10 Things to Do in Farmington That You Shouldn't Miss

September 24, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Farmington is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is one of the northern suburbs of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,372. It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city's downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan's top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up.
Restaurants in Farmington

1. Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington, MI 48334-1384 +1 248-626-5020
Excellent
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Reviewed By klineposada1944 - Canton, Michigan

Marvelous place for families, couples, kids... to play together and smile! They have even had weddings there! Likewise, it is a fascinating journey through time to savor the enormous collection of old-time arcade games (all functioning!), carnival relics, wild signs, and so much more. Just plain fun! There is no charge to enter... you can play (using quarters) or just look around (though, who could resist trying the games and machines?!) as you munch on popcorn, etc. that they sell.

2. Holocaust Memorial Center

28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738 +1 248-553-2400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.

Reviewed By Robert R - Scottsdale, Arizona

We really enjoyed the guided tour of this somber memorial. The knowledgeable guide filled our heads with 90 minutes of very interesting history as he led us through the exhibits. I feel like we could go back for another couple of hours to see the displays in more detail.
We've been to several concentration camps in Germany and Poland. While this memorial is not as ominous as the actual sites, it does an excellent job of contextualizing the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis.
Really a fascinating place to visit.

3. The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield

6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322-3003
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5 based on 217 reviews

The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield

Appealing to outdoor fun-seekers age 5 through adult, the Adventure Park features multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses for hours of "fun in the trees." Suitable challenges for kids, teens and adults. The Adventure Park consists of ten different "ropes courses" through the trees, of varying challenge levels, from introductory to advanced. The self-guided courses do not require previous climbing experience. After receiving a safety briefing and harness, each climber selects a course at their comfort level and then proceeds to navigate its different "bridges" or "elements" moving from tree platform to tree platform. The courses include zip lines as well. Climbers proceed at their own pace and each course requires anywhere from approximately 15 - 30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of one course the visitor may again ascend the starting platform and select another course. Generally, a climbing ticket entitles the visitor to unlimited climbs during a three-hour period. Park staff members are continually on-site and available for assistance or questions. All climbers wear safety harnesses that employ "double-clipped-on" technology to help keep the climber continuously connected to a safety cable throughout their time in the trees. The courses are designed for ages five and older, with appropriate challenges suited for kids, teens and adults. (Five- and six-year-olds are permitted to climb on our Purple courses only and are each required to have an adult climbing with them. One adult per child.)

Reviewed By Laura C

The haunted forest was amazing. Only one small fright for my preschoolers. The entire family enjoyed the Halloween theater experience. The actors were great, Short skits at each stop kept the little ones engaged and the participation requirement to get a token was so much fun. The goodie bag at the end was surprisingly decent. We will return for this event. My girls have been practicing their "best scarecrow pose" for next year.

4. Twelve Oaks Mall

27500 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377-3418 +1 248-348-9400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Twelve Oaks Mall

Reviewed By Joel K - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

They have every sort of store option at this huge mall - Nordstrom's, Macy's, and a whole lot more. There was not one thing that we could not find to buy, buy, buy.

5. The Maple Theater

4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-3001 +1 248-750-1030
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

The Maple Theater

Reviewed By terristours - birmingham, mi

I love this theater. In fact it's the only theater I ever go to! Plus, the fact that you can take in an awesome beer or some fantastic coffee makes it even better. Also, the food is good and always very fresh.

6. Irene's Myomassology Institute

26061 Franklin Rd, Southfield, MI 48033-2404 +1 248-350-1400
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5 based on 12 reviews

Irene's Myomassology Institute

Irene's Myomassology Institute offers affordable massage to the public. This nationally accredited massage school operates a professionally run student massage clinic where senior students provide therapeutic massage. Each student works in a private office with faculty members available to answer any questions the client may have. The massages are such high quality that the clinic books up fast. It is best to call for an appointment. A one hour massage is $40, with a senior citizen discount a massage is $30. For veterans and active military the price is $25. Visit the school website to see what Irene's has to offer and to see photos of the school. The school also has Crazy Cheap Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One class is $5 and a card of 12 classes is $36. The school also hosts Free Friday Night Massage Classes every other month. Vegetarian cooking and holistic health lectures are open to the public. Call for more information!

Reviewed By HTOTMO - Southfield, Michigan

This school offers student massages to the public (by appointment only). The hourly rates are very reasonable and the students are eager to impress and practice their skills on a wide variety of clientele. Be prepared to fill out a written feedback form each time you go here.

You can specify if you want a male or female student to perform your massage, or if you don't care, you will get whoever is booked for the day. Every massage I have ever had here has been very good or excellent. I have never had a bad experience, and have been here maybe 15 times. The small massage rooms are just like a typical spa -- quiet, dim lighting, etc. They do offer gift certificates and senior discounts.

In case you are wondering, this is a legitimate school and there is no sexual overtones to the massage. (The students encourage you to disrobe for massage only to your personal level of comfort.)

Every client I have ever seen here seems "normal" to me -- maybe fewer of the beautiful people here than in some other places -- this school seems to cater more to housewives, midlevel professionals, college students, etc. I have seen clients from about age 18 to 75+.

Parking very close. Flat walking surface. Small shop on site to purchase massage items and other health items. Highly recommend.

7. Maybury State Park

20145 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48167-1758 +1 248-349-8390
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Maybury State Park

Reviewed By GeorgSa - Detroit, Michigan

Nice area to walk during winter snow. Very calm place. Walkways well prepared by park staff. You can easily spend more than 2 hours. Would like to try Langlauf as I saw many people enjoying it. During summer also very nice escape for walking or running.

8. Heritage Park

Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI +1 248-473-1800
Excellent
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5 based on 70 reviews

Heritage Park

Reviewed By MIandFL - Michigan

Great Splash platform! Lots of choices for the timid and the brave, roomy enough on a hot afternoon. My only complaint was that children arrived with lo g pointy water guns...a hazard to themselves and others. There is no one supervising the site for such things, and posted rules did not prohibit them.

9. Farmington Civic Theater

33332 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336-3124 +1 248-474-1951
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Farmington Civic Theater

Recent movies. All seats just $5 Since 1940. The theater has an old-time feel up front with technology behind the scenes Digital projection. Dolby Surround 7.1. Modern, comfortable seating. Cash only. No previews. Movies begin at the advertised time, so we don't waste your time. Regularly have 3-5 movie titles active. Many wonderful eateries nearby for food before or after a movie. Gift cards, t-shirts, caps available.

Reviewed By McKenna M - Detroit, Michigan

Historic but updated with the most comfortable seats that recline. Everything about this place is great. I can’t wait to return.Thanks Diane. You are too kind. We want to clarify regarding your comment about our chairs. We do have nice, high-backed chairs that are angled back for comfort that allow people to rest their head while watching movies. They aren't true recliners.

10. Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-3610 +1 248-626-8261
Excellent
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Franklin Cider Mill

Reviewed By Jordan F - Detroit, Michigan

The Franklin Cider Mill will forever be my favourite - I grew up going there for a doughnut after school in the fall and they just bring back great memories. The cider is crisp, the doughnuts are fresh, and they have all kinds of wonderful jams, cheeses, and produce. Just remember to bring cash!

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