Lake Erie Metro Park is AWESOME! We arrived at 10:00am on a hot August Saturday morning for a wonderful adventure. We started with a guided tour ($3/per person, although most are free) that began at their Nature Center and went along the Cherry Island Trail over bridges and through the woods along the lakeshore.
We were enchanted by a mother Monarch butterfly laying her precious eggs on the leaves of the milkweed plant. As we walked along the man-made dike between an estuary and Lake Erie it was as if we had been transported back in time. The lotus and lily flower fields, in full bloom this time of year, were wafting their delicate scent across the breeze in the most exotic way. It’s hard to believe we are less than 30 miles from DETROIT!
This 1400 acre wood also has an amazing bike/ hike/ jog trail that will take you from the Nature Center to the wave pool, along the lakeshore, over marshland, past ponds and the deep woods. My preschooler wasn’t about to let a perfectly good play ground distract him from his botanical exploration… Ha ha! The tire swing wins out!!
They have river cruises to the lighthouse, kayaking, fishing, beaches and more and that’s just summertime fun. We have been lucky enough to have adventures there in every season. Please see their events calendar at http://www.metroparks.com and have your own Metro Detroit adventure!
*as always, these are my opinions and experiences. I was in no way paid or compensated to write this about the park.
You might get ticketed by the costume police when you’ve got a matching vehicle as a part of the design. We “spared no expense” as they said on Jurassic Park… Oy! I justify the expense by telling myself, “I only have one child and there are a finite amount of Halloweens…yadda, yadda”, you know the lies we tell ourselves.
I fell in love with it at first sight! I love the hat, the boots, the badge, I love it all! Not to mention, B seems to like it too.
A tip ‘o the hat and my heart swooned. No warm blooded mommy could say no to this, right?
There he goes, having stolen my poor heart!
What costumes are your kiddos wearing this year?
Another beautiful day in Detroit. Seventy-seven degrees, slight breeze, sunny blue skies smiling down on everyone, it is a MUST to get down to the Detroit Riverfront before cool Autumn comes rolling in. The playscape is beautifully designed with parents and kids of all sizes in mind. Benches in both sun and shade, clean, lined trash bins and a spectacular backdrop.
The perfect spot for swinging and sliding!
As we are still in full potty training mode, it was extra nice to be able to park within a few feet in the Rivard parking lot (free). We are still lugging our froggy potty around with us everywhere so B has a familiar spot to relieve himself. However, he did also use the public facilities here today, exercising his new found ability to pee standing up. The restrooms were clean and fully stocked. There was no kiddie potty like at schools or museums, but it was a public restroom that didn’t induce the gag reflex, always a good thing.
We played for about an hour and then headed over to visit Eastern Markets Tuesday vendors in Shed 2. Food trucks, live street performances and of course sampling of all the delicious jams, pickles, sweet breads and fruits. The smells and sounds are a treat for the senses and we always walk away with both our belly and our mind on FULL.
So much to do! The staff at Eastern Market are amazing at inspiring and utilizing local talent giving creativity a direct pipeline to the lucky foot traffic twice a week.
We even got to see the championship Detroit Waldorf School jump rope team in action! They performed some amazing feats and then opened it up for everyone to get a try. Totally cool.
What’s your favorite “last days of Summer” thing to do?
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