You don’t have to go far for an adventure, head to Southfield for a family day that will ROCK at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve.

The Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve is one of the coolest places to visit in metro Detroit. Get a Rocky Mountain experience close to home and let the kids climb on rocky terrain, hills and pathways. Afterwards, take a stroll through the nature trail (it’s stroller friendly) and make your way to the overlook onto five-acre Carpenter Lake.

Bring your camera because the grounds are beautiful and the perfect place for family photos, especially when the leaves start to change. There’s a large public parking lot in front of the rock park and nature trail. Unfortunately, there are no restrooms.

If the kids still have energy afterwards, stop by Bauervic Woods Park. The playground is only 10 minutes away and designed for kids of all ages. Put 26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076 in your GPS, the entrance is off 9 Mile Road, west of Evergreen.

Or if you are craving a sweet treat, take a 10 minute drive to Franklin Cider Mill.

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve // 10 Mile Road, East of Inkster, Southfield, MI 48076