Welcome to the Village of Milford! Milford Village is 2.5 square miles located in southwest Oakland County. Small in nature, there is still plenty to do and see. When people think of Milford, they typically think of two things, General Motors and Kensington Park, and for a good reason. Both are vastly large, and both are incredibly well-known. We’ve provided you with basic information on each below and what makes them so unique.
General Motors (GM) Milford Proving Ground
General Motors’ Milford Proving Ground is a vast 140 miles and runs through two different counties, Oakland and Livingston. It consists of an oval track, a road course, two separate straightaways, buildings that house employees, and even a certified wildlife sanctuary. Established in 1923 as the first proving ground during the rise of the automotive industry, GM felt the need to monitor the quality and consistency of its product. Testing was first done on public roads, but it quickly became apparent that public roads were not reliable for consistency. In the early 1940s, the proving ground’s prime focus became military vehicles. This carried through during World War I as GM manufactured many of the vehicles used. Today, the proving grounds are nearly 4,000 acres and home to over 5,000 employees. It is closed to the public and under tight security. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who works at the Milford proving grounds, try and schedule a grounds tour. Its’ secretive appeal makes it a sight worth seeing even for the non-automotive enthusiast.
Looking to become one with nature? Then look no further than Kensington Metropark located between Milord and South Lyon. One of the most popular parks in Michigan, Kensington Metropark offers a multitude of recreational activities throughout the year, including walking, biking, boating, equestrian trails, and cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Kensington consists of 4,481 acres of woods and is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of Kent Lake. It is home to a myriad of wildlife and waterfowl. Kent Lake provides an endless amount of family-filled fun, including swimming at two beaches, fishing, boating, or just relaxing by the water with a picnic. In the winter, many sports enthusiasts are seen ice fishing and skating on the lake.
This fantastic and must-do park also features an 18-hole golf course, a 27-hole disc course, nature center, farm center, and Splash and Blast water park.
Splash and Blast
Splash N’ Bash Waterpark is located inside Kensington Metropark at Martindale Beach in Milford, Michigan. It is a water park that features a splash pad, 2,250 feet long water slides, and more. The Splash N Blast water park also features a modern concession stand that serves typical festival style food at reasonable prices.
Kensington Nature Center
A day trip in itself, the nature center offers the opportunity to explore the wildlife of the park. Park interpreters give guided tours and answer questions as you visit with, feed, and enjoy live animals. Stop for a hot chocolate at the nature center’s gift shop and then take a walk through the 700 acres of forest, and various trails.
Kensington Metropark Farm Center
Once you have visited with and experienced the wildlife that resides in Kensington Metropark, stop over and meet the farm animals that live and reside in Kensington’s Metropark farm center. Here you can visit and see live farm animals such as chickens, sheep, cattle, and horses. Have extra time? Visit a 150-year old restored barn, the poultry house, and take a short walk to the riverside where a one of a kind green building resides. Get lost in the grass maze and take a look at the herb garden, field crops, and old-fashioned farm equipment on display.
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