Kensington Metropolitan Park and Martindale Beach are well worth the drive. A beautiful location to gather with family and friends and enjoy outdoor activities.
Mon-Sun 6 am - 10 pm
"Kensington Metropark is a unit of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system in Michigan, USA. The park covers 4481 acres (18.13 km²). It has wooded hilly terrain and surrounds 1200 acre Kent Lake (a dammed section of the Huron River).. The park has an 18-hole regulation golf course, a disc golf course, toboggan hill, a nature center, a farm learning center, picnic areas, beaches, and boat rentals."- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_Metropark
Last Monday was another sunny and beautiful day in the Detroit metro area. It was a perfect opportunity to take a drive; I took that drive to Kensington Metropark. The park is a popular recreation spot. Many locals regularly spend their leisure time basking in the sun, picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming as well as enjoying other activities that the park has to offer.
If you arrive by car the use of the park comes at a cost. There is a $5.00 admittance fee which covers daily parking. There is also an additional fee if you choose to enjoy the gated off water park, Splash ‘n’ Blast at Martindale Beach. Those in attendance did not seem to mind the out-of-pocket expense to enjoy all that this expansive park has to offer.
For a virtual experience of the park and beach area please click on the featured video to the left of the article.
Reviews of the park can be found at http://www.yelp.com/biz/kensington-metropark-milford. The park rating at this site is currently 4.5 stars. Although I am not personally reviewing the park one favorable review from the yelp website is as follows;
"I can only write this review in regards to Martindale Beach and the Farm Center areas of this park. It is HUGE and I've never seen all of it. I plan on fixing that in the coming year since I just bought an annual pass for...$25! Best deal in the metro area!
Martindale Beach has acceptably clean restrooms and showers, a snack shack that isn't outrageously expensive, and the water park area called Splash n Blast. There are water slides, but we have only used the water play/sprinkler area. It is pretty expansive. You get discounted admission to the Splash n Blast after a certain time of day. 5pm maybe?
The Farm Center is totally free with your parking pass, and there are many cute animals to learn about and to pet. The goats are particularly friendly and to you for a head or belly rub! There are programs throughout the year, like sheep shearing.
A daily pass is only $5, so take the family and make a day of it. Lots of walking trails where you will see tons of swans (babies too) and other wildlife. Enjoy!" - gina s. Bham, MI
The official website states that walkers, bicyclists, and inline skaters can enjoy free access to all Metroparks by entering through the park roads and hike/bike trails but otherwise the following fees apply;
A Metroparks Annual Vehicle Entry Permit gives you access to all 13
Seniors (62+) $15
Joint Permit* $48
Annual Boats $30
Senior Boats (62+) $15
Daily Boat Launch $5
Park contact information and hours of park operational hours are as follows;
6 am - 10 pm Daily
8 am - 8 pm * Mon thru Fri
6 am - 8 pm * Sat & Sun
1 pm - 5 pm * Mondays
10 am - 5 pm * Tues thru Sun
9 am - 6 pm Daily
Mobile Learning Center:
13760 High Ridge Dr.
Brighton, MI 48114