After a long, cold winter, summer is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy warmer temperatures. While there are many outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer months, downtown Detroit boasts several parks with a multitude of planned activities to keep you busy.
If you’re looking to hang out with friends or family but don’t know where to head first, check out this list of fun things happening this summer at some of Detroit’s favorite gathering places:
Campus Martius Park | 800 Woodward Ave | 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Located at the heart of downtown Detroit, Campus Martius Park is home to fun in the sun for people of all ages. Though the park puts on numerous events year-round, summer is probably the best time to enjoy everything “Detroit’s Gathering Place” has to offer. From a large sandbox beach to live music, food and drinks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Every Friday, the park sponsors a Beach Party after work hours. Grab a drink at the beach bar and let the vacation vibes wash away the stress of the workweek. Saturday nights call for ‘Movie Night In The D,’ featuring popular movie titles from kid-friendly to PG-13.
Cadillac Square Park | Cadillac Square and Bates St. | 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for the park that has it all, check out Cadillac Square Park. Squeeze in a quick trip during your lunch hour between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to grab a tasty bite to eat at the food trucks. The options change on a weekly basis, so make sure to keep an eye on the schedule for your favorites! The summer markets are also available throughout the week, featuring local artists and entrepreneurs selling their creations and wares. There’s also a Beer Garden where you can play games, have a drink and relax with friends.
For those more into athletics, Cadillac Square delivers. Between the Petanque Club and the Sports Zone, you’ll be able to let your competitive side out for a couple games. Petanque Club pros will be able to show you the ropes of this sport—a game very similar to bocce ball. The Sports Zone is open from 9:00 a.m.— 9:00 p.m. and features four outdoor basketball courts available for organized and pick-up games.
Beacon Park | 1901 Grand Rive Ave | 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Despite being one of the city’s newest spaces, Beacon Park has a lot to offer. There’s never a dull moment in this park, as an event is scheduled almost every day. Wednesday nights are for adult volleyball leagues, and Thursday mornings bring the weekly farmer’s market. The park also hosts regular workout classes throughout the week, so it’s the perfect place to work on your beach body and meet people from all over the city.
If you have young kids, Sundays might be the best day to visit the park for Family Fun Days. From putt-putt golf to face painting to dinner at the food trucks, Beacon Park is the perfect place for families to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Capitol Park | State St. and Griswold St. | 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you want to spend the day relaxing in one of the city’s most historic parks, Capitol Park is the perfect place to visit. Additional summer market glass huts featuring retailers and food can be found here as well as a dog-friendly area. The park is surrounded by an eclectic mix of restaurants, retailers, local grocer and nail bar, so there’s always plenty to do and see.
Grand Circus Park | Woodward Ave. and Adams Ave. | 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you’re a gym junkie looking for a change of pace, this might be the park for you. Grand Circus Park hosts a free Tuesday-night fitness class every week; classes begin at 5:00 p.m. and last an hour, so it’s the perfect after-work activity to keep you in shape.
Grand Circus Park also offers a large, safe, and relaxed grounds area for dogs and their owners to interact. With events like Dog Luau (Saturday, July 28, 2018; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and other free, interactive events, it’s no wonder the Grand Circus Dog Park is becoming one of the most popular pup places in Detroit!
Belle Isle | 2 Inselruhe Ave | 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Belle Isle is a great natural space with lots of fun events throughout the summer. Along with a beach, the island boasts the country’s oldest aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the iconic Scott Fountain, a Nature Center, bicycle trails and so much more. From kayakers and boaters to those just looking to enjoy a day at the beach, Belle Isle is like an island getaway in the midst of our busy city. For more info on dates, times and activities, visit BelleIsleConservancy.org.
These are just some of the numerous parks Detroit has to offer this summer. What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!