Summer plans are well on their way. Ease into the summer and also reflect on an important holiday comin up. Memorial Day 2023 in the U.S is Monday, May 29. This federal holiday in the United States is near and dear to those who have family members that have served our country, especially if they died while doing so. The time off from work and school allows everyone to honor and mourn the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. There are plenty of events & activities in Detroit to participate in during the summer, several of which are free to join in the park areas.
Enjoy spending time together as a family and similar relaxed summer activities we’ll be doing more of in the months to come. Detroitisit rounded up a beautiful list of picnic spots in Detroit for not only Memorial Day 2023, and also the rest of the summer!
BELLE ISLE STATE PARK
This list of the best places to picnic in Detroit this Memorial Day 2023 wouldn’t be complete without a classic beauty. Not to mention, one of the most famous spots in the city. Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and a Michigan state park with several picnic tables. With 982 acres, this unique island park in the middle of the Detroit River also has a beach. Accessible features include a playground and picnic shelter. Enjoy all the island has to offer, which could just be a nice bike ride! There’s plenty of space for all ages to play. Take a bike ride around the island, or be a kid on the giant slide. Click HERE to learn more.
Location: 99 Pleasure Dr. Detroit
Memorial Day often includes some form of water activity. The Detroit Riverfront is a lovely place to picnic in Detroit because of it’s wonderful views. Enjoy 5 1/2 miles of of river water sights and say “Hello” to Canada! A perfect picnic spot location, you can have your food on the benches facing the river, which are spread out throughout the riverfront. Check out the numerous parks with lovely green spaces that extend from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park. To rent a picnic shelter, visit the Michigan DNR website or call 1-800-44-PARKS. Valade Park has Atwater Beach, which also has food options within it like Smokey G’s barbecue ribs, pulled pork, and brisket sandwiches, along with turkey legs and chicken. Click HERE to learn more.
Location: 200 Renaissance Ctr, Ste 1400 Detroit
WILLIAM G. MILLIKEN STATE PARK AND HARBOR
Enjoy a beautiful picnic at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor unwind along the waterfront, with the cobbled and popular Detroit Riverwalk running through it. Its centerpiece is the Milliken State Park Lighthouse, a 63-foot lighthouse that overlooks the Detroit River. Take a bike ride through the park’s wetlands and admire public art, including a curious sculpture of a Man of Steel with pipes protruding from his body. The benches give you a front-row seat to the water views of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Click HERE to learn more.
Location: 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit
This list of places to picnic in Detroit for Memorial Day is intended to help you feel more relaxed. Retreat at Palmer Park! There’s plenty of green, which makes it a nice little escape away from the city buildings. This is also a nice park to do some outdoor exercise. There’s a patchwork of woods and open lawns that include hiking and biking trails, as well as the tree-lined Lake Frances. Enjoy the historic elements that still exist, such as a rustic, dilapidated log cabin that was built for philanthropist Lizzie Merrill Palmer in the 1880s. Immerse yourself in the fresh full-sized, and junior tennis courts, walkways, playground, fitness zone, pavilion and plaza area, and park lighting.
Location: 19021 Woodward Ave, Detroit
ELIZA HOWELL PARK
Places to picnic in Detroit this Memorial Day 2023 weekend are as diverse as the locals. Explore the outdoors and enjoy immersive nature at Eliza Howell Park. Known for its biological diversity, this park is one of Detroit’s largest parks, locking in 250 acres of land. It’s a great place to not only eat outside but also hike or walk after eating. Click HERE to learn more.
Location: 23751 Fenkell St, Detroit
Modern city parks are typically known as “urban” parks and some of them in Detroit are getting pretty unique! There are also classic urban parks like Peck Park. This wouldn’t be your go-to for major family get-togethers, but it’s wroth mentioning if you’re looking for a quaint and quiet option. Located just north of downtown Detroit, near the Detroit Institute of Arts, there are a handful of picnic benches scattered around this block-sized park. There is a play structure, but this park is simply a representation of Detroit’s art scene and little natural wonders. You’ll notice the bridge-like structure decorated with children’s art from both Detroit and Windsor.
Location: Brush St & Frederick St. Detroit
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