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The Top Outdoor Spots in Detroit

When you think of Detroit you often don't think of natural sites and green spaces. Visions of factories spewing smoke come to mind, but Detroit is in Michigan: a state known for pristine beaches and lovely public land. While you might have to head further out of the city center to experience Michigan's true natural beauty, Detroit and its surrounding areas do offer spots for reflection and relaxation. Here are our top five outdoor spaces in or near Detroit.
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20145 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48167, USA
With almost 1,000 acres of rolling hills, open meadows, and forest, and home to a variety of flora and fauna, Maybury State Park offers ample opportunities for hiking, biking, or horse riding. Horses can be rented from the riding stables. Before...
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1601 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
For a respite from busy downtown Detroit, take a walk through Grand Circus Park. Established in 1850, the park is home to several statues and old-fashioned fountains, including the Russell Alger Memorial Fountain, which dates to 1921. A stroll...
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5926 Lincoln St, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
Down a side street not far from MoTown Museum and the Wayne State University's main campus is one of the city's hidden art gems. Lincoln Street Art Park is an evolving community collaboration between local artists, the Michigan Council for Arts...
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Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It's America's largest city-owned island park, and it's right in downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, a beach, a museum of Great Lakes maritime memorabilia, and the romantic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which holds one of...
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1900 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
If you are looking for a quick escape from the bustle of the city, head for William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, a green oasis in downtown Detroit. The harbor features a 63-foot replica of the Tawas Point lighthouse and offers several...