Over and over again we hear people saying "there's nothing to do around Rochester other than go to the mall". Here is a list of cheap, active things you can do for all sorts of weather within a short drive from Starting Line Health and Fitness.
1) Ditch the path, explore Stony Creek Metro Park.
Skip the normal 6 mile loop! We've all seen a paved train. Go into the nature center and hike the miles of untouched terrain. The hills make it a great workout! Go to the mountain bike trails for a challenging bike ride. Rent a canoe and paddle out to explore the beachfront. Check out the osprey trail for a wooded hike where dogs are allowed. Go a little further north to the Inland Trails and see the bald eagle nest, it's worth the extra hike!
2) The Outdoor Adventure Center in downtown Detroit
Explore what northern Michigan has to offer, without the long drive and unruly weather. Explore the animals, plants, trees, etc. Admission is affordable and it's fun for all ages!
3) Domino Farms and Ann Arbor arboretum
With the best petting zoo around, check out the fully functioning Domino Farms! After, head to Jerusalem Garden in Ann Arbor for a healthy lunch. The fresh Mediterranean fare is AMAZING and there is never a long wait. Grab your food to go and take it with you for a picnic. Walk through the gorgeous trees at the arboretum and explore the plants southeastern Michigan has to offer, without the stuffy greenhouse feel. It will be the best picnic you've ever had.
4) The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library
Yes... yes... you've heard this before. But if you haven't gone recently, you're really missing out! Admission to both are FREE! Go explore some of the most amazing artwork in the nation for absolutely no cost! Then walk across the street for some of the most gorgeous architecture right in your back yard! The library also has such a unique collection of articles, car manuals, fashion, photography, literally something for everyone. Looking for a great bite to eat after? Head to Brush Park and check out the Peterborough for an awesome fresh take on traditional Chinese food. Or head to Midtown and grab a quick meal at Sy Thai, Johnny Noodle King, or Slows to Go. The Chickpea Detroit has some awesome falafel!