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Old 07-02-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm going to be in the Waterford/Pontiac/Bloomfield area the next few workdays. Is there anything unique or touristy to check out in the above or adjacent locations? Is there anything for which these places might be known? Or just something cool and quirky, like any parks or museums? For example, I'm planning on going to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, and Cranbrook gardens. I'm not interested in any stores or anything shopping related.

In addition, do you have any recommendations for restaurants? I'm not picky about food, just again was hoping for something special/unique I could visit in the area while here.

Please only suggest things in the places listed above and immediate adjacent locations (not Detroit, that will be for another time)

Thank you! I appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Marvin's and Cranbrook are great ideas. I haven't been to the gardens at Cranbrook, they are more known for their natural history museum and art museum.

Other ideas...Franklin, Michigan is a very small historic-feeling town tucked away in that area. They have a locally-famous cider mill, so I would definitely recommend checking it out and grabbing cider and doughnuts. There's a big Holocaust museum near Marvin's, I've never been but it seems very good. The Detroit Zoo is in Royal Oak and it is pretty good. If you want to go walk around a downtown area, Pontiac is pretty meh but nearby Birmingham is very nice/posh and walkable with some parks and stuff.

Restaurants...Clarkston Union would be my main suggestion.
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:17 PM
 
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Thanks talpostal, I'll check those out!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:33 PM
 
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The Franklin Cider Mill doesn't open till right before Labor Day.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:43 PM
 
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You may want to go to Downtown Birmingham as mentioned above. It has a vibrant downtown with a lot of cafes, restaurants, a nice theater, park, etc. It is close to Cranbrook.


Downtown Royal Oak and the Zoo are just a few more miles south. The Zoo might be worth visiting.


In Waterford, you can take a helicopter tour, and there is also Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. (never done either one, so I'm unsure if worth it). There is also a Waterford Historic Village if you want to see how life was back in the 1900s. But in general Waterford is known for all of its lakes.


In West Bloomfield, there is Marshbank Park, it is a good place to have a picnic, walking around the lake, enjoy the nature and beauty.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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Unfortunately, this historic place no longer exists...



...probably not quirky enough if it was still standing?


ps: has the Silverdome been demolished yet, might be interesting to see what's left of it?

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Old 07-04-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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ps: has the Silverdome been demolished yet, might be interesting to see what's left of it?
They just started demolition this week. It's expected to take up to a year to be completely gone and for the land ready to be redeveloped. If you were to drive past it, it probably wouldn't look too different right now aside from trucks going in and out.

https://www.facebook.com/10921083911...type=3&theater
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:46 PM
 
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1) If you are going all the way out to Farmington Hills for Marvin's, then go check out the Holocaust Memorial Center.

They have daily guided tours at 1:00 pm or you can just mull around the museum yourself (not open on the Sabbath). The cool thing is that at the end of the guided tour, a Holocaust survivor speaks to the group. Since all of these survivors are in their 80's and 90's, there are not that many and the few that are still with us are not going to be around much longer, so I recommend you take the tour.

https://www.holocaustcenter.org/visit

2) Pontiac Recreation Area has a very nice-sized beach on a nice lake, and there are densely forested rolling hills that you can hike for miles if you like.

3) There is also a Chaldean Cultural Center in West Bloomfield with a new small museum

http://www.chaldeanculturalcenter.org/
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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You've got most of the highlights mentioned above.

A late-afternoon stroll around Cranbrook gardens and grounds, then wandering around downtown Birmingham and finding some food makes for a pleasant summer evening.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:36 AM
 
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If you want to see the old industrial side of Metro Detroit, Pontiac's downtown is actually experiencing a bit of a resurgence. It provides an interesting contrast to Birmingham - it has mid-sized city bones and a strong industrial past, while Birmingham was a small town converted into a tidy entertainment district by wealthy suburbanites. An outpost of Slows Bar BQ is in Pontiac - that restaurant was a big catalyst in Detroit's transformation into a foodie city. Some other 'hip' establishments have also recently opened nearby and are mostly well-reviewed.

Meadow Brook Hall by Oakland University can be a fun tour. The mansion belonged to the Dodges and it offers a chance to see how Detroit's automotive royalty lived. I'd probably check out Cranbrook first, but it's something to keep in mind. If you want to check out a lake, I'd recommend Dodge #4 State Park... I like it a lot more than Pontiac Lake. The Dodge connection is just a coincidence.
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