Free Healthy Activities Around Detroit
Throughout the seasons, there are many free, fun and healthy activities that people can do around the Detroit community. Whether you want to find a healthy meal or get active, the Detroit community has something for you. Here are six free, healthy activities around the Detroit community to get out and get moving.
Detroit International RiverWalk
The Detroit International RiverWalk has become a hub for people in the Detroit community to come together and be active. The path along the river stretches farther than three miles and features areas where community members can take fitness classes, such as yoga and tai chi.
Dequindre Cut Greenway
Located near the Detroit RiverWalk, the Dequindre Cut Greenway is the perfect place to explore while walking, jogging or cycling. This two-mile path links Eastern Market to the riverfront and is the perfect place to get active. Along the path, walkers, joggers and cyclists can see graffiti artwork both old and new. Bike rentals are available. Near the Woodbridge entrance to the Dequindre Cut is the FitPark, where people can access exercise equipment without having to pay for a gym membership. The FitPark was made possible due to a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.
Stop by Eastern Market to look at the artisan and produce vendors. Eastern Market offers weekly farmers markets on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. On days where the market is open, visitors can look at all the different flowers, produce and artisan goods. When the market is closed, visitors can still visit local restaurants and businesses in the area. Eastern Market is the perfect place to walk around and experience the city of Detroit or pick up fresh Michigan produce for a homemade meal.
Urban farms and gardens are located throughout different neighborhoods in Detroit. These green spaces offer space to walk and volunteer in helping to maintain a garden. Many are supported by local nonprofits. Find an urban garden in Detroit here.
SAY Detroit Play Center
A popular spot for children is the SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park. This program, available throughout the summer and after school throughout the school year, provides kids with the space to explore hobbies that interest them. SDPC offers sporting events for kids to be active, but they also offer music, art and academic activities to stimulate children’s brains. While SDPC is a place for children to gather and participate in enriching activities, parents or adults can also volunteer with the organization.
Belle Isle is a popular Detroit spot and Michigan state park. Around the 987-acre island in the Detroit River, community members can visit the various family friendly attractions such as the giant slide, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Nature Center or the many picnic spots and athletic fields. Take a stroll along a wooded path, ride a bike around the one-way drive or kayak in one of the island’s lakes.
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