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Best Parks And Outdoor Spots In The Detroit Area

Enjoy the great outdoors at one of these great spots in and around Detroit. Our list of the best places to get outside includes Kensington Metro Park, the Detroit Riverfront, Hines Drive, Bishop Park and the DTE Energy Music Theater.
Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metro Park

2240 W. Buno Road
Milford, MI 48380

Biking, boating, both disc golf and traditional golf, hiking, sledding, ice skating, a nature center, a hiking trail…all of the Huron-Clinton Metro Parks are great, but this may be the best of all of them.

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has done a great job of making its amazing destinations family friendly. (Credit:

Detroit Riverfront

600 Renaissance Center
Suite 1720
Detroit, MI 48243

A massive rehabilitation and renovation project has transformed a bleak area of the city into one of the most impressive areas in southeast Michigan. From Milliken State Park and Harbor Lighthouse to Chene, Gabriel Richard, and Mt. Elliott parks, you can see the beauty the city has when a little attention is paid to it.

Henry Ford Estate (Fair Lane Mansion)

Hines Drive

Running 17 miles from Dearborn to Northville, Hines Drive is a great way to drive home (if it hasn't rained recently), ride your bike, take a walk, or have a picnic. Play baseball or soccer with your friends, stop into Nankin Mills, walk around downtown Plymouth, or tour the Henry Ford Estate.

BASF Waterfront Park

Bishop Park/BASF Waterfront Park

3131 Third Street
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Whether fishing off the pier, playing volleyball in the sand courts, or having a picnic, you'll have a great time along the Detroit River in a great Downriver community.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

DTE Energy Music Theater

7774 Sashabaw Road
Village of Clarkston, MI 48348

There's something special about watching a live music show outdoors, and DTE does it better than anyone. From Huge festivals to small acts, catching a concert on the hill is a great way to spend a summer evening.

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