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Recreation for Adults and Children

For a brochure containing information on Ann Arbor parks and recreation facilities and classes, contact the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department or visit their web site below. This contains information about parks and recreational facilities that are open to the general public:

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department
100 N. Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
734.994.2780

Fitness/Health Facilities

A good way to relieve the stress of work and school and to remain physically active during the winter months is to join a gym or health club! The Ann Arbor area has many gyms and other work-out facilities both on and off campus.

University of Michigan Recreational Facilities

U-M offers a wide range of recreational activities for students, faculty and staff. U-M facilities offer weights, cardiovascular training machines, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, swimming pools, running tracks, fitness classes and much more.

Membership at the facilities listed below is free for enrolled students. Faculty and staff can purchase a membership for a discounted price. For more detailed information about locations, hours and fees, and other services offered please contact the U-M Department of Recreational Sports at 734.763.0050. Or, contact a specific location below:

Central Campus Recreational Building (CCRB)
401 Washtenaw Ave
734.763.3084
North Campus Recreational Building (NCRB)
2375 Hubbard Rd
734.763.4560
Intramural Sports Building (IM Building)
606 E Hoover Ave
734.763.3562

Other Not-For-Profit Facilities in Ann Arbor

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center (Washtenaw County)
2960 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI
734.971.6355
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 W. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI
734.996.9622

Private Facilities

For a full listing of recreational activities and facilities in the Ann Arbor area, please visit Arborweb.

Team Sports

For additional information about clubs, programs and centers, visit Arborweb.

U-M Club Sports Program
606 E Hoover (IM Building)
Ann Arbor, MI
734.763.3562
Adults only. Clubs are required to have primarily student membership; non-students often can take part. They offer 41 club sports.
Parks and Recreation Department (Washtenaw County)
2230 Platt Road
Ann Arbor, MI
734.971.6337
Offers a wide range of activities for adult and children.
Recreation and Education (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
1530 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI
734.994.2300
Offers team and individual sports for adults and children.

Nature Areas and Parks

In Ann Arbor

Enjoy the many neighborhood, city, and riverfront parks in Ann Arbor. Entry to Ann Arbor parks is free. Parks that are specially recommended are:

Gallup Park
On the Huron River, which runs through Ann Arbor. City's most popular park. Rent canoes, paddleboats, kayaks and bikes there. Great for picnics by the river.
Island Park
On the Huron River, across from Maiden Lane. Footbridges and a Greek Revival picnic shelter.
Fuller Recreation Area
Across from Island Park and north of the U-M Medical Center. Outdoor swimming pool. Play areas for children.
Nichols Arboretum
Large U-M-owned nature area next to the river and just east of the U-M.
Medical Center
Beautiful peony garden in June. Great for walks year-round. Free.
Mattaei Botanical Gardens (U-M)
1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI
734.998.7061
300-acre site that includes a variety of outdoor display gardens, a conservatory, and miles of nature trails. Admission to the outdoor gardens and nature trails is free; there is a fee for admission to the conservatory (free to enrolled students).

Beyond Ann Arbor

Michigan offers a large number of parks and natural scenery. For just some of the sites Michigan has to offer, see below:

Metroparks (several locations)
Huron-Clinton Metroparks
800.477.2757
Metroparks large park/recreational areas in Washtenaw, Livingson, Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties. There are three within close driving distance to Ann Arbor.
State Parks The State of Michigan maintains a large number of state-run parks, forests and trails. To see a map and description of parks for all counties in Michigan, please visit the site above. Remember Ann Arbor is located in Washtenaw County.

Last reviewed: 10/10