Getting out of the house when Michigan has good weather is key for anyone who loves the bright sunshine, hanging out as a family or doing some exercise, like a long hike or a run around a beautiful setting. That is where Metro Detroit truly shines with its many parks.
While there are great metro parks as well, they typically have a small price to enter. The price is worth it, but if you’re living on a budget and need a free or no-cost option, these parks provide entertainment as well as a lovely setting for a picnic, get together or simple lazy day.
Check ahead to see if there are any events happening in these parks. Most of them are quiet right now because of cancellations or changes in schedule due to the coronavirus.
Belle Isle: There is an endless amount of things to do in this park like fishing, hanging out on the small beachfront or checking out the lovely plantings going in at the new outdoor garden. The aquarium and conservatory may be open from time to time as well; check ahead for the schedule.
RiverWalk: There are many family-friendly spots to visit along this Detroit gem of an attraction. One of the best is Mt. Elliott park with its splash pad. Bring along some snacks and a large blanket and you have the makings of a fun and inexpensive afternoon of walking and chatting.
Campus Martius: When summer is really in swing, this park will be alive with city residents, local workers and families of all kinds. This summer, it may be quieter with fewer outdoor concerts or plays, but check ahead to see if you can find something to do on the cheap.
Palmer Park: This huge, sprawling park has a lot of landmarks and outdoor attractions. You can see the old log cabin or the former downtown fountain on your tour. Check out some of the local programming as well with residents who live nearby keeping this park busy most of the year.
New Center: When this park is activated with plays and outdoor performances, there is no better spot to see and be seen. Traditionally, there are lots of plays here, especially from beloved local theater troops like Shakespeare in Detroit. While there won’t be a Bard performance this year as the troop is in hiatus, you may want to check out the location anyway for a break in the action or some time away from home.