Ann Arbor is known as a college town, and admittedly some of the attractions, such as microbreweries, aren’t really designed with kids in mind. But that doesn’t mean that Ann Arbor isn’t a great place for a family vacation. There’s plenty to do in this city and many activities that will delight kids as well as the whole family. Best of all, many of these family-friendly activities are on the affordable side so you can give your family a fun vacation without breaking the bank.
The fairy doors of Ann Arbor first cropped up in 1993, in the home of Jonathan B. Wright. Since then, several public doors have opened throughout the city, and a few have even moved around based on the fairies’ whims. Wright, a self-proclaimed “fairyologist,” has created a map on his website of the fairy doors he’s discovered in his time in Ann Arbor and where you can find them. You can make a scavenger hunt out of it, splitting the family into teams to see who can find the most fairy doors. But watch out, you may even find a goblin door while you’re at it.
Ann Arbor is well-known for its beautiful parks — so well-known, in fact, that it’s been called the “City of Trees.” The 69-acre Gallup Park is by far the most popular, especially amongst kids. This park is situated between the Huron River and Geddes Pond, creating small islands that you can explore through the use of pedestrian bridges. There are two playgrounds as well as a picnic area and two picnic-shelters in the event of rain. For kids bored with the playground scene, there’s an open field where you can kick a ball around or play whatever you’d like. There are also trails for biking, walking, or running for more athletic families.
AirTime Trampoline Park is the kind of place energetic kids only dream about. The main stage is a floor and walls covered in trampolines so that your kids can quite literally jump off the walls (and do so in a safe space where they don’t have to test your patience). There’s also a trampoline-based basketball court where you can slam dunk, and for particularly competitive kids, there’s the techno warrior course. This is the perfect place to take the kids for a special event, and you can book birthdays and private parties here as well. For an open jump visit for the whole day, it’s just $15 per person, while a family “Weekday Fam Jam” is $50 for 4 people for 2 hours.
Ann Arbor is a delightful city for kids and adults alike, and if you’re looking for family-friendly activities, you won’t have to look very far — or pay an obscene amount of money to find it. You may even be able to save when you book your accommodations. At University Inn, we offer 10% discounts to parents and students visiting the University of Michigan campus, as well as to parents of UM or EMU athletes. But only if you book direct with us. Contact us today for more information.