90+ Places for Outdoor Activities in Southeast Michigan

Outdoor Activities in Southeast Michigan

Is there anything better than summer in Michigan? I certainly don’t think so! I have a lot of love for all the seasons my home state offers, but nothing gets me more excited than spending the summer by water and relaxing around a bonfire at the end of the night.

I decided to come up with another BIG list of places for outdoor activities in Southeast Michigan. This is not sponsored by anyone, and none of the links you will click pay me. This is truly just meant to be a resource for you all, and of course myself, too! 😀

Since I live smack dab in the middle of the southeast section of the mitten, this list has places to go in the Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing areas.

Plan an adventure today and enjoy the beautiful summer ahead!

*Please note: Many of the public pools and splash pads do not open until Memorial Day.*


For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum {Burton}

Auto City Speedway {Clio}

Heavenly Scent Herb Farm {Fenton}

Heavenly Scent Herb Farm

Heavenly Scent Herb Farm store on the garden grounds

Spicer Orchards with Playground {Fenton}

Flint Farmer’s Market

Bluebell Beach and Splash Pad Spray Ground {Genesee Township//Flint}

Creasey Bicentennial Park & Splash Pad {Grand Blanc}

US-23 Drive-In Theater {Flint}

Crosssroads Village, Huckleberry Railroad and the Genesee Belle {Flint}

Linden County Park on Clover Beach with Playscape and Trail {Linden}


Lake Lansing Park South {Haslett}

Burchfield Park – Beach and canoe rentals {Holt}

Family Aquatic Center with Splash Park {East Lansing}

W.J. Beal Botanical Garden {East Lansing, MSU’s campus} Make sure to visit the MSU Dairy Store too!

4-H Children’s Gardens {East Lansing}

Lansing City Market

Lansing River Trail

Baldwin Park {Lansing}

Cheer on the Lansing Lugnuts

Potter Park Zoo {Lansing}

Potter Park Zoo

Kinley having fun at Potter Park Zoo

Fenner Nature Center {Lansing}

Hawk Island County Park with a Splash Pad {Lansing}

Woldumar Nature Center {Lansing}

Brighton Recreation Area and Bishop Lake

Brighton Mill Pond and Imagination Station Playground

Island Lake Recreation Area {Brighton}

Hell Canoe & Kayak Rental & Screams Ice Cream {Hell}

Brighton Recreation Area Riding Stables {actually in Howell}

Howell City Park at Thompson Lake with Beach

Genoa Township Park, Fields and Trail {Howell}

Howell Nature Center

Howell Nature Center

Howell Nature Center entrance

Lakeland Trails State Park {Pinckney}

Pinckney Recreation Area

DeGroot’s Strawberry U-Pick {Gregory}

Hazen’s Farm for U-Pick {Howell}


Partridge Creek with Fountain and Play Structure {Clinton Township}

George George Memorial Park {Clinton Township}

St. Clair Shores Metro Beach Squirt Zone {Harrison Township}

Westview Orchards and Adventure Farm {Romeo}

CJ Barrymore’s {Clinton Township}

Stony Creek Metropark {Shelby}

Metro Beach {Mt. Clemens}

Macomb Orchard Trail {Sterling Heights}


Cranbrook Gardens {Bloomfield Hills}

Spraypark at Clintonwood {Clarkston}

Hazel Park Raceway

Holly State Recreation Area

Friendship Woods & Nature Center {Madison Heights}

Red Oaks Water Park {Madison Heights}

Kensington Metropark with Splash & Blast {Milford}

Heavner’s Canoe/Kayak Rental {Milford}

Biking on the Milford Trail

Bald Mountain Recreation Area {Lake Orion}

Clinton River Trail {Through Oakland County}

Seymour Lake Park and Splash Pad {Oxford}

Upland Hills Farm {Oxford}

Paint Creek Trail {Rochester}

Yates Cider Mill – Ice Cream, Trail & Petting Farm {Rochester}

Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens {Rochester}

Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall

Detroit Zoo {Royal Oak}

Troy Family Aquatics Center

Waterford Oaks Waterpark {Waterford}

Indian Springs Metropark with Spray N’ Play Area {White Lake}


The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms {Ann Arbor}

Nichols Arboretum // Matthaei Botanical Gardens {Ann Arbor}

Delhi Metropark {Ann Arbor}

Leslie Science and Nature Center {Ann Arbor}

Gallup Park and Canoe Livery {Ann Arbor}

Buhr Pakr and Outdoor Pool {Ann Arbor}

Fuller Park Pool {Ann Arbor}

Veteran’s Memorial Park Pool {Ann Arbor}

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center and Water Park {Belleville}

Hudson Mills Metropark {Dexter}

Dexter-Huron Metropark

Putterz Golf & Games {Ypsilanti}

Rolling Hills Water Park {Ypsilanti}

Rowe’s Produce Farm for U-Pick {Ypsilanti}

Independence Lake Blue Heron Bay Spray Play {Whitmore Lake}


Heritage Park Splash Pad {Canton}

Flodin Splash Park {Canton}

Greenfield Village {Dearborn}

Ford Drive-In Theater {Dearborn}

Belle Isle Park {Detroit}

Comerica Park to cheer on the Tigers {Detroit}

Detroit Princess Riverboat

Diamond Jacks River Tours {Detroit}

Eastern Market {Detroit}

Riverwalk//Dequindre Cut {Detroit}

Wheelhouse Detroit

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House – Gardens {Grosse Pointe}

Ford House

Some of the gardens at Ford House

Maybury State Park – Hiking/Biking Trails, Riding Stable and Farm {Northville}

Heritage Park Petting Farm {Taylor}

Northwest Park Pool {Taylor}

Midway Sports & Entertainment {Taylor}

H20 Zone Spray Ground {Westland}



Where are your favorite spots around SE Michigan for enjoying the great outdoors?



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  1. says

    The heritage park splash pad you have up there is in Oakland County in Farmington Hills not Canton. I wondered if there was another, but the link brings you to the FH one… For sure though Heritage Park in Farmington Hills with it’s park, splash pad, miles of trails, awesome nature center (borrow a nature back pack if you go for a hike!), lots of events…. A great place all year long!