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1100 N Main St STE 210

Price & Hours

Free entry; $12-$72 per person for rentals
Hours vary by season

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Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
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The Huron River Water Trail covers 104 miles through Michigan's Lower Peninsula and welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually. The paddling zones of the river range from raging rapids to calm waters. Ann Arbor is the largest of five Trail Towns where visitors can enter the river, find amenities like parks and boat storage and frequent nearby campgrounds, hotels and dining establishments. While paddling is available in the spring and summer, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe and ice skate in the area if they visit in the winter months.

The Ann Arbor region of the Huron River Water Trail comprises miles 53 to 46. Popular launch points along this section include the Argo Nature Area and Livery, as well as the Gallup Park and Livery. At Argo, travelers can rent canoes, kayaks and multiperson rafts to paddle downstream through beautiful scenery, placid ponds and Argo Cascades, which features adrenaline-pumping manmade drops and pools. At Gallup Park, choose between canoe, kayak, paddleboat and rowboat rentals for your river adventure. On shore, the park features a 3-mile asphalt trail, playgrounds, fishing spots, picnic areas and concession stands.

One of the most popular river routes is a 1.5-hour paddling trip from Argo to Gallup, but visitors craving a longer journey should consider kayaking 2.5 hours from Barton to Gallup or 4 hours from Delhi to Argo. Recent travelers reported Gallup Park was a beautiful area to hike, walk and explore the river, while Argo was great for kayaking and tubing. Some visitors recommended arriving in the morning to take in the relaxing scenery and watch the geese and other birds.

Argo Park Livery is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from late May to early September, and boats can be rented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rental fees range from $21 to $72, depending on the kind of boat you rent. The Gallup Park Livery is open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and travelers can rent boats from the end of May to the beginning of September between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Prices range from $12 to $20 per vessel for one or two hours. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends. To learn more, visit the Huron River Water Trail website.

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#1 University of Michigan

As the crown jewel of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan boasts many of the city's top attractions. Start your visit by touring the manicured grounds of the campus, which was opened in Ann Arbor in 1837 (though the school got its start in Detroit in 1817). U-M has a total enrollment of about 48,000 students and stretches across a massive 3,207 acres. You'll find University of Michigan properties dispersed throughout Ann Arbor, though the main campus is centrally located within the city near parks, museums, bars and dining establishments.

When it comes to things to do on campus, you won't be left scratching your head. The university is home to 30 stunning libraries and more than 16 museums, including the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art, the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, the Herbarium and the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. Other points of interest include the William W. Cook Law Quadrangle (a 10-acre compound comprising pristine green space and impressive gothic-style buildings), the Gerald R. Ford Library and Hill Auditorium (a classical music concert hall). You'll even find a hotel and restaurants on the premises. Campus visitors praised the gorgeous architecture and were wowed by the sheer size of the university. They also enjoyed the many museums on-site.

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