All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly day trip guide to another southeast Michigan destination.
Have you been to Plymouth or Canton? Tell us your favorite things to do in the comments.
Looking for an afternoon stroll? Kellogg Park is the centerpiece of downtown Plymouth. Located adjacent to Plymouth's biggest shopping and dining destinations, Kellogg Park is the perfect spot to enjoy some quiet downtime. It's also bustling with activity during the summer. At noon on Wednesdays you can catch children's concerts, on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. you can catch the Plymouth Community Band and on Fridays at 7 p.m. you can catch a variety of rock, pop, blues and R&B musical acts in the park — all for free.
Plymouth Township Park is a sprawling park that offers fun for all seasons. Complete with a sprayscape (splash pad), playscape, ball diamonds and located alongside the Hilltop Golf Course, the township park is a huge recreation destination.
Heritage Park in Canton offers spacious grounds and gorgeous ponds for a peaceful daytime stroll. Home of the recent Canton Liberty Fest event, the park still is an entertainment destination throughout the summer. At 7:30 p.m. each Thursday, live bands can be see for free at the park amphitheater.
Summit on the Park boasts plenty to do and plenty of space: A 13,340-square-foot aquatic center, 7,600-square-foot gymnasium, 6,000-square-foot fitness center and a 2,200 square-foot aerobics studio. Fitness amenities include a steam room and sauna. A racquetball court is available, as is a "kids corner." An upstairs track features walking, running and passing lanes -- and just outside the building is a walking-running-biking path.
Voted Plymouth-Canton's best staycation destination by Plymouth-Canton Patch readers this year, the Inn at St. John's offers a golf course and plenty of other recreational amenities, as well as a luxury hotel, so you won't have to go far to hit the links or get some fresh air touring the breathtaking grounds. Located just minutes from Plymouth's downtown and Old Village and downtown Northville, the location couldn't be better.
Looking to just tour downtown Plymouth? Rent a Segway from the Green Store in downtown Plymouth and get exploring!
Art and entertainment
One thing you'll notice about Plymouth and Canton is that it's an arts-friendly area.
If the theater is your brand of fun, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton is a great option.
If you're a fan of art, you might want to check out Plymouth's Art in the Park (July 13-15), Michigan's second-largest free art festival.
You can create pottery works to take home at Creatopia Pottery on Ann Arbor Trail in Plymouth.
There's plenty of live music available most days of the week in both Plymouth and Canton, including Canton's Colors Tour jazz series, where popular jazz artists perform at various shopping centers along Ford Road in Canton and Music in the Air, a big-draw weekly concert series at Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. For a full list of all the summer concerts in both towns, check our 2012 Summer Guide and plan your trip accordingly!
Food and Drink
When you're ready to take a break from all of that sight-seeing, there are several restaurants around Plymouth-Canton to appeal to a variety of tastes.
Nico and Vali was voted the best lunch spot by Plymouth-Canton Patch readers in our Readers' Choice contest.
For lunch or dinner, the trio of Fiamma Grille (steak and seafood), Compari's on the Park (Italian) and the newly opened Sardine Room (raw bar) in downtown Plymouth, all adjacent to one another, offer coveted sidewalk dining and high-quality menu items.
Panache 447 in downtown Plymouth, a new addition to town, offers an edgy, big city-like experience in a small, close-knit community.
In Canton, Hayden's Grill and Bar offers great atmosphere and casual dining; Lai Thai offers a great Thai selection, Neehee's on Ford Road offers stellar Indian street food — minus the street vendor — and adjacent Desi Pizza Curry on Crust offers pizza with Indian flair.
If you're more interested in grabbing a pre-meal or post-meal drink, check out Liberty Street Brewing Company in Plymouth's historic Old Village to try a house brew, or try one of the Box Bar and Grill's more than 600 available beers in downtown Plymouth. For wine aficionados, Cellar 849 offers a wide wine selection and woodfired pizza and Zin Wine Bar offers floor-to-ceiling selections of wine.
Looking for dessert? There are plenty of sweets options. In Plymouth, there's Dairy King, Perfectly Sweet Cakes and Desserts, Kilwin's and the Cupcake Station. In Canton, there's Just Baked cupcakes, Carvel ice cream and Cold Stone Creamery.
There are many small businesses in the downtown Plymouth area to appeal to a variety of shopping interests. Several boutiques line the street of downtown Plymouth with clothing options. Bella Mia operates two distinct stores in downtown Plymouth, while Milano Fine Apparel offers classy clothing options for men.
Canton offers plenty of commerce along both Ford Road with more than 300 businesses. Perhaps its biggest draw is IKEA, the popular home furnishing destination with European flair. Canton is home to the chain's only Michigan location and its spacious facilities must be toured, as the free IKEA catalog you've all ordered doesn't really do it justice.
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