What are Some Outdoor Activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan?

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Ann Arbor, Michigan is known for its tree-lined streets and connecting riverfront parks. Outdoor activities in Ann Arbor include golfing, swimming, skating, cross-country skiing, biking, fishing, nature watching and hiking. Buhr Park, Hudson Mills Metro Park, Argo Park and Bird Hills Park are just a few places for great outdoor activities in Ann Arbor.

Bird Hills Park is the biggest park in Ann Arbor and is known as a hiker's paradise. The Park is a scenic nature area with many species of birds and also animals such as foxes, squirrels and deer. Hiking is the main outdoor activity here and the Park is located across from the Huron River. Bird Hills Park is known for its many butterflies and a pine plantation stands in the middle of this woodland preserve.

Argo Park is the place for outdoor activities in Ann Arbor that includes not only hiking, but also biking, fishing and canoeing. It’s part of a riverfront chain of parks that allows easy access to other nearby parks. You can take the riverside nature trail to Bandemer Park for a forested walk and picnicking. Or, you can take the boardwalk to Riverside Island and Fuller Park. Island Park is known for its Greek revival-style picnic shelters as well as for having plenty of geese and ducks in the Park.


Hudson Mills Metro Park has excellent outdoor activities in Ann Arbor's nearby Dexter area if you're a golf lover. The Hudson Mills Metro Park is an attractive-looking public golf course known for its great greens. This popular course rents clubs as well as carts.

Buhr Park has rolling hills and plenty of room for all types of outdoor activities in Ann Arbor. The Park is known to have outdoor skating and hockey in the winter months as well as trails open for cross-country skiing. Both skate rentals and ski equipment rentals are usually available. In warmer weather, Buhr Park is a popular place for soccer, softball and tennis as well as swimming at the Buhr Park Pool. The Pool is known to hold an annual dog swim, often at the close of the summer swimming season.


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