Ann Arbor, while alluring all year round, is arguably at its most beautiful in the Summer. With its nearly 1.5 million trees at full bloom and the warm weather enticing people to leave their homes and enjoy the outdoors, the City of Trees brims with life. Helping the people of Ann Arbor have a great outdoor experience, the city's Parks and Recreation department along with the University of Michigan work hard to provide and maintain wonderful nature areas. Whether you wish to kayak the Huron River with your pup, have a picnic with a couple of friends, or track some Pokemon, you're bound to have a great time. Although you can find a list of all of Ann Arbor's Park areas on the Parks and Recreation website, the below is an overview of some must see's and local favorites.
Gallup & Argo Parks
The City of Ann Arbor's Gallup Park is a must see when visiting. Located off of Fuller Rd, Gallup Park is a 69-acre park that borders the Huron River and Geddes Pond. It offers enough lush, green space for picnics and sports and over 3 miles in trails for biking, jogging, or just exploring. The park also contains two playgrounds and multiple benches so you can take a break from hunting that Dragonite for whom we are all searching. Argo Park is another local favorite boasting 22 acres of beautiful scenery along the Huron River. This park features a fairly wide, unpaved bike trail that runs along the river, spaces for picnics, and a boat launch. Both Gallup Park and Argo park also house a canoe liveries where you can rent canoes and kayaks to use on the river. They are open everyday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. during the summer months with limited hours during the off season.
Nichols Arboretum (The Arb)
When discussing Ann Arbor's parks and green areas, one does not simply forgo mentioning the Nichols Arboretum. The Arboretum was created in 1907 and is a haven for students, hospital staff, and visitors year-round. Free of charge and open 7 days a week, the University of Michigan dedicated the land to house historic native plants, give students with an interest in botany a place to explore, and provide an open and green area for its students. Like Gallup Park the Arboretum also borders the Huron River. Nichols Arboretum is a great place to explore with friends and family, as well as on your own. The Arboretum is one of the University of Michigan's most known and loved outdoor spaces.