Grosse Ile: Detroit Mom’s Favorite Metro Area Cities

Grosse Ile is a city that will always hold a special place in my heart because it is where we are raising our children. It is situated in the Detroit River with only two bridges connecting it to the mainland of Michigan. Known as “the Island” to locals, Grosse Ile offers access to the river and is surrounded by plenty of nature.

Summer is the best time to experience Grosse Ile with the nature trails, golf courses, and boating opportunities. The island has the small-town charm, with children playing outside, families riding their bikes, and adults walking their pets. There’s truly nothing like island life.

4 Favorite Restaurants

Galindo’s Taste of Mexico | 8756 Macomb Street, (734) 818-3180
Galindo’s is known for their tortas, which are Mexican-inspired sandwiches. Their French fries are also hand cut–amazing!

Llyod’s | 8961 Macomb Street, (734) 675-3117
Currently closed for repairs. But, this is our go-to place for pizza. Their pizzas are hand tossed and cooked in a pizza oven. They are DELICIOUS!

Perdino’s | 8575 Macomb Street, (734) 676-8100
Perry treats every customer like they are a part of his family. Make sure to check out their Greek Night–with live music and a belly dancer!

Sully’s Barbeque | 8537 Macomb Street, (734) 672-6106
An Island hidden gem! Phenomenal ribs and mac & cheese.

2 Favorite Breakfast Spots

Island Coney | 8200 Macomb Street, (734) 692-6639
You cannot go wrong with their chili cheese fries!

Kathy’s Cafe | 9105 Macomb Street, (734) 671-0059
The daily specials are incredible! Our favorites are their pancakes and biscuits with gravy.

3 Favorite Outdoor Activities

Centennial Farm | 25797 Third Street, (734) 675-2364
A fun park for the entire family to enjoy. There is a playscape and dog park. Walk around the property to see the horses, or check out the animal shelter for your next family pet.  

Gibraltar Bay Alpaca Farm | 8545 Groh Rd., (734) 675-6220
My kids love it here! The owners are very nice and will answer all the questions young children and adults may have about alpacas. They have a cute gift shop; their blankets are super soft and warm. There is no entrance fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunrise Park | End of Grosse Ile Parkway and East River
This is a waterfront park that overlooks the Detroit River and the islands. There are stairways to get down to the public beach, and even a kayak ramp. A great place to enjoy nature and relax!

Favorite Cultural Activities

Grosse Ile Historical Museum | 25020 East River Road, (734) 675-1250
The Grosse Ile Historical Museum is the best connection to learning about Grosse Ile history. They offer many events throughout the year and are adding interactive activities for children! Call ahead to ensure they are open before arriving.

Naval Air Station Lobby Museum–Township Hall | 9601 Groh Road, (734) 675-0155
The current township airport was previously operating as a Naval air station from 1927-1969. Former President George Bush, Sr. finished his active Navy career at NASGI in March 1945. A great spot to go sit and watch some planes take off or land.

Favorite Place for Sweet Treats

Grosse Ile Bakery | 7767 Macomb Street, (734) 675-1255
A small-town bakery that will win you over! You cannot go wrong with purchasing a bakery pizza for dinner on a Friday night. This is our go-to for donuts or ice cream on the weekend.

Favorite Date Night Spot

Ume Asian Cuisine | 9105 Macomb Street, (734) 672-6619
Their food is SO GOOOOD! I love getting their hibachi meals or sushi with some saki.

Other Favorite Spots

Downtown Grosse Ile | Macomb Street

Community Grown Gardens21803 West River Road, (517) 410-3315
A local organic farm that delivers fresh produce to your door all summer long. 

Favorite Place for an Adult Beverage

Smokies on the Water | 25555 West River Road, (734) 672-6470
A restaurant with a view of the water and bridge! We enjoy sitting on their patio in the summer months enjoying a cocktail. During the summer months, there are concerts that are put on for the community to enjoy.

Bonus Tips to Grosse Ile

  • There are many social clubs: Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club, West Shore Golf Course, Water’s Edge Golf Course, Grosse Ile Yacht Club, Ford Yacht Club, Elba-Mar Boat Club, the Kiwanis Club of Grosse Ile, and the Grosse Ile Rotary Club.
  • It has been named the safest city in Michigan.
  • Islandfest is a fun-filled weekend at the airport with a carnival, vendors, live entertainment, and firework display.
  • Grosse Ile is made up of twelve islands.

What’s your favorite metro area city? Check out our post featuring South Lyon!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.