Visitor's Guide to Shelby Township & Utica
Here is a list of things to do and see on a day trip to Shebly and Utica.
Looking to take a day trip in Michigan? Patch is here to help.
Each weekend, we'll be running a visitor's guide to a different Patch city in Michigan. This week, we're sharing a visitor's guide to Shelby and Utica, which are approximately an hour drive from Brighton.
Here's what you should check out in Shelby Township and Utica.
Explore downtown Utica
Since Shelby Township doesn't have much of a downtown area, visitors can hit the cute and historic downtown Utica district.
I suggest taking the scenic route down Cass Avenue, rather than Van Dyke, so you can check out well-kept Victorian-style homes that line the street.
Once you get to Auburn Road, make a left and take your pick from great sports bars, restaurants, women's boutiques and hair salons.
If you're looking for some fun boutique shopping, you'll want to check out It's So Me Boutique, which features adorable children and women's clothing and accesories and Pretty Things, where you'll find just that.
Here are some munch spots in Utica you won't want to miss, according to Patch readers:
- Cass Bar and Grill (Great BBQ)
- Tivoli's Wood Brick Oven Pizzeria (Authentic thin crush Italian Pizza)
- Shamrock Irish Pub (Best Burgers in town)
- Muldoon's Tavern (Outdoor patio features bonfire pit)
- Erma's Custard (Just ask any local about the custard)
- Canoe down the Clinton River begining at Heritage Park in Utica.
- Visit 128 acres of protected natural land at Holland Ponds.
- River Bends Park: Go fishing on the Clinton River, which runs through the park, visit the hike and bike trail or stop in to the Shadbush Nature Center.
- Yates Cider Mill on the border of Shelby and Rochester: In the fall, there is no better place to witness the beauty of the Clinton River while treating yourself to a hot donought and fresh cider.
Seek the Creek: Stony Creek Metro Park
- Looking for some outdoor adventure? Stony Creek Metropark spans between Rochester and Shelby Township. The nearly 5,000 acre park is centered around a lake and a six-mile hike and bike trail.
- Visitors can hit the green on Stony Creek's 18-hole course.
- Paddleboarding anyone? Standup paddleboards are now available to rent at Eastwood Beach.
- World's largest inflatable water slide. Enough said. Just check out the video of Patch Editors testing out Stony's new toy.
Best Dinner Spots in Shelby
All that ourdoor activity would make anyone hungry. I would suggest heading to Shelby Township for dinner since there is such a wide variety of really good restaurants. Readers suggested these spots:
- Metropolitan Cafe (Great wine list and live music)
- Ciccarelli's Sports Bar Theater (Likely to spot Dino Ciccarelli hanging with former NHL stars)
- I Luv Pizza (For great carryout)
- Mexican Village (Real deal Mexican food)
- Osaka Japanese Steakhouse (Hibachi grill and great Sushi)
Let potential visitors know where else they should visit by posting a comment on this story.