Detroit Outdoor Activities

Detroit Outdoor ActivitiesWhen you start craving some Vitamin Green in your life, head to one of the many parks in and around Detroit. Don’t let its reputation as an urban, industrialized city fool you–there are still plenty of places where you can escape to nature in the great outdoors. Visit some of the small, nearby neighborhood parks or head to some of the larger, more popular parks and botanical gardens that we list below.

Belle Isle Park
The most popular park in Detroit, the gigantic Belle Isle Park is actually an entire island. Wonderful for people of all ages and activity levels, this island park has something for everybody. Visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum; go swimming at the beach; hike along the lovely wooded trails; plan a pleasant picnic outdoors; and much, much more!

Address: 6925 E Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48218 - MAP
Phone: (313) 331-7760

Anna Scripts Whitcomb Conservatory
You will also find the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Belle Isle Park. This gorgeous greenhouse and botanical garden covers 13 acres. Built in 1904, this conservatory still overflows with beautiful plant life. Formal perennial gardens, annual flowerbeds, a rose garden and lily pond garden surround the domed conservatory, which is filled with exotic tropical and desert plants.

Address: 876 Picnic Way, Detroit, MI 48207 - MAP
Phone: (313) 852-4064

Campus Martius Park
You may not escape the urban hustle and bustle when you visit Campus Martius Park, but you will still be able to enjoy the outdoors and the bit of greenery that breaks up the concrete jungle. One of the most famous parks in Michigan, this re-established downtown park consists of a tree-lined, grassy oasis in the heart of the city, featuring statues, monuments, two stages and even an ice rink!

Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 963-2225

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Enjoy the outdoors and a lovely scenic view of the Detroit International Riverfront as you stroll, jog or bike along the Detroit River Walk. This paved pathway essentially consists of a 5.5-mile promenade that runs from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle Park. Stop along one of the plaza or pavilions for some fun at the carousel, butterfly garden or fishing piers.

Address: Rivard St., Detroit, MI 48243 - MAP
Phone: (313) 566-8200

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Formerly known as the Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor, the newly christened William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is Michigan’s first state park located in an urban area. This park covers 31 acres of natural wildlife habitat, restored wetlands and riverfront. Visit the lighthouse, fish along the shore, enjoy a picnic outdoors or head out in a boat at this beautiful park.

Address: 1900 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 396-0217

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Surround yourself with the beauty and tranquility of nature when you visit the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The outdoor gardens are open for free to the public, although the conservatory itself requires an admission fee. Outside, you can wander around over a dozen different gardens, including a rock garden and a labyrinth, as well as walk along five different nature trails. And there’s even more on the inside!

Address: 1800 N Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - MAP
Phone: (734) 647-7600

Rotary Park
Less than half an hour away from Detroit, you’ll find Livonia’s Rotary Park. Although only a small, one-acre park, this little green gem is a great place for those looking to stretch their legs outdoors. Walk along the lovely, wooded trails that pass by some River Rouge tributaries, head to the baseball field and tennis courts or bring your dog out for some fresh air.

Address: 32184 6 Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152 - MAP
Phone: (734) 466-2410


Hart Plaza

Address: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 877-8057

Nichols Arboretum

Address: 1600 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - MAP
Phone: (734) 998-9540