15 of Michigan's most unusual tourist destinations
By Metro Times Staff
Who knew one state could be home to so many offbeat destinations? This is just a sampling of oodles of weird to be found all over the Mitten. Enjoy!
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Ann Arbors Fairy Doors Ann Arbor, MI
The Fairy doors are a series of small doors that give an artistic effect to the building. You can find these doors at Sweetwaters which has a small door that mimmicks the cafes details, Red Shoes, and the Ann Arbor District Library.
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Air Zoo Kalamazoo,MI
An airline exhibit that features historic and rare aircraft. Also features hand painted murals. Exhibits include POPnology which showcases pop cultures impact on modern technology and our everyday lives, work and play, the National Quadalcanal Memorial Exhibit on the Quadalcanal campaign of World War II, and Dare to Dream, a space exploration exhibit.
Photo via discoverkalamazoo.com
Bakers Keyboard Lounge Detroit, MI
If you love Jazz music you would love this. Bakers is the worlds oldest jazz club and in operation since May of 1934. Chris and Franne Baker opened the club as a lunchtime sandwich restaurant and their son Clarence booked Jazz pianists . A lot of famous Jazz artists have played in the club such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Miles Davis. Bet you didnt know that Detroits own R&B and smooth jazz singer Anita Baker filmed her music video for Same Ole Love at the club in 1987 and the club was featured in the 2012 film Sparkle starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.
Photos via Facebook: Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Dawson & Stevens Classic 50s Diner Grayling, MI
The combination of a museum and diner features Michigans largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. The museum/diner is also known for its 50s style interior.
Photo via Facebook: Dawson & Stevens Classic Diner
St. Ignace Mystery Spot St. Ignace, MI
Shows gravity in a different way. Features optical contradictions and weird physical sensations. Shows buildings turned in weird angles to give an unbalanced effect. Other activities include zip lining and putt putt golf.
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Maritime Museum Van Buren County,MI
South Havens well known Michigan Maritime Museum which shows boating culture and history of the Great Lakes. Includes exhibits on Maritime history in Michigan and center for learning boating skills and history.
Hamtramck Disneyland Hamtramck, MI
Built by former General Motors assembly line worker Dmytro Szylak, the assemblage of carved and found objects lights up at night and spins with Mickey Mouse in a plane, reindeer, dolls, toys, paint colors, and trilingual press clippings. Dmytro gives visitors a personal tour for a small donation.
Photo via Flickr: Jerry Paffendorf
Pine Mountain Ski Jump Pine Mountain, MI
The Pine Mountain ski Jump is the largest Man Made Ski slide in the U.S..The annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental cup competition is hosted at the ski jump and holds the record for the longest jump in the world cup at 140 m.
Joes Gizzard City Potterville, MI
Joes was previously featured on the food network and known for their chicken gizzards which are made with their well known batter mix. The restaurant also has burgers, chicken dinners, hot sandwiches and onion rings.
Russell Industrial Center Detroit, MI
The Russell Industrial Center is so much more than its name describes. A well known collection of artist studios and shops can be found within. From the centers website: Spanning several buildings and millions of square feet, the Russell Industrial Center is Detroit's premier facility for commercial space. With a history spanning nearly a century, the complex began as a manufacturing facility but has now been revitalized as a canvas for countless artists. And our vast spaces have been host to film shoots, including major Hollywood motion pictures as well as other events.
Photo via russellindustrialcenter.com