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Plymouth, Michigan Attractions, Parks, Trails, Historic Locations & More

The Plymouth area offers plenty to do, whether you're a resident or just visiting. Downtown Plymouth hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, including the Plymouth Ice Festival, Art in the Park, the Green Street Fair, and others. Plymouth Township was named as one of the "Best Places to Live" in 2009 by Money Magazine and was recognized as one of "America's Fastest-Growing Cities 2010" by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Plymouth Area Parks

While Plymouth isn't far from the hustle and bustle of Metro Detroit, the city and township offer plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Hines Park spans over 15 miles through Plymouth, Northville, Livonia, Westland, Garden City, and Dearborn Heights. The large county park is comprised of 20 segments and features trails, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, picnic areas, and other facilities. Four of Hines Park's recreation areas are near to Plymouth:

    Wilcox Lake Recreation Area is part of Hines Park and is located near Mill Street. A picnic shelter, picnic tables, and a playscape are on the north side of the park. South of Hines Drive, there are restrooms and a dock for fishing on Wilcox Lake.

    Gunsolly Mills Recreation Area is south of Wilcox Road, along Hines Drive. The park segment has a hilly dirt track for model race cars with a wooden platform for model car drivers located near by. Swings are located near the recreation area's north parking lot. A larger playground and picnic shelter are located near the southern parking lot. A historical marker that describes Gunsolly Carding Mill is located near the restrooms and the Hines Park trail.

    Plymouth Riverside Recreation Area has a playscape, picnic shelter, and restrooms.

    Haggerty West Recreation Area is just west of Haggerty Road. Its soccer fields are well used by youth soccer teams. The recreation area also has ball diamonds and playground. A historical marker near the restrooms describe the history of the Haggerty Comfort Station.

  • Plymouth Township Park is beautiful park on the north side of Ann Arbor Trail. Three picnic shelters are available for gatherings, and four ball diamonds are at the back of the park. The Spray Scape is a great spot for kids to have fun and cool off in the summer. A large wooden playscape is also popular with kids. During the winter, a large hill near the ball diamonds can be used for sledding. A paved trail for walking and jogging winds around the perimeter of the park and near the playscape.

  • Bilkie Family Field is home for the Miracle League of Plymouth. The barrier-free field is custom designed to accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices, giving children with disabilities an excellent place to play youth baseball.

  • Cannon Park is a rectangular park along Farmer Street in the Old Village section of Plymouth. A nice gazebo and picnic area are located at the park, which is within walking distance of several shops and restaurants in the Old Village.

  • Caster Park is a green space along Holbrook Street in the Old Village.

  • Don Massey Field is used by softball league teams. The facility has team dugouts and bleachers, with a parking area that is adjacent to the 35th District Court building. The park is located on the northwest side of Plymouth Township, off Plymouth Road.

  • Fairground Park has a nice playground with a tire swing, slides, and various climbing equipment. For smaller kids, there are a couple of small rideables, such as a fake red truck. A volleyball court and basketball court are on the west side of the park. The green space on the east side can be used for baseball or soccer. Fairground Park has a small parking area at the end of Hamilton Street.

  • Garden Club Park is a rectangular park with a large playground and picnic shelter. The green space on the south side of the park is used for a soccer field.

  • Hough Park is a large green space in a residential part of Plymouth. It has many large trees that are very colorful during the fall.

  • Jack Wilcox Park has a large playground with slides and climbing features. A picnic shelter is on the east side of the park, which is located at the corner of Dewey and Byron Streets.

  • Kellogg Park is beautiful park in downtown Plymouth that features a large fountain and park benches. The park serves as a gathering area for many events during the year, including concerts and several festivals. A Michigan Legal Milestone marker for the Sherwood v. Walker trial is located near one of the sidewalks at the center of the park.

  • Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth Park has two playscapes with two curvy slides and a small picnic shelter. A multi-use field at the park can be used for softball or soccer.

  • Knights of Columbus Park in the Old Village has a large playscape that is a favorite with kids. The park also has a small picnic shelter with a swing set and smaller playscape nearby.

  • Lions Park is a rectangular park along Sutherland Street. It has swing sets and a playscape with a curly slide. A small picnic shelter for gatherings is located nearby.

  • Plymouth Kiwanis Clubs Point Park is at the "Y" where Ann Arbor Road and Ann Arbor Road meet on the west side of the township. The pie-shaped park has "Plymouth" spelled out with shrubs to welcome commuters.

  • Plymouth Community Veterans' Memorial features several engraved marble markers and other tributes that honor those that served in the armed forces. The park is across the street from the Plymouth Historical Museum.

  • Rotary Club Playground is on Wing Street and has a large playground, picnic shelter, and green space.

  • Smith Park is named in memory of Wallace L. Smith. A variety of modern playground equipment is at the park. A small picnic shelter and a bicycle parking rack are close to the playground.

  • The Visteon Soccer Fields are located near the south drive of a Visteon Corporation factory on Sheldon Road. The drive on the south end of the factory's parking lot leads to a dirt road that continues to the area where the soccer fields and fitness trails are located. The soccer fields are used by Plymouth area youth soccer leagues.

Historic Locations and Walking Route

See the Historic Locations & Attractions in Plymouth page for details on Plymouth Rock, Daisy Manufacturing Company, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, MotorCities National Heritage Area, historic houses, a historical walking route, and much more.

Bike Routes

North Territorial Road has a paved shoulder that can be used by cyclists. The shoulder is wider on the south side of the road, which is usually more than two feet wide. The shoulder on the north side is around a foot wide in spots. The shoulder bike route is about 1.5 miles long and goes from Beck Road to beyond Praise Baptist Church.

The Dixboro-Plymouth Bike Route uses paved shoulders along Ann Arbor Trail and Ann Arbor Road. You can ride from Plymouth to Frains Lake and Dixboro. The route is popular on weekends during the summer. The 11-mile route passes several farms, rural areas, and residential neighborhoods.

Hines Park Bike Route is a well-used bike route that winds along Hines Drive from Northville to Dearborn Heights. The route uses wide paved shoulders on each side of the road and meanders for 15 miles along parkland, the Rouge River, and several lakes. It's a very scenic ride when the flowering trees are in bloom in the spring and when the leaves change color in the fall.

Plymouth Area Trails

The paved trail at Hines Park is the longest trail near Plymouth. The trail is over 15 miles long and starts in Northville at 7 Mile Road. It meanders through Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, and Garden City before ending in Dearborn Heights. You can access the trail near Plymouth at Gunsolly Mills Recreation Area, Haggerty West Recreation Area, Plymouth Riverside Recreation Area, and Wilcox Lake Recreation Area. The paved path is used for biking, walking, and jogging.

Tonquish Creek Nature Walk is partially paved and located between Evergreen and Harvey Streets in Plymouth. The east portion of the nature trail is paved, and it becomes dirt near the senior complex. The trail winds through some wooded areas and past some houses along Tonquish Creek.

Miller Woods on Powell Road has a dirt nature trail that loops through the woods. Several markers are located along the trail to tell visitors about the varieties of trees along the trail. A very small parking area is located near the entrance on Powell Road.

The I-275 Metro Trail is located east of Plymouth, along I-275. The trail stretches over 26 miles and can be used for biking, jogging, and walking.

There are two fitness trails that circle the Visteon Soccer Fields on Sheldon Road. The short trails are mostly dirt.

Several sidewalks in Plymouth can be used as a historical walking route to view numerous locations from the town's past. See the Historic Locations & Attractions page for more information.

Things to Do

For over 30 years, Plymouth Art in the Park has brought exquisite art, cuisine, and entertainment to Kellogg Park for three days in July. The annual art festival attracts artists from across the country and around the world. It's the second largest art festival in Michigan.

The Plymouth Ice Festival has been a winter tradition for many years, attracting visitors to downtown for a few days of fun in the snow each January. The festival features an ice sculpture garden, carving competitions, demonstrations, and much more.

The Plymouth Fall Festival is famous for its pancake breakfast and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. The festival also has a car show, craft show, carnival, booths, and much more to see and do.

The Green Street Fair brings innovative ways to recycle, conserve energy, and other earth-conscious ideas to downtown Plymouth in early May.

One of the most popular events of the summer is the Music in the Air Concert Series, which brings free live music to Kellogg Park. Bring a blanket and see live music every Friday at 7 p.m. during the summer.

The Plymouth Community Arts Council presents Music in the Park on Wednesday's at noon during the summer at Kellogg Park.

The Plymouth Community Band presents free concerts at Kellogg Park for six Thursdays beginning mid-June at 7:30 p.m.

From May to October, the Plymouth Gathering in downtown hosts the Farmer's Market every Saturday. The market features fresh produce, flowers, and hand-crafted items. The Farmer's Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the fall, Plymouth Orchards is a popular place to get apples, cider, and pumpkins. They also offer wagon rides and things for kids to do.

The Penn Theatre presents classic movies and feature films in downtown Plymouth, across from Kellogg Park. The movie theater was built in 1941 by Harry Lush.

The Plymouth Whalers drop the puck and hit the ice from late September through March. The minor league hockey team is part of the Ontario Hockey League and plays at Compuware Sports Arena, which is at 14900 N Beck Road.

Food and Beverages

There are plenty of choices for getting a bite to eat in the Plymouth area. Downtown has numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance of the municipal parking lots off Harvey Street and Fralick Street or the parallel parking spaces along several streets. The Box Bar and Grill, Compari's, EG Nick's, and Ironwood Grill are a few of the most popular places. Northeast of downtown, Bode's Corned Beef House on Main Street and Hermann's Olde Town Grille in the Old Village area have tasty food. Away from downtown, Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken on Ann Arbor Road is known for its great-tasting chicken and coleslaw. Three Brothers Family Restaurant on Joy Road has authentic Polish food and excellent other dishes. Along Ann Arbor Road between I-275 and Sheldon Road, you'll find many chain restaurants, such as McDonald's, Leo's Coney Island, Grand Traverse Pie Company, and Wendy's.

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