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10 Reasons to Get an Annual Pass to a Metropark

Happy (belated) Earth Day, friends!

Did you do anything special in honor of Earth Day? It was a beautiful day here in Metro Detroit so we took the kids to Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, MI to play and have a picnic. All five of the kiddos were so excited to get out and play. Even Elijah, who’s now 18, happily played on the playground with the little ones.

I was so happy that we finally had warm weather. It was nice to be outdoors and hear the children’s laughter as they chased each other around the park.

For Earth Day, we spent some time at our local Metropark.

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Annual Metropark Pass Saves You Money

In honor of Earth Day, we bought an annual Metropark pass.  We’ve been buying annual park passes since 2016 and it saves us SO much money because we like to go to the lake in the warmer months.

Do you get an annual metro park pass, too? They’re only $35 for a vehicle permit. Otherwise, you have to pay a daily fee of $10 per vehicle. You can get the info on park passes here if you would like to get an annual pass.

The end of April is usually the timeframe we start doing more school-related activities and lessons outside. Visiting the Metroparks is definitely on our list of places to go for family fun and homeschooling! So far, we have been to Lake St. Clair Metropark and Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Township).

Zephaniah enjoyed a little nap in the sun.
Elijah, Zechariah, and I at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, MI.
Going to the playground is Zechariah’s favorite thing to do when we play outside.

The cool thing about having an annual parking pass is it is good for all of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks! For just $35, I think that’s a very great deal, don’t you?

One summer, we drove through Kensington Metropark, but we didn’t stop to explore. We were on our way home from the Livingston County Air Show and we just wanted to check out the park to see what it looked like. Kensington has a Kid’s Cottage located at their farm center and I know the kids will really love to explore it.

“The Kid’s Cottage teaches us that we can build our own beautiful, low-cost homes that are healthy for people and the planet.” —Kensington Metropark

We’re planning to go back to Kensington this spring and explore the park more. Have you been to the Kensington Metropark?

Spending time outdoors is one of our favorite family activities we like to do together.
Elijah and Michala enjoying our family picnic on Earth Day at the park.


Here’s what we love about visiting the Metroparks in Metro Detroit:

1 The annual pass is good for admittance to all of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

2. Beautiful nature trails for biking and walking. We went on a nature hike at the end of summer and it was such a wonderful experience!

3. Homeschool education classes like this class about Wind Power.

4. Beaches on the lake that you can bring the kids for some water fun.

5. Family-friendly concerts in the summertime.

6. Big play areas for the kids to enjoy. Even our teens love playing on the playgrounds because they’re SO much fun!

7. Nature centers at each park, which are also great for homeschool field trips.

8. Special events like a hike to observe Great Horned OwlsMother’s Day Wildflower Walk & Brunch, and fireworks for the 4th of July.

9. Miniature golf course for a low price. (We love miniature golf!)

10. Our kids love exploring the nature trails to look for different plants and wildlife.

We’re looking forward to spending more time outdoors now that the weather is warmer.
Baby’s First Earth Day!

Honestly, my list of ten reasons why we love the Metroparks are not the only reasons to love the parks. There are so many other reasons, and if you are from Michigan, I’m sure you have your own reasons why you love the Metroparks that I probably haven’t even discovered yet! 🙂 Share your thoughts; I’d love to hear them.

Why do you love going to the Metroparks in Metro Detroit? 



What are your thoughts?