Detroit April 03, 2018
9 Perfect Places In Detroit For People Who Hate Crowds
No matter how friendly we might be, there’s something to be said for enjoying a bit of solitude from time to time. Life in the Motor City often makes it difficult to avoid crowds – in fact, many of our favorite activities in Detroit require us to mingle with strangers. If you’re searching for some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city life, check out these nine destinations in Detroit.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Belle Isle
You might find crowds inside Belle Isle’s aquarium or conservatory, but much of this stunning island park is comprised of open green space. Stroll along the waterfront, check out sunset views, or simply breathe in the fresh air of this delightful destination. There’s no better place for a solo journey.
2. The Dequindre Cut
Hop on your bike and head out for a leisurely ride along this two-mile stretch of trail, which sits on the site of a former rail line. You might encounter a few fellow riders or joggers, but your time exploring the Dequindre Cut certainly won’t place you smack dab in the middle of a massive crowd.
3. Milliken State Park and Harbor (1900 Atwater St.)
Many newcomers are surprised to learn that Detroit houses its very own in-city state park, but they’re delighted when they experience the beauty and peace of Milliken State Park and Harbor. Whether you’re tossing in your fishing line or simply walking along the trails, you’ll find a sense of quietude here that can’t be matched elsewhere in the Motor City.
4. Lafayette Greens (132 W Lafayette Blvd.)
This urban garden draws in visitors each year with its special events and unique greenery, but don’t let its location in the heart of the city fool you; you can certainly come here to avoid crowds. Lafayette Greens offers plenty of benches and covered sitting areas, which lend themselves perfectly to settling in with a good book or a cup of coffee.
5. Detroit Riverfront
On an average day, the Riverfront is an ideal destination for Detroiters who just need a bit of personal space. Sure, you’ll find others perusing this gorgeous area on the Detroit River, but the sheer amount of space here means that people are spread out. Breathe in the fresh air to rejuvenate your body and mind.
6. Hart Plaza
This fantastic park offers an easy getaway for Detroiters of all ages. During warmer months, sit back and relax as the kiddos splash in Hart Plaza’s amazing fountain. Throughout the year, catch stunning views of the city skyline from anywhere in the park. What’s not to love?
7. Beacon Park (1901 Grand River Ave.)
Beacon Park is the city’s newest outdoor destination, so you might not have explored it yet - but you’ve been missing out! Featuring the largest green lawn of any downtown Detroit park, this spot is perfect for those who crave a bit of interaction with the outdoors. You don’t have to worry about bumping shoulders with too many strangers as you appreciate this fun locale.
8. Lincoln Street Art Park (5926 Lincoln St.)
This hidden gem is never too crowded, but you’ll be telling all your friends to visit after checking out the wonderful pieces of public art that call it home! From sculptures made of recycled materials to breathtaking murals, there’s something here to fascinate every visitor. This amazing park highlights Detroit’s creative spirit at its very best and brightest.
9. Grand Circus Park
This five-acre park in downtown Detroit features lovely foliage, plenty of trees, and even a dog park where your four-legged friends can get a bit of exercise. Take a seat on the grass or grab a bench along the park’s paths - this spot will almost make you forget that you’re in Michigan’s largest city.
Where’s your favorite place in the Motor City to escape the big city buzz? Let us know in the comments below!