Here is a day trip guide to Northville for a summer series called Patch Passport. The other Patch sites in Michigan — from New Baltimore to Saline and two dozen in between — are doing the same. So no matter what Patch town you visit, you'll have a guide.
How about a stroll and a picnic? Maybury State Park is one of Michigan's fine collection of state parks. It features nearly 1,000 acres, with a large variety of trails and activity opportunities. The trails are each tailored specifically for horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and jogging. Rolling meadows are lined by densely wooded forests. There's even an eight acre pond for fishing.
The most well-known of Northville's historic farms will be a treat for families. You can check out products made on the grounds at the working farm maintained by the Northville Community Foundation. Patrons can also walk to the barn area where there are friendly animals to meet. (You can even pet some of them.)
Explore Northville's history in a beautiful, family-friendly and educational environment. There are live demonstrations and events throughout the year in the historic buildings in the village.
The Northville cider mill is a great place to take the family or grab some goodies for yourself, when it opens in the fall. You can hang out, buy cider and cider donuts, grab a seat at a table and let the kids enjoy themselves in the play area.
Art and entertainment
One thing you'll notice about Northville is that it's an artsy town.
If the theater is your brand of fun, the is a great option. To check out artworks of all sorts, visit the . also offers live dinner theatre.
There are also a number of art galleries in downtown Northville, if you want to purchase something to take home., the , , and the are all located in downtown Northville.
You can create pottery works to take home at the on Main Street.
When you're ready to take a break from all of that sight-seeing, there are several restaurants around Northville to appeal to a variety of tastes.
Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor was v by Northville Patch in our contest.
If you're more interested in grabbing a drink with your meal, try , also , or the newly opened in the downtown area. If you're in the township, the is a great choice.
The has wonderful pizza and barbecue options. LeGeorge offers a more Mediterranean flavor and Tiramisu has great Italian fare.
To catch a quick sandwich, you can hit , the in the downtown area or north of Five Mile and Sheldon roads.
There are many small businesses in the downtown area to appeal to a variety of shopping interests. Several boutiques line Main Street with clothing options. There's on Main Street and the newly opened in the Northville Square shopping center.
If you're shopping for children and babies, you're in luck because there are a number of specialty store for them in Northville - including , and .
Haggerty Road between Six and Eight Mile roads in Northville has many big box store shopping and dining options. You can find stores like , next to , and , near .