Best Places to Picnic in Metro Detroit and Other Helpful Tips in Honor of International Picnic Day


International Picnic day is June 18th, and here at Ralph Thayer Automotive, we encourage you to pack up your picnic basket and dine alfresco. Below are a variety of tips for an incredible picnic experience.

Find a Great Picnic Spot

A wide variety of scenic locations throughout the Detroit area are perfect for dining in Mother Nature. Here are some good choices:

  • Belle Isle (E Jefferson Ave.) is a 982-acre island park on the Detroit River featuring views of the Detroit skyline and Ambassador Bridge.
  • Detroit Riverfront (near Rivard and Atwater streets) offers scenic views of the river.
  • Rolling Hills County Park (7650 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti) encompasses 363 acres and has picnic tables and grills throughout the park. Rental shelters are available and include a ball field, playground equipment, horseshoe pits and sand volleyball courts.
  • Elizabeth Park (3873 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton) features spectacular views while you picnic. The park was the first county park in Michigan.
  • Heritage Park (Between 10 & 11 mile, Farmington Hills) is a 211-acre park with a large picnic area, as well as sandy volleyball courts and a playground.

Decide on a Menu

The sky truly is the limit when it comes to planning your picnic menu, which you can make extra special by bringing your favorite foods. Like steak? Then use it to make sandwiches. Fried chicken one of your favorites? Then bring that along. Prefer sushi? Pack it up and take it with you. If vegetarian fare is your thing, bring along your favorite meatless dish. Remember to add in fruits and veggies, a dessert and drinks.

Stay Safe

Your most important task when packing up your picnic is ensuring that perishable foods stay cold. According to the, in order to prevent bacterial growth that can lead to food poisoning, cold foods should be stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, which can be accomplished with the use of ice or frozen gel packs. Transport coolers in the cabin of your car, not in the trunk, which is warmer.

At the picnic site, keep coolers closed as much as possible. After serving food, put any leftovers back in the cooler right away. If food is no longer cold when you return home, throw it out.

Here at Ralph Thayer Automotive, we wish you an enjoyable International Picnic day in Livonia. Before heading out on your picnic, make sure your car is up for summer travels by bringing your vehicle in for a checkup.