Is there any better way to spend time outdoors than enjoying a lovely picnic? We think not. After all, picnicking combines two amazing pastimes: enjoying nature and digging into delicious food. While you might not think of the Motor City as a picnicking hotspot, we beg to differ. There are all sorts of picnic spots in Detroit, and you’ll want to make plans to visit each and every delightful destination. Check out our seven top picnicking locales throughout the city.
1. Milliken State Park
Milliken State Park Lighthouse, 42°19'57.0"N 83°01'28.8"W, Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
If you’re eager to enjoy a picnic lunch while appreciating lovely waterfront views, Milliken State Park is calling your name. This charming state park within city limits sits along the banks of the Detroit River and boasts loads of green space in addition to a beautiful lighthouse. Whether you settle in atop the grass or snag a picnic table under a covered space, you’ll fall in love with Milliken.
2. Beacon Park
Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Located along Grand River Avenue, Beacon Park is home to all sorts of events and gatherings throughout the year. If you’re hoping to enjoy a picnic here, you’re in luck: the park is dotted with charming seating areas that are ideal for a romantic lunch date or a family get-together. There’s always something happening here, so you’ll never be bored as you dine with your loved ones in tow.
3. Belle Isle
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It’s no secret that Belle Isle is one of Detroit's top attractions. This island park is chock full of fun things to do and see, from a historic aquarium to a beautiful conservatory that boasts loads of stunning plants. For those seeking a more laid-back experience, picnicking within the park is the perfect option. Select a table or find a place to spread your picnic blanket as you appreciate city views, riverfront beauty, and timeless charm.
4. Dequindre Cut
Dequindre Cut, Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI, USA
Hoping to combine your next picnic with a bit of activity? Take a bike ride, walk, or rollerblading adventure along the Dequindre Cut, an urban greenway that stretches for two miles through the Motor City. After stretching your legs, stop at one of the greenway’s seating areas or grassy spaces to rest, rehydrate, and dig into delicious fare. When you’re done eating, continue the adventure! What’s not to love?
5. Palmer Park
Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit, MI 48203, USA
This 296-acre wonderland is one of Detroit’s prettiest parks, featuring everything from towering trees to playground space for little ones. When the weather allows, there’s nothing more relaxing than visiting Palmer Park for a fun picnic with the entire family. Do a bit of grilling, keep it simple with a picnic basket and a blanket, or settle in at a table to celebrate a special occasion. You’ll return time and time again.
6. Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Campus Martius Park sits in the heart of downtown Detroit and regularly serves as a hotspot for seasonal gatherings and events, including a massive ice skating rink and holiday decor during the winter months. No matter when you drop by, though, you’ll find plenty of space for picnicking. Whether you’re enjoying food from one of the park’s accompanying restaurants or bringing along your own fare, there’s ample seating and plenty of hustle and bustle to add people-watching to your picnic itinerary. Talk about fun!
7. Dueweke Park
Dueweke Park, 4975 Sheridan St, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
For a quieter experience, venture to Dueweke Park, which features a covered pavilion area and boundless green space with room for the whole family to relax. Set up a picnic while little ones explore the playground or older family members enjoy the on-site basketball court. After enjoying lunch, take a stroll through the park to round out your afternoon of fresh air. What a perfect way to unwind.
So, there you have it: seven of our favorite picnic spots in Detroit. Did any of your favorites make the list? Are there other picnicking areas in the Motor City that should have been included? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another unique park in Detroit by completing our
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