The summer of 2020 looks pretty different. Due to COVID-19, traditions such as flights, going to summer concerts, and watching fireworks are canceled. But, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to enjoy the summer. Make it fun to try new things and make new traditions – be adventurous, step outside your comfort zone, and explore the possibility of falling in love with Detroit all over again, safely.
We can’t enjoy the roar of the crowd at Comerica Park on a summer night or the thrill of seeing your favorite band live at the Fillmore, but there are many sights to see and activities that can still be done this summer. Here are six fun-filled activities and places to visit in Detroit this summer.
Take advantage of the gorgeous weather in Detroit this summer and go out outside. Pack a picnic, explore Belle Isle and enjoy a beautiful sunset alongside the spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline. Soak in the rich history and natural beauty of the park that offers athletic fields, picnic areas, tennis courts and more. Belle Isle Park is open year-round from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lions & tigers & bears, oh my! The Detroit Zoo has reopened and emerged from hibernation after the temporary shut down due to COVID-19. Abiding by new safety guidelines, the Detroit Zoo is welcoming guests for an experience in an environment that is as safe as possible for all. Stretch your legs, learn about the animals, take in the fresh air and get your dose of Vitamin Z. Per the guidelines, guests must schedule their time slot online to maintain capacity limits and ensure touchless transactions. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance and can be booked here.
Grab a bike or take a walk. Hop on the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a two-mile recreational path that offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market and several residential neighborhoods in between. Discover the urban artwork and graffiti and alongside the greenway that features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The path offers a unique perspective of the city of Detroit and is sure to add a compelling outlook to your view of the city.
EASTERN MARKET – SATURDAY MARKET
The hustle and bustle of vendors at Eastern Market hasn’t slowed to ensure Detroiters can still experience the fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and local art the Saturday market has to offer. The market strives to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. Visitors are welcome to the Saturday Market year-round from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. year-round.
KAYAK THE DETROIT RIVER
Beat the heat and hit the water. Kayak the Detroit River and experience the beautiful skyline of Detroit and Windsor. Look to Detroit River Sports, which offers kayaks and stand up paddle board tours of the Detroit River and the islands of the city’s East side, for an unforgettable summer-time experience. With multiple tours and routes to choose from, create new memories and embark on a new water way journey. Click here for more information.
Whether you are an experienced skateboarder or an amateur looking to take on a new hobby, visit Riverside Skatepark located near the Ambassador Bridge at Riverside Park. Use the extra time you have on your hands these days to master the skill of skateboarding and get a different form of exercise than you normally would. Take in the unparalleled views of the Detroit River and Ambassador Bridge at this new 15,000-square-foot skatepark, which is arguably one of the most picturesque places to skateboard in Detroit this summer.
If you’re looking for more outdoor activities for this summer visit our list of ways to enjoy the outdoors with care.