National Parks / Natural World in ANN ARBOR with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Ann Arbor has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Ann Arbor itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Lower Huron Metropark

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    (18 miles) Belleville

    Features on offer include par-3 golf course, paved hike and bike trails, shoreline fishing and canoeing, pond skating, sports and a water park.

  • Toledo Botanical Garden

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    (42 miles) Toledo

    A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover and enjoy nature's beauty. With over sixty acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, TBG ...

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  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

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    Ann Arbor

    Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology.

  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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    Ann Arbor

    Exhibits for the kids to explore and learn from that include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in all of Michigan, as well as Michigan wildlife, anthropology, ...

  • Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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    (26 miles) Farmington Hills

    A unique museum featuring Marvin's personal collection of coin operated machines plus amusing and confusing oddities, covering nearly 6,000 tightly packed square feet.

  • Automotive Hall Of Fame

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    (26 miles) Detroit

    he Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience ...

  • Michigans Museum of Natural History

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    (32 miles) Bloomfield Hills

    Explore the wonders of the world and space at Michigan's Museum of Natural History, located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. A hands-on day out for all ages!

  • Motown Historical Museum

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    (34 miles) Detroit

    Feel the beat at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit! A rhythm filled family day out that's all about those great sounds of Motown.

  • Detroit Historical Museum

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.

  • Walter P Chrysler Museum

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    (36 miles) Detroit

    Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive ...

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (42 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (43 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (44 miles) Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Abrams Planetarium

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    (48 miles) Lansing

    Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.

  • Flint Childrens Museum

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    (51 miles) Flint

    A friendly, child oriented museum in Flint, packed with fascinating exhibits and hands-on learning experiences for kids from ages 2 to 10. Learn through play!

  • Sloan Museum

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    (51 miles) Flint

    Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. Dramatic settings, video programs and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area’s ...

  • Impression 5

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    (51 miles) Lansing

    Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!

  • Kids N Stuff Childrens Museum

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    (52 miles) Albion

    An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (65 miles) Bowling Green

    Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!

  • Merry Go Round Museum

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    (78 miles) Sandusky

    "Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood ...

  • Mid Michigan Childrens Museum

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    (80 miles) Saginaw

    Over 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions solely for under 12s, spanning a world's worth of topics.

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    (4 miles) Ann Arbor

    20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    (5 miles) Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    (6 miles) Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    (33 miles) Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (36 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

  • Toledo Zoo

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    (47 miles) Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    (51 miles) Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Wilderness Trails Zoo

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    (67 miles) Birch Run

    Over 50 species of exotic and native animals in specially constructed enclosures for close up animal viewing. Plus animal petting and feeding areas and an adventure playscape to go wild on!

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    (70 miles) Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

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    (57 miles) Flint

    Experience the �modern� way travelers moved across the county and the country in the early 1900s when you climb aboard the narrow gauge Huckleberry Railroad. The 40 minute ride takes you through ...

  • Cedar Point

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    (78 miles) Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!

  • Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center

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    (18 miles) Belleville

    Fun waterpark with two waterslides, a lazy river to float along, 300-gallon dumping bucket and a zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes.