Find all the fun of life Up North without the travel time in Milford. The small town has everything you’ll need for a nice afternoon or long weekend. From a walkable downtown with shopping and dining to outdoor recreation at Kensington Metropark, Camp Dearborn and Hubble Pond Park, there’s plenty of fun to be had and memories to be made in Milford.
Things To Do
Plan a Trip to Camp Dearborn
Camp Dearborn has been a family getaway for generations. Bring in your RV/trailer home, tent or rent a rustic cabin and unplug for the weekend. while you’re there, get in a golf game, rent paddle boats, do a little fishing, or just enjoy the half-mile beach and swimming lake that is surrounded by picnic area and modern playground equipment and don’t forget to check out the new 1400ft zipline!
Kensington Metropark is 4,481 sprawling acres of wooded, hilly terrain surrounds beautiful Kent Lake that offers a multitude of recreational activities throughout the year, from biking and boating to cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Swim at Martindale or Maple beaches, get soaked at the Splash ‘n’ Blast, or just spend the day fishing, boating or picnicking along the water and playing at the tot lots. Take a tour of the lake aboard the Island Queen II in the summer and fall. Or, enjoy a winter day ice-fishing or skating on frozen lake waters. There is also an 18-hole regulation golf course, 27-hole disc course, Nature Center, and a Maple Syrup tour and tasting. Don’t miss out on seeing the baby pigs, goats, cows and more at the Farm Center and have lunch at the Kensington Farmhouse Grille.
Bike Along Milford Trail
Give your little ones their own bike or strap them to their seats and enjoy this beautiful 3.6 mile ride along the pond and through Kensington Park. Reward yourself and the little ones with an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen or famous fried chicken from Holdens Deli.
Kayak The Huron River
Rent a kayak or bring your own and enjoy a short 2.5 mile trip on the Huron River. If you’re feeling really adventurous, the entire trail runs 104 miles across five counties. This water trail offers a variety of paddling experiences like kayaking, canoeing and fly fishing.
Shop + Eat in Downtown Milford
Stroll Main Street and check out the great shops selling jewelry, clothing, art, gifts, home furnishings, and more – including the Village Toy Shoppe. Grab a bite to eat at family friendly restaurants including Milford’s popular brewery – River’s Edge.
The family dining favorite, offers all-American favorites and a weekly Sunday night cruise offering classic cars, live music and more May through September.
Milford Farmers Market // Find the perfect produce and products for a family picnic or bbq that are all made by Michigan vendors. Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm. (May – October)
Kensington Park Art Fair // Nearly 100 juried artist from across the country attend the Kensington Park Art Fair. Browse the selection, buy unique finds and create your own masterpiece at hands-on activity stations. (May: Memorial Weekend)
Summer Concerts at LaFontaine Amphitheater // Bring a picnic, blanket and cuddle up along the scenic Huron River and Pettibone Creek for a summer concert every Thursday night beginning at 7pm. (June – August)
Milford Memories // Milford Memories is an art show and carnival with live entertainment, sports tournaments and races with dedicated children activities. (August)
The Big Reveal // Main Street businesses package the exterior of their window displays as beautiful Christmas presents. When the clock strikes 6:30 p.m., the countdown begins! At the count, kids get to tear down the storefront gift wrap, revealing elaborately decorated holiday displays. (November – Thursday before Thanksgiving)
Christmas Open House // Santa Claus arrives on Main St. aboard a Milford Fire Department fire engine and brings with him strolling entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling, special promotions and deals at downtown stores and restaurants. (November/December)
Milford Public Library // 330 Family Dr, Milford, MI 48381
Summer reading programs for all ages, dedicated children’s space for story time and other activities that make going to the library fun.
Central Park // 101, 159 N Main St, Milford, MI 48381
- 12-acre site in the heart of the community, access to the Huron River and Pettibone Creek, play equipment, tennis court, basketball courts, volleyball courts, picnic shelter and the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater.
Southside Park // W Huron St, Milford, MI 48381
- 5-acre neighborhood park with an authentic log cabin, picnic tables, play equipment, horse-shoe pits and a remote control race car track.
- Sand beach (no lifeguard), 240-foot twisted water slides and spray ground with palm trees, serpents and cannons that spray water.
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About Shakthi Selvam
Shakthi Selvam is an engineer, currently pursuing her passion to write. She is lives in Farmington Hills with her husband and two kids. She is a stay-at-home mom and writes for LittleGuide Detroit. Shakthi and her family love visiting parks and playing outside. She enjoys writing about the towns in southeast Michigan on her blog Michigan Local Attracts.