Detroit Summer Activities That Hit the Ball Out of the Park

Summer Activities are Traditional Along Trails & More Action-Oriented in Urban Parks


The beauty of parks is everyone is in the same outdoor area, but people find pleasure in different activities. The Detroit park summer activities are endless. 2022 is a year for improvement, which includes Detroit parks, the greenways, recreation centers, and programs, so Detroiters can truly be at home in their surroundings.

Families will be out for Memorial Day weekend, most likely enjoying company over a BBQ meal. You can BBQ at some parks and enjoy all of the rest of the fun activities they offer.

Detroitsit rounded up a list of timeless Detroit park summer activities  Parks and Recreation Strategic Plans to 


Belle Isle, Detroit, MI



For all the avid hikers, trail off into Belle Isle Park’s exploratory paths. Belle Isle Lighthouse and Blue Heron Lagoon, a 2.2-mile loop trail is generally considered an easy route. It takes an average of 46 min to complete. This trail is great for walking in solitary. It’s advised to wear waterproof boots though as the trail is often muddy. You’ll have a lasting view of the Detroit River most of the time. Dogs are welcome as long as they’re on a leash. Check out the new sculpture and come back as there is always some project happening in the city. Some even XC ski in the winter. Belle Isle Loop (along the paved roadway) is another great trail for birding, hiking, and trail running. Park located at 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit MI, 48207. Phone: 313-821-9844.

Detroit summer activities are peaceful and playful. Fly a kite at the upcoming Detroit Kite Festival at the Belle Isle Cricket Field on Sunday, July 10, 2022! Click HERE for more info.



Not very outdoorsy? Explore a plethora of urban parks downtown! Since 2000, the Downtown Detroit Partnership in collaboration with the city of Detroit has transformed its historic public spaces and urban parks You’ll be at ease and in awe each season of the landscaping, flowing fountains, historical monuments, flourishing gardens, winter activations, comfy seating, innovative dining options, and a variety of activities for every one of the kids. Public spaces in Detroit are effortlessly breathless, just sit back and marvel at the Detroit skyscrapers. In summer, watch internationally known performers and innovative artistry. These 6 urban parks in Detroit are a cultural celebration. Click HERE to learn more. Located at 1 Campus Martius, Suite 380, Detroit, MI 48226. Phone: 313.566.8250



Palmer Park is a green retreat for those looking for Detroit parks summer activities away from buildings. A patchwork of woods and open lawns that includes hiking and biking trails, as well as the tree-lined Lake Frances. You can escape the city life, but not the history! For example, the Merrill Fountain is an ornate marble monument, which dates from 1901 and once stood in front of the Detroit Opera House. You’ll also find a rustic, dilapidated log cabin that was built for philanthropist Lizzie Merrill Palmer in the 1880s. Immerse yourself in the new, full-sized, and junior tennis courts, walkways, a playground, fitness zone, pavilion and plaza area, and park lighting. Click HERE for more info. Located at 19021 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203-1974.



Comerica Park in Detroit


Nothing more liberating than enjoying a lovely summer day at Tiger’s Stadium A.K.A Comerica Park. Not to mention, you won’t be in a sea of masks! We had to include our favorite ballpark for all the Detroiters that spend more time downtown watching baseball than at an actual community park. The kids will want to be on the carousel, and Ferris wheel, and see the mammoth water feature in the center field that can be choreographed to any music. Fans have counted down the days until baseball each year since the summer of 2000. This is your reminder to check HERE for games, tickets, lots of cheers, and classic entertainment. Located at 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201-3470.



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. Located at 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit MI, 48207.  313-396-0217.


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