Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top 5 Attractions in Rochester Hills, MI

Rochester Hills, MI is one of the top ten places to live in America. The small town is only 32.2 square miles and is a quick uphill drive from the city of Rochester. A visit to Rochester Hills any time of the year will provide you with plenty of things to do and see.

Meadow Brook Music Festival

Music lovers will devour the programming offered at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Located on the Oakland University campus, the Festival is a 7,700 capacity amphitheater that opened in 1964. A variety of shows are offered throughout the year, from traditional and eclectic programming to contemporary and rock concerts, family events, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and even ballet.

Yates Cider Mill

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If you visit Rochester Hills in the fall, you have to include a trip to Yates Cider Mill on your itinerary. Yates is one of the oldest continually-running businesses in Michigan. There are plenty of things to do and see including feeding the farm animals, going on a pony ride, and watching the Pulp Car haul its load. Kids aren’t the only ones likely to enjoy these attractions. You can also visit the Fudge Shoppe, and of course, the Apple Tent, where you can pick the size, shape, color, and variety of apples you wish to take home. But the Mill is best in the fall when it serves knackwurst, hot dogs, and cinnamon almonds every weekend. And of course, you can’t visit the Cider Mill without sampling some of the Mill’s popular cider.

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Keeping an understanding of the past while still appreciating the present is important to Rochester Hills. At the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, the past is preserved and collected for future generations. The 16-acre museum was home to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families dating back to 1823, and features structures original to the property. The property’s dairy farm provides a learning environment, with exhibits on the settlement, agriculture, industry, and cultural evolution of the community.

Stoney Creek Village

Another historical landmark of the Taylor family, Stoney Creek Village is a historical landmark showcasing the first settlers to the area. Lemuel Taylor and his family were the first to settle in Stoney Creek in 1823. Over the next year, the family built a sawmill, gristmill, distillery, and blacksmith shop. The Van Hoosen family settled in 1836, and in 1853, the two families were joined when Joshua Van Hoosen married Lemuel’s granddaughter. If you’re a history buff, you must check out Stony Creek Village to live the story of its families for yourself.

Thelma Spencer Park

Spend a day enjoying the beautiful Michigan weather during your stay in Rochester Hills with a visit to Thelma Spencer Park. There are plenty of activities, including ball courts, a playground, swimming, and ice skating. Enjoy a picnic by the lake, or take a walk along the trail. Get out and get some fresh air.
These five attractions will give you a pure taste of life in Rochester Hills, and the beauty Michigan has to offer. Book your vacation today.