May 30, 2018

There's no better time to enjoy Ann Arbor's abundance of greenery than in the spring and summer months! With a large number of parks, trails, and golf courses available for use, it can be a daunting task to choose where to spend the day. Check out this list of Ann Arbor's top 7 spots for outdoor recreation to help you decide.

Argo Nature Area & Bandemer Park
These parks are located across from each other on opposite sides of the Huron River, and exploring them is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Visit the Argo Canoe Livery to rent a boat and ride the Argo Cascades or paddle the calm, Stillwater area of Argo Pond. Then, try your hand at disc golf at Bandemer Park.

Golf Courses
The Ann Arbor area is home to over 25 golf courses featuring a variety of course difficulties. Spend a day at Stonebridge Golf Club, Leslie Park Golf Course or Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center.

Hiking & Biking Trails
Ready for your next outdoor excursion? Check out the 35-mile Border-To-Border trail or the Waterloo Recreation Area for a scenic walk or ride through the greater Ann Arbor area. You can find even more stunning trails here!

MetroParks
Take a trip to Dexter to discover their magnificent Metroparks! The 122-acre Dexter-Huron Metropark is one of our favorites. Pack a picnic and go for a walk, ride your bike, play a game of disc golf, or spend the afternoon fishing. 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Visit Matthaei Botanical Gardens to explore the various flower gardens, the conservatory, the campus farm, and the art exhibits on display!

Nichols Arboretum
Head to the Arboretum for a scenic stroll by the Huron River, or a enjoy picnic in the vast open fields. Don’t forget to visit the Fairy Woods and Troll Hollow to build a house from twigs and leaves, located just past the Peony Garden.

Rolling Hills Park & Water Park
Looking to cool off on a hot summer day? Grab your friends and splash in the wave pool, float down the lazy river, and slide down the water slides at Rolling Hills. If you want a break from swimming, this local gem features winding nature trails, fishing, picnic areas, disc golf, and horseshoes.

*Photo credit: Huron River Watershed Council

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