Upcoming Events

Apple Island Tours

  • Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 11-5 p.m.,
    Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
    Guided tours of Apple Island. First come first served. No reservations. Last departure at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Schools. $15 adults, $10 children 5-12 years. $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members.
    Docent Training
    Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
    Would you like to lead a tour on Apple Island or guide a 2nd grade class through the Orchard Lake Museum? Come see what it’s all about. RSVP by Tuesday, May 13 to Gina, Contact Gina or 248.622.7570.

    Apple Island Guest Tour Tips 

      •  Tours are anticipated to leave every 15-20 minutes.
      •  The entire trip takes over two hours. If you must return to the museum by a certain time and if your timing looks tight, please do not make the trip as we cannot guarantee the trip length.
      •  NO reservations or presales. Signup is first come, first served beginning at 11 a.m. at the Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road.
      •  Please be available when your group is ready to leave.
      •  Payments are by cash, check and credit.
      •  The last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m.
      •  The Orchard Lake Museum is open. There are activities indoors and outdoors.
      •  Snacks available.
      •  A museum restroom is available and a port-a-john is on the museum grounds.

      •  When your group is ready to depart, guests board a bus for the St. Mary’s dock and then board a pontoon boat for the island. All guests wear a life jacket.
      •  Fifteen steps must be climbed to get onto the island. The paths are natural.
      •  It is up to 10 degrees cooler on the water and the island so dress accordingly. Parents are responsible for their children’s safety at all times.
      •  Guides lead groups on a 45-minute walking tour of the island. STAY WITH YOUR GUIDE.
      •  Then guests stop to hear presenters and leave the island at their own pace.
      •  Walk directly back to the boats. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE ELSE.
      •  No drinking water is available on the island. A port-a-john is available for emergency use.

      It is your responsibility to watch the time so that you are able to catch a boat back to the mainland in a timely manner. Each boat holds about 15 people.

      Guest # Tags
      •  Each guest receives two number tags at registration.
      •  Upon island arrival, place one # tag on the Guest Board so we can track of guests. Keep one tag with you.
      •  As you leave the island, return the other tag.

    2014 Civic Center TV video
    2012 Apple Island Tours event images

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