Visiting Mill Creek Park in Dexter

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One of the perks about our nice weather? Being able to spend time outdoors without bundling up! I love being able to get outdoors, but especially if the sun is shining and it’s not too warm or too cold.  We did a combination walk/bike excursion at the park, which worked …except my son is pretty quick on his balance bike.  Next time, I may consider bringing along my bike so I can do a better job of keeping up!

Mill Creek Park Boardwalk - Dexter Outdoors 5565

All the photographs in this post were taken at the Mill Creek Park in Dexter, Michigan.  It’s been fun to see the improvements and changes that have taken place over the past several years.  The park has also undergone a name change — it used to be Warrior Creek Park. The dam was removed to allow for a return to more natural creek conditions, and a pedestrian bridge was created to connect the park, via about 5 miles of trail, to Hudson Mills park.  A stairway (with bike ramp!) now allows visitors to get from the park up to Alpine street (where the Library and Farmer’s Market are located).  There are also boat launches for kayaks/canoes.

Mill Creek Park - Dexter Outdoors 5579

We haven’t gone the full length of the trail yet, maybe halfway — but it really has been nice to use the wide trails and boardwalks for getting outdoors.  Here are some photographs of our park excursion.  On this particular day, we also ventured to “downtown” Dexter as my toddler wanted to go up the ramp/pathway when we were on our way up to the library for storytime.

Mill Creek Park - Dexter Outdoors

Fortunately I had allotted enough time for the scenic detour (usually we use the stairs right next to the libary).  In the images below, you’ll also find we stopped at the playground — long enough to go down the slide, have mama give an “underdog” or two on the swing, and find a prize pine cone that later accompanied us home.

Pine cone at Mill Creek Park - Dexter Outdoors

In case I haven’t made it obvious, I really love being outdoors.  It was so fun to identify birds, their songs, look for fish and frogs, and read some of the new informational signs that were placed in the park when it was updated.  So, anyways, make sure to check out the images a little further on (click on any image to open in gallery mode).

Portraits at Mill Creek Park in Dexter

Dexter’s Mill Creek Park is also great for portraits!  I have enjoyed creating family photos, high school senior pictures, and portraits of toddlers all in various areas of this park.  Here are some favorites from a few sessions to give you an idea of what we’ve done in the past.  Make sure to check out one senior portrait in particular; it will show you what the park looked like prior to the construction of the pedestrian bridge!

Mill Creek Park Scenes and Snapshots

And back to our park excursion photographs… here are more images of Mill Creek Park, the boardwalk, and our fun in the sun on a wonderful spring day!

By the way, my son loves his fireman balance bike (afflink). The balance bike is adjustable in height and has allowed him to really get the hang of balancing, gliding, and steering — all while zooming. It’s amazing to see the difference when we bring out a tricycle or other “vehicle” with pedals. Those pedals have been a source of frustration, whereas the balance bike is natural and freeing. Based on what success my friends have had with their kids and balance bikes, I anticipate an eventual smooth transition to a 2 wheel bike (with pedals) down the road, skipping training wheels completely!

Articles About Mill Creek Park

Here are some articles about Mill Creek Park — detailing the different stages of contruction, and the official Dexter Parks page. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.

What About You?

Do you have any favorite activities when you go to the park? It seems like we always visit the playground, and we usually have at least the balance bike with us. On one trip to Mill Creek Park, we were blessed with an unexpected friendship when we met another mama! What’s your favorite part of being outdoors? Is it the wildlife? The scenery? The people you’re with? Do you have a favorite memory at a particular park?

16 Responses

  1. Tamar

    That park looks so fun! Love the pathways.
    Thanks for linking up!

  2. Betsy Finn

    Tamar, it is a very fun park!

  3. Tiffany

    We just bought my daughter a bike so we are looking forward t o our trip to the park!

  4. What an fun place – am loving the photos as well, your little man looks like he is having a whale of a time! Thanks for joining in with the Parenting Pin it Party 😀

  5. Mae

    Our favorite park is near a large river. We regularly see beaver and it is usually windy enough to fly a kite. We spend a lot of time at parks. Congrats on number two.

  6. Betsy Finn

    I bet she will have a blast, Tiffany!

  7. Betsy Finn

    You are so right, Helen. He always has a ball being outdoors!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Oh, that is great to have the opportunity to see beavers at work, Mae. Most of our animal sightings happen in our neighborhood, since we have a number of undeveloped acres nearby. Fox, coyote, deer, blue heron, etc. We haven’t had enough wind (for the most part) to fly kites though. I bet the kiddos love that!

  9. Cinella

    I have been wanting to take shots like these at our local wildlife park. Amazing job. I love the one on the creek and slide pics are always fun!
    Visiting from SIMC

  10. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Cinella!

  11. Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    Love your work…very nice my friend.

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thank you Laurie!

  13. Rach D

    I’m sooo thankful for the warmer weather myself! Beautiful pics 🙂
    Rachael @

  14. Betsy Finn

    Agreed! Thanks for visiting, Rachael

  15. I seriously love all the photos you take. Those family portraits by the water are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linky. Pinning to our linky board and look forward to what you continue to share with us!

  16. Betsy Finn

    Thanks, as always, for the lovely compliments Tanya 🙂 :). I really do enjoy your linkup!