Fun Places to Go in Metro Detroit This Summer – Here’s what’s open in Governor Whitmer’s plan to re-open Michigan during covid. Updates on beaches, waterparks, splash pads, the DIA, the Detroit Zoo, Jimmy John’s Field, and local entertainment places and popular outdoor recreational facilities.
Here’s what’s open, what’s opening soon, and the restrictions and guidelines in place due to covid-19 at these parks, businesses, and establishments. Currently, parks, summer camps, and golf courses are open. The updates below includes links to reviews and photo galleries.
Fun Places to Go in Metro Detroit This Summer – Waterparks / Splash Pads / Spray Parks
Clarkston Spraypark at Clintonwood Park
(6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkson, MI 48346, 248-625-1444, www.indtwp.com)
The NEWLY REMODELED Clarkston Spraypark AKA Renee Przybylski Memorial Spraypark is now open! REVIEW / PICS / VIDEO
UPDATE 6/19/20 – Per Independence Twp Parks Rec & Seniors – The Renee Przylski WILL is now OPEN for the summer.
Splash Pad at Heritage Park
(24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI, 248-536-5617, www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us)
Heritage Park has a small splash pad at the north end of the park near the north shelter / picnic area and playground. Kids are free to run through splash pad when the weather is warm enough. Entry to Heritage Park is FREE and so is the Splash Pad! REVIEW / PICS / INFO
UPDATE 6/26/20 – Heritage Park Splash Pad is now open for the summer of 2020. The City is operating the Splash Pad at a limited capacity per the Governor’s Executive Order and visitors are reminded that social distancing is required for all those not from the same household. If the Splash Pad is at capacity, families are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy at Heritage Park or to visit the nearby Snack Shack.
Kensington Metropark Splash n Blast
(2240 W Buno Road, Milford, MI 48380, 248-685-1561, www.metroparks.com)
The Kensington Metropark Splash n Blast waterpark has two main areas of attraction. First, there is a pair of 250-foot twisted waterslides for kids 42″ or taller. Second, there is a large open spray park that is decorated with palm trees, serpents and cannons that spray water. Kensington Metropark Splash n Blast is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend each year from 11a to 7p daily. REVIEW / PICS / INFO.
UPDATE 6/19/20 – The Splash ‘N’ Blast at Kensington Metropark will reopen June 19 with some capacity and operating adjustments
KLR SplashPad at Seymour Lake Park
(2795 Seymour Lake Rd, Oxford Twp, MI 48371, 248-628-1720, www.oxparkrec.org)
Seymour Lake Park splashpad itself offers plenty of fountains, geysers, water guns, filling and dumping water buckets, spraying palm trees that kids can run through, play with and control. The area surrounding KLR Splashpad is filled with shaded benches and a fence so it’s very easy to keep your eyes on your kids. Enjoy the awesome Kids Kingdom playground while you’re there! REVIEW / PICS / INFO.
UPDATE 6/19/20 – KLR Splash Pad is now OPEN for the summer of 2020 with reduced hours and capacity limits.
Lake St Clair Metropark Pool and Squirt Zone
(31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, www.metroparks.com)
The Squirt Zone Spray Ground at Lake St Clair Metropark is FREE for park visitors and open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Located between the 50-Meter outdoor pool and the beach on Lake St Clair, this splashpad is zero-entry safe for kids and extremely expansive. The pool at Lake St. Clair Metropark is now open with capacity and operating adjustments. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
Spray n Play Splash Pad and Adventure Park at Indian Springs Metropark
(5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, www.metroparks.com)
Spray n Play is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and is an extension of the large Adventure Playground. Featuring spray cannons, a hill slide, water buckets, and sprayers… Spray and Play is a fun way to cool off when enjoying the rest of Adventure playground. In addition to the splash pad & Spray n Play, kids will enjoy cargo nets, mazes, toddler lot, and climbing wall. Admission to Adventure Park featuring Spray n Play is FREE with normal park admission to Indian Springs Metropark. REVIEW / PICS / INFO.
Fun Places to Go in Metro Detroit This Summer – Swimming Beaches / Pools
Metroparks Beaches (throughout Metro Detroit)
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
Beaches open and available for visitors, as long as they are practicing social distancing. Metroparks are working with local health departments to perform water quality testing to ensure beaches are safe for swimming. Metroparks police officers will be out enforcing social distancing, and Metroparks ability to keep these areas open relies on people practicing social distancing. Please remember to give other visitors the recommended six feet of space so that we can keep these areas open to visitors. Beaches at the Metropark are considered “swim at your own risk”. METROPARKS VIRTUAL RESOURCES
Spencer Park Beach in Rochester Hills / Carter Lake
(3701 John R Rd, Rochester Hills, MI, 248-656-4657, rochesterhills.org)
“Beach capacity is limited to 100 people at a time and is strictly monitored. No sunbathing or groups on sand area. Groups and sunbathing allowed on grass areas only. 400 people maximum allowed in the park, first come, first served. No group/tent reservations allowed. The following items are closed/not available – drinking fountains, concessions, boat rentals. Modern restrooms are open and cleaned 3 times a day. Playground is open.” REVIEW / PICS / INFO
Deer Lake Beach
(350 White Lake Road, Clarkston, MI, 248-625-1444, www.indetwp.com)
Deer Lake Beach is now OPEN for the Summer of 2020 with their usual hours (11a-7p) but there WILL NOT BE A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY and this beach, like several others in Michigan, a “swim at your own risk” beach. Independence Twp Lifeguards will return to their post next season. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
Fun Places to Go in Metro Detroit This Summer – Outdoor Recreation
Sportway in Waterford
(4355 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan 48328, 248-683-9200, sportway.co)
Sportway Go Kart City racing, mini golf, batting cages, & putt-putt is open for 2020. Eurobungy is currently unavailable for 2020. Sportway is open from 10a-11p daily for the summer. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
(45799 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, 48375, 248-735-1050, www.paradiseparknovi.com)
Paradise Park is open from 3p-10p Tuesday-Sundays for Go Karts, mini golf, outdoor food & bar service. Events will organized to provide safe social distancing with cleaning teams deployed throughout the park. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
Willow Creek Golf & Sports Center
(3120 S Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, Michigan 48359, 248-393-2800, willowcreekgolfcenter.com)
2 mini golf courses and driving range is open. Batting cages are closed. Number of patrons on premise may be limited to ensure social distancing and safety. You will be ASKED TO LEAVE if you are not abiding by guidelines and rules and/or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19. Always maintain a MINIMUM of SIX (6) FEET between yourself and all others & do not gather in groups. No building access is allowed. Restrooms are closed. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
United Shores Professional Baseball at Jimmy John’s Field
(7171 Auburn Rd, Utica, MI 48317, 248-601-2400 ext 4, uspbl.com)
The USPBL has taken the appropriate steps to meet guidelines for social distancing, safety protocols, and sanitation. Pursuant to Executive Order of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, capacity for these games is limited to 100 people which are currently being distributed to suite holders. Baseball is underway at Jimmy John’s Field for the season and you can currently check out live-streamed games on their YouTube channel.
(21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038-1541, 586-469-2800, cjbarrymores.com)
The Restaurant, Bar, Wings & Beer food trailer and outdoor attractions are open. The indoor attractions remain temporarily closed. Outdoor attraction includes Drop Tower, Saddle Swing, Ferris Wheel, Spinning Coaster, batting cages, bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, driving range, Euro bungy, Loop Roller Coaster, Soaring Zipline, and more.
Education and Culture
(8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, 248-541-5717, detroitzoo.org)
The Detroit Zoo is open daily from 9a-5p to Detroit Zoo Zoological Members and to the public through purchasing tickets via advanced registration HERE. All guests and members visiting the Detroit Zoo, ages two and older, are required to have reservations. In an effort to maintain physical distancing among guests, the DZS will be limiting capacity within the Zoo over the 125 acres. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. Reservations will be limited to 6 people per Governor Whitmer’s order.
Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens Summer Tours
(350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401, 248-364-6200, meadowbrookhall.org)
Fridays through Tuesdays from 11a-4p. Indoors – Self guided touring available on all three levels of the house. Special insight and historic anecdotes are available in an all-new visitor app featuring the house and grounds. Outdoors – Explore our 16 gardens, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and play lawn games in the Rock Garden. Meadow Brook’s garages will be open to display The Hall’s unique collection of vintage Dodge cars. Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces. Maintain physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others. Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, Seniors $7, Children 5 & under are FREE. For more info, visit meadowbrookhall.org.
Sea Life Michigan
(4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-409-6009, www2.visitsealife.com/michigan)
Must pre-purchase a ticket online at least 1-day in advance. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Normal hours on all other days. Due to local health regulations, masks or face coverings are required to be worn. Must book online due to limited capacity and to ensure safe social distancing. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan
(Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-409-6009, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan)
The attraction is CLOSED, but the store is currently OPEN to purchase LEGO sets. REVIEW / PICS / INFO
Cranbrook Art Museum
(39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, 248-645-3323, www.cranbrookartmuseum.org)
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (& Wednesdays) from noon-5p, noon-8p FREE Thursdays FREE Admission). Cranbrook Art Museum is now open with covid precautions in place. Check out their new exhibit – Shapeshifters: Transformations in Contemporary Art. Reservations are required in advance (*including ArtMember Preview days and free Thursdays). Click HERE before you arrive to reserve or purchase a ticket and for specific policies and procedures. CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES
OPENING AUGUST 26 FOR NON MEMBERS BY RESERVATION
Cranbrook Institute of Science
(39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48303, 1-877-462-7262, science.cranbrook.edu)
Daily Wednesdays through Sundays
Cranbrook Institute of Science is now open with covid precautions in place.The Acheson Planetarium will be closed upon the initial reopening phase, and will reopen when it is deemed safe with social distancing guidelines in place. Reservations are required in advance (*including Member Preview days). Click HERE before you arrive to reserve or purchase a ticket and for specific policies and procedures. CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES.
Detroit Institute of Arts
(5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, dia.org)
The DIA will reopen to members and tri-county residents on July 10, and to all visitors on July 15. Tickets are temporarily free of charge for all visitors. Beginning in August, general admission fees will be reinstated for visitors who reside outside of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. With the galleries of the DIA scheduled to open again, each of us plays a role in a safe reopening, with social distancing, face masks, and additional health and safety precautions in place. Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. The DIA will adhere to the following – required facemasks, required temperature checks, required social distancing, the cafe & Kresge Court will be closed, coat check will be closed, large bags prohibited, and credit card or debit card only – no cash. DIA VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES
The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
(20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, Michigan, 313-982-6001, thehenryford.org)
The Henry Ford Museum AND Greenfield Village are open from 9:30a-5p Thursdays through Sundays during their “reopening schedule”. To maintain a safe experience, members must have timed reservations to visit Greenfield Village prior to arriving on-site, however members are welcome to visit Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation at any time during opening hours, without a reservation. Reservations policies are subject to change to prioritize the health and safety of our members, guests and staff. Tickets / Reservations can be purchased HERE. THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES
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