Patch Passport: Plan a Day Trip to Fenton

Here is a list of must-do and must-see things in the Fenton area.

We wrote this little daytrip guide to Fenton for a summer series called Patch Passport. 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. Here's what you should know if you're planning a trip to Fenton. If you're interested in sharing our guide to Northville with out-of-town friends and family, see .


  • - Take your pick from nearly 75 creatively-named sandwiches such as the “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Fenton” or the “No John, I’m Not Cheezing You." Just make sure you stop in before 4 p.m. if you're in a sandwich mood -- the  at 4 p.m. and they are no longer available.

  • If you have the craving for barbecue, is your place. It's a bit of a hidden gem, hidden behind a off the U.S. 23 Torrey Road exit. If you can't decide, .

  • If it's Mexican food you're after, is the place to be. The popular eatery also was voted the

  • When you're ready for dessert, is a Fenton favorite. You can even enjoy a round of putt-putt golf after you snack on the sweets.
  • Other popular joints:  and .


    • The is inviting with cushioned chairs and couches and a fireplace in a laid back atmosphere. In addition to 12 beers on tap and a wide selection of wines, the venue was voted the .

  • Looking for a comfortable place to hang? invites you in. The 1920s themed .

  • If you need to take a walk to unwind, try Fenton's , complete with a gazebo, waterfall, playground for children and tables for a picnic.
  • Shopping

  • It is also home to plenty of unique stores like where you can find anything a dog could need, , which was voted as , where you can find anything for your cycling needs.

  • If art is your thing, stroll downtown to the for a variety of art work.
  • History

    Fenton has plenty of .

    “The buildings in downtown Fenton are a testament to our community’s proud history,” said Donna Seger, president of the Fenton Historical Society. “Some have been part of the city’s landscape for as far back as 150 years."

    , , old fire hall, and are considered treasures by many.

    The is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.


    The Lakes

    • Lake Fenton is the one of the biggest and busiest lakes around. Public access is located off Grove Park Road. (Launch temporarily closed on weekdays until July 24.)

  • Lake Ponemah is another hot spot. A Michigan DNR boat launch is on North Road near Torrey Road.

  • Silver Lake Beach in is another spot people flock to cool off.
  • Golf

    • Looking to fit in a quick nine or 18? Try or . If you are looking for a challenge, try .


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