Macomb Township is located in southeastern Michigan and is part of the greater Detroit Metro area. It officially became recognized as the Township of Macomb in 1834. Some of the first settlers of Macomb were of German descent, and many of their cultural influences remain. As one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan, Macomb has many industrial and commercial businesses and several nice residential communities. Recreationally, there are pristine parks, a performing arts center, luxury movie theater, and healthy and appetizing eateries. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
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The first venue chosen for the Macomb Center for Performing Arts was a barn theater that went into service during 1969. Although the barn offered an intimate environment for performances, the barn also had a number of issues which is why it closed down in 1977. Two of the main reasons were the ventilation and plumbing issues. Today, the Center is a much larger venue. It can accommodate more spectators and helps the Center achieve its mission of inspiring artistic expressing through education and performance. They also strive to promote cultural awareness through musical and theatrical performances by local, national, and international artists.

44575 Garfield Road Clinton Township, MI 48038, Phone: 586-286-2141

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2.Emagine Entertainment, Macomb, Michigan

Emagine Entertainment, Macomb, Michigan
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Emagine Entertainment is a luxury movie theater in Macomb. The brand has theaters spread across the Midwest, several of which reside in the metropolitan Detroit area. For several years in a row, Emagine Entertainment was named “Best Movie Theatre” by the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. They were also the first to bring 4K projection to the Detroit area and offer Dolby Atmos immersive sound systems. At this theater, movie-goers get to enjoy large reclining chairs, in-seat snack, meal, and drink service, and can reserve their seats ahead of time. There is also the option of valet car parking at this theater.

15251 23 Mile Rd Macomb, MI 48042, Phone: 586-372-3456

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3.Salad Chef, Macomb, MI

Salad Chef, Macomb, MI
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Salad Chef is a restaurant that prioritizes healthy food. In fact, Salad Chef is one of the few fast food restaurants that offer an entirely healthy menu. Diners can either sit down and savor a meal inside the restaurant, or order food to go using their online ordering service. The employees, also referred to as Salad Chefs, create the freshest customized salads, soups, wraps or paninis. All vegetables get cut in house on a daily basis to ensure the freshest possible ingredients go into every meal that’s ordered. There are numerous salad options, and some come with meat or fish.

18349 Hall Rd, Macomb Township, MI 48044, Phone: 586-226-1000

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4.National Coney Island, Macomb, Michigan

National Coney Island, Macomb, Michigan
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National Coney Island was established in 1965 by James Giftos. It started out as a small hot dog and burger joint and has since grown into more than a dozen restaurants throughout southeastern Michigan. Menus now feature the Detroit-style Coney Island hot dogs, their notorious chili, that can be served on top of french fries, Angus burgers, and fresh salads. They also open early for breakfast and for customers with a sweet tooth, there are several delectable desserts available. The core principles of National Coney Island are to provide efficient and friendly service while offering fresh, quality food to its customers.

15555 Hall Road, Macomb Township, MI 48044, Phone: 586-566-9558

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More Ideas: Belle Isle Aquarium

Beautifully designed by famous Detroit architect Albert Kahn, the Belle Isle Aquarium is an architectural marvel that was built on 18th August, 1904. The aquarium is one of America’s oldest and most beloved underwater attractions and has been captivating locals and tourists alike for generations.

One of the most striking features of the aquarium will greet you at the very start. The entrance of the structure has a classical Beaux Arts design and the stone façade is embellished with two water-spouting stone fish adorned with the historical emblem of Detroit. When the Belle Isle Aquarium opened its doors to the amazed public back in 1904, it was hailed as one of the biggest and the most beautiful aquariums in the world.

However, tragedy plagued the aquarium in 2005 due to the worsening economic situation in the city of Detroit, which meant that keeping the landmark afloat was proving to be daunting, and it was shut down that year. However, in 2012 the historically popular aquarium was given a second life after being saved by the Belle Isle Conservancy and it finally reopened on 15th September, 2012.

After being given a second chance, the past few years have proven wonderful for the aquarium and the conservancy as the number of people visiting has increased three-fold. The initiation of the Belle Isle Conservancy was propelled forward by a group of friends, who had the passion, the vigor, and the hope needed to restore one of the most significant parts of Detroit’s history. The conservancy is a non-profit organization that has a string of goals associated with the architectural maintenance and restoration of the aquarium.

The Belle Isle Aquarium is still a work in progress, but the conservancy is hopeful that as funding grows it will be able to add a plethora of fish tanks, new species, and a bunch of other attractions to accentuate the overall environment of the aquarium. They have done an amazing job of restoring the fish tanks and preserving the historical pride and joy of Detroit for many, many years to come.

When the aquarium opened in 2012, the total number of tanks on view was just six, but these attracted more than 4,000 locals on opening day! The Belle Island Conservancy was welcomed with plenty of financial support from various organizations and foundations a year after the Belle Isle Aquarium was re-opened, and that, together with donations from the local community, enabled the conservancy to completely renovate the famous skylights of the aquarium. Moreover, in just a year, the aquarium has installed a total of 42 tanks, which are home to a staggering 175 different species of fish as well as a number of species of amphibians and reptiles.

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900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-402-0466

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More Ideas: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum in the heart of Detroit's cultural center. Housed in a 22,000-square-foot building that was once a former auto dealership and converted into an innovative and industrial-style gallery space by architect Andrew Zago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit displays an artist blend of contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts.

The mission of MOCAD is to be a responsive center where diverse audiences comprised of artists and visitors can encounter the very best in contemporary literary, music, visual, and performing arts that the city has to offer. MOCAD presents a range of art that educates, interprets, contextualizes and expands, giving visitors an unrivaled contemporary experience.

The Space

Nestled between the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the College for Creative Studies, and the Wayne State University, MOCAD functions as a hub for artists and visitors alike to explore new and emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. An innovative addition to Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, the Museum has been stylishly renovated into a modern industrial space with vast, flexible chambers, yet still maintaining its historic character. The new design makes the building ideal for exhibiting contemporary and modern art, which it does through several exhibitions in the Museum throughout the year.

MOCAD features a permanent artwork by the late artist Mike Kelley known as ‘Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead.’ Located on the grounds of the Museum, the artwork is both an example of private architecture and a full-scale public sculpture of the single-story ranch-style house in which Kelley grew up. Replicating the vernacular architecture of working class neighborhoods in the American Midwest similar to the one in which Kelley grew up, the artwork aims to bring the city back into the suburbs. The house was designed to be detached and driven to neighborhoods throughout the city where it would act as a flexible community center for exhibitions, displays, projects, and events that were relevant to the local community and establishing a dialogue with them.

MOCAD offers an exciting series of educational and community-based programs for all ages, including literary readings, lectures, films, musical performances, and educational activities for children. Educational initiatives include MOCAD Teen Council, a Young People’s Biennial Opening Reception, and a K-12 Teacher Advisory Board.

Art as a Social Force is an initiative that MOCAD runs that is inspired by Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead and involves a multi-year examination of artists who are looking to establish socially transformative and participatory art.

MOCAD also hosts an array of artistic, literary, and musical events throughout the year, featuring internationally acclaimed artists such as performance artists like Pat Oleszko, Jody Oberfelder, and Will Power; musicians such as Michael Yonkers, Roy Ayers, Pink Reason, Amp Fiddler, Roscoe Mitchell, Dan Deacon’s Round Robin, and Marlon Magas; and writers included Bill Berkson and John Giorno. Other events held at MOCAD include a Valentine’s Day dance party, the screening of films from Prelinger Archives: Lost Landscapes of Detroit and Love Sick, and various fundraisers for the Museum.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is located at 4454 Woodward Avenue in Detroit and is open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5: 00 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Museum has an eatery known as Café 78 which serves an array of light meals, snacks and drinks, and Museum Store that sells a variety of unique art-related merchandise, specialized art and culture books, journals, and magazines, as well as limited edition artists T-shirts and other functional objects d’art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) can be rented for special events and functions with over 22,000 square feet of flexible and versatile space that can be used for meetings and presentations, product launches, galas and receptions, weddings, receptions and other celebrations.

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4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-6622

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More Ideas: Belle Isle Conservatory

The Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit, also known as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, is the country's oldest continually running conservatory. It is separated into five different sections: the Show House, the sunken Fernery, the Cactus House, the Tropical House, and the Palm House. There are several other features scattered throughout the grounds, such as the Levi Barbour Memorial Fountain, designed by Marshall Fredericks. Other features include the Peacock Sundial, placed in 1927, and a Japanese tohro, donated to Detroit by the city of Toyota in Japan in 1985.

The collection of plants displayed at the Belle Isle Conservatory is divided among several "houses" located across the grounds. Changing displays of various flowering plants are showcased in the Show House, while the Tropical House features several different food plants, such as figs, oranges, and bananas. In order to provide more humidity and cooler conditions, the Fernery at the conservatory is sunk into the ground. Cactus and succulents are displayed in the Cactus House, while palms and tropical trees can be found in the Palm House.

Construction of the Belle Isle's Horticultural Building, as the conservatory used to be called, as well as the Belle Isle Aquarium began in 1902. Both buildings were designed by Albert Kahn and opened in 1904. Originally joined together, visitors could at one time explore both structures without having to go outside. In 1936, the Lily Pond was constructed between the conservatory and the aquarium, and the pond's rockery walls were built using 200 tons of limestone boulders, now covered in moss.

The Belle Isle Conservatory was originally built with a wooden frame, but in 1949 the dome and wings of the structure were reconstructed with a frame of aluminum and steel. The dome, part of the Palm House, has a height of 85 feet. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to prune the palms to fit the height of the building, so they have to be cut down once they reach the ceiling. The conservatory has already had to remove one palm tree.

The Belle Isle Conservatory was dedicated to Anna Scripps Whitcomb on April 6 in 1955. She donated her orchid collection to the City of Detroit, which consisted of six hundred plants. In 1981, the Show House was remodeled, housing changing displays each season, such as poinsettia and orchid shows. The Lily Pond was restored in 1988, after the founding of the Belle Isle Botanical Society. The group has supplied volunteers for the conservatory, greenhouses, and gardens for over 25 years, and helps raise funding to keep the facility open.

There are both self-guided experiences and docent-led tours available at the Belle Isle Conservatory for school groups, including curriculum-based, docent-led tours that are suitable for students in third through fifth grade. These tours last about an hour and require a group of at least ten people. Self-guided experiences are available for teachers to engage their students within the environment of the conservatory. Groups are welcome when the conservatory is open to the public, however, it's best to make reservations.

300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-331-7760

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