The Ann Arbor area is an extraordinary urban oasis — from downtown Ann Arbor to the Huron River and beyond, visitors will enjoy exploring the amazing trails, state parks, and more. Here are a few noteworthy aspects from 2016:
Rediscover the Portage Lake ‘Chain of Lakes’
Seven lakes, connected by the Huron River, in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties create the chain. The Waterloo Recreation Area, home to Little Portage Lake and Big Portage Lake, is a perfect place to begin a day trip. From there you can venture out through the chain of lakes, or dock your boat at one of the numerous sandbars. The health of the Huron River is a priority for residents in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. With this in mind, the Huron River Watershed Council and community business leaders developed the project RiverUp! to create a healthier, more explorer friendly environment.
The LPGA Volvik Championship
The first annual LPGA Volvik Championship was held in Ann Arbor over Memorial Day Weekend 2016. One element of the championship was to create awareness of services offered to soldiers, veterans, and military families through the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) and M-SPAN programs provided by The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. This professional 72-hole golf tournament will return to Ann Arbor May 22 – 28, 2017. Get your tickets today and plan a Memorial Day Weekend getaway in Ann Arbor!
Thunder Over Michigan
Known as one of the best warbird shows in the world, Thunder Over Michigan is an amazing weekend of aerial displays. Watch historic aircraft glide through the sky, or book a ride and experience flying in one of the Yankee Air Museum vintage aircraft such as the B-17 “Yankee Lady”, B-25 “Yankee Warrior”, C-47 and WACO Biplane. This event is held at the Willow Run Airport and is appropriate for all ages. Experience this exhilarating show Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 4, 2017.
For 35 consecutive years, the Arbor Day Foundation has certified Ann Arbor as a Tree City USA. With more than 150 parks and dense woodlands, the colorful fall foliage was impossible to miss in the Ann Arbor area this year. The Chicago Tribune recently dubbed Ann Arbor as a perfect destination for a Midwest Fall getaway, with the belief that Ann Arbor “becomes its finest self in fall.” Explore several parks and enjoy fall foliage on the completed portion of the Border-to-Border (B2B) trail from Bandemer Park in Ann Arbor to the Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti. Development of the Border-to-Border Trail will continue in 2017.
Explore Washtenaw County
The Big 400 spans over 400 square miles in Washtenaw, Jackson, and Lenawee Counties featuring a network of organizations and exploration opportunities. Enjoy outdoor recreation year-round at the Waterloo State Recreation Area, which now includes the new DTE Energy Foundation Trail and is groomed for fat bikes in the winter. If 47 miles of trails aren’t enough, Hudson Mills Metropark features beautiful trails groomed for winter recreation such as cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing.