Exploring the Detroit Riverfront with a Dog

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We decided on a trip to the Detroit Riverfront for tourist purposes and so Mr. N could have an urban walk. It’s amazing how much it has changed. Looking at it now, you can’t imagine how uninviting the place looked before. We ran into a multitude of families, joggers, bikers and a couple of dogs on the pathway.

We strolled along the riverside and waved to our friends in Canada.

The William G. Milliken State Park is Michigan’s first urban park and has a 52-slip harbor. 

And a 63-foot lighthouse which is a smaller replica of the one at Tawas Point State Park.

The central plaza has a carousel and several map sculptures and a cafe.

A group of kids were playing in the fountains by the GM Renaissance Center. I dunked Mr. N in the water because he was getting hot but he wasn’t nearly as gleeful about it as the children.

On the sidewalk are pictures of various city scenes around Michigan. Mr. N is sitting on the Ann Arbor one.

Mr. N decided he was ready for a nap after dodging all the bikes and people and walking in the heat. Mr. N is an urban dog through and through. He likes cities with all the bustle and people and smells. Does your dog like country walks or city walks?

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  1. Emma

    August 21, 2015 2:51 pm

    My mom lived in the Detroit area for about a year, ages ago and loved going to Ann Arbor. She later stayed downtown at the Westin in one of those round tower buildings. She said there were some fun areas down around there.

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  2. Dolly theDoxie

    August 21, 2015 6:30 pm

    Mom is from Michigan and she would never have thought to take me there! It looked like a lot of fun. I am comfortable in the city too, as long as its not too hectic. Love Dolly

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  3. Beth

    August 21, 2015 9:41 pm

    Barley likes to have a little bit of both worlds. She enjoys the people and the opportunity to try to sneak in dropped ice cream cones and things on city walks, but she can be a little nervous about really loud vehicles. On nature walks, there are all kinds of good smells and critters to look for without the stress of all the loud noises, but there are fewer opportunities to get treats when I say "Leave It" or "What's That?" It looks like Mr. N had a great vacation!

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  4. Janet Keefe

    August 21, 2015 10:46 pm

    Our dogs have never even seen a city! We are definitely country dogs and humans here. But places like that always look very interesting to me, and I'd love to visit them. (we visited family in San Antonio and loved the RiverWalk there).
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  5. To Dog With Love

    August 22, 2015 4:24 am

    Oh wow! I went to school in Ann Arbor and lived there for a while after school. Looks like they've spiffed up the waterfront. I'm going back to Ann Arbor next month for a reunion! As for your question, Rocco is a town and country pup, equally comfortable with both!

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  6. Beth

    June 23, 2017 4:15 pm

    I haven’t ever been to Detroit, it looks like you found some great places to visit! I am sure it was tough dodging all the bikers and joggers. Hopefully, Mr. N got in a good nap!

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  7. Kamira Gayle

    June 24, 2017 6:12 pm

    It’s great to see a different side of Detroit. I’ve never been so I only go by what I’ve seen on the news and this is refreshing to see a fun lighthearted side. Love Mr. N’s pose and the pics are great. Thanks for sharing your adventures once again. I love following your adventures with Mr. N. Give me inspiration, lol.

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  8. Dolly the Doxie

    June 26, 2017 5:09 am

    For someone who grew up in Michigan I would never consider taking my dog for a walk in Detroit! But, I know it’s trying to improve so it looks like Mr N enjoyed himself. Dolly likes any walks it’s all about the smells for her. Since she is a city dog she doesn’t mind it much but sometimes she gets a little overwhelmed with the noise more than anything.

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