24 Mile Road and Dequindre in Shelby Township
Richmond, MI 48062
This trail has beautiful scenery: open fields, fruit orchards, densely populated wooded areas, running water and much more. This trail is 24 miles long and is great for walking, running, biking or skating, the surface is relatively flat with asphalt and concrete pathways. There are three entrances to this park: in the heart of Richmond, Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail. Entering from the eastern side is the best for a picnic because the park has restrooms, benches, gazebos and picnic tables. It is a perfect setting for spending time with family and friends.
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8450 West 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 49067
www.detroitzoo.orgCost: Adults $14, Children $10
What is better than having a picnic next to lions, tigers, bears and maybe penguins, too? The zoo is family-friendly and great for all ages. Enjoy the outdoors while walking through all of the mammals, birds, amphibians, invertebrates and reptile exhibits. Relate to the animals by getting involved in their world, understand what makes each animal unique, see what they eat, witness how they play, talk to the animals when they are out socializing or be quiet when they are sleeping. This is an educational and memorable day for everyone at the zoo.
2800 State Park Road
Monroe, MI 48162
www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrailsCost: $7 day pass
Sterling State Park is a perfect place to spend a day. Take a walk along the beach of Lake Erie, go fishing, hike six miles of trails, ride bikes on pavement, and/or watch the wildlife in their habitat. This is a safe place for everyone. When activities are completed, meet back at the picnic area for a delightful lunch and share experiences and pictures from a fun-filled day.
300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800
Detroit, MI 48207
Learn about history for a day, or have fun at the conservatory, greenhouse, aquarium, zoo, ships and museum. Belle Isle has almost every attraction imaginable in one location. Take time to enjoy the structures and monuments. Explore the oldest aquarium in North America and see what the cypress tank-lined walls contain. Enjoy the Borreal Wetlands Forest and finding special species such as the White Trout Lilies in springtime, and enjoy all the other wonderful opportunities that can be experienced in Belle Isle.
1130 Clark St.
Detroit, MI 48209
www.clarkparkdetroit.comCost: free entry (activities may be an extra charge)
Clark Park Coalition allows families to promote growth, confidence and talent through various opportunities. The hope is to educate, inspire and develop skills for children so they can become well-rounded and successful adults. Recreational activities such as athletics, arts and crafts, technology, fitness and nutrition, horticulture, employment and volunteering opportunities are available. Spend a day at the park, or sign up for an activity and enjoy weeks of fun. This is a family friendly community that teaches and inspires children to dream.