Want to have fun?
We have listed here some unique places in and near Ann Arbor and Detroit.
These places are close enough, such that you could plan to go there for an
evening or a day. For sight-seeing/ vacationing/ camping opportunities, please
refer to the Places to visit in Michigan page. Of course, there
are many more places that you don’t need ISA to tell you about .
Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti region
Ice Skating at Yost Arena
1000 South State Street
Yost Ice Arena is the place where U of M hosts its ice hockey and figure
skating competitions. For public skating times, skate rental price and
directions, visit the Yost Arena website
2121 Oak Valley Drive
Private ice rink that offers daily public skating and drop-in hockey. In
addition, you can also play broomball. For more information, visit their
Canoeing on the Huron River (Argo Park/Delhi Metropark)
Argo Canoe Livery
1055 Longshore Dr
Season April thru October
Sat & Sun 9am-8pm; Mon-Fri closed
3902 E. Delhi
phone: (734)426-8211 OR (800)477-3191
The Delhi metropark has a canoe livery (Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery – ph.
734-769-8686), where you can rent canoes for 8 mile or 3 mile courses. It is a
good idea to call in and reserve a canoe.
Rock Climbing at Planet Rock
82 Aprill Dr.
The Planet Rock Climbing Gym in Ann Arbor (as also the one in Pontiac) is
amongst the tallest and largest climbing gyms in the world. The unique terrain
caters to complete novices and seasoned pros alike. To know more about timings
and prices, please visit the Planet Rock website.
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
314 E. Liberty
This place features shows by some of the best stand up comedians in the
country. To know who’s performing this week, please visit the Comedy Showcase
The city’s most popular park, it has arched footbridges connecting a series of
small islands along the Huron river. Canoes, paddleboats, and bikes can be
rented. A bike trail, heavily used by joggers and in-line skaters, runs along
the south bank of the river all the way to Dixboro Rd. For a complete listing
of the parks in Ann Arbor, with maps and features, please visit the City of
Ann Arbor website.
1610 Washington Hts.
University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum is a 123 acre “living museum”
nestled in the hills adjacent to UM’s Central Campus. One entrance to the arb
is near the medical college buildings. The arb is a nice, tranquil place
especially in spring, when all the flowers are in full bloom.
Natural Sciences Museum
1109 Geddes Ave.
The ‘U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History’ features an astounding variety of
exhibits; such as galleries on prehistoric life, Michigan wildlife (one of the
few places you can see a stuffed wolverine), native american life and culture,
etc. It also has a planetarium with shows on weekends. The museum’s website
can be reached here.
U-M Museum of Art
525 S. State
The permanent collections of this museum, considered to be one of the finest
university art museums in the country, encompass both Western and Asian art
from early times through the present. There is also a wide range of special
exhibitions, often several at a time. The museum’s website can be reached
Outside Ann Arbor
Detroit Science Center
5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48202
This new science center in Detroit (slightly south of I-94 near I-75) boasts
of a Planetarium and an IMAX theater. It has many exhibits and also has labs
set up by Dow, GM, DTE, etc. More information can be obtained from the
Mt. Brighton Ski Resort
4141 Bauer Rd, Brighton, MI 48116
This is a nice place for skiing for beginners and pros alike. Its only 45
minutes north of Ann Arbor (take US23 N and then I96 W upto exit 145). There
are 26 slopes with varying difficulty. Training is also available. Artificial
snow making machine allows some slopes to be open even when there is less
snowfall. It is a good idea to call them and check whether slopes are open.
More information can be obtained from their website.
The Henry Ford museum and Greenfield village (and IMAX theater)
20900 Oakwood Blvd.,Dearborn, MI 48124
America’s largest indoor/outdoor museum celebrates the spirit of invention.
The 12 acre Henry Ford Museum features world-renowned treasures such as the
limousine in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Edgar Allan
Poe’s writing desk, and George Washington’s camp bed. The Greenfield village
acts like a vast outdoor museum, with parlours, workshops, farms, etc.
reminiscent of America’s past. The place also has an IMAX theater playing the
latest IMAX movies (tickets – 313-271-1570). More information is available on
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