About Oakland County
Oakland County ranks as one of the best places to live in Michigan. It has a cosmopolitan population devoted to a wide range of activities: music, theater, shopping, dining, athletics and education. It's a great place to work, have fun, raise a family, and find friends that share your interests. It is also very diverse and known for cultural acceptance.
Oakland County is located just north of downtown Detroit, with Royal Oak a 25 minute drive and Troy a 35 minute drive to the city.
Dining and Entertainment
Downtown Royal Oak is always an exciting place to be. From fine dining to casual cafés, there are exceptional dining choices for your every mood and every ethnic taste. Scattered among the downtown shops are many coffee houses, bakeries and bookshops that provide a perfect, relaxing escape on days off.
Royal Oak boasts many outstanding restaurants and bars. Downtown Rochester is minutes away from Troy Beaumont and also will provide many fun things to do. Many excellent restaurants abound and the nightlife is very exciting there as well.
Area Events/Family Fun
Woodward Dream Cruise
Collectively, Royal Oak and six other cities welcome over 1 million spectators to the area for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Held in August, the one-day event is the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture. It attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. Participating communities provide optimal viewing and cruise-related activities and entertainment throughout the day.
Shopping is excellent in Oakland County. Somerset Collection is a world famous mall located less than 5 miles from both hospitals. The mall boasts more than 180 stores - from Gucci to Gap, Cartier to Crate & Barrel, and four prominent department stores - Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Marshall Field's. After a day of shopping, you can relax at any of Somerset's full-service restaurants including P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Bon Vie, Brio Tuscan Grille, J. Alexander's, McCormick & Schmick's, and The Capital Grille, or the casual Peacock Cafes.
Excellent shopping also exists in downtown Birmingham and downtown Royal Oak. Troy Beaumont is also located close to Lakeside Mall.
This region has something for the whole family to enjoy - world-class museums, exciting casinos, professional sports teams, fantastic shopping and great restaurants suited to all tastes. Just check out some of these attractions:
- Cranbrook Institute of Science
- The Detroit Historical Museum
- The Detroit Institute of Arts - DIA
- Detroit Science Center
- Detroit Zoo
- Hart Plaza
- Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
- Motown Museum
- Museum of African American History
Housing and Places to Live
The Royal Oak and Troy areas both have excellent housing opportunities, whether you are interested in renting or buying. Royal Oak has many new and recently built condominium developments in the heart of the downtown, providing easy access to all the restaurants and stores that make Royal Oak such a popular destination for young people.
Belle Court is located a short distance from the Royal Oak hospital and provides affordable and convenient access for many residents. Living in the apartments close to the hospital means you can spend more time at home with your family and it also helps with meeting new people as you start your residency.
Area Sports and Outdoor Activities
Oakland County has more natural lakes (1,468) than any other Michigan county. There are numerous state and county parks for you to explore with activities such as boating, hiking, mountain-biking, and skiing, in addition to many outstanding golf courses. In addition, Detroit has some of the best professional sports teams(and fans) in the country:
- Host to the MLB 2005 All Star Game
- Host to Superbowl XL in 2006
- The Detroit Tigers and Comerica Park
- Detroit Lions football and Ford Field
- Detroit Red Wings hockey
- Detroit Pistons basketball
- "Thunder on the River" hydroplane boat races
- Host of the NCAA 2009 Men's Final Four
Downtown Detroit is currently undergoing a rebirth which has been very successful. The city offers a huge variety of authentic ethnic neighborhoods that deliver unique foods and culture. Comerica Park and Ford Field have made the area around Greektown and the Fox Theatre even more popular for visitors.
The Detroit Institute of Art, located in the city's cultural center, is home to old and new art from around the world. The museum features large touring exhibitions that provide continuously changing variety. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the most popular and prestigious orchestras in the world. The Michigan Opera Theatre has been bringing some of the greatest operas to life for 35 seasons. Summer is a great time to experience the outdoor Michigan Shakespeare Festival. The festival has been bringing the themes and language of Shakespeare's greatest works to summer audiences since 1995.
- Dining in Royal Oak
- Shopping at Somerset Mall
- The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Golfing in Oakland County
- Oakland County Parks and Recreation
For more information on attractions and things to do in Oakland County, visit DestinationOakland.com.