Head Downriver for family fun – from playgrounds and nature trails to waterparks and splash pads and more!

Make A Splash

  • If swimming in a Great Lake is on your summer bucket list, head to the beach at Sterling State Park. There are picnic areas, trails and a modern playground too. Luna Pier is also a great small-town destination with a sandier beach and lighthouse.
  • Community Park in Flat Rock has a FREE splash pad and large wooden playground (with sandbox) next to their historic village.
  • Trenton’s Kennedy Aquatic Center offers a zero entry and lap pool, kids splash area and water slide.
  • Pick your preference – dive into the pool or let the kids race around the splash pad the City of Taylor offers both. Cool off at Lamarand Splash Field or lounge around at Northwest Park Pool.
  • The splash pad at River Rouge’s Memorial Park is popular with kids because of its big dump bucket and fun water features.
  • We love FREE and the Woodhaven Civic Center splash pad is a perfect place to cool off after a day of play (the playground is awesome).
  • Thorn Park Splash Pad is a great space for kids to run around, the shaded park also has a large playground that is great for all ages.
  • Relax at the zero-entry pool with waterslide at Huron-Clinton Metropark’s Willow Park in New Boston.

Playgrounds + Nature Trails

Soak up the sun and stroll the great outdoors. Take a nature walk at the Detroit River International Wildlife RefugeOakwoods Metropark (new nature center too!), Crosswinds MarshGrosse Ile Nature Trail or Elizabeth Park. Let your littles run around one of these top pick playgrounds.

  • Kiwanis Park (Southgate)
    • A train lovers dream, Kiwanis Park has a large, modern train play structure and from May to October miniature train rides one weekend a month thanks to the Great Lakes Live Steamers!
  • Thorn Park (Brownstown)
    • Thorn Park has something for everyone. An old school, miniature town for littles to play pretend. Dedicated forest themed playgrounds for toddlers and big kids, a massive sand pit, swings and a splash pad!
  • Rotary Park (Wyandotte) 
    • The new firetruck themed playground at Rotary Park is fun for kids of all ages, mostly fenced in and offers good shade. It’s located next to the library and downtown for shopping – there’s even a splash pad area on Main Street that is only a short walk away.
  • Northwest Park (Taylor)
    • The new play structure is perfect for climbers of all ages, with two fast slides as the main feature. Enjoy permanent gaming stations, including foosball, basketball courts, and a paved trail to a second play structure.
  • Lake Erie Metropark (Brownstown) 
    • The Metropark has two modern playgrounds that have great views of the Great Lake. There is also a cute nature center.

Visit Animals

  • At Taylor’s Heritage Park Petting Farm you’ll find cows, horses, goats, pigs and more!
  • Go for a ride at Children’s Pony Ranch on Elizabeth Park. Children, 100lbs and less, can ride on a pony that is held by an adult for a 15 minute loop trail walk. Parents/gaurdians can walk next to the horse during the ride.  In addition to riding a pony, guests can visit with other animals including donkeys, goats and a llama.
  • Visit animals AND grab farm fresh ice cream at Calder’s Dairy Farm. Eat your ice cream while watching the animals on the farm, including the cows who made it possible.

Rainy Day Fun

Keep cool this summer and enjoy indoor fun at Rev’d Up Fun or Mandee’s Funtastic Play Center in Woodhaven, United Skates of America in Lincoln Park or Airborne Adventure Park in Taylor.

Outdoor Movies

Stay up past bedtime and watch a movie outside this summer at Memory Lane Drive-In Theater (Monroe).

Main photo: River Rouge’s Memorial Park