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The Best Campgrounds Near the Henry Ford Museum



The Detroit skyline by the water daytime.

With around 1.8 million visitors a year, the Henry Ford Museum is internationally renowned. Not only is the architecture of this museum so significant that it’s a National Historic Landmark, but also the whole of the museum complex is full of fascinating artifacts and inventions which have shaped the history of America.

The Henry Ford Museum will open your eyes to the complex history of this country, nestled in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, in Michigan. But if you’re looking to make a trip of it, and combine your visit to the Henry Ford Museum with a hiking and camping trip, then you’ll need to know more about the best campgrounds near the Henry Ford Museum. 

If you’re not just motivated by the great outdoors, and also want to learn new information and combine your hikes with excellent cultural experiences, then a great option is to combine your hiking and camping trip with a visit to a museum or gallery. And the Henry Ford Museum really is the king when it comes to museums that tell the social history of the United States of America. We would recommend this museum, and the surrounding camping grounds, to family groups, and groups of adults, alike. 

The Henry Ford Museum tells the story of American innovation, discoveries, and inventions. It contains numerous artifacts and objects of extreme historical importance, from which you can dive into the social history of the states.

For example, the museum contains the presidential limousine of John F. Kennedy, the bus made famous from the protests of Rosa Parks, the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop, and Thomas Edison’s famous laboratory. What better way to connect the dots, and discover more about the inventions and social movements that defined this great country. 

However, because the Henry Ford Museum is located in the Dearborn suburb of Detroit, there are slim pickings when it comes to finding the right campsite to stay at on your visit. To help to make your planning process that much easier, we’ve got some suggestions here that will have you covered. Just travel a wee bit further out of the city, and you can plan a custom trip, that combines both a relaxing camping experience in nature and all of the cultural experiences that Dearborn has to offer. So, what are the best campgrounds near the Henry Ford Museum? 


A lake with a dock.

Just head a bit out of the city to introduce yourself first hand to the stunning Great Lakes.


1. Camp Dearborn

One of the official campgrounds listed on the Henry Ford website is Camp Dearborn. Although this camp is named after the suburb of Michigan which holds the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, don’t be deceived! It’s actually located in the picturesque town of Milford, Michigan, just 44 miles northwest of Detroit. However, it’s easy enough to reach the museum for a day trip.

The Camp entrance is just 5.3 miles from Interstate 96 which will connect visitors to the delights of the city in no time. In a short ride, about 35 miles, you’ll arrive in the real Dearborn, at the Henry Ford Museum. And ask in the house about going to visit the museum – they even have special discounts for campers here!

So, we’ve established thatches campground give you easy access to America’s “greatest history attraction”. However, you get the feeling of separation from the big city. Camp Dearborn is located in the quaint little town of Milford. Here you have the convenience of grocery stores and pharmacies, combined with gorgeous little boutiques, restaurants and sidewalk cafes all nestled among the pedestrian-friendly downtown. So in this lovely little town, you’ll feel like you’re far away from the hectic downtown of Detroit, whilst also being within a stone’s throw of world-renowned cultural attractions. 

And to take you further away from the urban landscape, Camp Dearborn brings you straight into nature. Here you’ll want to chill out, relax, and go for strolls along the half-mile of sandy beach, and go swimming fishing in their lakes. For some more thrilling outdoor activities, there’s even a zip line, a miniature golf course, and a championship size golf course. This is an ideal, tranquil place to plan a trip with a family. There’s more than enough for everyone to do, from playing a game of doubles on the tennis courts, and having competitions on the athletic fields, to sharing a picnic together at the lakeside. 

In terms of accommodation, Camp Dearborn has multiple different options to suit your needs. Here they can accommodate all sorts of campers with 118 tents and 30 rustic cabins for rent and 191 sites for campers to set up their own tents or RVs. This is also a perfect option for families who are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of organizing everyday life.

There are many organized activities here to satisfy the whole family. For example, a morning fitness program, arts & crafts activities, afternoon hikes or tournaments for those avid chess, marbles, and checker players. You could even take your folks, there will be something there for them too! Friday night movies, evening campfire sing-a-longs, a weekly talent show, and a nightly open-air dance offer you entertainment all day on, even into the long summer evenings. 



  • Family-friendly 
  • Many day time and evening activities 
  • Heated pool, beach access
  • Fishing and swimming in lakes 
  • Tennis courts
  • Discounts for Henry Ford Museum



  • Quite large and busy
  • Reasonably expensive 


2. Detroit Greenfield RV Park 

The second of the campgrounds linked with the Henry Ford Museum is the Detroit Greenfield RV Park. This RV park is located next to a beautiful, open lake, and here there are so many activities to keep you occupied your family will never be bored. They have a lovely sandy beach and swimming area, where you can cool off and catch some rays. And for the ultimate family fun, they have a huge 90-foot water slide! Also on the lake, you can take a boat out, renting it from the RV park. Why not take a picnic with you, and enjoy eating while floating on the water? 

And the water-fun doesn’t stop there. There are many more activities to keep you occupied on this lake, including fishing for bass and bluegill, paddle-boats, and swimming. Also in the vicinity is a mini-golf course, and a playground for the little ones. There are also extensive on-site services, for all the extras you and your group might need on your trip: laundry facility, LP gas, firewood, dump stations, free Wi-Fi, and a country-style store with RV supplies, food, toys, clothing, and gifts. 

This is a great location to head to with your RV, where you can book camping sites or lakeside spots to park up. They offer full hookups throughout, with a fee. If you’re not coming with your own RV, then there are some other options available for you too. You could book a trailer or cabin at the Detroit Greenfield RV Park. The little cabins are especially quaint and enjoyable, all nestled into the beautiful forest setting, next to a primate spring-fed lake! And the biggest benefit is that this campsite has deals, where you can get a discount for booking your accommodation and a trip to the Henry Ford Museum! 



  • Private lake for fishing and boating
  • Full hookup for RVs
  • Discounted price including entrance to the Henry Ford Museum
  • Extensive on-site services



  • Quite expensive
  • Not close to the museum, but easily accessible


Now we have looked at the two campsites with links to the Henry Ford Museum, both of which offer discounted prices and deals including accommodation and museum entrance, are there other options? Read on for some other great campgrounds near Detroit.


3. Windsor Campground

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Windsor, Ontario, this is the closest campground from the main major highway and border crossing from the United States in the region. If you’re OK with crossing the border to find the ideal campground, consider the Windsor Campground! This campground is situated around a lovely lake, which you can have access to for fishing and recreation. They even have a mini-golf course. 

In this lovely wooded site, there are many RV sites with full hookups and access to quaint little cabins too. There’s even a play gym, basketball court, a beach volleyball court, and a pool. On-site you’ll have all the amenities you need, including a store. They often organize entertaining activities here, using their beautiful pavilion, so there’s fun here for all the family. 



  • Mini golf course
  • Pool, basketball court, beach volleyball court, and a play gym
  • RV hookups, tent sites, and cabins
  • 20 minute drive from downtown Windsor, Ontario



  • A drive from the Henry Ford Museum 
  • No discounts 
  • Can hear traffic from the nearby road


An Edison lightbulb.

Head to the Henry Ford Museum to learn about the history of American ingenuity, for example by exploring Thomas Edison’s laboratory.


4. St Claire Shores

If you’re looking for a hidden, undiscovered gem, head over to the St Claire Shores. If the other options we have reviewed look like they are going to be just too packed for your relaxing trip with your family or group, then this potion might be right up your alley. There is hardly anything about this campsite on google, so you’ll just have to take our word for it, but this does mean that you’re not going to be surrounded by crowds of people. Peace and quiet await. 

This picturesque RV site is right next to a beautiful lake, where the site has its own private boat launch. There are only ten RV spots available, with water, unlimited sewer, and 30 amp service. There’s not a huge amount to do here to entertain a family, like swimming or a play park, so we would recommend this option for those of you who are really just looking to get away from it all. At only 30 minutes from Windsor, this is the perfect tranquil escape. 



  • Tranquil and private
  • 30 minutes from Windsor
  • Lakeside access
  • Boat launch 



  • Not the right option for a family group 
  • Limited amenities 
  • A drive from the Henry Ford Museum


5. Walnut Grove Campground

If the last option was too out of the way for your tastes, then why not take a look at the Walnut Grove Campground? The Walnut Grove Campground is located in the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. If you’re going camping with a big group, ad especially with a family, and are looking for endless activities to keep everyone occupied, then the Walnut Grove Campground is for you. In the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, the activities are endless. 

Here in the natural beauty of Lower Huron Metropark’s 1,258 acres of mature woodlands and grassy meadows, you’ll be right next to the scenic Huron River. Here you can keep your group occupied for hours: shoreline fishing or canoeing along the river, observing swans or geese floating on the water beside you. In the summer months, you can also coast down a water slide or drift along the lazy river at the Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center.

There are scenic hiking and biking trails, gorgeous picnic areas for you to break bread with your loved ones, and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Although it’s not as close to the Henry Ford Museum as the first two options, it’s not much further away, and you might think the extra drive is worth it for all the on-site fun available. 



  • Shoreline fishing or canoeing along the Huron River
  • Stunning surroundings
  • Fun for all the family 
  • Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center
  • 27 rustic campsites



  • Further from the Henry Ford Museum
  • A large, popular campground


6. Secluded Urban Farm

Just a short drive outside of the bustling Detroit area, there are many small campgrounds to choose from, as the cityscape makes way for rolling hills, state parks, and lush forests. The Great Lakes are waiting for you to come and explore them! If the other options we have reviewed are too large and overcrowded for your taste, then there are some great options for rural or primitive camping. Choosing this option can open up your possibilities, and lead you to choose a far more unique, tailored trip. 

The Secluded Urban Farm is a great option for those looking for a unique stay, and to get away from the crowds, as this campground has only 3 sites with up to 9 guests per site. This option is a lot closer to the Henry Ford Museum, so if accessibility to the Museum is your number one deciding factor, look closer. This four-acre farm is located in central Detroit, with a range of local public transportation to get you into the heart of the city. If you’re not camping with your car, this could be the perfect option for you. 

The Secluded Urban Farm is a fantastic option for nature lovers and farm fans. Here you can explore the urban farm, and have access to a fire ring, water, wifi, solar power, farm-fresh produce, and fantastic birdwatching. If you don’t go camping too often and don’t have your own tent, then don’t worry: you can hire tents here for a fee. 



  • Very close to the Henry Ford Museum
  • Urban farm location
  • Quiet and tranquil 
  • Fire ring, solar power, fresh farm produce
  • Fishing, biking and wildlife watching



  • Not as many amenities as some of the options
  • No electric or sewage hookup, not ideal for RVers or motorhome


People having a picnic outside.

Whether you’re going camping as a family, a small group, or on your own, we have an option for you.


Final Verdict:

If it’s your first time visiting the Ford Museum, or the other connected museums (The Ford Rouge Factory, Greenfield Village, and the Edison Institute), it might be that the most important quality of your campground is location. If you’re planning a short trip, where the museum is the main attraction, then we would recommend opting for the Secluded Urban Farm. Your trip will benefit from the campground’s proximity to the museum, and the peace and quiet that you’ll find here, which will allow you to reflect on all the things you have learned about America’s historical ingenuity. 

However, if you’re going on a larger family trip, where the Henry Ford Museum is just a part of the activities you need to plan, then you might need to head a bit further out. All of the larger campgrounds are a lot further from the center of Detroit, and you need to travel out a bit further to get all the amenities and activities your family will need. If you’re going on a family trip, our top pick is the Walnut Grove Campground. It’s located in the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, where you’ll find enough activities to entertain your family for days, for example, shoreline fishing or canoeing along the Huron River. 


Bonus tip: For an inside look into the Henry Ford Museum, watch this useful video!



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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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