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Welcoming Spring: Explore the Local Delights of the New Season


Washtenaw Dairy Ice Cream Shop. Credit: Lillian Hescheles

Washtenaw Dairy: 602 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Average Cost: $5.00
Hours: 5am to 9pm

Acclaimed for its low prices and large portions, Washtenaw Dairy is a familiar favorite to the people of Ann Arbor. Indulge in delicious waffle cones and rich cookie dough ice cream while basking in the joy of their many outdoor seating options. For over 86 years, Washtenaw Dairy has been a special place not only for its mouth-watering ice cream flavors, but also for the memories it’s helped so many of us create.


Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Credit: Lillian Hescheles

Matthaei Botanical Gardens: 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Average Cost: $3.00
Hours: 10am to 4:30pm

Matthaei Botanical Gardens offers an endless array of discoveries. Its thirteen outdoor gardens include stone fountains, paved pathways, and even a green maze made of plants. Lined with orchids and bonsai, the Botanical Gardens offers various nature trails, including the Dix Pond Trail, Sue Reichert Discovery Trail, and Fleming Creek Trail.

People walking around the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Credit: Lillian Hescheles

Ann Arbor Farmers Market and Artisan Market: 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Average Cost: $0 – $15.00
Hours: 7am to 3pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays

Lined with booths of fresh produce, plant-based foods, and natural maple syrup, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is there to provide special gifts to the community. While the Farmers Market is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, Sundays are dedicated to the Artisan Market, which focuses on clothing, jewelry, and paintings. In the heart of Kerrytown, the Market is a lively place to explore. Whether it’s admiring local businesses, eating at the picnic tables, or grabbing some fresh basil for your salad, the Kerrytown Market should definitely be on your spring bucket list.

Gallup Park: 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Canoes and kayaks at Gallup Park. Credit: Lillian Hescheles

Average Cost: Free!
Hours: 6am to 12am

Gallup Park is the perfect place to spend a beautiful, spring day. The nature area loops through playgrounds, fields, picnic tables, and gardens. At Gallup Park, you can rent paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks to explore the Huron River. Along with the amusing activities the park has to offer, many people find themselves relaxing in a hammock or reading a book by the river.

Detroit Filling Station. Credit: Lillian Hescheles

Detroit Filling Station: 300 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Average Cost: $15.00

Hours: 11:30am to 8pm

On your next spring day in Ann Arbor, fill your mouth with Detroit Filling Station’s Raspberry Basil Grilled Cheese and Housemade Strawberry Lemonade. A fully vegan restaurant, Detroit Filling Station creates its food with love and nourishment. The eatery is an attractive place to spend time in, with outdoor seating and baskets of flowers decorating the space. The employees who work at the restaurant are especially friendly, introducing guests to a fresh and organized space.

Argus Farm Stop: 325 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Argus Farm Stop. Credit: Lillian Hescheles.

Average Cost: $10.00 – $20.00
Hours: 8am to 8pm

Rosemary herbs, Honeycrisp apples, brie cheese, and cinnamon swirl bread are just a few locally farmed products Argus Farm Stop provides all week long. In addition to their grocery store, they have a full coffee bar accompanied by both indoor and outdoor seating. If you’re craving refreshing fruit as it gets warmer, Argus is a great place to buy local food while helping the environment.

Bird Hills Nature Area in the fall time. Credit: Lillian Hescheles.

Bird Hills Nature Area: 1850 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Average Cost: Free!
Hours: 7am to 10pm

Covering 146 acres, Bird Hills is the largest nature area in Ann Arbor. From a serious trail run to a peaceful hike, the woods provide unique and compelling trails no matter what you might be looking for. With shallow streams, hemlock groves, birch trees, and the well-known “climbing tree,” Bird Hills is sure to spread happiness whether you’re alone or with a few of your closest friends.



White Lotus Farms: 7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Average Cost: $8.00
Hours: 9am to 2 pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays

White Lotus Farms is a joyous space, providing the community with an outdoor

White Lotus Farms. Credit: Lillian Hescheles.

produce market (with free samples) on

Saturdays and Wednesdays. Aside from its delicious produce and goods, White Lotus Farms is a beautiful area to

explore as the weather gets warmer. Accompanied by gardens, farm animals, and special holiday events, White Lotus employs the friendliest staff who are open to answer any of your questions.

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