Detroit February 22, 2021
by Sophie Boudreau 10 Of The Greatest Destinations Most Detroiters Overlook
If you’re searching for something new to explore here in Metro Detroit, you’ve come to the right place. While we’ve often featured popular destinations and long-beloved locales in previous articles, there are plenty of lesser-known spots in and around the Motor City that deserve a second look. When you think you’ve done it all, check out these 10 oft-overlooked destinations in and around Detroit.
1. Lakeside Park and Beach (3670 Gratiot Ave, Port Huron)
Whether temperatures are scorching or snow is on the ground, there’s something seriously magical about walking along the waterfront. Many Detroiters appreciate unwinding at Belle Isle Beach, but one spot that sits just 90 minutes away from downtown is perfect for a quieter, more peaceful beach outing. In addition to a thousand feet of shoreline on Lake Huron, there’s a playground and lots of green space.
2. Indian Village Centennial Garden (8299 Charlevoix St, Detroit)
Searching for a place to reconnect with nature while appreciating one of Detroit’s most unique and historic neighborhoods? Make your way to this community-operated garden in the Indian Village district, where you’ll find a sense of serenity and lots of lovely blooms. In addition to its pretty scenery, the garden offers space for special events and gatherings throughout the year.
3. Maheras-Gentry Park (12550 Avondale St, Detroit)
When you think about parks in Detroit, your mind might immediately latch onto Campus Martius or Milliken. While it’s not quite as famous as its counterparts, Maheras-Gentry Park is still worth exploring with the whole family in tow. Situated near the entrance to Bayview Yacht Club, this 52-acre gem is home to walking space, a bike trail, sporting areas, and stunning Detroit River frontage.
4. Stage Nature Center (6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy)
It only takes 40 minutes to reach Stage Nature Center by car from Detroit, rendering it an unbeatable place for a day trip that will sweep you far away from the stresses of everyday life. The natural area features 100 acres of land and 1.5 miles of trails to peruse, so you’ll certainly be able to stretch your legs. From forests that change color each fall to lush marsh areas, there’s so much to appreciate within.
5. John K. King Books (901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit)
This might be difficult to believe for bookworms, but some Detroiters have never set foot within
John K. King Used & Rare Books
. This absolutely massive store is overflowing with everything from new titles to rare editions of classics - in fact, there are more than a million books inside. Peruse four stories of literary paradise before making your final selections and heading out with seemingly endless new material.
6. Seven Lakes State Park (14390 Fish Lake Rd, Holly)
At just over one hour by car from Detroit, Seven Lakes State Park might not have made its way onto your regional bucket list yet, but trust us when we say that it’s worthy of an adventure. The park boasts more than 1,400 acres and features one large lake comprising seven smaller lakes that previously called the area home. Whether you’re picnicking, hiking, fishing, or cross-country skiing, you’ll adore this spot.
7. Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave)
You don’t have to be a full-blown history buff to appreciate a stop at the Detroit Historical Museum, a local treasure that offers priceless insight into the story of the Motor City. Operated by Wayne State University, the museum takes visitors on a journey through some of Detroit’s most iconic eras, including its fur trading years and the formation of its earliest auto assembly line. You’ll have a blast as you learn.
8. The Wave Field (off Hayward and Beal, Ann Arbor)
Make your way to Ann Arbor to visit the Wave Field, a unique piece of earthen art that’s tucked away on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. This impressive spot is made up of
topped in grass that appear to move and shift with different light and weather. When you visit, you’ll feel like you’ve encountered an otherworldly landscape - so bring along your camera.
9. Matt & Mo’s Italian Beef (24110 John R Rd, Hazel Park)
In conjunction with a Doug’s Delight Ice Cream Shop, this Hazel Park locale serves mouthwatering fare from a walk-up building that conjures a sense of retro charm. If you’re craving a dose of Chicago-style Italian beef right here in Metro Detroit, there’s really no better place to dine. Whether you opt for a sausage sandwich, an order of poutine, or a classic order of Italian beef, this eatery will hit the spot.
10. Dossin Great Lakes Museum (100 The Strand)
Eager to learn more about Metro Detroit’s maritime history? Make your way to Belle Isle for a visit to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a decidedly underrated educational destination here in the Motor City. There are 16,000 square feet of space to check out here, and it’s tough to be bored as you make your way through exhibits filled with model ships, homages to local shipwrecks, and so much more.
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