No matter what time of year it is, Ann Arbor has something to offer everyone. Summer time is especially fun around the area and there are lots of exciting things to do. From golf to carnivals to water activities, you can find something to do no matter where your passion lies.
Canoeing / Kayaking: Enjoy a trip down the Huron River running through the outskirts of the city. You will be taken close to the U of M Hospital and most trips typically start in Argo Park and end in Gallup Park. A typical trip will last most people about two hours. One word of caution about this trip however. There are several times that you have to portage your canoe or kayak and carry it down a flight of stairs, which can be problematic if you weren’t expecting it.
Boating / Fishing: A great place to relax while boating or fishing is Ford Lake. It is located off of I-94 in Ypsilanti, MI. The lake boasts several parks around it including Lunefeather Park, Ford Lake Park, North Bay Park and North Hydro park. All of these parks offer a variety of amenities, including gazebos and outdoor grilling areas.
Golfing: The area also boasts several very nice public and private 18 hole golf courses. All of these courses are open seven days a week and vary in pricing. If you are looking for the best deal however, try going during a weekday as all the course fees go up during the weekends.
Festivals: The city is home to several carnivals every summer. One of the larger ones is the Ann Arbor summer festival. This festival typically runs from mid June to early July and has different activities for visitors daily. Another fun festival is the Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival. This carnival typically lasts a week starting in early July and offers many children activities. Best of all, all proceeds go to a charity that the Jaycees pick to help each year.
As you can see, there are many fun and exciting outdoor activities to keep you busy this summer around Ann Arbor. If you’re in town this summer, be sure to check out the Ann Arbor City Guide for a listing of events. Have a safe and fun summer.