Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do while visiting Michigan? You could give agate hunting a try. If you’re not quite sure what that is, continue reading to learn more:
What is agate?
Agate is a type of cryptocrystalline silica with characteristics of grains and bright colors. This type of rock develops as secondary deposits in vesicles or hollow cavities of rocks. Even though agate can develop in all types of rocks, they are commonly associated with volcanic and metamorphic rocks. Many agates that exist today came from prehistoric volcanic lava formations.
How to spot agate rocks?
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One of the best signs to look for when hunting for agate is their waxy almost polished surface. Most agates are opaque while some are translucent that come in different colors. Iron oxide, a prominent mineral present in agate produces the rust-red and yellow shades in the formations.
However, not all agate have visible bands around them. Sometimes they bear less of their usual patterns, particularly if there’s no crack or break to see inside. Often, the bands may have been peeled away or broken apart. Since agates fill up holes in lava, look for rounded rocks or dimples on the outer surface. Because of these unique features, agate stands out from other rocks but are easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
How to hunt for Agate in Lake Superior
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Lake Superior is one of the best places to look for agate rocks. About a billion years ago, volcanic eruptions created distributed these rock formations across the northeastern part of Minnesota and in the northwestern area of Wisconsin. The melting of the Great Ice Age which took place about 10,000 to 15,000 years ago help disperse them through the greater area, including all around Lake Superior.
Hunting agate in beach shores is a fun and fulfilling activity for kids and adults alike. But how do you spot a genuine agate from an ordinary rock? Here are some tips for amateur hunters:
Most important of all is that it’s best to not overthink things. Patience, luck and good timing are all you really need for successful agate hunting.
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The Iroquoian tribe who inhabited the shores of the lake called it “Erige” which means “cat” because of its unpredictable and violent nature. And true to its name, Lake Erie has vicious and unforgiving storms. It has claimed hundreds of vessels and thousands of people lost their lives while crossing Lake Erie’s treacherous water. Here are some of the most notorious shipwrecks in Lake Erie:
How can a ship sink twice? Impossible it may seem but that exactly what happened to CB Lockwood? The 285-foot wooden steamer was sailing from Duluth, Minnesota to Buffalo New York when it sank. The vessel encountered a vicious storm on October 13, 1902, and sank east of Cleveland, Ohio just 13 miles out of Fairpoint Harbor. After several days, it was found and marked with buoys, and then a peculiar thing happened. The Lockwood disappeared again.
Researchers had a hard time finding the exact location of the wreck and baffled them for decades. After several years, it was discovered that the ship sank again into a glacier-formed valley beneath the waters of Lake Erie.
Light Vessel 82
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The $50,000 steel lightship was built in Muskegon, Michigan used a lighthouse service in summer of 1912. During this early time, LV 82 served as a temporary lightship vessel in the Buffalo Harbor, one of the busiest ports in the world at that time.
Most of the sea vessel in Buffalo followed a storm warning of the newly enforced Weather Bureau. LV 82 was last seen anchored near the shores of Buffalo Harbor and Point Abino before it went missing. At the peak of the storm, the LV 82 was lost at sea with Captain Hugh Williams and his five crews. LV 82, was the first and last lightship lost on Lake Erie.
The following year, LV 82 was found after the ice broke up and the water started to flow towards Niagara River. Another vessel named Surveyor discovered the shipwreck 62 feet underwater just two miles from their station. Local authorities organized retrieval operations to refloat and towed the wreckage to Detroit. It was then rebuilt and functioned as a relief light-ship but later replaced by Point Abino Lighthouse in Canada in 1918.
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Measuring 267 feet, a beam expanding 33 feet, a depth of 12.5 feet and weighing about 1,115 tons, Atlantic was one of the biggest vessels at the time. The steamboat was used as service for people going between Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan. Atlantic had 85 staterooms, could fit 300 passengers, and had top speed of 16 and a half hours in each trip.
E.B Ward of Detroit and S. Ward of St. Clair, Michigan owned the Atlantic and operated by Michigan Central Railroad.
On August 20, 1852, it collided with another steamer named Ogdensburg. The disaster claimed more than 150 lives, possibly as many as 300 lives and ranks as the fifth worst tragedy in the history of the Great Lakes.
SS G. P. Griffith
On June 17, 1850, the passenger steamer, SS G. P. Griffith burned and sank on Lake Erie. The disaster claimed 241 to 289 lives and remains as the third greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes. Of its 326 passengers, many were immigrants from Ireland, England, Germany, and Scandinavia. It made its last stops at Erie, Pennsylvania and Fairport, Ohio before heading out to Cleveland.
The ship’s wheelman named Richard Mann reported sparks shooting in the ship’s smokestacks around 4 am on June 17. Captain C.C. Roby ordered the ship’s course towards the shore, the course helped fanned the flamed, pushing passengers forward. After some time, the crew abandoned their posts but the momentum carried the ship towards a sandbar. The flames immediately burned down the ship burning everyone left aboard.
Lake Erie Size and Information
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Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the Great Lakes in North America. It measures at about 92 by 388 kilometers and its borders are shared by Canada and the US. The province of Ontario and the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan are some of the major areas enjoying the economic and biological benefits of Lake Erie.
The lake is the shallowest and the smallest of all the Great Lakes with 484 cubic kilometers of water in its southernmost tip. Because of this, Lake Erie has the shortest water retention time of 2.6 years. The lake sits 173 meters (569 feet) above sea level and has a depth of 64 meters. It ranks as the 13th largest lake in the world in terms of its surface area of 25,667 square kilometers.
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In North America, ancient civilizations founded their community around the Great Lakes. These bodies of water help cultivate the culture and tradition of the nation we come to know today. As the largest of the Great Lakes, the shores of Lake Superior are home to important cities in both Canada and the United States. This beautiful body of water is also one of the many reasons why states like Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are awesome places to visit.
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With an estimated population of 86,110, Duluth acts as a major port city in Minnesota and the main town of Saint Louis County. Located in the north and at the westernmost part of the Great Lakes, Duluth is the second largest city located on the shores of Lake Superior. Sea vessels can access the town from the Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes Waterway.
Duluth established a metropolitan area within the lake with nearby towns of Superior and Wisconsin, referred to as the Twin Ports. It formed the largest port in the Great Lakes for transporting grains, iron ore, and coal for decades since its foundation.
Some of the best family tourist attractions in Duluth include:
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Superior is the largest city found in Wisconsin’s Douglas County with a population of 27,244 according to the 2010 census.
It is located at the western end of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin and is adjacent to the Village of Superior and the Town of Superior. Two well-known rivers surround Superior, Nemadji and Saint Louis, which help flourish its trading community. Superior also served as the last dock for the Edmund Fitzgerald before sinking in 1975.
Some of the best family tourist attractions in Superior include:
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Marquette is a city in Marquette County in Michigan with an estimated 21,355 residents according to the 2010 census. The most populous city of the Upper Peninsula also acts as a key port on Lake Superior. The Northern Michigan University calls Marquette their home and iron ore is its main shipping industry. With the quality of living in the town, CBS MoneyWatch named Marquette among the best places in the US to retire.
Initially, the town was called New Worcester but later changed to Marquette on August 21, 1850. This is to honor the French Jesuit, Jacques Marquette who first discovered the place.
Some of the best family tourist attractions in Marquette include:
Thunder Bay rests in Ontario Canada and, according to the 2011 Canadian census, it has a total of 108,359 residents and is the second-most inhabited city in Northern Ontario. Its municipalities include Oliver, Paipoonge, and Neebing. It also has the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, Gillies, Fort William First Nation, and O’Connor.
In the late 17th century, Europeans made their way to Thunder Bay and it became a French fur trading outpost on the shores of the Kaministiquia River. It then became a popular trading spot for other important goods like grains. Traders usually traveled from western Canada to the east coast through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway, making Thunder Bay a notably important location.
Some of the best family tourist attractions in Thunder Bay include:
Sault Ste. Marie
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Sault Ste. Marie pronounced as “Soo Saint Marie” lies on St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada. Located near the Canada-US border, it is the third largest city in Northern Ontario. In its southern area, the US city of Sault Ste. Marie is located in Michigan State. Residents of the place are referred to as Saultites. The International Bridge connects the two countries with Interstate 75 in Michigan and Huron Street on Ontario side.
Early French settlers called the river Les Saults de Ste. Marie in which the town got its name. For at least a hundred years, the descent from St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior slowed shipping traffic requiring overland portage of cargo from one lake to the other.
Some of the best family tourist attractions in Sault Ste. Marie include:
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If you’re looking to spend some time in Battle Creek with the family, this Michigan town has a lot to offer the little ones in your entourage. With them in tow, any of the following places will be a blast.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center
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The Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery center is not just your ordinary museum. Kids will surely love this discovery center. Their guides are well informed not just about the facts but how to keep your family entertained during the tour. They will encourage you to try and test some of the health equipment in the vicinity. Try to visit during the summer or spring so you can also explore some of the village outside. Your kids will learn a lot in some of Kellogg’s inventions. Much of modern day health equipment was patterned from many of Kellogg’s contraptions.
Binder Park Zoo
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The zoo is well maintained and a beautiful place with a natural setting for the animals. Despite its small size, the held lots of animals. They also have an African Safari Area and kids will love this place. They have a train ride inside the vicinity and other activities for your kids. You can also enjoy the small scenery as the zoo chooses to keep a natural habitat for the animals. They boast of a great giraffe exhibit where you can also feed them. It’s a great time to spend the morning just walking to explore the zoo.
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Beat the summer heat in Full Blast. It’s a good indoor-outdoor water park and they also have slides perfect for you kids. Aside from bigger slides which are popular for teenagers they also have smaller slides for toddlers. The place also has a trampoline to drain your kid’s adrenaline rush. Keep your kids busy in Full Blast and you don’t need to bring that much food, they offer hot dogs and nachos at a fair price. The lifeguards are all attentive keeping everyone safe as the crowds may go rowdy sometimes.
Try a Hot Air Balloon Ride at Altitude Endeavors, Inc.
Not every city offers hot air balloon ride, so if you come and visit Battle Creek, this activity is a must. I would not advise you to go if you have toddlers, but for teenagers so seek adventure, this one tops the list. Experience Battle Creek in a different perspective (I mean literal), once afloat, you will be amazed in the scenic view. It’s a breathtaking view from above, perfect for those social media selfies (hey not everyone can experience this).
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Huge museum can sometimes overwhelm little kids but the Kingman Museum is just perfect for them. Edward M. Brigham established the museum 1934. Since then, the main focus of the museum is about displaying artifacts from Brigham’s expedition and natural history. The large polar bear and musk ox will greet you and always creates fascination in children. It’s the right size for young minds to explore and learn history. The staffs are well informed and very friendly. They even know how to keep those little minds engaged. Kingman Museum also has a Children’s Garden and it’s a great place to visit. It is a very good destination for couples with small children.
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Going on a vacation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank when rocking your slick Michigan apparel. There a number of ways to find activities for your kids to enjoy without spending too much. When in Bloomfield Charter Township, try these cheap and sometimes free activities for your family.
Drake Sports Park
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Drake Sports Park is perfect for you kids to play with while having a picnic on its grassy grounds. You can also enjoy a leisure walk around the park, go biking or jog all year, all seasons. It’s easy access when heading here and there is plenty of room for parking. The park also has tennis courts and skateboard ramps. Baseball fields and large community building are also available for renting. Drake Sports Park is a popular destination even for locals. Your kids will enjoy the swing or go for skateboarding. The park is well kept and you can also bring your dog with you.
Clinton River Trails
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The 16-mile long trail stretches from rural, urban and suburban areas in the region. It’s a great way to enjoy nature while biking, jogging or taking a brisk walk. The park boasts of a paved trail made of asphalt so prepare for your best running shoes. Restrooms are available along the trail that makes it easier for visitors. Nature buffs will truly love spending time in the trail exercising. Also, feel free to bring your dogs with you, just make sure to pick up after them.
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The recently renovated park is great for toddlers. They have soft rubber and wood chips around the playground. If you are lucky, you may even bump into an evening concert in the summer. Parking is very close to the playground and the park also has clean restrooms. You may find locals sitting just enjoying the view. You may want to go on to the floating dock on Cass Lake. Most of the people them try to fish for fun, but not all ended up lucky.
Cranbrook Art Museum
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Architecturally well-designed building where inside you get a collection of arts and outside you will see sculptures, statues, fountains, ponds and the greenery. Handmade collections drawn in 2d and 3d are also shown in the Cranbrook Art Museum.
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Famous (at least to historians) residents Eden and George Booth built the Cranbrook House in 1908. The place has a well-maintained gardens and a museum. Designers will definitely appreciate the 319 acre of land with a beautiful view. Take a walk in its grounds and you will notice the Arts and Crafts design movement. Even with a minimalist interior, the collections are quite extensive. They feature different a artist almost every season, so you’ll be hard pressed to have the same experience twice.
The Maple Theater
If you want to delight more of your senses, including your belly, they come and visit the Maple Theater. It features some of the first releases of the major blockbuster films and independent filmmakers. What makes Maple Theater unique is the wide variety of refreshment, a take away from the ordinary movie houses’. They offer cocktails, coffee, and even dinner options.
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Asking someone out is difficult enough, let alone choosing a perfect place to take your date. Whether it’s your first date or you’re looking for something fresh to spend the day with your loved one, you will adore these places in Clinton Township. The area has more to offer than what you might think and makes for a great day trip if you’re vacationing in Detroit.
Now let’s start with something friendly, even families with kids (and kids at heart) will surely love these places.
George George Memorial Park
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What would be friendlier than a walk in the park? This place is great to spend a day in a leisure walk with nature. There plenty of room to walk or jog, if your date seemed to be a more athletic type. A walk in a garden with flowers, fountain, trees and bushes is always romantic in a subtle way. Beautiful sceneries in every corner and great if you want to take pictures as a remembrance. The place is also perfect for the pre-nuptials photo shoot and even in prom pictures. The pavilion are worth mentioning to hosts events, ( a wedding perhaps?) it’s well maintained and very nice.
C.J. Barrymore’s Sports & Entertainment
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If you want a little bit of fun and wants to rouse kid inside you then visit C.J. Barrymore’s. They have the latest and greatest arcade games that are in really good shape. What is really nice about this place is the energy which will always give you good vibes throughout the day. This place is full of kids and surprisingly enough adults too. It might not be advisable to go if you want a quiet time together. But if you are going on a blind date, this probably is the safest place to go out with. You can play arcades games or laser tags. If it didn’t go that well, at least you enjoy being a kid once in a while.
Morley Candy Makers
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A sweet something for your sweetheart (cheesy I know… but can’t help myself using the term). The Home of Sanders Candy, Morley Candy Makers will definitely bring sweet smiles on both of your faces. It’s a tour where you will both watch a short film about chocolate at the start of the tour. Think something like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you can watch how they make freshly made candies or whatever they making that day. If you are lucky, you can even witness how they make their famous hot fudge topping and bumpy cakes. They will even let you sample some their candies at the end of the tour. If you can’t get enough of the place, there is a shop within the vicinity to bring home some of their famous made candies and confectioners.
Painting with a Twist
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To bring out some artistic talent in you or if you want to spend the day learning a new skill, then Painting with a Twist is the perfect place for both of you. The instructors are really helpful in teaching you painting techniques. Actually, all of the staffs are friendly and attentive. The best of all is you and your date can casually sip some wine or relish an ice cold beer while doing some artwork. Don’t bring too much though, you want to be sober until the end. You don’t want to take home an artwork that looks like mashups of everything. There was never a dull moment in the room; the instructor will bring the room alive when everyone seems too concentrated on their own thing. You and your date will surely have fun making those artworks, whatever your painting skills are.
Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room
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A nice dinner would certainly end the day well for the both of you. Try this place, you can grab something to eat and something to drink. Why get a bottle of wine when you can taste several? Also, they have beautiful nooks perfect for a date night. I would recommend going to this place on Fridays since they have live entertainment to pair with those wines. Michigan is best known for its wine, and this is one of those places where you can try locally brewed wines. They have extensive selections of wine and don’t worry about getting overwhelmed with the selections. The staffs are all friendly and accommodating they help you choose the perfect match for your food. It’s a great place if you want to taste most of Michigan’s wine trails. After all those activities, you may want to sip a glass of wine, relish the day with your date, just relax and feel the ambiance.
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In almost every corner of this Michigan town, you will find a place to eat. But for travelers who sometimes wonder about the good and often fantastic places to eat, this one is for all of you. Canton Charter offers different cuisines from almost every part of the world. Don’t believe me? Then here goes a list of their most raved restaurants in the city. Expect classic American fare, dishes from the Middle East and a fusion of all kinds of extraordinary cuisines.
Biscuits & Gravy (Great for Breakfast, Brunch, and Sandwiches)
When traveling it’s best to have a full stomach to fuel your day ahead. What is great about Biscuits & Gravy they serve generous portions, a fantastic way to start the day. Their portions can feed two people at a reasonable price! It’s dining from home, away from home. The owner and the staffs really do care about their customers, very attentive and friendly. They have a very homey atmosphere which is great when traveling. Another fantastic experience with this place is that almost all of the foods (and I mean all of them) taste delicious. You can come here every day and order different food from the menu and not be disappointed. So my advice? Just go. Don’t hesitate.
Urban Tawa Indian Kitchen (Indian food, Vegetarian, Vegan)
There’s nothing special about the place, no gimmicks, no flashy décor. Urban Tawa is just natural, warm and inviting-which I love. And I love the food even more. There’s a couple of Indian restaurant in the area, but nothing beats this place. Everything is a must try, their samosas, vegetable biryani, paneer, honestly I can go on and on but I’ll stop here. But I have to commend those pieces of bread, it’s just right, not too soft and perfectly baked (or fried). Their appetizers are just amazing, and did I mention most of their foods are vegan? It’s perfect for those who are really conscious about what they are eating. Even more fantastic is that they are continuously remaking their menu to make it even more vegans.
Curry On Crust Desi Pizza (Indian, Pizza)
Okay, here’s the thing, it’s not that I love Indian food, but this place is really unique. It’s like a fusion of Indian and Italian cuisine (which is a rare combination). They have this pizza that has a different twist on their crust and I am sure you will love it. The crust is the most boring (yet important part) of pizza and they made it interesting when they create Curry on Crust without overpowering with the flavors. The pizza is not even that greasy compared to other pizzas. Curry on Crust menu is very affordable for those budgeted date nights. Everyone can eat here as their food was certified Halal. They even make mango pizza.
La Sharm Palace (Meditteranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine)
There are handfuls of restaurant that offers great food, generous servings and not to mention really delicious food for a cheap price. La Sharm Palace is one of them. You can like eat $3-4 of really tasty pita sandwiches from your choice of meats, combined with tabouli. Their deboned chicken with rice and garlic paste is a must try. Their oven-fired pita bread always comes out fresh from the oven. They really stand out not just because of their food, but for their service as well. You can feel you are indeed welcome and the servers love their job.
Courthouse Grille (Italian)
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Ah and then there’s Italian. I know you are expecting to read something about this. The usual pizza and pasta dining experience, well this is not your ordinary Italian resto. They offer a lot more. It’s an amazing dining experience here are Courthouse Grille, there was never a time I did not enjoy their food. The staffs are all accommodating with questions and helpful on what your belly craves. It’s like a super fine dining experience where you can still jeans while ravishing fine dining cuisine. A performer seems like serenading you while waiting for your food. And it’s worth the wait.
Kabuki is one of those places that have the highest rating when it comes to reviews. So I checked it out myself. And I true to its review this place is amazing. They offer the best and the freshest sushi in town. The place has a very classic yet stylish décor and interior. Despite its location, it has a very spacious dining area, supposes it gets packed really easily. Even when there’s a lot of people inside, its rather clean and you get seated immediately. If you are not so familiar with Japanese cuisine, don’t worry, their menu has a very helpful picture of what to expect on your dish.
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Ypsilanti is a unique name for a town. It was named after the Greek war hero, Demetrius Ypsilanti. Locals only refer the town as “Ypsi”. Ypsi is a progressive city where you can find an amazing community full of vibrant and exuberance. Even though the town is seen progressive, they have still preserved much of the area’s history. To get started, Ypsi is divided into two districts; one is “Downtown” and the other is known as “Depot Town”. Just a short drive from everything Ann Arbor has to offer, Ypsilanti has some great things to check out when in town.
The Water Tower
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The first thing you will notice in Ypsilanti is the historic Water Tower that stands in the very heart of the city. The tower was built in 1890 and stands 147 feet tall, since then it became one of the landmarks in the area.
Ypsi’s rich history
Just walking around the streets of Ypsi, you can immediately see how they preserved their rich cultural history in the area. The architectural structure of the sidewalks and the local community held heritage events all throughout the year. If you want to see more of their deep history you can visit four museums that house most of their cultural heritage. The four museums are:
Ypsilanti Historical Society
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This museum houses most of the Ypsilanti’s artifacts dating back from the 19th century. The brick mansion was built in 1860 which the City of Ypsilanti purchased in 1966. In 1970, the Ypsilanti Historical Society founded the museum to help with the local research, house archives and supervise with preservation efforts. You can expect to see local Native American relics, artifacts from 19th-century homes. The museum is also known for their exhibit about the Ypsilanti Underwear and Ypsilanti Mineral Water bottle materials.
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
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For true motorheads, a visit to Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum will definitely pump up your heart. Even if you are not, you can still appreciate the effort and the history of the last Hudson dealership in the world. The museum houses exhibit from the General Motors Willow Run Plant and other Ypsilanti automobile related ventures. Along with the display, the museum also includes some historical value of the artifacts. The museum houses 30 vintage vehicles and a wide collection of advertising, service and repair items that was part of the automobile businesses during the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
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The museum displays a Romanesque Revival firehouse during 1898 which includes exhibits of a restored bunk area and horse-drawn vehicles. It also houses massive collections of firefighter gear during the early firehouse around the 1900s. This is a perfect place for families and group tours during the summer. The museum can also host events for your specific needs. Every year, they held Fire Truck Muster event in Riverside Park which showcase both historic and modern fire truck from nearby states.
Yankee Air Museum
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The Yankee Air Museum serves as another great place that focuses on aviation during the major conflicts in the world during the 20th century. The display includes aircraft from the different timeline in the history which also helped shaped the aviation world. Some of the well-known aircraft are the Run B-24 Bomber Plant, the B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-25 Mitchell bombers. It’s certainly a unique experience from other aviation museums. The best time to come and visit is when they held their yearly event for the Thunder Over Michigan.
The Yearly Events
Speaking of events, Ypsilanti hosts some of the spectacular events in the region that you keep coming back for more. They have great local produce showcase in their weekly farmer’s markets. Ypsi also has incredible cruise nights, art shows and air shows. There are a lot of events to mention but some of their famous events include Michigan ElvisFest, The Color Run Michigan Eastside and Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival.
The Food: Ypsi’s cultural fusions of cuisine
Your belly will thank you for a gastronomic experience in Ypsi. They offer a wide variety of cuisine from classic barbecues and fresh salads to cultural fusions from almost every part of the world. Usually, when you dine in Ypsi’s, your meal will not be complete without a generous amount of mac and cheese. The city boasts of best-tasting burgers, local brewed beers and artisan coffees brews. The great part of Ypsi is that you will feel like you belong as a local, which is often a rare treat for travelers.
The Scenic Parks
Ypsi is one of those places that has incredible scenic parks that call for afternoon walks, ball games, and even an occasional run. The Riverside Park runs along the Huron River and hosts some of the major city events. There are several other parks hidden within the city waiting for you to explore its abode. Ypsi contributes to the Big 400, a 400 square miles of parks in Southeast Michigan.
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During a vacation in Michigan, make sure to spend some time in Woodhaven. Along with some wonderful things to do, they have a great selection of places to eat. Below are some of our favorites.
Christoff’s Family Dining Restaurant
Great for: Families and group of people (Homemade Food)
Christoff’s seemed like a regular family owned diner nothing special about the place, nothing bad either. ‘But wait until you taste their food. It’s the closest thing you can have to homemade comfort food when eating out. It’s a good place to dine along with your family especially with you have kids. Even though some people referred the place to be a Greek restaurant, most of their menus are classic Americans foods, which most of the times are home made. It’s a popular place for the locals, and you’ll get the feeling that everyone seems to know everyone. They serve generous food for a relatively cheap price, so no complaints there. Staffs are friendly, making sure you don’t leave unsatisfied or famished.
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Great for: Family and people who love Vegan
Not all cities can offer vegan food, so it’s really nice to have a break from the ordinary in Olga’s Kitchen. They have a unique flair of the usual Greek cuisine, a bit pricey but well worth it. They also have other locations, but the foods taste the same at each location. They also have a meal where you are given a complete course; you can have your choice of meat, a basket of snackers and a drink. People are raving about their snackers, a must try whenever you visit Olga’s. This place beat any other ordinary meal of burger, pizza, and pasta kind of thing. Seems like this place can turn an ordinary American classic into a Greek style cuisine, like what they did on fries. They serve curly fries with their own sauce and feta cheese. If you are driving along and find an Olga’s Kitchen, make sure to stop and order something.
Sparta Family Dining Restaurant
Great for: Dining for family with kids (Great Food for a cheaper price)
It seems like nothing can beat Sparta for a good meal at a very inexpensive price around Woodhaven. It is a must for travelers when dropping by in the area. They are very accommodating especially for rowdy kids, they have very friendly servers. Don’t let the exterior fool you, as their foods speak good service. They served great breakfast menus with very generous portions. Good food, great servers at a reasonable price. It’s a hard to find a place like this. Woodhaven is great during the summer time. The place offers lots of activities and historical tours around the area.
Blue Margarita Restaurant
Great for: To dine solo or with a friend (booze is involved)
When you need a drink or two, locals usually suggest that you go to Blue Margarita Restaurant. As their name implies, they serve great Margaritas, (no surprises there). It’s a great place to dine alone, since can get packed easily, making new friends should not be that difficult. Or you can ask a friend to join for lunch. They also offer good food at a very reasonable price, even their booze isn’t on the pricey side. But remember; don’t go overboard on that liquid diet! You can order food from the bar or in a parlor, nevertheless, its endless fun time. As it can be very busy a times, you just need a little bit of wait time or you can come a little early than the usual lunch or dinner time.
Black Rock Restaurant
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Great for: Family dinner and night outs
This is a unique place and a peculiar take away from the usual steak dinner. It’s a fun dining experience for the family. Blackrock Restaurant will serve you raw steak and a very hot stone reaching 800 degrees temperature. You can cook the steak in which you can cook to your desired taste on top of the heated stone. Servers will even teach you the proper way of using the stone. Careful not to touch the stone, and certainly keep your kids from grabbing the stone or you (they) will regret it. Blackrock also serves enormous portions of the side that can easily satisfy 4 to 5 persons. As a great combination with the steak, Blackrock also offers a selection of indulgent wines. Aside from the steak they also serve other classic local favorites like baby back ribs and more.
Great for: People on a diet (if you just stick to their salad choices)
Shish Garden offers Middle Eastern restaurant with huge servings. It’s a Lebanese restaurant that serves great lamb dishes, bread even coffees. If you are following particular diet try their salad and bread with garlic. They also offer pita wraps if you are in a hurry, just grab one of these and you have a great snack on the way. But I suggest spending time with your food here, relishing all of the unique flavors of the Middle Eastern cuisine. You can expect great service in this place along with their food with is reasonably priced. It’s the best Lebanese restaurant with the authentic flavor.
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