Spend an Afternoon in St. Clair Shores

Modified: May 09, 2023 | Story by Katherine Stozicki

If you’re looking for Great Lake-like views, but aren’t looking to travel far, you have to check out St. Clair Shores. St. Clair Shores is perfect for those looking for a quick beach town afternoon experience in Metro Detroit.

Kitty Deluxe

If you’re looking to do some shopping during your visit, you need to check out Kitty Deluxe. Kitty Deluxe offers a unique variety of handmade products that showcase local artists’ work. This is the perfect place to visit if you are shopping for gifts or even if you just want to treat yourself to something unique.


The Junk Drawer Mercantile

The Junk Drawer Mercantile is another wonderful, unique gift store in St. Clair Shores. This marketplace gives small businesses and independent vendors the chance to showcase their products in-store. There is so much to choose from at The Junk Drawer Mercantile that you are sure to find something unique to love!

Ye Olde Toy Shoppe

Looking for something fun to do with the kids, or even a neat store to check out with your significant other or friends? A trip to Ye Olde Toy Shoppe is a must! Ye Olde Toy Shoppe sells new, used, and collectible toys. This is the perfect spot to visit if you are looking for something collectible, or new!

Cold Cow Ice Cream

On a hot summer day, you are sure to be craving a cold treat, so why not check out Cold Cow Ice Cream? Cold Cow Ice Cream serves soft serve ice cream, vegan ice cream, soft serve yogurt, and Ashby’s hard scooped! This is the perfect spot to check out if you’re looking for a tasty treat!

Mastro’s Ice Cream

Home of Boston coolers, custard, and hand-dipped waffle bowls and cones, Mastro’s ice cream is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings. This spot is perfect if you’re looking for something like a shake or if you’re looking for more traditional ice cream. Additionally, Mastros serves vegan ice cream, so there is something for everyone.

Fishbones East

If you’re looking for top-notch food and a wonderful dining experience, visit Fishbone. Fishbones menu includes New Orleans favorites, seafood, steak, sushi, and more. Fishbones also offers live music on select nights in both their St. Claire shores location and their Southfield location. So, after you hit the beach, put on your best and unwind at Fishbones!

FIshbones St. Clair Shores restaurant

Mike’s on the Water

Treat yourself to some waterfront dining at Mike’s on the Water. Described as cool, comfortable, casual, and cozy, this is sure to be a great place to wind down after a day at the beach. Complete with a rooftop deck, an ice cream truck, and great food, you will love it here.

People relaxing on the deck at Mike's on the Water

Pool and Splash Zone

Located next to Lac Sainte Clair Park, right near City Hall, this is the perfect place to check out if you’re looking to spend a day by the pool. Park passes are required for entry and pavilion rentals are available at Veterans Memorial Park where the splash zone is located.

Rent a Tiki Boat

Rent your very own tiki boat in St. Clair Shores (captain provided!). With the rental, you will receive a two-hour tour which can accommodate up to six guests per tiki. Bring some food, and drinks, and relax for the afternoon. Bluetooth speakers are provided so that you can listen to your favorite tunes.

Aloha Tiki Tours, @kitty_palace_

Relax at the Beach

There are a few different beaches you can relax at in St. Clair Shores. Visit St. Clair Shores Park, Lake Saint Clair Metropark, Metropolitan Beach, Veterans Memorial Park, and much more. Some locations may only offer swimming as conditions allow or may not allow it at all for the season, so be sure to check before you go.  Whether you’re looking to swim, relax by the water, or play in the sand, St. Clair has the perfect beaches for you.

Lake St. Clair Metropark, @mimichiganphotos

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