Stay Active in Ann Arbor
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We will start today by sharing with you five of our favorite ways to stay active in Ann Arbor in the summer. You will likely see some familiar favorites on this list and perhaps also new places to explore. Research shows that physical activity can help reduce depression and anxiety and helps decrease overall levels of stress. Depression or anxiety can make it difficult to get into a new routine or do something out of your comfort zone, so remember to start small and affirm every effort you make in the direction you want to go.
Happy June, everyone!
With live music, outdoor movies, family-friendly activities, and movement classes - did we mention that almost all these activities are free?! - A2 Summer Fest is a highlight of summer and an absolute asset to our community. Let yourself play, dance, and take in something new.
The Arb may well be the most well-known and well-loved green space in our community. Trails allow for a long walk through woods, prairies, or along the river and open green spaces are a perfect place for a picnic or game of frisbee. June in the Arb is an especially good time to visit! Right now, you can see North America's largest display of peonies in full bloom or take in some fun outdoor theater with the annual production of Shakespeare in the Arb.
3. Huron River
Get out on the river to cool off! Hitting Argo Canoe Livery early in the day for a kayak or canoe rental is a great way to beat the line, the heat of the day, and to experience the to beauty of the morning light. If you're feeling more like a swim and some sunbathing, you might head upstream to the dock at Bandemer Park.
A short drive from Ann Arbor, Hudson Mills boasts a variety of activities! You can bike, golf, disc golf, play volleyball or soccer, or enjoy the playground! There are fireworks here in late June. Paved trails make it accessible for many different fitness and ability levels.
This 161-acre park is the largest park in Ann Arbor. With meandering trails. Bird Hills allows townies to find solitude if you just walk far enough. The trails are shaded to help keep cool, and the trees create almost a mystical feel. Bird Hills is a great place to enjoy year-round. Oh, and as a bonus, you can bring your dog!