Yearning for a well-deserved day out in Michigan that screams ‘summer is finally here’!? For outdoor enthusiasts (and who isn’t this time of year?) Milford is one of the state’s best kept secrets.
The Village boasts six parks within its boundaries, as well as a canoe launch and trail system for day hiking. Central Park, located on the banks of the Huron River, is a hit with children and teens thanks to a playscape, basketball courts, tennis court and volleyball court. Planning to dine while in town? For a picnic destination, Fairgrounds Park is perfect. Hubbell Pond Park is the site of a new YMCA and library. For cycling enthusiasts, there’s even a winding bike path that links to other communities.
Need some nudging? Try this itinerary: Start with a morning bike ride along the newly-connected Milford Trail, which opened May 30 and features scenic routes within village limits. Then rest and picnic in Central Park before getting to Heavner Canoe Rental for an after-lunch kayak or canoe jaunt on Proud Lake.
After dinner al fresco at a downtown eatery, complete your day with a sunset viewing in Kensington Park.
Outdoor activity not your thing? The village, located in southwest Oakland County, is home to many destinations offering the best of both worlds – fabulous family-owned shops and independent restaurants, in a downtown surrounded by green spaces and flowing rivers.
Just one relaxing stroll through the Village of Milford is enough to prove that small towns are often the greatest of destinations in this busy world. For more information, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com
Planning a day outdoors in Milford? Keep this hit list handy:
The new 3.6 mile Milford Trail opened May 30 and offers bikers, walkers and runners a scenic route within the city limits. The trail runs from the YMCA on Commerce Road to the Kensington Park entrance, near the Dairy Queen, on Milford Road.
Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental
Phone: (248) 685-2379
2775 Garden Rd.
Milford, Mich. 48381
Heavner hosts several canoe events throughout the summer, plus special discounts such as 50 percent off to all military, EMS, firefighters and police officers to thank them for their service.
Phone: (248) 685-1561
Kensington Metropark is a 4,481- acre first-class recreational facility. Its wooded hilly terrain surrounds beautiful Kent Lake. The park features an 18-hole regulation golf course, a disc golf course, a nature center, a farm learning center, picnic areas, beaches, boat rentals and a paved hike-bike trail. The park is open until 10 p.m.
Milford Farmers Market
Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. through Oct. 29
The Milford Farmers Market is committed to showcasing local farmers, producers and artisans. Only product grown or made by Michigan vendors is considered for market.
For more information on the Village of Milford, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com.