The 10 Best Things to Do in Ferndale, United States

March 21, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Ferndale is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It forms part of the Detroit metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,900.
Restaurants in Ferndale

1. Detroit Zoo

8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001 +1 248-541-5717
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s newest attraction is the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest facility for penguins in the world.

Reviewed By Danielle M - Lovington, New Mexico

Although we visit the zoo regularly, we love spending New Year's Eve at the Zoo for Zoo Lights! It is so awesome to walk the park in the dark by the glow of the millions of lights they have depicting various things, as well as the dancing lights! The 4D show, hot chocolate, specialty liquor and beer, and local food favorites are also available.

2. Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4094 +1 313-833-7900
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Detroit Institute of Arts

Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.

Reviewed By 547rania - United States

Great place to spend the whole day; esp. now that admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties. Special exhibits do cost extra but they are totally worth it. I recently saw the Monet paintings there. The venue is very well laid out, so it is easy to navigate thru'. The Diego Riviera mural is by far my favorite; I highly recommend taking the audio tour for this area (available at a table off the the mural room)- full of fascinating facts and info, lets one get into Riviera's head (or alternately pull up the description on your phone).
The restaurant and cafe are both very good with excellent choices for snacks, lunches and beverages; albeit a bit pricey. Lots of parking available in the DIA lot off John R. Street parking available in the alley off Farnsworth (in a residential area).

3. Rackham Golf Course

10100 W 10 Mile Rd, Huntington Woods, MI 48070-1899 +1 248-543-4040
Excellent
27%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
46%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

Rackham Golf Course

Reviewed By Chipperhigh2 - Okemos, Michigan

Played Rackham Golf Course a Donald Ross designed course dating back to the 1920's. A wonderful course that is challenging and fun. The clubhouse is under complete renovation. 18-hole par 35 course with 3 sets of tees measuring 5413-, 6253- and 6555-yards.

4. Hazel Park Raceway

1650 E 10 Mile Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030-1262 +1 248-398-1000
Excellent
31%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Hazel Park Raceway

Reviewed By ferryspotter - saratoga NY

Pulled our visit forward when we learned they were closing 5 weeks early. Easy access for this handicapped person and there was an excellent buffet including sausage and peppers and onions and thin-sliced roast beef and gravy. 16 ounce Budweiser and Labbatt's for $2 may have helped a good natures crowd of several thousand.
Fortunately, we were at a table with a monitor because the "toteboard" gave no information other than fractional running times during the actual races. We have previously attended Thoroughbred racing at 4 other sites in Michigan, all of which are gone now. The horsemen and fans deserve their racing and I hope Hazel Park reopens next year.

5. The Rust Belt Market

22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220-1738
Excellent
59%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

The Rust Belt Market

Voted "Best Place to Buy Original Art and Local Craft" by HOUR Detroit magazine, The Rust Belt Market is the intersection of creativity and business. Its founders transformed a vacant big-box store into an event venue and hub of 50+ independent retailers-offering a unique mix of goods both handmade and collected by local artists. Explore and leave inspired.

Reviewed By Richard48220 - Detroit, Michigan

The site has gone through many incarnations, including an Old Navy Outlet store. It is currently a denizen for many local entrepreneurs to open a space to sell art, t-shirts, furniture, vintage games, scuplture, natural soaps herbs sachets, and more, historical photos, memorabilia, and more. Funky, fun, lots of great Michigan stuff.

Some of the venues will take credit cards, some are cash only

6. Somerset Collection

2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084-3206 +1 248-643-6360
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 416 reviews

Somerset Collection

Reviewed By 00vette48306 - Rochester, Michigan

An awesome place for food, shopping, people watching & exercise. All the high end designers, anchored by big box stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's & Nordstrom, are here.

The food court blows all other malls out of the water. Just walking around the mall gives you miles of exercise as you window shop & people watch. If you can't find it here, you aren't trying!

7. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547 +1 313-872-8759
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 344 reviews

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Experience the Original Model T Factory Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant is a unique experience-it's the oldest auto plant open to the public anywhere in the world. Almost unchanged since Henry Ford's day, the plant is a three-story New England-style mill building. Each floor is divided into sections by the original metal fire doors, complete with the shadows of Henry Ford's "Positively NO Smoking" stencils. The old plank floors are worn from the 12,000 Model Ts built on them, so wear appropriate shoes for your visit. The plant is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a designated National Historic Landmark and a Michigan State Historic Site. Walk the worn wood floors and touch the brick walls where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive and social revolution. See Henry Ford's office as it was in 1908 when he was on the cusp of fame. And learn why it still matters today. See a selection of rare Detroit-built cars from the first decade of the 20th century and learn their fates.

Reviewed By 2RedSquirrels - Windsor, Canada

This rather unimposing building is the origin of the modern car industry. The tour provides a comprehensive overview of the beginning of Ford Motors. The tour highlights the evolution of the early models.
An eye opener is one of the earliest Model Ts - the old adage is not true
Great diner down the street

8. Valentine Vodka

161 Vester St, Ferndale, MI 48220-1711 +1 248-629-9951
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Valentine Vodka

Reviewed By Es_bo123 - West Bloomfield, Michigan

This is a great little bar serving spirits distilled on site. They don't serve food but you can order pizza from Como's around the corner and have it delivered to your seat at the bar or at a table. The drinks are good - one of the best dirty martinis around. Recommend checking it out!

9. Motown Museum

2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208-1237 +1 313-875-2264
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Motown Museum

This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown Sound. But one step inside Hitsville, USA, the original house where Berry Gordy lived and recorded the Motown hits, and you'll catch the beat and spirit of this booming music era. Photos, costumes, artwork, music and other memorabilia take you back to simpler times.

Reviewed By PITTparent - PA

I have been to Detroit many times and finally got to see the Motown Museum. What a place to visit. I really enjoyed my visit and shopping in the gift shop. Must book ahead on line so you will not be disappointed by just showing up and finding they are fully booked. What a Detroit Gem.

10. Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre

415 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067-2504 +1 248-541-6430
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre

Reviewed By Judy G - Huntington Woods, Michigan

The current production of The Little Mermaid is wonderful. This theater is the perfect size for young children and the voices and costumes are engaging. Our 3 and 6 year olds loved the production. Ariel's voice was broadway quality.

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