artifacts tracing Lionel's history since its founding in 1900. The Center also features a 6x8-foot children's layout where kids get to run the trains themselves!

Region 2A Monroe

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Calder Dairy Farm & Country Ice Cream Store

9334 Finzel Rd, Carleton, MI (734) 654-2622
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Calder Dairy was originally established in 1956 by William Graham Stewart Calder. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your group out to see a REAL WORKING DAIRY FARM! Feel free to bring your lunches and picnic next to the pond at the Farm.

You are welcome to just stop by with your kids anytime we are open. There are no entry fee's at all. Farm tours are available by appointment for larger groups of 15 people or more for a nominal fee. After you make your booking, a confirmation will be sent to you by mail or fax. Be sure to let the farm know if your group numbers change, if you are running late or need to reschedule.

q Milk a Cow by hand!

q Give a Calf her bottle of milk!

q Feed the Ducks and Geese by the Pond!

q Go on a Hay Ride!

Region 2A Lenawee


Hidden Lake Gardens

6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI
The gardens offer beautiful scenery including the lake and pond, natural woodlands, and open fields that are accessible via hiking trails and paved auto roads. A wide variety of plants are displayed in a tropical conservatory, dwarf conifer collection, hillside and perennial garden. The Visitor Center includes educational displays, classrooms, auditorium and gift shop.

Region 2A Jackson


Ella Sharp Museum

3225 4th Street, Jackson, MI

A charming art and Jackson history museum inside beautiful Ella Sharp Park. The museum opened in 1965 in the 19th century home of Ella Merriman Sharp. In addition to touring the elegantly furnished Victorian home, visitors to the museum may visit a one-room school, an exhibition of carriages, woodworking shop and peer into several other historic buildings used for educational purposes


Indian Brook Farms

5883 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI
Fun filled environment that also educates kids about aquaculture and agriculture. You will see a trout pond, petting zoo, gift shop, snack bar and a huge display of pumpkins in the fall. A free wagon ride takes kids (and adults) through 120 acres of agricultural experiences including wet lands, vegetable and flower gardening, natural untouched plant growth and one of the biggest pumpkin patches around.

Region 3A Lucas, Ohio


Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe Street Toledo, OH
The Toledo Museum of Art continues to grow in its facilities, its collection, and its relations with the Toledo community. The Museum offers a variety of tours for both children & adults. Most are free, some have a modest charge. The Museum maintains its own program of art classes for adults & children.


Oak Grove School House at Wildwood Preserve

5100 W Central Ave, Toledo, OH
In 1893, the average schoolhouse was little bigger than a typical classroom in a modern school. Students worked their family farm for several hours both before and after attending the school. Teachers not only taught, but scrubbed the floors and repaired the roofs. Oak Grove School is typical of schools from its era. Visit this old schoolhouse for free.

The S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship

International Park, Toledo, OH
The S. S. Willis B. Boyer (formerly the Col. James M. Schoonmaker) was built in 1911 and “retired” in 1980 after 69 years of service. For many of these years it ruled as “queen of the lake freighters.” But today, the S. S. Willis B. Boyer is polished, repaired, and safe for visitors — thousands of them since the boat was opened to the public in July of 1987. Free Parking.

Whitehouse Historical Society

6925 Providence Street, Whitehouse, OH
A circa 1840 log house covered with siding was discovered and moved to town property in 1969 by the Whitehouse Businessmen. They and other interested people formed the Whitehouse Historical Society in 1970 to continue the restoration project. The house was restored and furnished with furniture of the 1840's period. The first floor gives an inviting homelike appearance. The second floor has been turned into a museum for memorabilia depicting history of Whitehouse and the Maumee Valley.

Wolcott House Museum Complex

1031 River Road, Maumee, OH
A trip to the Wolcott Museum Complex can be an extremely rewarding learning experience for students. Tour the grounds and experience life in the 19th century! The grounds include the 1836 Federal style home, along with a log cabin, and 1840s saltbox farmhouse, a 19th century church and the Toledo and Grand Rapids Railroad depot. See the "Teacher Tour Activities" section of the website before visiting.


Fossil Park

8250 Mayberry Square, Sylvania, OH

May to October only! Fossil Park is rich in brachiopods, coral, and over 200 species of prehistoric life. These fossils tend to be large and whole. Visitors will have rare exposure to fossil hunting in an actual rock quarry with an abundant fossil content. It's up to you to dig up these buried treasures and the best part is that you get to keep what you find!

Toledo Zoological Gardens

PO Box 140130, Toledo, OH
The Toledo Zoo is dedicated to promoting wildlife and its conservation in an enjoyable, recreational and family-oriented environment. The Toledo Zoo is home to over 4,800 animals representing over 700 species, as well as the largest collection of WPA-era buildings in the country. Toledo zoo is the perfect place to explore, learn and just have fun any time of the year.

Toledo Botanical Garden

5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH
Enriching lives through gardens, the arts and nature, Toledo Botanical Garden is a center for horticulture and the arts. The only botanical garden in the region open free to the public (excluding some special events). Visited by more than 120,000 people

A unique & valuable community resource!

Wildwood Manor House

5100 W. Central Avenue , Toledo, OH
The Wildwood Manor House is a Toledo icon and the centerpiece of the beautiful estate grounds now known as Wildwood Preserve Metropark. The 500-plus-acre Metropark includes 300 forested acres carpeted with wildflowers and ferns, and inhabited by small mammals, whitetail deer, fox and a variety of birds. The natural features are best enjoyed from the extensive network of walking and all-purpose trails.

Region 3A Erie, Ohio


Merry-go-round Museum

301 Jackson St , Sandusky, OH
Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while you tour the Merry-Go-Round Museum and learn about the history and art of the carousel. Watch carvers bring neglected carousel pieces back to their full beauty. Visitors young and old will thrill to memories of the past, and create new memories to last a lifetime. A carousel ride is included with museum admission. It's fun for the whole family!

Milan Historical Museum

10 Edison Drive, Milan, OH
Experience close-up the occupations, chores, and hobbies of everyday life in the 1800's, when American life shifted gradually from the farms to the factories. The Milan Historical Museum in Milan, Ohio, the birthplace of Thomas Edison, gives a one hour tour through the Galpin House which is the main museum building, the Doll & Toy House, the Carriage Shed, the Blacksmith Shop and the General Store.

Edison Birthplace Museum

9 Edison Drive , Milan, OH
Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and many other devices that make our lives fuller and simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. The Edison Birthplace Museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, including examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, and family mementos.

Inland Seas Maritime Museum

480 Main Street, Vermilion, OH
Experience the history of the Great Lakes through interactive and hands-on exhibits and artifacts including ship models, maritime art, and an authentic 1910 steamship pilothouse. Interactive diving experiences explore Great Lakes shipwrecks, and original Fresnel lighthouse lenses. The two-story museum also anchors the Great Lakes Historical Society.

Region 3A Fulton, Ohio


Sauder Village

22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH
Come and experience history at Sauder Village. You'll chat with costumed guides about how families lived over 100 years ago. You'll marvel at craftsmen blending skill & creativity in glass, metals, fabric, plus more. Enjoy scrumptious homemade goodies & the warmth of genuine, old-fashioned hospitality. Experiencing the past at Sauder Village is just plain FUN for every member of the family!

Region 3A Ottawa, Ohio


African Safari Wildlife Park

267 Lightner Road, Port Clinton, OH
See more than 50 different species of the world's most beautiful and exotic animals roaming free in their natural habitat. Each group is provided with educational information as they are escorted through the Drive-Thru and the Walk-Thru portions of the park. Educational information is also brought to the public by signs, naturalistic exhibit displays, and a fun and exciting Educational Animal Show.

Region 3B Calhoun

Kids 'N' Stuff: An Interactive Experience for Kids

301 S. Superior, Albion, MI
Kids 'N Stuff: An Interactive Experience for Kids will enhance the educational opportunities for children and their families by providing a creative and enriching experience through interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, humanities, sciences and technology. An Interactive Experience for Kids, unlike other area museums, will focus on youth ages 10 months to 12 years old.

Region 3C Genesee


Flint Institute of Arts

1120 East Kearsley St., Flint, MI
Established in 1928 as a museum and art school, this facility has recently undergone extensive renovations and currently houses a rich collection of over 6,500 works of art, from 16th century renaissance paintings to modern abstract sculpture. Classes offered year round for students from 2 1/2 years to adult. Look for exhibitions, art classes, films & videos, to lectures, concerts, tours and more.


Crossroads Village

5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI

Stroll around our 51-acre Village where friendly folks in period attire welcome you to the homes, mills and shops dating back to the 1800's. Visit the blacksmith at his forge, a doctor dispensing herbal remedies, and a printer at his press! Visit the early mills, where the power of water turns grain into flour, saws logs into lumber and presses apples into cool, sweet cider.

Whaley Historical House Museum

624 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI
One simple decision, the results of which are still evident today. Robert Whaley, the longest serving President of Citizens Bank, authorized the $2,000 loan to William "Billy" Durant, which eventually enabled him to form General Motors Corporation in 1908. Come see the original loan booklet.:::: :::: Asided from legendary auto history, the Whaley House itself is sure to spark your curiosity. Built in 1859, the house has been restored to its original splendor, complete with period furnishings, family heirlooms and Flint community artifacts.


The Flint Children's Museum

1602 W. Third Ave , Flint, MI

Explore the Flint Children's Museum. Hands-on educational exhibits are tucked in every corner. Each visit is a new experience with special programs every month. It's a great destination for a scouting or class field trip. Plan your birthday party with us and share the experience with all your friends.

Alfred P. Sloan Museum

1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI
Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. The Science Discovery Center allows children and adults to explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibit and staff presentations. We also offer seasonal exibits & lectures, historical heritage programs, and Michigan & American history programs. Check out our website for the latest information.

Robert T Longway Planetarium

1310 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI
The Robert T. Longway Planetarium was dedicated on June 26, 1958. Featuring 285 seats under an impressive 60-foot dome, the Longway Planetarium is Michigan’s largest planetarium. The Longway Planetarium’s Learning Center provides opportunities for fascinating new learning experiences. These may include hands-on science demonstrations, astronomy classes or telescope workshops.


The Whiting and Flint Youth Theatre
1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI
The James H. Whiting Auditorium was dedicated and officially opened in October 1967. Each year, this 2,043 seat theater hosts the Flint Symphony Orchestra, performances presented by Flint Youth Theatre, New York's Joffrey Ballet School Midwest Workshop and the Spotlight Series, featuring Broadway hits, touring musical and dance groups and guest artists from around the world.

Region 3C Clinton

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Andy T's Farm

3131 S. Business US 27, Saint Johns, MI
A family fun farm with a fresh fruit and vegetable market, flowers, nursery stock, u-pick, hayrides, holiday trees, a farm fresh bakery, 6 acre corn maze, petting farm, straw maze and make your own caramel apples. Stop by for locally grown produce and lots of weekend activities. We give tours of this mint farm! Open April through December.

Region 3C Saginaw


Wilderness Trails Zoo

11721 Gera Rd., Birch Run, MI

Wilderness Trails Zoo offers a unique zoo experience as our mile long trail winds past trees, ponds and over 50 different species of animals. Exhibits are constructed so guests may see the animals much closer than at a typical zoo, while maintaining as much of Michigan's natural beauty as possible.

Grandpa Tiny's Farm

7775 Weiss St., Frankenmuth, MI
Step back in time at this working Historical Farm. Visit the Petting Farm and hold cuddly baby bunnies & chicks; watch playful lambs and goats and play with other farm animals. Your tour also includes a horse-drawn wagon ride!

Region 3C Shiawassee


Steam Railroading Institute

405 S. Washington, Owosso, MI

Come and see the actual engine from the movie The Polar Express along with other train transportation technology. The Steam Railroading Institute programs are implemented through a group of dedicated volunteers who enjoy working "back in time" to see and feel what their ancestors saw as a part of everyday life. The volunteers and SRI staff share their hands-on experiences with the public at our 7-acre facility in Owosso.

Region 3D St Clair

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Ruby Farms of Michigan

6567 Imlay City Road, Ruby, MI
Come choose-&-cut your own real Christmas tree. In the fall, you can pick your favorite pumpkin, go on a hayride, enjoy a real fire truck ride, give the kids a real treat with an old time carousel ride, enjoy the great outdoors with an orchard tour, purchase fresh homemade baked goods, visit our cider mill and museum and enjoy the animals in our petting zoo. Also see the antique store.


  1. Holy moly that is a long list! Thanks so much for gathering all that info and putting it one place. I posted a similar list on my Chelsea-MI blog last summer, and there may be some other helpful information for people looking for something to do. "Must See" Things To Do In Michigan

    In the meantime, I'm going to be posting a link HERE from my blog! Thanks Misti!

  2. Love this list! We are a very active family that loves to go, see and do!
    I didn't see Calder's dairy farm, maybe I missed it. We get our milk delivered from them and it's nice to go to the farm and tour it as well!

  3. oh and one more!

  4. Thanks, Leslie, for the link! I'm glad to havr that erhe for more ideas!!

    Thanks to you, too, Michelle. Nope, I missed Calders, and that would be excellent fun! Cool!! Thanks!

  5. Wow! This is brilliant! Having just moved here to A2, I had no idea there were so many fun things to do.


  6. You're very welcome, Cyfaill! And welcome to Michigan!


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