Top 10 Things to do in Pontiac, United States

September 11, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Pontiac /ˈpɒntiæk, ˈpɒni-/ is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located near Metro Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 59,515. It is the county seat of Oakland County, and about 12 miles (19 km) north and slightly west of the Detroit city limits.
Restaurants in Pontiac

1. Erebus Escape

34 Oakland Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342-2043 +1 248-791-7160
Excellent
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5 based on 22 reviews

Erebus Escape

Welcome To Erebus Escape - Your Premium Escape Room Destination. The getaway, the adventure, the experience you have been searching for is finally here! Gather your friends, family, and colleagues and join us in the newest interactive entertainment game in North America. Erebus Escape provides realistic scenarios backed with a Hollywood styled plot and special effects. Solve a murder, break out of prison, fight off the undead or save the human race... the only limit to your memories will be your imagination. FRIENDS - PARTIES - DATE NIGHT - CORPORATE EVENTS - TEAM BUILDING Erebus Escape provides the perfect combination of interactive engagement, team collaboration and development for your colleagues, staff, and co-workers. Our games are especially designed to spark growth in the areas of communication and observation, all while promising an extremely immersive and entertaining experience. Erebus Escape offers a truly unique team-building approach that is sure to strengthen your team's cohesiveness, problem solving abilities, and performance that will reflect in your workplace.

Reviewed By Darlene E - Chatham, Canada

We were a family group of 4 and we were very impressed. We have probably done 10 escape rooms in various cities and this one rates in our top two. From the minute you arrive the staff is incredibly friendly. There has been a lot of thought and work put into the room. We found the quality of the room top notch and the special effects were a lot of fun. Very realistic. The clues are not easy but if you work as a team you can figure them out. They will give you clues if you need them and through the hour they gave us little "nudges" of information to put us in the right direction but still leave it to you to solve. Some rooms we've been to actually give you the full clue which we think takes away from the game. We will most definitely be back when they have their new rooms up and running.

2. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

4000 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326-1221 +1 877-746-7452
Excellent
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4.5 based on 747 reviews

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan's largest indoor regional outlet center and entertainment venue, is located at I-75 and Baldwin Road in Auburn Hills. It features 185 shops, restaurants and entertainment options, including manufacturer outlets, unique themed restaurants, a 1000-seat food court and a 25-screen, state-of-the-art theater megaplex - all situated in a single-level, easily accessible racetrack design. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is also home to over 30 stores and restaurants you won't find anywhere else in Michigan including SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

Reviewed By Raakesh S

we frequented this lovely upscale mall when lived in the area x 2 yrs. huge outlet mall w/ excellent laid out shops and wide selection for whole family, a gift for S Michigan. also get lots of exercise walking aroundThank you for your comments!

3. The Maple Theater

4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-3001 +1 248-750-1030
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

The Maple Theater

Reviewed By terristours - birmingham, mi

I love this theater. In fact it's the only theater I ever go to! Plus, the fact that you can take in an awesome beer or some fantastic coffee makes it even better. Also, the food is good and always very fresh.

4. Waterford Oaks Waterpark

1702 Scott Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328-1650 +1 248-858-0918
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4 based on 38 reviews

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

Reviewed By 612rjk - Lake Orion, Michigan

I've been going to this waterpark for years, and it has not changed at all. In this circumstance though, that's not always a good thing. Let's talk about the positives...
-nice water temperature
-reasonable prices
-nice amount of tubes
-surprisingly reasonable food costs
-friendly and well trained lifeguards and staff
-wave pool is super fun!

Negatives
-locker rooms are dirty and outdated. Smells strongly of warm urine
-slide maintenance doesn't seem up to date. Lots of algae on slide stairs and rust on piping
-lack of attractions. There's really just a wave pool and a slide. There should be another slide to offset the crowds on the one waterside. I waited over 30 minutes to ride the slide, and the park wasn't even at capacity.
-the bridge with the carpet is disgusting and moldy. Also some of the paths are coated with sharp things from the nearby pine trees.

I really do love this park. I just think it needs some updates to really put it to the top.

5. Somerset Collection

2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084-3206 +1 248-643-6360
Excellent
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4.5 based on 416 reviews

Somerset Collection

Reviewed By 00vette48306 - Rochester, Michigan

An awesome place for food, shopping, people watching & exercise. All the high end designers, anchored by big box stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's & Nordstrom, are here.

The food court blows all other malls out of the water. Just walking around the mall gives you miles of exercise as you window shop & people watch. If you can't find it here, you aren't trying!

6. The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield

6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322-3003
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5 based on 217 reviews

The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield

Appealing to outdoor fun-seekers age 5 through adult, the Adventure Park features multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses for hours of "fun in the trees." Suitable challenges for kids, teens and adults. The Adventure Park consists of ten different "ropes courses" through the trees, of varying challenge levels, from introductory to advanced. The self-guided courses do not require previous climbing experience. After receiving a safety briefing and harness, each climber selects a course at their comfort level and then proceeds to navigate its different "bridges" or "elements" moving from tree platform to tree platform. The courses include zip lines as well. Climbers proceed at their own pace and each course requires anywhere from approximately 15 - 30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of one course the visitor may again ascend the starting platform and select another course. Generally, a climbing ticket entitles the visitor to unlimited climbs during a three-hour period. Park staff members are continually on-site and available for assistance or questions. All climbers wear safety harnesses that employ "double-clipped-on" technology to help keep the climber continuously connected to a safety cable throughout their time in the trees. The courses are designed for ages five and older, with appropriate challenges suited for kids, teens and adults. (Five- and six-year-olds are permitted to climb on our Purple courses only and are each required to have an adult climbing with them. One adult per child.)

Reviewed By Laura C

The haunted forest was amazing. Only one small fright for my preschoolers. The entire family enjoyed the Halloween theater experience. The actors were great, Short skits at each stop kept the little ones engaged and the participation requirement to get a token was so much fun. The goodie bag at the end was surprisingly decent. We will return for this event. My girls have been practicing their "best scarecrow pose" for next year.

7. Erebus Haunted Attraction

18 S Perry St, Pontiac, MI 48342-2218 +1 248-332-7884
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Erebus Haunted Attraction

Reviewed By FlintTownJey - Flint, Michigan

This haunted house gives you everything and more for your scary adventures on Halloween. You will be screaming and screaming throughout your visit at this attraction. I visit it every year and always make it a point to have dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants in Pontiac. It is definitely one of the best haunted houses I've ever been to.

8. Meadow Brook Hall

350 Estate Dr, Rochester, MI 48309-4481 +1 248-364-6200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Meadow Brook Hall

A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Tours are offered daily. Tour tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store located inside Meadow Brook Hall. Tour reservations are not required. All guests must be accompanied by a tour guide. Tours last approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on the size of the group.

Reviewed By Wayne B - Brampton, Canada

Meadow Brook Hall surely ranks with the finest historic homes in America. It is truly magnificent in every manner, one of it's distinguishing architectural details being 39 tall, distinctive chimneys, each having a separate artistic and ornate design. The 1500 acre estate contains several interesting...MoreThank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad your enjoyed your tour with us and took the time to review us here. We hope to see you back at The Hall soon.

9. Palace of Auburn Hills

6 Championship Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326-1752 +1 248-377-0100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Palace of Auburn Hills

Reviewed By B-Ren0735

Saw Bruno Mars here with a group of friends. The acoustics in this place are awesome, and there really doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house!

My only issue with this spot is the enormous and overwhelming traffic jam in and out of this place at the beginning and end, as it seems that they still haven't yet added additional entrances to alleviate the congestion through the main entrance way.

Otherwise, love the venue and will definitely be back.

10. Stage Nature Center

6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48098-1943 +1 248-688-9703
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Stage Nature Center

Reviewed By tlc248 - Troy, Michigan

Troy's nature center has several easy trails for a stroll or jog. You will see deers, turkeys and other wildlife along the way. Classes and demos all year around for adults and kids. Free admission by joining as a member will bring you updates.

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