Detroit Parks and Gardens

(Detroit, Michigan - MI, USA)

Nestled amid Detroit's cityscapes and suburban areas, a number of grassy knolls, open parklands and vividly colored gardens provide respite from the urban bustle. Gardens in Detroit provide a range of opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

The best-known retreat in Detroit is Belle Isle, a 'floating' park in the Detroit River delta that is home to several enticing attractions. However, this is just one of the many pockets of pleasant gardens that provide entertainment and escape for the city's residents and visitors.

Belle Isle

Address: 2 Inselruhe, Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 852 4078
Designed by the creator of New York's Central Park, Belle Isle is an impressive feat of landscaping filled with fun things to do. Accessible only by boat or bridge, Belle Isle is a piece of land located in the Detroit River Mouth and is home to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Zoo, and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a greenhouse filled with tropical orchids and rare flora.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to 22:00
Admission: free, charge for some attractions

Chene Park

Address: 2600 East Atwater at Jos. Campau, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 393 0292
Located in the urban area of Grosse Point Woods along the Detroit River and bordering Lake St Clair, Chene Park is the site of a riverfront amphitheater that plays regular host to accomplished jazz, blues and classical musicians.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Cranbrook Gardens

Address: 380 Lone Pine Road, Cranbrook University, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 248 645 3147
Surrounding the historical Cranbrook Mansion in Detroit's exclusive area of Bloomfield Hills are the exquisitely manicured Cranbrook Gardens, which feature perennial and annual flower beds exploding with color, an Oriental garden and a swamp garden. The home itself is an English, Arts and Crafts style manor house still containing much of its original furnishings and decorative additions.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Harmonie Park

Located on the east side of Detroit, this triangular park is a grassy oasis in close proximity to Greektown, the Theater District and the new Tiger Stadium.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Address: 1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 734 998 7067
Located a short distance from Detroit central in the suburb of Ann Arbor, Matthaei Botanical Gardens is home many trails that are embellished with plant species from all over the world.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

St. Aubin Park

St. Aubin Park can be found on the scenic Detroit River and is a popular recreational location, offering two fishing shelters, picnic spots and two-river overlooks. The park is also the leaving site for Diamond Jack's tours, providing a unique experience of the city from aboard a boat on the Detroit River.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free