Pontiac: Best Things to Do

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Pontiac is a city in state of Michigan, the United States.

Located in the metropolitan area of Metro Detroit, this city has popular for its art and culture.

The downtown area of Pontiac is the central area for local businesses, community events, and also historical story.

Some festivals and art events usually held right here at downtown area.

Most popular destinations like The Eternal Mother Temple and Bald Mountain State Recreation Area are unfortunate to skip.



Cranbrook House and Gardens is a nice idea for sightseeing while feeling the rich city's history. It is the oldest craft house in southeastern Michigan. Stroll the entire house and enjoy its great interior architecture. After getting around to the house, you can feel the relaxing melody of water streaming out the iconic fountains, or smelling the flowers in the garden here.


Start your vacation by exploring the downtown of Pontiac as the central area for local businesses, community events, and also historical story. Visit Beaudette Park to get fresh atmosphere in the city center. This cultural feature park is surrounded by trees, and also has a fishing pond. This place also becomes a venue for some festivals such as the art fish fun festival and many more.


Shop at the downtown of Pontiac where you can find many small retails. If you want to shop at the largest shopping centre in Michigan, go to Great Lakes Crossing. It just takes 10 minutes from the heart of Pontiac. This mall consists of 185 stores, attractions, as well as restaurants.


Pontiac offers a variety of Michigan native foods. Those food are basically meaty, cheesy, or doughy. Try its most popular iconic dish since 20th century namely coney dog or you can have pastry meals that available in some city's restaurants. Do not forget to taste fudge that could be found everywhere even in the street food market. To complete your Michigan-made meal, grab a bottle of Faygo as the beverage.


Pontiac was well known for its Arts. They held an anuall summer festivals each year, featuring an art show, musical concert venues, and also food from various regional. This city has rich history of Indian Village dating back to 1893. Two national renowned haunted houses are hosted here, both of them were recorded as America's Best Haunted House from 2005-2009.


Summer is the perfect time to explore the entire Pontiac, Michigan. It runs from mid June to early September. You will get warm-weather and average temperature to strolling around.


Head to Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac fo the best stay in Pontiac. This 3 star hotel offers sophisticated and stylish room decor that will create a comfortable atmosphere to stay. Even though it is located in the center company business, but it feels like you are far from the city because they have peaceful environment. Another recommendation is Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham which located just 9 minutes driving from Pontiac's city center.
This modern hotel will easier you to reach some popular attractions like Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland.


Pontiac offers many kinds of food from different regions. Lemon Grass is the most popular restaurant among locals and visitors. You can taste Asian food even in the United states, since they offer you several Thai food. Veggie menu also available here. If you want to grab the local cuisine, head to The Moose Preserve Bar & Grill. This restaurant was existed since 1990 and offers a unique home-made menu that will satisfy your craving.


Alley Cat Cafe is the best coffee shop and a favorite spot for gathering. This cafe has both comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. They offer cappucino based drink, chocolate chip, or even gelato to satisfy the visitors. While for lovers, you should visit Fourth Dimension Coffee Company to taste hand crafted coffee. You will get different food and drink everytime you go there since their menu are changes due to limited quantities. You can also order hand craft coffee beans to bring back to your home.


Situated in the heart of Pontiac, Elektricity Bar will bring you to experience the best part of Miami club scene, but in Michigan. It is the most complete bar with large dance floor and non-stop music background. You can even watch international DJs performance on Fridays and Electric Circus on Saturdays. Another great bar place in downtown is activity Liberty Bar. This bar is well knowsn as the only real bar in Pontiac since it offers more than 50 selection of beers. It also has delicious food to offer such as sauteed andouille, salads, sandwiches, and tapas.


Try some fun activities at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan where you can get interactive and educational experience. This indoor playground is where family and their children can enjoy the world of creativity. Interestingly, there is special night events for the adults every Thursday evenings. Another great place to visit is SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Dive into the largest Michigan's aquarium and discover plenty sea creatures here. You can also have feeding animals experience or see some fantastic events.


If you love photography, come to The Eternal Mother Temple. Also known as Parashakthi temple, it offers you an amazing architecture to get captured. This temple was first built in 1999 and situated in the heart of Pontiac. While for capturing a nature view, go to
Bald Mountain State Recreation Area. This large park has several picnic areas such as fishing lakes, swimming beach, hiking and biking trails.