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What To Do In Westland, MICHIGAN

Located in Wayne County, Westland Michigan is the 10th largest city in Michigan. With a population of 84,094 as of 2015, Westland is a popular location for professionals commuting to Detroit. The city is also a top location for families and young professionals who are new to the Detroit Metro.

The area now known as Westland had several other names prior to 1966 when the township was renamed the City of Westland. The township was first called Bucklin, was renamed Nankin Township and then ultimately became known as Westland.

Westland MI

Originally used as hunting ground for Native American tribes, the British and the French ultimately fought for control of the land. This area became part of the Northwest Territory in 1783, after the Treaty of Paris and in 1807 was sold as part of the Treaty of Detroit. Early settlers first began passing through during the early part of the 19th century. Settlement began closer to 1824 with Bucklin Township being organized in 1827. This township included the cities now known as Wayne, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Livonia, Garden City, Inkster and Redford Township. Bucklin was then divided into Lima and Richland Townships as a result of an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 20, 1829.

Due to a naming conflict with postal regulations Lima was soon re-named Nankin Township after the Chinese city Nanking. Richland became Pekin Township, named after Peking but ultimately became Redford Township in 1833. Livonia Township was split off from Nankin in 1835 and Wayne was incorporated as a village in 1869 with 1960 ushering in the village of Wayne’s incorporation into a city. In 1927 Garden City was incorporated into a village and in 1933 became a city. The village of Inkster was incorporated in 1926 and became a city in 1964.

During the 1960’s, Nankin became known as the world’s largest township boasting a population of 70,000 residents. A large shopping center was planned in an area of Nankin in the early 1960’s. As a result, the city of Livonia expressed interest in annexing that portion of Nankin . The shopping center opened in 1965 and in May of 1966 the residents of Nankin voted to change the rest of township to the City of Westland, in response to Livonia’s initial annex attempts.

Nankin Mills
City of Westland

Today the City of Westland has three initiatives that are central to daily life; improving the health and wellness of residents (“Passport to a Healthy City”), becoming a more compassionate city (“Compassionate City”) and creating an environmentally stable city (“The Westland Mission: Green!”). These programs have served to shine a spotlight on Westland and have gained Westland the reputation as one of the most progressive communities to be found throughout the state of Michigan.

Our Favorite Things to Do in Westland MICHIGAN

Our mini-guide to Westland below will help you discover more about this city dedicated to history, wellness, compassion and sustainability.

Attractions and Activities

Westland is a city that cares about preserving both its history and natural resources. You can take in the beauty and intrigue of historic Westland through not-to-be-missed tours and nature walks that explore the past and the present-day. Whether you prefer a trip back in time or an up close view of our rich natural habitat, the list below highlights some of the best that Westland has to offer!

 

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

33175 Ann Arbor Trail

(734) 261-1990

Originally built as a grist mill, Nankin Mlls Interpretive Center was built as a small factory located in a rural section of Michigan. Part of Henry Ford’s “Village Industries” the original factory was created in an effort to provide a stable source of income for farm workers during winter months. Visitors to the Center will learn about the cultural and natural history of the area. With programs that include local history seminars, indoor nature presentations and botany hikes, the Nankin Hills Interpretive Center offers something for everyone. Wheelchair accessible.

 

The William Holliday Nature and Wildlife Preserve

33175 Ann Arbor Trail with additional entry points at Central City Parkway between Nankin Boulevard and Warren Avenue

Sitting on 500-plus acres, the Holliday Nature Preserve is primarily located in the City of Westland although there are small portions in both Canton and Livonia. Part of the Wayne County Park System, the preserve is a 10 mile network of trails and consists of forests and wetlands that run along the Rouge River in Westland. Be sure to register for one of the 60-90 minute free walks and learn more about plants. trees and animals that are local to the area. There are three sections that are open to the public, one being a paved 17 mile trail located at Hines Drive. Admission is free and trails are open until dusk, daily.

 

Westland Historic Village Park

857 N. Wayne Road

(734) 326-3870

A snapshot of life in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Westland Historic Park sits as a marker for what is believed to have been an alternative stop for the Underground Railroad. While these locations were never actually recorded for fear of slaves being caught, it is thought that runaways were moved to this location when slavecatchers were nearby. The park holds five historic buildings that are significant to the history or Westland, three of which are currently open to the public. These buildings include the Felton Farmhouse which dates back to the 1890’s and the Octagon House built in the 1850’s and donated to the park in 2002. Wheechair accessible.

Dining Out in Westland

 

Casual Dining

Westland is known for having a laid-back and casual feel. Many of our restaurants are family owned and operated and pay homage to simpler times with warm atmosphere and no frills dining options. Whether you’re in the mood for a great pizza or a serious sandwich you can find it all in Westland. Some of our favorites are listed below!

 

Slice of the 80’s

34747 Warren Road

(734)-728-1980

One of our favorite pizza places, and voted “Best Pizza” for three years in a row, Slice of the 80’s gives a nod to the era with an interior that boasts toys from the decade, posters of bands from the 80’s, a large graffiti mural and a video arcade complete with 50 classic games (ranging from Pac Man to Frogger.) Their dough and pizza sauces are all homemade and fresh and they offer 7 different crust flavors including sesame seed, cajun and nacho cheese.

 

Loaf and a Pound

34815 Ford Rd

(734) 728-5623

Family owned and operated, Loaf and a Pound is also committed to making guests fee like family. It’s both an Italian deli and a café, offering hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts including traditional Italian cannolis and lemoncello cake. Although the sandwich selection is somewhat limited, they offer a new sandwich feature every month and ingredients are always of the highest quality, with portions aplenty. Wheelchair accessible.

 

Taqueria Alameda

906 S Wayne Rd

(734) 727-0947

Don’t let the location fool you; tucked in between a laundromat and a tax prep service in a strip mall, Taqueria Alameda is an authentic little gem in Westland. This is a small Mexican market with a kitchen and the chef hails from Oaxaca which is known for serving up some of the best food to be found in all of Mexico. The menu is chock full of everything you would expect in a traditional Mexican café’: tacos, burritos, fajitas, huaraches, tostados, quesadillas, churros, flan, natural fruit smoothies (aguas naturales) and Mexican shakes (licuados). There’s also a kid’s menu.

 

Desserts

Skip the store-bought snacks and take in the sweet smell of freshly made baked goods and ice cream at one of our favorite dessert spots! Not only will you savor the flavors but you’ll relish the sounds of a happy belly from these melt in your mouth treats.

 

Nom Nom’s Cupcake Factory

5975 N. Wayne Road

(734) 729-NOMS (6667)

Locally owned, Nom Nom’s delivers big favor from a little cupcake shop. These are not your mom’s cupcakes; quite the contrary. Cupcakes are available in five categories: booze cakes (infused with liquor), candy/sweet treat cupcakes (think Almond Joy, Butterfinger, S’more), Soda Pop Cupcakes (with flavors like Dr. Pepper, Mt. Dew, Root Beer Float), Cheesecake cupcakes (pumpkin cheesecake, peaches and cream, blueberry cheesecake are just a few options) and fun filled cupcakes (maple bacon, pb&j, pistachio pudding are just three of the many fun filled flavors. ) Looking for a small bite? Mini cupcakes are available in 6 and 12 packs! Nom Nom’s also makes fresh baked pies, specialty cakes and cookies.

 

Marv’s Dairy Dan

6950 N Wayne Rd

(734) 595-0203

If you have a sweet tooth then Marv’s Dairy Dan will be sure to satisfy! Marv’s specializes in all things ice cream and offers walk up, drive thru and carhop service Choose from soft serve ice cream cones, yogurt (including fat free and sugar free options), custard, slushies, sundaes, old fashioned shakes, sodas and malts. There are a wide range of flavors to choose from including crème de menthe, hot fudge brownie and crunchy peanut butter.

 

Chum’s Do-Nut Shop

34200 Glenwood Rd

(734) 721-9704

Chum’s has been churning out the best donuts in Michigan since 1966. You’ll need to set the alarm because they open at 7am and close by noon but you won’t regret it! Donuts are made fresh every morning and lines can form early. Chum’s is a family tradition in Westland. It’s a true mom and pop business that calls to a simpler time; no computers, no automatic drink dispensers, no flavored coffees; just black coffee and endless counters of donuts. This is the epitome of the classic American donut shop.

Attractions and Activities

Westland is a city that cares about preserving both its history and natural resources. You can take in the beauty and intrigue of historic Westland through not-to-be-missed tours and nature walks that explore the past and the present-day. Whether you prefer a trip back in time or an up close view of our rich natural habitat, the list below highlights some of the best that Westland has to offer!

 

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

33175 Ann Arbor Trail

(734) 261-1990

Originally built as a grist mill, Nankin Mlls Interpretive Center was built as a small factory located in a rural section of Michigan. Part of Henry Ford’s “Village Industries” the original factory was created in an effort to provide a stable source of income for farm workers during winter months. Visitors to the Center will learn about the cultural and natural history of the area. With programs that include local history seminars, indoor nature presentations and botany hikes, the Nankin Hills Interpretive Center offers something for everyone. Wheelchair accessible.

 

The William Holliday Nature and Wildlife Preserve

33175 Ann Arbor Trail with additional entry points at Central City Parkway between Nankin Boulevard and Warren Avenue

Sitting on 500-plus acres, the Holliday Nature Preserve is primarily located in the City of Westland although there are small portions in both Canton and Livonia. Part of the Wayne County Park System, the preserve is a 10 mile network of trails and consists of forests and wetlands that run along the Rouge River in Westland. Be sure to register for one of the 60-90 minute free walks and learn more about plants. trees and animals that are local to the area. There are three sections that are open to the public, one being a paved 17 mile trail located at Hines Drive. Admission is free and trails are open until dusk, daily.

 

Westland Historic Village Park

857 N. Wayne Road

(734) 326-3870

A snapshot of life in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Westland Historic Park sits as a marker for what is believed to have been an alternative stop for the Underground Railroad. While these locations were never actually recorded for fear of slaves being caught, it is thought that runaways were moved to this location when slavecatchers were nearby. The park holds five historic buildings that are significant to the history or Westland, three of which are currently open to the public. These buildings include the Felton Farmhouse which dates back to the 1890’s and the Octagon House built in the 1850’s and donated to the park in 2002. Wheechair accessible.