The Ann Arbor area is an urban oasis – perfect for the traveler that loves great food and arts and cultural activities, but also wants to explore the great outdoors. We’ve gathered this season’s best community-generated photos from our Instagram account, to illustrate the beauty and thrill of exploring the Ann Arbor area in the warm-weather months. Check out our round-up of photos of visitors and locals enjoying fishing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and more in the Ann Arbor area, and hashtagged #VisitAnnArbor. Then, visit Ann Arbor and share some of your own photos with us!
Instagram user @tubique shared this pic of her bike at Gallup Park, in #VisitAnnArbor. With countless parks and trails to explore, biking in the Ann Arbor area is a must for outdoors-lovers. Check out the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, the Border-to-Border Trail, and the Huron River MetroPark.
Instagram user @stelliish waded in the Huron River at Nichols Arboretum earlier this month. Summer months in Ann Arbor call for time on the river!
Yoga by the Huron River? Sign us up! Instagram user @greekyogini shared this image of her practice on the Mighty Huron.
Slow's Farm is a hidden gem in #VisitAnnArbor! Instagram user @devour_detroit went there for some organic strawberry picking. Yum!
Fashion, travel, and lifestyle blogger (and Instagram user @withwonderandwhimsy) wandered through Matthaei Botanical Gardens (part of the University of Michigan) earlier this month. There are trails, many styles of gardens, a conservatory, and space for weddings and events at Matthaei.
Instagram user @leighann_a_gram shared this pic from Domino's Farms, of a grazing bison. Visit Domino's Farms for an up-close look at some very interesting creatures!
In this photo, Instagram user @every.little.journey proves that a journey down the Huron River is always worth taking.
Eastern Michigan University has a gorgeous campus. We love this photo from Instagram user @rrryan3206 of the beautiful grounds.
Peony season at Nichols Arboretum is a magical time. Instagram user @lavieebella captured this stunning shot of the beautiful blooms and two beauties exploring the grounds.
The charming, small city of Dexter has plenty of trails to explore. Instagram user @_danajean_ shared this pic of her trek with two companions and some furry friends.
Instagram user @karthikpad artistically captured this solo fisherman at Gallup Park. If you haven't tried your hand at fishing on the Huron, we highly recommend giving it a shot! If you'd like a guide, Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti or the Painted Trout in Dexter are great places to inquire.
When you're exploring the town of Dexter, be sure to stop by to see their friendly troll in Mill Creek Park! Photo courtesy of Instagram user @aribick.
White Lotus Farms is an Ann Arbor area hidden gem! The sprawling grounds, located just west of Ann Arbor, are home to a cheesmaking facility, a bakery, and lots of friendly animals. These goats were captured in a photo by Instagram user @yanasdarkroom.
Another great photo from @yanasdarkroom – we love this photo of a hammock relaxation session on the banks of the Huron, at Nichols Arboretum.
Canoeing and kayaking the Huron is a classic #VisitAnnArbor experience - but be sure to also check out the trails near the river! This photo, from Instagram user @c.mcc.l, was taken near Argo Pond.
Instagram user @karthikpad creates beautiful images. We're very fond of this one, taken at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, at sunset. We highly recommend a sunset hike in one of the Ann Arbor area parks!
Here's another fabulous shot from @karthikpad – featuring a jaunt through Mary Beth Doyle Park with a canine companion.
Parker Mill County Park, located technically in Ann Arbor but about halfway between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, is tucked away but worth the trip! We love this photo from Instagram user @rhirush.