Get Moving in The D

Leisure and Sports Activities in Detroit

Fishing for Musky on Lake St. Clair by Bill Bowen
Sports are good for the body and mind. Be it on the water, at the park, on the fields or on the golf course. You name a physical activity, and Detroit has probably got it covered. The city is also super supportive when it comes to its professional sports teams. In fact, cheering them on could be considered its own type of physical exercise.
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Sports & Recreation


Detroit, Beyond Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb




Get out and enjoy all of the activities that the summer months have to offer. We’ve got kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

You can rent all of the above at most of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. While you’re at your park of choice, check the open water to see if you spot any kite boarders. This newfangled sport is all the rage. You can contact Great Lakes Kite Boarding for information about lessons and renting equipment.


If the catch of the day is more to your liking, try casting a line on Lake St. Clair. Fresh water in Michigan is a dime a dozen, so fishing and boating are always an available option. Other places to get off the land for a bit are Lake Erie Metropark, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, the Clinton River and Belle Isle Park.


Grab your clubs and golf nine or 18 holes. Lake St. Clair Metropark has an eighteen-hole par 3 course for a quick game. Red Oaks and Hampton Golf Club are small nine-hole courses.

If you prefer more of a challenge, check out Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center with 63 holes of scenic views. You can also try FootGolf here, a combination of soccer and golf. Fieldstone Golf Club is another challenging course.

Or, take the family to one of metro Detroit’s miniature golf courses. CJ Barrymore’s in Clinton Township has two 18-hole courses where you can putt your ball through castles and waterfalls. Other putt-putt courses in metro Detroit: Royal Oak Golf Center, Oasis Golf Center and Garden City Mini Golf.

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  • The Detroit Tigers play regular season major-league baseball April-September. Pick up tickets for certain Friday or Saturday games and you can stick around after to enjoy a fireworks show. On Sundays, kids under the age of 14 can run the bases after the game.
  • You can also catch some great baseball at the new Jimmy John’s Field. Watch the Utica Unicorns as part of the United Shore Professional Baseball League and numerous professional and amateur baseball teams. Concerts also take place at the venue.
  • Plus, Detroit Lions football takes over downtown’s Ford Field starting with the first regular-season home game sometime in September.
  • Starting with the 2017-18 season, Detroit Red Wings hockey and Detroit Pistons basketball will have a new home at Little Caesars Arena, the anchor of The District Detroit entertainment complex downtown. Get tickets for any of the remaining 2016-17 season hockey games this spring, and you’ll have a chance to say farewell to The Joe, which has been hosting Red Wings’ hockey since 1979, with thousands of loyal fans. This spring, you can see the Pistons finish their reign on the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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When doing something sporty outside isn’t ideal, don’t fret.

Photo Credits: Kayaking, fishing and golfing by Bill Bowen; Comerica Park by Vito Palmisano

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    13000 High Ridge Drive, Brighton, MI 48114
  2. 2
    William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor
    1900 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
  3. 3
    Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
  4. 4
    23517 9 Mack Dr, St Clair Shores, MI 48080
  5. 5
    Clinton River Trail
    Clinton River, Michigan, USA
  6. 6
    Red Oaks Golf Course
    29600 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
  7. 7
    Hampton Golf Club
    2600 Club Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  8. 8
    CJ Barrymore's
    21750 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038
  9. 9
    Royal Oak Golf Center
    3500 Edgar Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48073
  10. 10
    Oasis Golf Center
    39500 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170
  11. 11
    Garden City Mini Golf
    29060 Ford Rd, Garden City, MI 48135
  12. 12
    Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  13. 13
    The Palace of Auburn Hills
    6 Championship Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
  14. 14
    Thunderbowl Lanes
    4200 Allen Road, Allen Park, MI 48101
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  16. 16
    645 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226