Come and enjoy the sun and fun at Detroit’s greatest family-friendly parks. While the city of Detroit is known for a variety of phenomenal environments, it also has more than a few top parks that are available for everyone that is looking for relaxation and also excitement.
Beacon Park is one of our city’s newest parks that is more than grass and trees. They host a co-ed volleyball night as well as a program that allows youth to play in a soccer league. If that wasn’t enough, there is also Lumen, their restaurant and bar, which offers a rooftop patio, which is great for warm weather. Food trucks are available as well for those of us that like to eat on the go! Beacon Park is located at 1901 Grand River Rd. Ave, and the enjoyment begins at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.
Campus Martius Park
The heart of Detroit gives life to Campus Martius Park. Family and friends love bringing their children downtown to explore the variety of events on their year-round schedule. When the sun is shining, everyone can enjoy the beach area that consists of a large sandbox, bistro and a bar. There is a basketball court that hosts many tournaments for people of all ages to show their dribble skills. If you get hungry, there will always be different food trucks that range from Mexican food to barbecue and more. Along with jazz and R&B concerts, you’re sure to have an awesome time. Situated near the QLine, everyone can also take a tour of Detroit or just to their next destination. Between 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., the community can visit Campus Martius at 800 Woodward Ave.
Interested in being in a historic setting? Well, Capitol Park is the best place to be. The residential neighborhood of apartments and lofts is what makes this park stand out. Surrounding the neighbors are cafes, eateries, and unique retail offerings. They even have a dog park! The dog park allows citizens to hang out with each other and their canine best friends. On State St. and Griswold St., not too far from Campus Martius., you can enjoy this park from 6:00a.m.-10:00p.m.
Chandler Park is one of Detroit’s oldest parks. As it turns 100 years old this year, there is a party waiting to happen. They have a free event to celebrate with the community July 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This event includes a plethora of activities such as entertainment, a fantastic car show, games for all ages, the water park and golf course, and more! When they are not having a party, these activities are still available along with sports such as, tennis, basketball, football, and chess. If your family and friends would love to find out more about Chandler Park they are located at 4401 Conner St.
Just like Chandler Park, Clark Park is full of activities that are dedicated to the youth. There is the option to play hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis, and more! The staff of this park give children free lunches daily and they have opportunities for residents of Detroit to become mentors. They have the park open for families to have picnics, play games such as chess, and even host events to get everyone dancing. Located at 1130 Clark St., everyone is welcome to do a dance or two.
Dequindre Cut is more than just a park. It has a pathway that leads to the heart of The Eastern Market. While taking this path you can see the older buildings and the railway that used to bring the fresh fruit to and from the busy marketplace. They also have great places to just relax and enjoy the sounds of Detroit and a glimpse of the concrete murals. Located at Dequindre Cut Greenway, between 6:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Grand Circus Park
Just like Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park has a dog park to let man’s best friend roam free and meet others canines. They have awesome monuments that share history about past leadership in Detroit and beautiful fountains that most people like to toss coins into and make a wish. If you are close by, Grand Circus Park is located closer to Detroit Opera House on Broadway and Woodward.
Lafayette Greens speaks relaxation because of their wonderful garden. The garden is set on display for everyone to see the different types of organic fruits and vegetables growing right under our noses. The flowers and plants that surround the veggies, show a pop of color and bring life to the downtown Detroit area. With plenty of seating, Lafayette Greens was built on a vacant lot of the demolished Lafayette building back in 2010. Want to smell some fresh air, and even volunteer to help? This park is located at 132 W Lafayette Blvd. and the best time to visit is between 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
If you love fun in the sun along with a splash, then Milliken Park is a fun place to go. The park is based from a fishing harbor which allows visitors to actually fish on their own. This is just Phase 1 of the park, they also have a section that shows everyone how nature in the wetland filters itself naturally and sends clean water to the Detroit River, without going through the wastewater method. Families can bring their children to the Kid’s Fishing Fest and watch the battle of the fish! Located at 1900 Atwater St., you can get your fishing gear prepared between 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Mt. Elliott Park
Just like Milliken Park, Mt. Elliott is a great place for families to fish and splash in some water. The main attraction is a Great Lakes schooner-themed water feature with water cascades and “kid activated” water cannons, wind chimes and more (the water features will open late May). There’s an area that is crafted as a lighthouse with fishing piers, winding walks and LED lighting. Taking a swim and fishing can work up an appetite but there is a café for all families and friends. Mt. Elliott Park is located at 110 Mt. Elliott St..
New Center Park
If you’re searching for a more chill environment, then head over to New Center Park. Located at 2998 W. Grand Blvd., near the Fisher Building, there are amazing events, such as theatre performances and free movie screenings. A bar and grill is located nearby for those who love to have a bite to eat and a drink. Activities usually begin around 8:00 a.m. and depending on the season, they end at 9:00 p.m.
Palmer Park is a great field of grass and features a golf course, tennis court, and splash park. If that doesn’t impress you, they also have hiking and biking trails for those who want to be one with nature! There is also a historic log cabin that allows the community to learn and explore how the area used to be. The staff of Palmer Park are looking into creating youth educational programs. Until then, you can still visit them at 910 Merrill Plaisance. The times may vary due to different activities but normally they are open between 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
These parks are just a few of the places you can enjoy family fun for all ages! Which parks do you plan to visit this summer? Let us know in the comments below!