With the second highest number of public parks and nature preserves in the state and a plethora of historical sights to visit, Livonia offers endless opportunities for recreation and fun. Learn about Livonia’s beginnings and explore a little piece of nature with some of our favorite choices listed below.
Greenmead Farms Park
20501 Newburgh Road
Purchased by the city of Livonia in 1976, this historic farm site serves to preserve the legacy of Michigan’s agricultural heritage. The park also plays host to a number of special events annually and is both a recreational and cultural facility. At Greenmead you will find a 95 acre park site which includes the original farm complex that belonged to the Livonia’s first pioneer, Joshua Simmons Greenmead also offers a community garden, walking paths a gift shop and a myriad of old buildings ripe for exploration. Guided tours are available on Sunday, June – October and again in early December.
32184 6 Mile Road
Simply a gem, located in the middle of the city, Rotary Park will make all of your wildest dreams come true. Surrounded by woods and streams, the park houses a garden, walking trails, picnic areas, volleyball courts and a dog park. Wildlife abounds at Rotary Park and it’s not uncommon to everything from deer to frogs as you explore the grounds.
29350 W Chicago Street
With a history dating back to 1888, Wilson Barn is now a National Historic Site. The barn served as an industry leader in dairy processing and products starting in 1919. The mission of the Wilson family was to serve families in the community and they were committed to using local resources and their own cows. The barn is currently maintained by “Friends of the Barn”, a volunteer community group responsible for upkeep and event planning. From June to October you’ll find a calendar full of multi-cultural experiences open to the public.
Livonia offers a treasure-trove of hidden gems if you’re looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon. Take a break from the ordinary and add these to your sightseeing list for an unforgettable experience.
Roush Automotive Collection
11851 Market Street
Calling all car buffs! Roush Automotive Collection features over 100 vehicles dedicated to the preservation of the Roush heritage. Founded in 1995 by Jack Roush, the company provides high performance parts for both street and competitive racing. Housed in a 30,000 square foot private facility, the collection boasts multi-media exhibits, displays, memorabilia and a gift shop. With over 40 years of motor sports accolades, Roush Racing is also represented in the collection. Roush race cars, trophies, photographs and team equipment can all be found here for your viewing pleasure. Tours are free and self-led but must be scheduled by appointment. Wheelchair accessible.
Dirt Burner Racing
38101 Schoolcraft Road
Nestled in one of the industrial parks along Schoolcraft Road, Dirtburner Racing at once appears to be an intriguing store, chock full of tires, kits and setups for RC (radio controlled) cars and trucks, but don’t let that fool you. The great find inside of the Dirtburner Racing complex is the indoor dirt track. The track itself is changed often and it’s free from road rage or texting while driving! Race schedules are posted on the Facebook page and if you have a hankering for racing your own RC car, you can practice and race on their track. Wheelchair accessible.
The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mart
35323 Plymouth Road
Featuring over 24,000 square feet and 400+ booths to browse, The Town Peddler is the first and largest antiques and crafts mall in Michigan. Established in 1993 this family owned and operated extravaganza has been consistently voted ‘Best Antiques” by Michigan residents. New items are added daily so you’ll discover new treasures with each visit. From whimsical collectibles to handcrafted items to vintage and valuable antiques, The Town Peddler is a great place to go to just browse or find unique, one-of-a kind gifts and home décor.