Located in Michigan, Grosse Pointe Park has a population of 11,555. It’s bordering towns are Detroit and Lake Saint Clair. Most people refer Grosse Pointe Park as GPP or The Park. But locals call the area from Alter Road to Nottingham the “Cabbage Patch” due to the area’s duplex style houses.
The unofficial colors of Grosse Pointe Park are Pink and Green which signifies the classy lifestyle of GPP residents. A film called “Grosse Pointe Blank” was set in town. But in reality, the town only gets 11 seconds of fame in the film’s footage. Grosse Pointe has 5 cities – namely Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Grosse Pointe Woods. Each has its own Police and Fire Departments.
The town has some of the safest road conditions in the region. Likewise, students of Grosse Pointe public schools do not use school buses. They either walk or their parents drop them off. The famous Edsel Ford and his descendants still live in GPP. During the Great Depression, the town was very popular because of its closeness to the Canadian border.
Although GPP is a small town, it is packed with attractions worthy of a visit while on vacation in Michigan. Here are some them:
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Visit the well-known house of Edsel and Eleanor Ford. Spend the day walking around the beautiful grounds for a beautifully serene experience. There are tours that offer educated guides for visitors. These guides are well knowledgeable and entertain questions from visitors. They have an onsite restaurant that serves delicious food, meaning you won’t have to leave the grounds for a great meal. Aside from their lovely home, the home offers a beautiful garden that’s worth taking the time to explore. The location also shines during the Christmas season as they put up a great display that adorns the garden.
Saint Paul Catholic Church
Located at 157 Lake Shore Rd deep in the suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms, Saint Paul Catholic Church is a landmark you should not miss. Marvel at its architectural design and intricate interior. If you have any interest in architecture, historical locations or just like exploring Michigan, this is a stop you need to make.
Riverfront-Lakewood East Park
Riverfront-Lakewood East Park is a beloved park in Grosse Pointe Park because it’s peaceful and a perfect place to train dogs. The park is a nice place to enjoy an afternoon walk or jog to shake those calories off. You can also find a nice picnic spot for your family and let the kids experience the outdoors. There are no official recreational activities in the park, but fishing is really popular in there so be sure to bring your pole if you have one. Locals and tourists position themselves at the seawall in high hopes of getting the biggest catch of the day.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Before leaving town, make time to visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. The museum displays some of the most important historical moments of the Great Lakes. They also have exhibits that tackle the rich history of the shipping industry. For a small museum, you’ll be surprised to find out it has so much to offer. There are picnic spots and fishing ports nearby, which are an added bonus for you anglers out there.
And if you do end up fishing around Grosse Pointe Park, make sure to don your Michigan Fishing Hoodie to keep warm as the temps start to come come down.
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