It's a big city with small-town charm, and it's an ideal destination for a family vacation: Ann Arbor offers easy access to outdoor fun, quaint shop-lined streets to explore, and plenty of character. Below, three budget-friendly family activities.
Beautiful photo via the Leslie Science and Nature Center's Flickr
1. Who wants to see some DINOS? The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History fills four floors, and boasts the state's largest display of dinosaurs, as well as many other kid-friendly exhibits. Be sure to stop by the Planetarium, too. Museum admission is free (with a suggested $5 donation).
2. If you run into some stormy weather, bounce on over to Jump City. Admission is $7 a person, and kiddos can spend an afternoon exploring the bounciest playground they've ever laid big wide eyes on. Climbing, sliding, and plenty of giggles guaranteed.
3. The Leslie Science and Nature Center is a gem for family travelers (and locals, too). Pay a visit to the big birds in the Raptor Enclosures, say hello to crawlers, hoppers, and slitherers in the Critter House, and treasure-hunt for animal tracks, nests, and other signs of animals on the Black Ponds Wood Trail. The Center is open year-round, and admission is free. Grab your sneakers and sunscreen and head out!
Accommodation Tip: Take advantage of Michigan's lakes by staying at the Best Western Whitmore Lake Hotel, located on beautiful Whitmore Lake and within easy distance of Ann Arbor and Brighton.