With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning for your warm-weather getaways. But never fear: you don’t have to venture too far from the Motor City to enjoy beautiful beachfront fun. Here are nine delightful waterfront towns within driving distance of Detroit — and you’ll be absolutely charmed.
This beautiful beachfront town is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Located approximately 90 minutes by car from downtown Detroit, Lexington offers a quaint shopping area, plenty of lovely inns and restaurants, and access to the unspoiled Lake Huron shoreline.
If you’re looking for a great place to rent a summer cottage, Caseville is the perfect spot for you. Settle in for a weekend of waterfront lounging, family fun, and natural exploration. Grab a drink at one of the area’s hometown bars or camp near the beach at nearby Sleeper State Park. What’s not to love?
3. Bay City
Load up the family and enjoy a stroll or bike ride along the Saginaw Bay River Walk in beautiful Bay City. With friendly residents, gorgeous waterfront views, and plenty of charming parks scattered throughout the town, this is Michigan at its very best. Can you imagine a better place to beat the heat?
4. Port Austin
This hidden gem is a truly magical little place, and those who frequent it will sing its praises immediately. Kayak out to Turnip Rock, a unique formation that will absolutely take your breath away. If kayaking isn't quite your speed, enjoy the waterfront with a visit to Port Crescent State Park. Ahh, bliss.
5. Harbor Beach
This small town has something for everyone: lighthouses, refreshing water, a farmers market, and all sorts of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Camp in the lovely North Park Campground or simply marvel at views of Lake Huron. When you’re seeking an escape from the stress of everyday life in Detroit, Harbor Beach certainly fits the bill.
6. Port Sanilac
Boating, fishing, swimming, dining, and hiking: these are just a few of the amazing activities you can partake in during your visit to Port Sanilac! Make the 90-minute drive from Detroit and settle in for a day of bliss. Lake Huron will charm you, the Port Sanilac Lighthouse will delight visitors of all ages, and the friendly community will welcome you with open arms.
7. New Baltimore
This tiny town on the shores of the Anchor Bay hosts its very own festival each summer: Bay-Rama is scheduled to take place June 21-25 this year, and it boasts everything from carnival rides to live music. But New Baltimore is charming no matter when you visit, and you’ll want to take a peaceful walk through its small but lovely downtown area.
8. Tawas City
If you’re willing to wake up early, catch an incredible sunrise from the shores of Lake Huron in Tawas City. This scenic little town is a perfect place to laugh, explore, and play in the water with loved ones. Pack a picnic lunch and head to Shoreline Park for a day of fabulous views and outdoor excitement. Summer doesn't get much better than this.
9. Harrison Township
Explore stunning Lake St. Clair when you stop in at this Macomb County gem, which boasts magical views of the water and all sorts of activities to enjoy. Get your feet wet at Lake St. Clair Metropark or hit the water in a boat — no matter how you choose to embrace the great outdoors, Harrison Township surely has you covered. The best part? It’s only a thirty minute drive from Detroit!
Did we leave any of your favorite waterfront towns within close driving distance of Detroit off our list? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comment section below!