5 of Detroit’s High Energy Workout Spots for VisitorsModified: July 21, 2022 | Story by Michelle Fusco | Photos by Nick Hagen, RUN Detroit
You’re committed to staying fit while traveling for business — despite long meetings, late nights and calorie-laden restaurant meals. Sure, you could settle for banging out a couple of miles on the treadmill at your hotel’s gym, but why not combine your workout with the chance to explore Detroit while you’re in town?
1. Track Some Steps on the Detroit River
The Detroit International RiverWalk offers four miles of picturesque, connected parks and green spaces. It’s the ideal place to power walk or run while taking in views of the Detroit River and the skyline of neighboring Windsor, Ontario.
In spring or summer, drop in for free yoga or Tai Chi classes at the RiverWalk’s Rivard Plaza.
2. Dequindre Cut: From Biking to Boot Camps
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a two-mile urban recreational path between the East Riverfront and Eastern Market. The former railroad line, peppered with urban artwork and graffiti, provides separate lanes for traveling by foot or bicycle. Rent bikes at Wheelhouse Detroit.
The Riverfront Fit Park is a free outdoor public workout space along the Dequindre Cut with permanently installed stationery equipment. Check for free boot camp classes at the Fit Park in spring and summer.
3. Shoot Some Hoops or Come Play in the Sand
Quicken Loans Sports Zone features outdoor basketball courts and sand volleyball in the heart of downtown Detroit. The Sports Zone is open to the public all summer long for organized and pick up games.
4. Skating in Campus Martius Park
Depending on how much you weigh and how fast you’re going, ice skating burns an average of 250 to 330 calories in just 30 minutes. That makes a skate session at Campus Martius Park ice rink a fun and efficient workout in one of downtown Detroit’s most popular gathering spots.
5. Belle Isle Beauty
Detroit’s island park is a treasure trove of recreational activities, from kayaking and other water sports to nature trails and athletic fields.
Well, there you have it. Plenty of fun and interesting fitness opportunities. And there goes your last excuse not to squeeze in a workout during your visit to The D.
1Detroit RiverFront Conservancy600 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1720, Detroit, MI 48243313-566-8200
2Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-656-2453
3Campus Martius Park800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-0101
4Belle Isle State Park99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844