Enjoy a Summer Afternoon in Downtown St. Clair

By: Amber Ogden | July 1, 2015

When it comes to keeping busy during the summer, you’ll always find something fun to do in one of southeast Michigan’s many downtown areas. This month, we’re visiting downtown St. Clair, which includes the quarter mile stretch of Palmer Park that runs parallel to the St. Clair River.

If you’re looking for something fun to enjoy while in downtown St. Clair, consider the following before your visit:

The Voyageur, 525 S. Riverside Ave., is a restaurant and sports bar that also offers bowling. The restaurant faces the St. Clair River providing a great view, and live music is held five nights a week. TVs at the bar side also ensure that you never miss out on a minute of your favorite Detroit sports team.

Try the French Dip or Sports Melt (turkey, ham, Swiss cheese and American cheese on Ciabatta bread) for lunch, or the Louisiana Style Shrimp (sautéed in Cajun butter, served over rice and topped with Asiago cheese and scallions) or Boursin Rib-eye (topped with Boursin cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions) for dinner.

As for the bowling, The Voyageur is offering a special this week that includes bowling from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $2 on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Sue’s Coffee House, 201 N. Riverside Ave., sells much more than just coffee. Hot drinks, iced drinks and blended drinks are all on the menu, so whether you’re craving a Flavored Latte, Iced Mocha or Chai Tea, you’ll find it at Sue’s.

Food items on the menu include the Monte Grillo (a sandwich with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and mustard on a Ciabatta roll dusted with powdered sugar and served with strawberry jam) and Apple Orchard Ham (frosted apple bread with ham, Cheddar cheese and honey mustard).

Other restaurants in the area worth checking out include Dragon Wok, 201 N. Riverside Ave., and Pepper Joe’s, 119 Clinton Ave.

St. Clair Boat Harbor, 902 S. 2nd St., is great to visit if you want to get out on the water. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for $10 per hour, or for up to 8 hours for $60. Rental includes boats, paddles and lifejackets so you can safely make your way along the Pine River.

There is also a public boat ramp available for daily use for fishermen (or fisherwomen). Other amenities at the boat harbor include horseshoes and volleyball.

For upcoming happenings in downtown St. Clair, take a look at the July event calendar, where you’ll find workout classes to join, live entertainment to take in and fun activities for children. In honor of Independence Day, downtown fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4 at 10 p.m., and your best vantage point will be from Palmer Park.

This summer, don’t miss out on St. Clair Riverfest from Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26, and Whistles on the Water, which takes place in September.

Enjoy your time spent in downtown St. Clair!