Be a tourist in your own backyard: staycation ideas in Metro Detroit

Discover something new without spending a fortune on traveling

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Belle Isle State Park. Photo by Tyler Leipprandt ( under contract with the MI DNR (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

DETROIT – With gas prices being so high and flight cancellations more probable than ever, a “staycation” might be a better idea than taking a trip somewhere.

The beauty of a “staycation” in Metro Detroit is that there is so much to do and explore in Michigan’s little slice of heaven. From checking out the lavender festival at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill to getting Tiki cocktails at Lost River, the fun options are endless.

If you’re looking to get a taste of Up North without filling up the gas tank, there are plenty of places prime for camping. In Oakland County, there’s Clearwater Campground, Addison Oaks Campground & Groveland Oaks Campground. In Washtenaw County, Sugarloaf Lake Campground, Crooked Lake Rustic Campground & Green Lake Rustic Campground are all good options. Also, this summer, you can actually camp in the city of Detroit on the Dequindre Cut. It’s called Camping on the Cut.

We did a newsroom poll to let you know what some of our team’s favorite spots are to check out around Metro Detroit. Below are a few places that you can do by yourself, with your significant other or with your family!

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Unique ways to get out of the house

Kids Bowl Free - Offers registered kids two free games of bowling every day during the summer

Michigan Activity Pass - Program that provides free or discounted passes to over 400 destinations in the Mitten.

Michigan Hop Passport - check out Michigan breweries and taprooms with a craft beer passport.

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About the Author:

Elizabeth Washington is a Digital News Editor and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.