Posted: February 13, 2020

Top Things To Do In And Around Metro Detroit

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Situated just 8 miles from Detroit, the community of Novi has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Michigan for years.  Located in the Oakland County area, Novi is serviced by 3 main highways – making places like Flint, Lansing, Monroe, Jackson, and Grand Rapids easily accessible.  More than just Motown and college sports, the state of Michigan borders 4 of the great lakes, is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and offers a little something for everyone that pays a visit.  If you’re going to be spending time in Novi this summer, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite activities in the area including a visit to the Backyard Axe Throwing League.

1) Try Your Hand At Axe Throwing With A Visit To The Backyard Axe Throwing League in Novi, MI

BATL Novi opened earlier this month and is the premier axe throwing facility in metro Detroit.  The venue is located at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk near West Oaks Shopping Center, and is capable of hosting parties ranging from 2 – 100 + people. The Backyard Axe Throwing League Novi is our 14th location in North America (serving Metro Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Monroe, Jackson, Ann Arbor and will boast everything that the Backyard Axe Throwing League has become famous for – the best urban axe throwing in the world. This includes private event bookings for groups of 2 and up (perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building events, and much more), in addition to our public walk-in sessions and weekly axe throwing league play under the National Axe Throwing Federation umbrella.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League was founded in 2006 in a Toronto backyard, making us the first to pioneer the sport of urban axe throwing. Since then, we have expanded to 14 locations in North America including Chicago, Nashville, Toronto, London, Niagara, Calgary, Ottawa, and many more (with even more on the way) – bringing axe throwing to countless guests. Come check out BATL Novi next time you’re in the area, and see what all the fuss is about!

2) Take A Day Trip To Detroit

Detroit is so full of history and things to do and see it would be impossible to do it all in 24 hours, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have one hell of a day there. A world-class city full of food, art, architecture, music, and everything in between, a trip to Detroit is a must-do while staying in nearby Novi. Start by walking around the downtown core and checking out some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world, then hop on the People Mover – Detroit’s elevated light rail system – to get a bite to eat in the city’s Corktown area. You can indulge in the arts at both the Detroit Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, or see live music at the Fox Theatre. Finish the evening by checking out a baseball game at Comerica Park, or simply just enjoy the sunset by the Detroit River.

3) Visit The Ann Arbor Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation. From Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd, the streets of Ann Arbor will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, thousands will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring.

4) Visit Flint, Michigan

There’s more to the former GM company town than tainted water and blight. The birthplace of General Motors remains a repository of the auto industry’s history with sites like the Durant-Dort Carriage Company, where GM began, and the Sloan Museum, where the Buick gallery displays cars from every era.

5) Spend The Day At Brighton Recreation Area

Sometimes it’s nice to just get away. Brighton Recreation Area provides 4,947 acres of refuge for park visitors to use. The area has a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. Brighton Recreation Area has several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking and hiking. Oak forest, thick hedgerows and open spaces blend on the uplands while grassy marshes, shrub marshes and dense swamp timber mark the lowlands.

6) Go shopping At Twelve Oaks Mall at Fountain Walk

Located just around the corner from BATL Novi at 12 Mile Road and Novi Road, Twelve Oaks Mall, one of the largest malls in all of Michigan. With over 180 shops, activities, and dining destinations, it’s an easy place to get lost for a day.

Between art, architecture, history, shopping, dining, and sports – no matter what brings you to Novi, whether it’s a trip to the Backyard Axe Throwing League or another adventure, you can be sure there is something to do for everyone.

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