Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots where we can cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks lay lakeside and house beautiful beaches, such as Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly or Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston. If you prefer pools, you can find a pool at Civic Center Park in Southfield or the Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you do like the sand, and are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly or the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake.
For a complete list of swimming spots across Oakland County, visit our master list using the button below.
Warmer weather means it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor art fairs that showcase the beauty of Oakland County. These art fairs display the work of local artists, so attend and support your local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople! You won’t want to miss SummerFest Food, Arts, and Fun in Auburn Hills, or Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, and Milford Memories to name a few.
Whether you’re lover of mosaics, colorful statuettes, striking paintings, or pencil drawings, you’ll definitely find beauty at any one of the outdoor arts fairs across the county. Use our master list below to find fairs that are happening June through October:
The Fourth of July is nearly here! All across Oakland County, communities are putting on firework displays in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. Firework shows begin as soon as June 24th and conclude on July 8th. Visit the beautiful Kensington Metropark and witness a wonderful fireworks display on June 29th, or celebrate July 4th on the day itself at the Independence Festival in Clintwood Park in Clarkston.
Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.
If you’re fascinated by weather, you’ll love our Tornadoes Map, created with data from local weather geek Matt Malone by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. It shows a limited history of the tornado paths and touchdown points, and their EF scale ratings, from 1953 – 2015. Go back to July of 1957, and view the path of an EF4 tornado that traveled 29.9 miles, almost all the way across the southern portion of Oakland County. In 1998, a funnel was spotted after having touched down near Otter Road and Sylvan Lake. It lifted without causing any damage – what a relief! Click on the map to learn more and get details on twisters that touched down here in the past.
Oakland County and its surrounding areas offer miles and miles of trails for your fitness and enjoyment! Now that the snow is gone for good (fingers crossed), it’s a splendid time to get outside and take in the much-needed sights and sounds of spring. Whether you want to take a quiet stroll, jog through a park, bike with friends, or saddle up on a horse, there’s a trail for you.
View a partial list below to find a trail in your area. If you love maps, visit our Trails Page for an interactive trail viewer map. The map will allow you to sort by parks and trails, take note of a trail’s surface area, and view a trail’s elevation by clicking on it.