Visit the Cranbrook House and Gardens for Free

From the bright green grass that fills the space to the delicate flowers that rest in the flower beds. You can see it all for yourself for free at the Cranbrook House and Gardens.

The 40 acres of manicured gardens provide the perfect backdrop to the Cranbrook House, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest manor home in Metro-Detroit.

No cost admission for the 2016 season began in May, courtesy of sponsors like PNC Bank, All Seasons Independent Living and the Roberts Restaurant Group.

Tour the gardens at any time as they are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the month of October. Although the tours are free, donations are always encouraged. Donations help the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary group maintain the vast grounds.

To tour the Cranbrook house, there is a small fee. Students, seniors and active-duty military pay just $8 and adult admission is $10. If you are a Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary Member, the fee is waived. Admission to the house can be purchased online.

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The home of Cranbrook’s founder, Ellen and George Booth, the Cranbrook House itself has several purposes that honor the Booths. The gardens, artwork and first-floor appointments are preserved as a testament to the Booths’ lifestyle, their interest in landscape gardening and their involvement in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Head upstairs and you’ll find executive offices that house the Cranbrook Educational Community as well as the internationally-renowned cultural center that the Booths created on the grounds.

Visit the gardens any time during open hours, however if you plan to visit the Cranbrook house, you’ll want to visit their schedule first. A free app and audio tours are available here.

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For more about the Cranbrook House and Gardens, visit their website or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Check out more ways to have fun and find entertainment in Oakland County, visit our website and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using #OaklandCounty. 

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