Travel

  • Detroit River Front Tour

    Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 9:30-10:30am

    This offering is almost at capacity. Please call the office to check availability. 

    Bus leaves Next at 9:30 am, returns about 1:00 pm

    The Detroit Riverwalk was recently crowned as Best Riverwalk in the 2021 USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice! The riverwalk is a great place to stroll and witness the “renaissance” with spectacular views of the city, and Windsor right across the river. For our second Feet on the Street Tour, join Linda Yellin and experience and enjoy the new vibrant developments along the Riverfront: gardens, expanding parks, walking/bike trails, and tons of greenspace. Learn about empty warehouses soon to be clubs, restaurants, and new housing, the energy is contagious! Also hear of all of the exciting programs and events sponsored by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Such an excellent way to get some exercise, and take in some city views — both impressive and beautiful. This tour will be both van use and walking, and will run rain or shine, please dress accordingly.  

  • Van Hoosen Farm Tour

    Thursday, August 25, 2022 | 9:00-1:15pm

    This offering is currently at capacity.  Please call the ofice to be added to the waitlist. (248) 203-5270 

    The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is surrounded by 16 acres of rolling park grounds located in Stoney Creek Village. We will experience a guided tour of the Farmhouse, Red House and the Dairy Barn all of which originally belonged to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families dating back to 1823. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Van Hoosen Farmhouse allows you to experience the glory of the past with a fascinating trip back in time. The City of Rochester Hills received the Red House as a gift from Michigan State University in December 1996. Since then, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has had a complete restoration, and is furnished with period furnishings of the late 1800s. The 1927 Van Hoosen Dairy Barn is the largest and most important building remaining on the Van Hoosen Farm. Built by Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones in 1927. The building housed Dr. Jones’ entire dairy processing operation. This included milking, bottling, and the making of butter and ice cream. Enjoy permanent exhibits that enhance understanding of the past, collected and preserved, on the rich history of the greater Rochester area. 

  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum & Belle Island Aquarium

    Friday, September 9, 2022 | 10:00-1:30pm

    Bus leaves Next at 10:00 am, returns about 1:45 pm

    Located on Strand Drive on Belle Isle, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. This will be a self-guided visit to experience this 16,000 square foot museum. Enjoy exhibits that tell more than 300 years of the region’s rich maritime history, from the shipping fl eets that rule the waterways to the roles that the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have played in our region’s industrial and social history.

    While on the island we will also visit the aquarium. The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. Today, it is home to a unique collection of fi sh. With one of the largest collections of air-breathing fi sh in the world, they house the only known collection of all 7 species of gar in North America. Walking through the aquarium, you will travel all over the globe exploring the Great Lakes and waters of the world. 

  • Detroit Zoo

    Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 9:45-1:00pm

    Bus leaves Next at 9:45 am, returns about 12:45 pm Cost: $10 members / $15 guests The Detroit Zoo is home to 125 acres of expansive habitats that house more than 2,600 animals in the heart of our magnifi cent city. Known as being the fi rst U.S. zoo to feature barless habitats, the Detroit Zoo is an internationally recognized leader in animal welfare, conservation and sustainability. If you are 62 and older, YOU are invited to enjoy a special day at the Detroit Zoo. Senior Day features live entertainment, tram tours, bingo, habitat chats and a senior resource area. We will spend 2-1/2 hours taking in “Vitamin Z” — and hopefully Vitamin D. Join us, take a walk on the wild side, and get inspired with engaging, meaningful, and memorable experiences that encourage appreciation and stewardship of nature! Remember! Please don't feed the animals! Here’s looking at ZOO!

  • Eastern Market Strolling Brunch

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 9:00-1:30pm

    Come Hungry, Leave Happy! Tuesday, September 20 Bus leaves at 9:00 am, returns about 1:30 pm

    EXPERIENCE, EXPLORE and ENJOY the historic sites at Tuesday’s small farmer’s market before the season ends! Join “Feet on the Streets” with Linda Yellin, as you meet vendors and farmers, visit specialty food stores, a legendary jazz club, view public art and murals — and hear fun stories. Upon arrival at Eastern Market, we will take a brief bus tour around the area to see things we wouldn’t see on foot. Once completed we will get dropped off and the remainder of the tour will be when the “strolling” begins. Think cheese, salami, veggies, fruit, spinach pies, pizza, nuts, chocolate and pastries. We will be visiting DeVries & Co, Supino's, Rocky’s Historic, and more surprises along the way! Do not miss this walking, gastronomic, historic tour. Your ticket is all inclusive of transportation, tour, food, tax and tips. Trip will run rain or shine, please dress accordingly. BUON APPETITO!!!

  • St. John Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

    Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 9:15-2:30pm

    Bus leaves at 9:15 am, retyrns about 2:30 pm 

    St. John’s Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church —“The Church with the Golden Dome”— has invited us to experience their traditions, learn more about their community, and this ancient culture. First enjoy a tour of the sanctuary, accompanied by music, and the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum, the largest Amenian museum in North America. Models will be showcasing
    authentic costumes from the 13th to 19th century, as part of their “Heritage Collection." Relics from this museum were recently shared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
    After the tour, savor a traditional Armenian buffet luncheon. Baked goods will also be available for sale. This trip proves to be a favorite, so if you haven’t done it, here’s your opportunity. 

  • DSO Morning Coffee Concerts

    Friday, October 7, 2022 | 9:45-1:30pm

    Bus leaves Next at 9:45 am, returns about 1:30 pm. Please pre-register, space is limited.

    DSO requires proof of vaccination or negative Covid test to attend concerts in the Max and Orchestra Hall.

    Friday, October 7 - PROHIBITION Travel back to the moody cabarets and speakeasies of old New York, Paris, Berlin, London, and Atlantic City. It was a time infl uenced by prohibition, gangsters, ingénues, and intrigue. Join the DSO and a stellar cast of vocalists for a multimedia musical journey through the era, from Rudy Vallee and Josephine Baker to Kurt Weill and King Oliver.

    Friday, November 18 - SCI-FI SPECTACULAR: Star Wars, Star Trek, & Beyond Travel to new worlds, distant galaxies, and back to the future with music from your favorite sci-fi movies including Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and more. The DSO performs highlights from these iconic film scores under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik.

  • The Revolution: Immersive Gustav Klimt

    Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 12:00-2:45pm

    Bus leaves Next at 12:00 pm, returns about 2:45 pm 

    Immersive Klimt was created by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimilliano Siccardi, who for 30 years has been pioneering immersive exhibits in Europe. His Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is produced by Lighthouse, Detroit. A rebel, genius and legend, Gustav Klimt explored and expressed colors, shapes and patterns without inhibition or limitation. And now you can step inside his electrifying world and be swept away! From the streets of Imperial Vienna to the natural world of water lilies, vibrant blooms and mermaids, to his acclaimed Golden Phase, lose yourself in the vivid imagery and bold colors of Immersive Klimt!

  • The Franklin Historical Museum & Cider Mill

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 9:45-12:30pm

    Bus leaves at 9:45 am, returns about 12:30 pm

    The facility that houses the Franklin Historical Museum is the previous home of Jenny and Stanley Derwich. Mr. and Mrs. Derwich built the home in 1951 — and the house was given to the Franklin Historical Society in 1998. The Museum contains artifacts related to Franklin’s history about schools, businesses, government and people, and showcases exhibits as a way to collect and preserve the history of “The Town That Time Forgot”. We will have a private, 90-minute tour of the museum. While in town, after the museum, we will stop by the Franklin Cider Mill for any “seasonal goodies” you may desire. The harvest air is crisp, leaves are beginning to fall, and this calls for a morning spent in the historic village of Franklin. Please note that some exhibits are in the basement that is not ADA compliant.

  • The DIA: Van Gogh in America & El Dia de Muertos Exhibit

    Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 10:15-2:30pm

    Bus leaves at 10:15 am, returns about 2:30 pm

    Van Gogh in America celebrates the DIA’s status as the fi rst public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, his Self Portrait (1887). On the 100th anniversary of its acquisition, this exclusive exhibition includes 70 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and tells the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist. In celebration of Dia de Muertos, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Detroit's Mexican Consulate, invite you to explore a community exhibition of ofrenda altars. In Mexico, and other Latin American countries, the Day of the Dead is the time of the year to celebrate the lives of close relatives, friends or community members who have passed away. Objects important to lost loved ones are collected and incorporated into elaborate displays. The time allotted for our DIA visit includes a self-guided tour of Van Gogh in America, and the Dia de Muertos exhibits. Tickets have not yet been released (at the time of print) for the Van Gogh exhibit, so the price may fluctuate. If you choose, you may use some of the time for lunch in the café on your own. 

  • Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition 2022

    Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 11:00-1:00pm

    Bus leaves Next at 11:00 am, returns about 1:00 pm. 

    The Guild of Artists and Artisans is proud to announce the 7th Annual Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition. This show, a juried fair with a boutique feel, will take place indoors at the Royal Oak Farmers Market where artists will be showing and selling their own work. The event features 65 artists, music, gourmet food trucks, craft beer and adult beverages. Fairgoers will find the same excellence and variety as in the Guild's Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.