Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 30, 2019

Beautiful Ann Arbor


Our armchair travels have taken us to the U.S. state of Michigan. The state is located in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions. Michigan is the largest state by total area located east of the Mississippi River. It is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The peninsulas are separated one from the other by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel joining Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. The state has the longest freshwater coastline being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes and Lake Saint Clair.

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Our tour begins in the beautiful city of Ann Arbor which is home

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to the University of Michigan.

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The University of Michigan Museum of Art or UMMA was built in 1909 as a war memorial. It is one of the largest university art museums in the country and a top attraction. The museum is home to the Alumni Memorial Hall, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel, and the Frankel Family Wing. It features a comprehensive collection of over 19,000 artworks spanning different periods, cultures, and forms of media. The museum offers educational programs, workshops, and classes for students and visitors. Tours of the museum are available and unusual art-based events all year long.

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The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has found its home in a historic firehouse. It offers imaginative and interactive learning experiences through which visitors can discover the worlds of science, technology, art, math, and engineering. There are over 250 interactive displays. Among the highlights are “The World Around You” where visitors can explore the Bubble Capsule, Climbing Wall, and Magnet exhibits. “The Lyon Country Store” offers a 1930s shopping experience, and “Michigan Nature” has an interactive nature walk, a native fish lake, and a soundscape from Michigan.

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The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is part of the university’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The museum is housed in the Alexander Ruthven Museums Building. There are four permanent exhibitions the Anthropology Displays, the Geology Displays, the Hall of Evolution, and the Michigan Wildlife Gallery. There is also a planetarium and a Butterfly and Pollinator Garden.

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Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum feature an array of botanical and display gardens. There are a conservatory, natural areas with hiking and walking trails, and several research habitats.

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Among the display gardens, are the Great Lakes Garden,

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Bonsai and Penjing Garden,

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and the Gaffield Children’s Garden.

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The amazing conservatory is the largest university-operated display greenhouse in the U.S. It has a hothouse, temperate house, and a house for the world-renowned Bonsai Collection.

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The Nichols Arboretum is home to the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. There are collections of native and historic plants.

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Kerrytown is a historic district in Ann Arbor known for its quaint brick streets, vibrant culture, and many different shops. The district was named after County Kerry in Ireland. It was established as part of the original town of Ann Arbor. Today there are markets, great restaurants, and locally owned shops that sell everything from clothing to jewelry, to handmade art, vintage treasures, and toys.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum is located on the north campus of the University of Michigan. This library houses important items of the life, career, and presidency of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the U.S. There are also materials on U.S. domestic issues and political affairs during the Cold War Era, among them letters, memos, reports, multi-media, and other historical documents. There are also a stage and audiovisual-equipped auditorium, classrooms for lectures and meeting and a courtyard for periodic functions.

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The Leslie Science & Nature Center is a natural space with walking trails, birds of prey, and raptor enclosures, a critter house and much more. The center offers programs for children like field trips, Girl and Boy scout visits, overnight visits, and outreach programs at schools. The center also has summer camps and school break camps.

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State Street is known for its shops, restaurants,, and public events like festivals and fairs. The State Street Area Art Fair features the artwork of over 300 artists. There is also State Street Area Ladies Night when the ladies get discounts at many local bars, shops, and restaurants.

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The Creature Conservancy is an animal rescue and educational organization that is dedicated to rescuing animals and educating the community about them.

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There are several exhibits among them Aquatic Exotic that features apple snails, African claw frogs, and water hyacinths, McCalls of the Wild for macaws, Roo Room for kangaroos, and Vulture Club for vultures. The conservancy also offers educational outreach programs for homeschooling groups, nature centers, and others.

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The Petting Farm gives children the opportunity to learn about animals and the agricultural history of Michigan. It began in 1925 as a working farm. It was bought in the 1980s to be an office complex and its original red barn was moved across the road. The Petting Farm today is a fun and educational experience for families and school groups.

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The farm has farm animals like cats, chickens, cows, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep and other kinds of animals like alpacas, llamas, and peacocks. Visitors can feed the animals and there are pony rides.
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The Hudson Mills Metropark located 12 miles northwest of Ann Arbor is an outdoor park with dense woodlands, rolling meadows, and wetlands with wildlife and birds. You can enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing and kayaking on the Hudson River, shoreline and fly fishing, hiking, biking, and trekking. There are an 18-hole, par-72 golf course and two disc golf courses. Other sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer.

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Metropark also has picnic shelters, a playground, a canoe camp, tennis and shuffleboard courts and in the winter cross-country skiing.

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  1. Lovely, as always, Rasma. Being a theatre guy, when I think of Ann Arbor I always think of The Purple Rose Theatre Company founded by Jeff Daniels.

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