Fall activities in the D: Museum Adventure Pass, Factory Tours

By Mike Fossano

It’s almost time to officially put a bow on Summer 2011, which means it’s time to start thinking about unfurling the cold weather wardrobe and locating soon-to-be necessary tools like your trusty snow shovel and ice scraper. OK, so maybe that’s a little too dour, but unfortunately for us in the Rust Belt picturesque days will occur less frequently from here on out.

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of delightful climate-controlled things to do in metro Detroit. The museum grid around town is wide-ranging, offering something for everyone from history buffs to art aficionados. The best part? The majority of them are reasonably priced, and in many cases free of charge.

Twenty-eight museums participate in the popular Museum Adventure Pass. The program, which is sponsored by Macy’s, allows you to get as many as four free tickets to a metro Detroit museum by checking in at your local library within seven days of a planned visit. Participating museums include well-known institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and the Holocaust Memorial Center, along with numerous boutique organizations. The last day to borrow a MAP pass is September 23 for use through September 30. More information will soon be forthcoming on the availability of passes for the 2012 season.

Not the museum type? Perhaps you’ll enjoy a tour at one of the many area factories that produce a wide range of pleasures—from baked goods to cars. Several factories offer fascinating guided tours:

Morley Candy Makers and Sanders Candy Factory

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company

Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Jiffy Mix Plant

Feel free to let others know below of any fun, affordable tours happening around town!

SPACE

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