5 of Detroit’s High Energy Workout Spots for Visitors

Modified: April 03, 2018 | 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. Download The D Discount Pass for a discount on your ride.

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.

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    Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
    600 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1720, Detroit, MI 48243
    313-566-8200
  2. 2
    Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
    313-656-2453
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    Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-962-0101
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    Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
    313-821-9844