Royal Oak is a city in Oakland County in Michigan and a suburb of Detroit. Royal Oak is a home of the Detroit Zoo with more than 2400 wild animals in naturalistic enclosures without bars. Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre is a historic community theatre that opened in 1922 as the Washington Theatre. Besides Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak has a range of nightlife venues, including the Royal Oak Music Theatre, the Landmark Main Art Theatre and Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. Habatat Galleries represents only artists that work in glass médium.


1.Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo
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The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak and Huntington Woods, Michigan, at the outskirts of Detroit. It is operated by the Detroit Zoological Society, together with the Belle Isle Nature Center. The Detroit Zoo is one of the largest family attractions in Michigan. It spreads over 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits and is home to over 2,400 animals from 235 species. The Detroit Zoo was the first American zoo to have animal exhibits without bars. Major exhibits are Arctic Ring of Life, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, Holden Reptile Conservation Center and Butterfly Garden.'

8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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2.Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre

Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
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Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre is a historic community theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan opened in 1922 as the Washington Theatre. The theater had 1148 seats and had an organ. The old theatre has been acquired by Stagecrafters in the early 1980s and renamed the Baldwin Theatre. Stagecrafters were founded in 1956 with the goal of providing opportunities for the community members to develop their acting talents and to spend some of their free time creating a quality theatrical experience. After acquiring the old Washington Theatre, Stagecrafters reduced the seating to 372 at the main stage and to 100 in a studio stage. The old movie house became a live theatre venue. The Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre has been named "Best Community Theatre" by Hour Detroit Magazine readers, and "Best Place for Live Local Theatre" by Detroit Metro Times readers.

415 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067, Phone: 248-541-6430

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3.Habatat Galleries

Habatat Galleries
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Habatat Galleries was established in 1971 in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. The 12,000 sq. ft. gallery is the oldest and biggest art gallery in the States focused exclusively to artists working with glass. The gallery has an additional venue in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Michigan gallery is the home of the International Glass Invitational, an exhibition that has, for 46 years, introduced and exhibited the greatest glass artists in the country and the world. The gallery’s mission is to work with both public and private collections by taking an active interest in their development and promoting artist the gallery believes should be recognized. Habatat Galleries – Michigan works with a number of museums and art centers and has been showcasing parts of its collections in more than 100 public institutions all over the world.

4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073, Phone: 248-554-0590

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4.Inn Season Cafe

Inn Season Cafe
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Inn Season Café is a popular kosher-vegetarian cafe in Royal Oak, Michigan, open in 1981. Small, cozy spot is warm and homey, with antique furniture, area rugs and original local art on the walls. Pleasant welcoming atmosphere is a background for an extensive menu of organic and vegetarian dishes prepared using fresh seasonal, locally grown ingredients, without the use of pesticides and chemicals, organic whenever possible. While internationally inspired, the dishes have the home-cooked flavor. All the food is prepared in-house, with ingredients that come from local farmers and through farmers markets. Restaurant uses only compostable and recyclable products and all packaging materials are compostable.

500 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, Phone: 248-547-7916

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5.Lockhart's BBQ

Lockhart's BBQ
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Lockhart BBQ is a large, popular family-friendly restaurant in Royal Oak, Michigan famous for its Southern barbecue and a large menu of comfort food. Spacious dining room has cozy private nooks as well as large communal tables. The bar, located in the heart of the restaurant, dominates the space and bar chairs offer another seating options. Lockhart barbecue starts with high quality meats rubbed with spices for seasoning, then slow-cooked over hickory and ash. Besides delicious, what they call Detroit Barbecue, the menu includes a large selection of sides, sauces, salads and much more. To accompany their great meats they have large number of Michigan craft beers on tap and the bar makes great classic and unique cocktails.

202 E 3rd St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, Phone: 248-584-4227

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6.KouZina

KouZina
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Kouzina is a tiny, very popular Greek counter-serve restaurant in Royal Oak, Michigan. With only 24 seats overlooking the open kitchen, Kouzina offers street Greek food in a very small and simple menu that consists of Gyro Bowls, Kouzina Original Gyros and Greek Salads. Gyro Bowls consist of rice pilaf or brown rice, chicken, pork, beef or lamb, red onion, tomato, lettuce and feta cheese served with tomato sauce or tzatziki. Greek salad is a mix of chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce, feta cheese, red onions, tomato, beets, chick peas, cucumbers, olives and pepperoncini, served with Greek dressing. Original gyros consist of homemade pita, a choice of meat, tomato, red onion, parsley and a choice of sauce. The food is fast but freshly made daily and absolutely delicious and has gained lot of loyal following and great reviews from the critics.

121 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, Phone: 248-629-6500

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