Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, is one of the greenest cities in the US and an exciting place to visit. Here’s a variety of ‘don’t miss’ activities to share with your family when you come and visit. There’s something here for everyone.
- One of the most beautiful places in ‘Tree City’ is the Nichols Arboretum. Come in through the Geddes entrance for a winding, downhill trek to the Huron River through prairie and wetlands. Run up the hilly side trails, or stop to play some Frisbee and picnic in the giant grassy bowl. If you come in June, don’t miss the sight of the blooming peonies in the formal gardens.
- Mathhaei Botanical Gardens. Winter or summer, there is something to do and see. In the summer, enjoy a walk through the wooded grounds, splash in the stream, or look through the giant kaleidoscope. The Conservatory is the main attraction in the visitor center, and a definite must visit in cold months. Sit down and take a deep breath.
- Try the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum if your children are the type to get immersed in a giant, body-sized soap bubble, dig for fossils, or in general, learn by doing. This converted firehouse is a great place for the kids.
- When you are done at the museum, walk over to Kerrytown for lunch and shopping, and depending on your timing, a concert at the Kerrytown Concert House. You can get a delicious sandwich at Zingerman’s Deli. If you are there on a Wednesday evening or a Saturday there’s the
- The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, which on Sunday becomes the Artisan Market with live music and original pieces by local artists.
- If you are a live music fan, then don’t forget to watch a show at The Ark, which is known worldwide as one of the places to watch acoustic music. And yes, it’s family friendly.
- The Diag-If you come to Ann Arbor when classes are in session; then don’t miss the Diag. The heart of the Central Campus of the University of Michigan, this pedestrian-friendly zigzag of paths and sidewalks is the perfect place to people watch, jump on the golden “M” and say things to your children such as “When you are in college…”