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Tim’s Travel Tips: Erwin’s Orchards

by Tim Joseph

My wife found Erwin’s Orchards last year and we took the kids. Upon arrival my youngest, just 1 1/2 at the time, was tired and hadn’t had a nap that day. My oldest, 9 going on 10 at the time, was begging us for everything she could set her eyes on. At the end of the day I walked out wishing we could go back the next day and everyone had a fun time.

If you want to go to an apple orchard to sit in the barn and drink cider then this is not the place for you. Erwin’s boasts 200 acres of apples. Not just apples but 14 different varieties of apples. You can also pick pumpkins and depending on the time of the year they have raspberries and cherries.

My favorite was the corn maze. Nothing is more fun than a good ol’ corn maze. This one isn’t necessarily hard to get through but there are six posts hidden throughout the maze. At each post there is a punch to punch your card with a different shape. It isn’t easy to find every post but once you do you can redeem it for a free glass of cider and a donut.

Erwin’s is located at the corner of Pontiac Trail and Silver Lake Road in South Lyon, MI. They’re open 9AM to 5:30PM Daily until October 31st. Coupons and driving directions are posted on their website at I didn’t see any pricing information for apples on the website but there is a number you can call. Corn maze is $5, Barn of Horrors is $5 and children’s spooky barn is $2.

Tim’s Travel Tips: The Detroit Zoo

by Tim Joseph

The weather is getting cooler and there may not be much time left to spend outside. To me, that’s the best time to go to the zoo. I love spending my last days outside before winter hits looking at the beauty that nature has to offer us. One of my favorite exhibits at the zoo is the butterfly house. You walk into a room where there are trees and plants everywhere. Next thing you know there are butterflies fluttering about. My 2 year old got a big kick out of them. Also, the polar bear exhibit is amazing. You walk underneath the bears and can look up through the glass to see them swimming above you. The zoo is no doubt the most unique experience to be had in Detroit.

In addition to all the fun you will have, you’re helping a worthy cause. The Detroit Zoo is involved in many conservation efforts that support communities abroad. Definitely a worthy cause.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults (Age 13-61), $7 for the kids (2 and under free) and $9 for seniors. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. See for more information

Tim’s Travel Tips: Michigan’s Adventure

by Tim Joseph

I have heard of this place but have yet to actually visit. My cousin tells me it is a lot of fun. Michigan’s Adventure is an amusement park in Muskegon, MI. According to Wikipedia they have 53 rides total which includes 7 roller coasters. Their newest attraction is the Thunderhawk, a suspended looping coaster that has been relocated from Geauga Lake in Ohio. it is Michigan’s first suspended looping roller coaster.

There are also plenty of rides for the smaller kids, such as the “Winky Whale” or the always classic ferris wheel called the “Giant Gondola Wheel.” In addition to all this they have a water park which is open from noon to 7pm daily. At $25, this is a bargain right in our own back yard.

For more information please contact the park at (231) 766-3377

2008 1-Day General Admission Includes one day of admission to both Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure. There is no charge for toddlers 2 or under. $25

Directions from Lansing / Detroit

  1. Take I-96 West to Muskegon
  2. Leave I-96 West by taking exit 1B (Ludington) to change to US-31 North
  3. Leave US-31 North by taking the Russell Rd exit (mile marker 121)
  4. Turn right (North) onto Russell Rd
  5. At the first stop light, turn left (West) onto Riley Thompson Rd
  6. The entrance to Michigan’s Adventure is on Riley Thompson Rd

Tim’s Travel Tips: Kalahari Resort

by Tim Joseph

I like to keep most of my Friday posts local but this one is really good. Two hours away is maybe my second favorite place on earth, Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH. Its too hot to take the kids out, the sun is too intense and will burn them, and the summer can get so monotonous. Pack a bag with a bathing suit for the kids and a change of clothes. You wont need much more than the bathing suit, trust me. This is the countrie’s largest indoor water park. There are so many water slides, a wave pool, even a lazy river for mom and dad (actually dad liked the water slides). You could make a week long vacation out of this resort.

When you get tired from running up and down the water slides there is plenty to do like indoor mini golf, and archade and the rooms are really nice as well. Check out their website for reservations and more info. A blog post can’t do it justice.

Tim’s Travel Tips: Plymouth Art In The Park

by Tim Joseph

Ok you wont have to travel very far if you live in the Plymouth-Canton area. I grew up in Plymouth and am only a couple years older than this fair. Plymouth’s Art in the park is happening this weekend, July 11, 12, & 13. It is Michigan’s 2nd largest art fair, #14 in the country and has been rated as one of the “Gems of the Great Lakes” by AAA Magazine. It is a true badge of honor for the City of Plymouth. But don’t worry, its not all in the park. The fair has expanded to cover the surrounding park area.

In addition to all the artists exhibiting and selling their work, there will be a large variety of music and entertainment. There will also be some childrens entertainment but if your kids are like mine, everything will be entertainment to them. Art exhibitors from all over the country come to show their work.

Friday 12:00pm ~ 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am ~ 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am ~ 5:00pm

Located right down town Plymouth. The Free shuttle services run from the Visteon plant in Plymouth- 14425 N. Sheldon Rd. Plymouth MI 48170.

We’ll see you there!

Tim’s Travel Tips: 16th Annual Salute to America

by Tim Joseph

This one got me excited. July 2 – 5, 2008 at The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents its Salute to America. Gates open at 6pm for the general public and there is pre-concert musical entertainment. If you’ve got kids there will be plenty of 19th century lawn games to play as well as a visit from members of the Greenfield Village historic baseball team.

The finale will be complete with fireworks as the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture with live cannon fire! It’s actually something I’ve always wanted to see. For more information please visit the Henry Ford Museum website.

Tim’s Travel Tips: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

by Tim Joseph

This week’s weekend get away is to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. I visited this museum in 2nd grade. We took the Am Track from Wayne and arrived in Ann Arbor. The thing I remember the most was the giant bubbles. Huge tubs filled with soapy water and sticks with ropes on them. I must have really been enjoying it because my teacher pulled me aside and said “Don’t tell anyone, but we’re going to do this in class in a couple weeks”. It was our secret. The museum has hundreds of exhibits. A lot more than when I was there.

I haven’t been there since then but my 10 year old has. I probably wont wait too long before going back.

Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from noon-5pm. Admission is $8 for ages 2 and up, free for kids under 2 and free with a museum membership.

Tim’s Travel Tips: Sterling Inn

by Tim Joseph

Starting today we’re going to give you a new idea each Friday of what you can do over the weekend to get away and have fun.

Best Western Sterling Inn
(586) 979-1400
34911 Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

  • 5,000 sq. ft. indoor swimming pool with 110 ft. waterslide, lazy river, and vortex. Interactive
  • Splash Play Park
  • 2,300 sq. ft. indoor play park with tipping frogs, water bikes, waterslides, and giesers.