Van Buren Township, Michigan takes great pride in its history and the vast array of city parks in the area. Van Buren Township offers an assortment of museums with engaging exhibits and interactive activities or if you prefer to spend the day outside, there are some great outdoor attractions to enjoy. Whether you opt for an educational adventure or a day in the sun, we’ve listed some of our favorites below to help you plan your time in Van Buren Township!
Van Buren Township Park
50901 S. I-94 Service Drive
Located on the S. I-94 Service Drive between Belleville and Rawsonville Roads
Van Buren Township Park was offered to the residents of Van Buren Township in 1973 by Detroit Edison. Detroit. Along with the park came Belleville Lake and French Landing Dam. 101 acres of Van Buren Park, 6 acres of French Landing Dam and 1220 acres of Belleville Lake were purchased for one dollar by Van Buren Township. While there have been changes to the park over the years, the secluded peaceful atmosphere prevails. Van Buren Township Park is a popular destination for families in the area. Although the park has changed over the years it still has maintained the secluded peaceful atmosphere that makes it so popular for our families today. Offering hiking trails, play structures, picnic areas, pavilions, horse shoe pits, a volleyball court, a basketball court, grills, a beach area, community garden, restroom facilities and a concession area Van Buren Township Park ha something for everyone.
The BAM / Belleville Area Museum and Archives
405 Main Street, Belleville
Located in the Old Township Hall which dates back to 1875, the Belleville Area Museum (also known as BAM) serves to preserve and protect the shared history of the Tri-Community (cities of Belleville, Van Buren and Sumpter Township). Visitors to the museum will find artifacts from original settlers, small replicas of historic buildings and photographs from Belleville’s early history. The museum also hosts educational programs and community events throughout the year.
Yankee Air Museum
47884 D Street, Belleville
In 1941, the Ford Motor Company built Willow Run Airport which served as an airfield for their B-24 Bomber plant. Ford’s automotive mass production technique was a leading technological innovation at that time and this was the very first manufacturing plant to use this technique. Offering insight into the history of American aviation and military applications, the museum is located at Willow Run airport and exhibits airplanes, uniforms and equipment from historical United States wars. Visitors to the museum can explore exhibits spanning WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War, learn about the emerging drone technology (and fly one!), volunteer to help restore historic aircraft and book a flight in one of the vintage aircraft at the museum.
Turtle Cove Aquatic Center
40151 East Huron Drive, Belleville
Looking for a great way to cool off and spend the day with the family? Look no further than Turtle Cove Aquatic Park. You can find relief from the heat of a summer day at this outdoor water park, Located at Lower Huron Metropark, Turtle Cove features a kiddie park (with a splash zone) , a lazy river (perfect for floating the day away!), a 300 gallon dumping bucket, two water slides and zero-depth entry pool that also has lap lanes. The Huron River and thick woodlands provide an incredible backdrop and the park provides ample space to sit and eat. Although guests are not permitted to bring in their own food or beverages (this includes coolers) there’s a Grille on site that is open during park hours.