The Best 9 Places to Picnic in Detroit this Spring


One of the best ways to celebrate spring is with a picnic. April 23 itself agrees with this, as it has been dubbed National Picnic Day. Picnicking is also a fantastic way to support some of our favorite Detroit restaurants and reduce the spread of COVID-19 if cases continue to increase. But where are the best places in town to do this? Here is our curated list of Detroit’s nine most beautiful parks to picnic in this spring!


Belle Isle is a classic place in Detroit, but just like they say, classics are for a reason. The island is definitely a popular spot for many Detroiters due to its diverse environment. Would you like to have a picnic on a sandy beach or a grassy bench? Or maybe in a playground or in a clearing in the forest? Belle Isle has you. Another really cool thing about Belle Isle is that there are so many nooks and crannies on the island that are good for social distancing from COVID-19, despite being a popular property.


Capitol Park is an excellent picnic spot in downtown Detroit. It’s not just surrounded by restaurants like that For lovers only, Walk! And Thai, and The lanternas well as cafes like Dessert oasis and cinnamon, it also comes complete with a dog park, mini grocery store, Eatori marketas well as some boutiques. Capitol Park is constantly changing as vendors emerge and new outdoor seating emerges.


Similar to Belle Isle is the Detroit Riverfront is without a doubt a classic hangout in Detroit – especially since it was named number one in the country by USA Today. The riverside offers many beautiful spots to watch the water flow and enjoy your meal. Benches overlooking the water are spread across the riverbank, as are numerous parks and many excellent grassy areas.


As one of the largest parks in Detroit, Palmer Park offers 281 hectares of meadows, sports fields, forests and recreational areas. The park is fully equipped with a playground and tennis courts, as well as many other important new improvements. Palmer Park definitely shows his sense of history and is a fantastic place to picnic, enjoy some fresh air, and learn about Detroit’s past.


Eliza Howell Park is an excellent place to feel immersed in nature and is known for its biodiversity. This park is another of the largest parks in Detroit and covers 250 acres of land. If you enjoy hiking or strolling after your meal, then Eliza Howell Park is definitely a great option for you.


The hotel is located in Midtown, one block from the DIA Museum. Peck Park is an excellent mini oasis off the beaten path of Midtown. The park offers a picturesque playground with swings, picnic tables and a unique bridge installation. Peck Park also has a large amount of green space perfect for a ceiling picnic.


Zussman Park is newly renovated and now offers a beautiful green area, a basketball court, benches, a playground and a beautiful green area. Zussman Park sees a lot of traffic in its neighborhood, but the size of the park and fencing create a secluded and communal feel for neighbors and travelers alike. Grab a blanket and check out this gorgeous new space Detroit has to offer!


Located in the New Center area, Bennett playground is a great place to hang out in Detroit’s new up and coming neighborhood. The Bennett Playground has basketball courts, green spaces, a playground, and exercise equipment (in case you want to burn some calories after your picnic). This park has an excellent location just a few blocks away Milwaukee Caffe, The kitchen, and Yum Village.


Forever a favorite but often forgotten it is Roosevelt Park. It’s on the edge of Corktown and has a nice selection of green spaces perfect for picnicking. Though on the edge of Corktown, the park is at the center of all the activity surrounded by met, Slowed down, Mercury Burger Barand oh so many delicious restaurants in Detroit.

Which Detroit restaurant and picnic spot are you going to pair up first?


Dusty Kennedy