30 Detroit-area parks you should be spending more time at this year


We have two words for you: LOG OFF. That's right, folks. Say goodbye to Zoom meetings and obligatory virtual happy hours, blue light retina damage, and the beeps, boops, and pings of social media alerts. Sound hard? Well, good thing for you, metro Detroit is flush with lush woodlands, green meadows, and water — lots of calming, serene water. All you have to do is gas up and head out to one of these local parks for a day of fun in the sun or getting faded in the shade. Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and for the love of god do not check your Instagram. No, seriously. It can wait.

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Lake St. Clair Metropark
40 minutes
31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; metroparkscom/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks
Not only does this park have a 1,600-foot boardwalk overlooking a mile of waterfront and scenic trails through marsh and wetlands, but it's a fun place to bring the whole family. There's a beachfront, public pool, mini golf, nature center and If you're extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a deer.
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Lake St. Clair Metropark

40 minutes
31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; metroparkscom/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks

Not only does this park have a 1,600-foot boardwalk overlooking a mile of waterfront and scenic trails through marsh and wetlands, but it's a fun place to bring the whole family. There's a beachfront, public pool, mini golf, nature center and If you're extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a deer.

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Lake St. Clair Metropark
31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; 586-463-4581; metroparkscom/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks
Not only does this park have a 1,600-foot boardwalk overlooking a mile of waterfront and scenic trails through marsh and wetlands, but it's a fun place to bring the whole family. There's a beachfront, public pool, mini golf, nature center and If you're extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a deer.
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Lake St. Clair Metropark

31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; 586-463-4581; metroparkscom/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks

Not only does this park have a 1,600-foot boardwalk overlooking a mile of waterfront and scenic trails through marsh and wetlands, but it's a fun place to bring the whole family. There's a beachfront, public pool, mini golf, nature center and If you're extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a deer.

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Thomas Edison Park
Thomas Edison Pkwy., Port Huron
Freighters, the Blue Water Bridge, and a lighthouse can all be found in Thomas Edison’s childhood hometown, which, if you plan your trip accordingly, can serve as a scenic — and historic — escape. I-94 East from Detroit will lead you to 23 Mile Road and Old Jefferson Avenue, which runs along the St. Clair River to where it opens into Lake Huron which is where you can explore this park's breathtaking view of the Blue Water Bridges spanning across the crystal blue St. Clair River. There's a riverwalk for walkers, bikers, and roller-bladers, and there's a grassy lawn suited for taking in the sights, indulging in a picnic, or just… sitting. Remember doing nothing? 
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Thomas Edison Park

Thomas Edison Pkwy., Port Huron

Freighters, the Blue Water Bridge, and a lighthouse can all be found in Thomas Edison’s childhood hometown, which, if you plan your trip accordingly, can serve as a scenic — and historic — escape. I-94 East from Detroit will lead you to 23 Mile Road and Old Jefferson Avenue, which runs along the St. Clair River to where it opens into Lake Huron which is where you can explore this park's breathtaking view of the Blue Water Bridges spanning across the crystal blue St. Clair River. There's a riverwalk for walkers, bikers, and roller-bladers, and there's a grassy lawn suited for taking in the sights, indulging in a picnic, or just… sitting. Remember doing nothing?

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Algonac State Park 
8732 River Rd., Marine City; 810-765-5605; dnr.state.mi.us
Algonac State Park is a scenic drive that is a bit more about the destination than the drive — though taking I-94 east for 55 miles ain’t too shabby once you get past Harrison Township. (RIP to the Gibraltar man!) With 1,500 acres and a half-mile of St. Clair River frontage, Algonac State Park offers easily accessible habitats but is perhaps best known for watching international freighters along the river, which you can do from the safety of your own car. Date night, anyone?
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Algonac State Park

8732 River Rd., Marine City; 810-765-5605; dnr.state.mi.us

Algonac State Park is a scenic drive that is a bit more about the destination than the drive — though taking I-94 east for 55 miles ain’t too shabby once you get past Harrison Township. (RIP to the Gibraltar man!) With 1,500 acres and a half-mile of St. Clair River frontage, Algonac State Park offers easily accessible habitats but is perhaps best known for watching international freighters along the river, which you can do from the safety of your own car. Date night, anyone?

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Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve  
27215 W 10 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-796-5000; dnr.state.mi.us
Just 30 minutes outside of Detroit is 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands, and native meadows, all of which surround Carpenter Lake — and it’s still one of southeast Michigan’s best-kept secrets.
Photo via Southfield Parks and Recreation/Facebook

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

27215 W 10 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-796-5000; dnr.state.mi.us

Just 30 minutes outside of Detroit is 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands, and native meadows, all of which surround Carpenter Lake — and it’s still one of southeast Michigan’s best-kept secrets.

Photo via Southfield Parks and Recreation/Facebook
Lake Erie Metropark
32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown; 734-379-5020; metroparks.com/parks/lake-erie-metropark
When you're not enjoying this nature center, beach, or any of the many other niceties offered at Lake Erie Metropark, you can take a hike on their marsh trail. A popular bird-watching location, it's just a short drive from the city.
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Lake Erie Metropark

32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown; 734-379-5020; metroparks.com/parks/lake-erie-metropark

When you're not enjoying this nature center, beach, or any of the many other niceties offered at Lake Erie Metropark, you can take a hike on their marsh trail. A popular bird-watching location, it's just a short drive from the city.

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Stony Creek Metropark
4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Twp.; 586-781-4242; metroparkscom/parks/stoy-creek-metropark
Want to feel like you're “up north” without having to make the drive? Look no further than Stony Creek Metropark, which offers 4,461-acres that span Washington, Oakland, and Shelby Townships with hills, mills, orchards, and a 500-acre lake fit for swimming and boating. There's also a nature center, disc-golf course, 18-hole golf course, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and reservable shelters and grills.  
Photo via Scott Smithson/Flickr

Stony Creek Metropark

4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Twp.; 586-781-4242; metroparkscom/parks/stoy-creek-metropark

Want to feel like you're “up north” without having to make the drive? Look no further than Stony Creek Metropark, which offers 4,461-acres that span Washington, Oakland, and Shelby Townships with hills, mills, orchards, and a 500-acre lake fit for swimming and boating. There's also a nature center, disc-golf course, 18-hole golf course, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and reservable shelters and grills.

Photo via Scott Smithson/Flickr
Kensington Metropark
4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; 810-227-8910; metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metropark
If you travel an hour north you'll find yourself in a sleepy, picturesque town of Milford, home to a beautiful 4,481-acre Metropark. Kensington Metropark surrounds Kent Lake and offers abundant wildlife, waterfowl, and wooded hiking areas. In addition to taking in the natural sights, Kensington also offers opportunities for biking, boating, and beachfront fun, as well as a splash zone, golf course, disc golf course, nature and farm center, and plenty of opportunities for a cute little picnic, because who doesn't love a picnic? 
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Kensington Metropark

4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; 810-227-8910; metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metropark

If you travel an hour north you'll find yourself in a sleepy, picturesque town of Milford, home to a beautiful 4,481-acre Metropark. Kensington Metropark surrounds Kent Lake and offers abundant wildlife, waterfowl, and wooded hiking areas. In addition to taking in the natural sights, Kensington also offers opportunities for biking, boating, and beachfront fun, as well as a splash zone, golf course, disc golf course, nature and farm center, and plenty of opportunities for a cute little picnic, because who doesn't love a picnic?

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Dexter-Huron Metropark
6535 Huron River Dr., Dexter; 734-426-8211; metroparks.com/parks/dexter-huron-metropark
With 122-acres along the Huron River, Dexter-Huron Metropark has everything you need to escape your daily doldrums. Described as a sanctuary, this Metropark offers rich woodlands and unique and colorful flora throughout the spring and summer seasons. For those looking for some action, there are picnic areas, a playscape, a softball diamond, and a canoe launch. 
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Dexter-Huron Metropark

6535 Huron River Dr., Dexter; 734-426-8211; metroparks.com/parks/dexter-huron-metropark

With 122-acres along the Huron River, Dexter-Huron Metropark has everything you need to escape your daily doldrums. Described as a sanctuary, this Metropark offers rich woodlands and unique and colorful flora throughout the spring and summer seasons. For those looking for some action, there are picnic areas, a playscape, a softball diamond, and a canoe launch.

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Indian Springs Metropark
5200 Indian Trail, White Lake; 248-625-6640; metroparks.com/parks/indian-springs-metropark
This one is for nature lovers. Indian Springs Metropark offers an intimate look at the area's native ecosystems via the park's Environmental Discovery Center, which also offers an underwater pond viewing room. For those who want to get their blood pumping, the park also boasts hiking trails running through the virtually untouched land along the Huron River, encompassing more than 2,215 acres of wooded wetlands and meadows, home to red foxes and wildflowers. There is also a slew of recreational activities including a golf course, picnic areas, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, as well as a splash zone, adventure maze, rock climbing wall, and playground. 
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Indian Springs Metropark

5200 Indian Trail, White Lake; 248-625-6640; metroparks.com/parks/indian-springs-metropark

This one is for nature lovers. Indian Springs Metropark offers an intimate look at the area's native ecosystems via the park's Environmental Discovery Center, which also offers an underwater pond viewing room. For those who want to get their blood pumping, the park also boasts hiking trails running through the virtually untouched land along the Huron River, encompassing more than 2,215 acres of wooded wetlands and meadows, home to red foxes and wildflowers. There is also a slew of recreational activities including a golf course, picnic areas, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, as well as a splash zone, adventure maze, rock climbing wall, and playground.

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