Day Trip to Shelby Township, Utica: Guide You Can Share With Visitors to Our Town

We're hoping more people in metro Detroit will understand what little gems we have here in Shelby Township and Utica. If you're planning on visiting or have a friend coming to town, point them in this direction.

We wrote this little daytrip guide to Shelby Township and Utica for a summer series called Patch Passport. The other Patch sites in Michigan — from St. Clair Shores to Dexter and two dozen in between — have done the same. 

All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly daytrip guide to another southeast Michigan destination, so if you decide to take a short road trip with the family to one of our Patch cities, you'll know how to get there and where to go.

But to start, here's what you helped us come up with for our own daytrip guide. Have more suggestions? Add them in the comments.

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, which features adorable children and women's clothing and accesories and , where you'll find just that.

Lunch Anyone?

Here are some munch spots in Utica you won't want to miss, according to Patch readers:

  • (Great BBQ)
  • (Authentic thin crush Italian Pizza)
  • (Best Burgers in town)
  • (Outdoor patio features bonfire pit)
  • (Just ask any local about the custard)

Clinton River

  • Canoe down the Clinton River begining at Heritage Park in Utica.
  • Visit 128 acres of protected natural land at
  • : Go fishing on the Clinton River, which runs through the park, visit the hike and bike trail or stop in to the . 
  • 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? 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 .

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:

  • (Great wine list and live music)
  • (Likely to spot Dino Ciccarelli hanging with former NHL stars)
  • (For great carryout) 
  • (Real deal Mexican food)
  • (Hibachi grill and great Sushi)

Where else?

Let potential visitors know where else they should visit by posting a comment on this story. 

About this column: We're taking you on summer daytrips through Michigan Patch towns.

l July 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM
great article, but I would also include Bad Brad's BBQ under best diner spots in Shelby. :)


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