When you live in the Great Lakes State, there’s no shortage of sandy beaches, but most of them require a drive – here are five local beaches you can visit in Metro Detroit on those hot summer days!
2800 State Park Rd, Monroe, MI 48162
Hours: 8am to 10pm
Sterling is the only state park on Lake Erie. Dive into the Great Lake and play along the one mile shoreline. While you’re there, explore the 1,300 acre recreation area.
601 S. Lake Dr, Novi, Michigan 48375
Hours till Labor Day: 10am to 7pm
Spend the day on the sandy shores of Walled Lake. Bring the bikes along and take some rounds around the trail. There’s lots to do in Novi, check out our CityGuide to find fun things to do and places to eat.
2 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Hours till Labor Day: 5 am to 9 pm
There’s no better beach view than the city skyline. Watch the boats go by and make a splash in the Detroit River. While you’re on Belle Isle you can also enjoy visits to the Aquarium, Conservatory, Nature Center and Great Lakes Museum.
50901 S Interstate 94 Service Dr, Belleville, MI 48111
Hours till Labor Day: Mon-Fri 10am to dusk and Sat. + Sun. 8am to dusk
Van Buren Park offers a secluded beach for families to enjoy their day along the Huron River. While you’re in the neighborhood, take some time to have some family fun in Ann Arbor too.
4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI 48380
Hours till Labor Day: 11am. to 7pm
There’s no lifegaurd at Martindale Beach but it’s still fun to splash around Kent Lake. The sandy shore is also next to monitored 240-foot twisted water slides and a large Splash n’ Blast spray park. There’s no shortage of splash parks in Metro Detroit, here’s a guide to find one near you!
Beach Essentials: Don’t forget to add these items to your packing list
- Collapsible utility wagon (Amazon – $59.99)
- Picnic blanket (Target – $19.99)
- Beach umbrella (Bed Bath & Beyond – $39.99)
- Sand toys with mesh bag (Walmart – $15.99)
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..