11 spots to watch the sunset in Detroit


Watching the sun set over Motor City is a great way to end a day in Detroit. There are a number of places in Detroit where the view is particularly spectacular. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. There are great indoor and outdoor spots to watch the sun set over the horizon. Keep reading to find the 11 best places to watch the sunset in Metro Detroit.

Belle Isle tops the list due to the remarkable water and skyline views. It’s no surprise that your best view is from Sunset Point on the western end of the island. The views of the water and the skyline are fabulous. This part of the island puts you in the perfect spot to watch the sun set below the skyscrapers. You can easily take Instagram-worthy photos from this vantage point.

Sit back and enjoy the view as you watch the sunset over Lake St. Clair. Head to the lake around 8pm on a summer evening and take some time to explore the area and find a perfect spot to watch the sun slowly set over the horizon.

Lake St. Clair Metropolitan Park, @mimichiganphotos

Watch the sunset from the comfort of the Detroit Princess Riverboat. Weekend sunset cruises include a carving station with prime rib and pork tenderloin. There’s also a buffet with a variety of appetizers, pastas, and vegetables, and a cash bar.

Detroit Princess Riverboat Party

Grab a cocktail and head to the rooftop terrace to watch the sun fade over the landscape.

What could be more perfect than a nighttime stroll by the water as the sky erupts in a cacophony of orange, red and pink? It’s a perfectly magical way to enjoy a Detroit sunset.

Kensington Metropark is peaceful and perfect any time of the day, but it’s stunningly beautiful at sunset. Take the bike path along the lake and watch the sun slip under the trees and the sky take on a deep pink hue.

Kensington Metropolitan Park, @mark_o_foto

Henry Ford Estate

The estate is open until dusk each evening, so you can watch the sunset and then head home. A unique design feature is that at the summer solstice the sun sets at the end of the meadow. If you don’t make it by June 21, don’t worry, there are dazzling views all year round.

Newbourg Lake

Take Hines Drive around Lake Newburg to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset. There are many vantage points across the lake, so drive or hike until you find the perfect spot.

Riverside Kayak Connection is the premier boating store in the Detroit area. Rent a kayak and head out in the evening to witness a stunning color change in the sky and on the water. Check the calendar for sunset tour availability.

Eastern Detroit Highlands the spot for an incredible view of the inner Detroit sunset. Perched on the 71st and 72nd floors of the GM Renaissance Center, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city at sunset while dining, socializing, and enjoying the bar.

Joe Muer Seafood

Enjoy the changing skies any night from the comfort of Joe Muer Seafood. With stunning river views and delicious seafood, there’s hardly a better place to dine at sunset.

Joe Muer Detroit Seafood Brunch


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