Hot summer days like today beg for a good swim and a cold beverage. As Detroit has prime riverfront property there are plenty of ways to cool off and stay cool throughout this heat wave. From swimming at Detroit’s ever loved Belle Isle beach to renting a kayak and going on a river tour, Detroit’s got you covered. Here is our curated list of some of the best water-related activities to do in Detroit!
BRENNAN POOL IN ROUGE PARK
Brennan Pool in Rouge Park opened in June of 2019, and is a beautiful, reasonably priced place to spend a hot day. Both olympic sized pools are kept clean, one is strictly for lane swimming and the other is for free swimming. Admission is 2$, but make sure to bring a lock for the provided lockers inside the structure.
DETROIT RIVER SPORTS
Detroit River Sports offers all sorts of tours—day and night—of the Detroit area by kayak and stand up paddle board. Participants can rent equipment through Detroit River Sports, or bring their own. Tours offered range from private tours, to groups of friends, family or businesses. Check out their enticing tours like their Paddle & Flow or Full Moon Paddle.
DETROIT TIKI BOATS
A day of exploring Detroit by way of a Tiki boat with a cold drink in hand is a hard one to top. Aloha, Tiki’s Detroit tour is perfect for a hot summer day enjoyed through company of close friends. Each boat holds up to six guests, and guests are asked to bring their own beverages and food—and of course your best playlist to plug into the provided speakers. Pricing ranges from $275-$330 and is located next to St. Jean Public Boat Launch.
DIAMOND JACK’S RIVER TOURS
Another great way to explore Detroit is on the beautiful Diamond Jack. During your ride down the river, a tour guide will give a detailed narration of the city and areas you pass on your tour. Prices range from $5-$18, and snacks and beverages can be purchased on board.
DETROIT CYCLE BOAT
A peddle pub on water, what more could you want? Detroit Cycle Boat runs seven days a week through two-hour increments and can hold up to 16 people. If you’re looking for a bigger party than that, they’ve got you covered. Their newest boat, the Big Kahuna, holds up to 18 people. The Cycle Boats are on the pricier end, ranging from $500-$625, but for larger parties, it’s definitely worth the green.
Two hours on a sailboat with your closest crew is what Detroit Sails looks to provide. The Captain comes with the ship, so no worries about having a designated driver. Come ready to learn and relax aboard one of Detroit Sails’ beautiful ships and don’t forget the beverages and snacks! Prices range from $275-$330.
BELLE ISLE BEACH
A classic summer attraction for many Detroiters is Belle Isle, but it always begs a mention. Belle Isle offers many attractions, but the beach and swimming areas throughout the isle are a great, free place to spend a hot summer day in Detroit. Don’t forget your SPF!
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