Day Trip Farmington-Farmington Hills: Here's a Guide You Can Share with Visitors
Thanks for helping us identify the must-see, must-experience locations, activities and events in our community.
Today, we're joining Patch sites all around metro Detroit in a project called Patch Passport, a series of articles that highlight the must-see places and must-experience activities in our communities.
All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly daytrip guide to another southeast Michigan destination. Coming Sunday: We'll help you plan a daytrip to Ferndale, another community with a vibrant, walkable downtown.
But to start, here's what you helped us come up with for our own daytrip guide. Have more suggestions? Add them in the comments.
A beautiful streetscape makes strolling through downtown Farmington a relaxing experience, especially in the spring and summer when flowers are in bloom. Parking is free, and plenty of benches provide an opportunity to relax and soak up the small town atmosphere.
While you're walking, browse the colorful storefront windows at Clothes Encounters, Dress Barn, Sarian Jewelery Gallery, Bead Bohemia, Sacred Sage, Canary International jewelers, Painting with a Twist, Merle Norman and Tre Sorelle. Hungry? Downtown Farmington offers a variety of places to get a bite to eat. Our readers mentioned these spots:
- Mentobe Cafe
- Luigi's Trattoria
- John Cowley & Sons
- Basement Burger Bar
- Sunflour Bakehaus
See a movie
Farmington-Farmington Patch readers strongly recommend seeing a show at the city-owned Farmington Civic Theater. The building, designed by noted architect, C. Howard Crane, opened in 1940. The Civic shows second-run movies, at the low, low price of $3.50, and you can't beat the staff or the atmosphere.
Take a tour
The Magical History Tour of Farmington-Farmington Hills is a driving tour of 20 historic spots. Check out the guide book at the Farmington Community Library Main Library or Farmington branch. Copies are available for purchase at the Governor Warner Mansion or Heritage & History Center in Farmington Hills.
Docents will lead you on a tour through the Governor Warner Mansion on Wednesdays and the first Sunday of each month, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. This historic mansion on Grand River in Farmington was the home of Michigan's only three-term governor, Fred M. Warner, and his family.
The Holocaust Memorial Center on Orchard Lake in Farmington Hills also offers docent-led tours Sunday through Friday. The first freestanding Holocaust museum in America houses an array of historic pieces from the World War II era.
Buy Michigan produce and Michigan-made products all year long in Farmington! The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market opens in May and runs through November in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park. The Winter Market opens in December and closes in April, in the Winery/Power House building on Grand River.
Spend a day in the park
There are 14 – yes, 14 – parks in Farmington and Farmington Hills, each with its own character and different amenities. Click the links to learn more about each one:
- Soccer Soccer
- Heritage Park (splash park, Spicer House, Longacre House)
- Woodland Hills Nature Park
- Bond Field
- Pioneer Park
- Memorial Park
- Olde Town Park
- Harmon Oaks Park
- Founders Sports Park
Visit the library
Locals know the Farmington Community Library is about more than books! The big tree in the lower level of the Farmington branch and interactive learning stations in the Main Library children's section are great spots to take the kids. The Main Library also has a coffee shop and lots of comfortable places to sit and read.
When to visit
Consider arranging your time in Farmington and Farmington Hills around one of our outdoor community events or festivals. For more information on downtown Farmington events, visit downtownfarmington.org.
- Art on the Grand, downtown Farmington - first weekend in June
- Cruis'n the Grand, Village Commons - Monday nights May through October
- Downtown Farmington Founders Festival - third weekend in July
- Harvest Moon, downtown Farmington - late September
- Holly Days, downtown Farmington - first weekend in December
- Rhythmz in Riley Park - Friday nights, June-August
- Stars in the Park, Heritage Park - Thursday nights, June-August