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7 Unique Water Activities in & Around Detroit to Expand Your Horizons

Add a Splash to This Summer’s Plans and Beyond!


Make the most of this last glimmering month of summer! Explore the Motor City during the day and night with one-of-a-kind experiences. This list of water activities in and around Detroit will help you think outside of the box. If you’ve seen boats/yachts, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, Tiki Boats, but never looked into trying all of them out, then discover what the buzz is about.

There are plenty of things to do in Detroit this summer and throughout the year. Enjoy a mix of social water activities and active water sports activities in Detroit to take the adventures on land to the lakes and rivers.



Water sports activities in Detroit and beyond let people explore the city right on the river. Take a tour of Belle Isle with this beautiful Belle Isle Tour. Gear up for some intense water sports in Detroit this summer. This excursion is their most difficult paddle! It lasts 3.5 to 4 hours including check-in, gear distribution, safety talk, and boat loading. It’s $63 per paddler (not including taxes and fees). Experienced kayakers can expect an enjoyable 2-mile up-river journey back from Belle Isle. Book a tour HERE.

Location: 14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit


Aloha! Did someone say Big Kahuna? You and your best buds are in for a treat with the bliss of drinking cold drinks on the Detroit Tiki Boats during a hot summer day. You may have been on a “party boat” before, but was it as large and tropical as this 18-passenger boat? The Big Kahuna 2.0  is a sure winner for fun water activities in Detroit. Of course, Detroit Tiki Boats also has regular-sized tours as well. Click HERE to visit the Detroit Cycle Boat website. 



This list of the best water activities in Detroit and nearby offer fun opportunities to be on the water, but there’s also cool ways to explore the waters on land. We’re not talking about walking or biking, though. Check out the Detroit Segway Tour! “Rollin’ on the Riverfront” runs for about 2 hours and is just one of the many Detroit tours that Detroit Segway offers. Click HERE to view the website for more details and other tours. 


Wow your guests with a yacht party right here in Detroit without actually having to buy one. You heard that right. It’s time to set sail along Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Enjoy a mini excursion on one of these custom-built modern yachts. Each ship has a different theme. Be sure to attend a cruise during their Summer Cruise Series to truly soak up their main attraction. Not to mention, the stunning sunset views of downtown Detroit and Windsor. Click HERE to view their website. 

Location:  St. Clair Shores, MI


Did you know you and your family can explore the canals of the Detroit River at sunrise or sunset? Check out the many guided kayak tours in Detroit, which are offered by  Detroit River Sports and Detroit Outpost. Get the kids involved! There are options for different skill levels for kayaking and other water sports activities. Light the way to a new memory with their early morning and  moonlight tours that have optional lighted kayaks. Click HERE or HERE to learn more.



Sail and relax this summer. The best water activities in Detroit can be a breezy and beautiful experience when the weather is right! Now is your chance to have fun and relax as you sail off on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair with Detroit Sails.  These tours are great if you’re looking for something a little more personalized. Discover their private two and four hour sailing and power boat tours. They also offer engagement photo sessions, and other customized tours on the water. Book your adventure with family, friends, or co-workers HERE

Location: Avondale St., Detroit, MI


A list of the best water activities in Detroit wouldn’t be complete without Diamond Jack’s River Sails. Witness the glorious views along the river, which takes you around Belle Isle. Don’t miss out on this narrated river tour! Tours leave from Cullen Plaza in Detroit Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1PM, 2:30PM, 4 PM and 5:30 PM throughout September 3, 2023. Click HERE to view their website for more details

Location: 340 E Atwater St Detroit

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