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Attractions - Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor

Attractions within walking distance of the AAPT meeting venues include:

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 E. Ann St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 995-5439

nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits that make learning fun for all ages in an informal environment where hands-on experience is the best teacher.

Kerrytown Market and Shops

407 N. Fifth Street

an interesting collection of shops in the remodeled nineteenth-century warehouse district.

The Scrap Box

581 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
The Scrap Box is located in Ann Arbor, near the intersection of State Street and I-94. State Circle is a small street off of State Street.  Open hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Call 734-994-4420.  A GREAT place for teachers or to fill some time with kids!  Fill a grocery bag full of "good stuff" for your classroom for $6.50 (large) or $4 (small).

Urban Fairy Doors

Throughout downtown Ann Arbor
(734) 995-7281

tiny doors on the front of select businesses open to reveal "fairy homes." Consult the website for locations.

Zingerman's Delicatessen

422 Detroit Street
(734) 663-DELI (3354)

source of great food and great experiences, the deli serves up thousands of made-to-order sandwiches with prime ingredients. Across the street from Kerrytown.

Ann Arbor Environs

The following off-campus attractions are not within walking distance of the AAPT meeting venues and will require a car or city bus to access:

Domino's Petting Farm

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
(734) 998-0182

gives children and adults a chance to interact with farm animals. Call for hours.

Motawi Tileworks

170 Enterprise Drive
(734) 213-0017

unique, handmade tile reflecting the classic style and craftsmanship of America's historic Arts and Crafts potteries. Free tours Thursday at 11 am; other days by appointment.

Planet Rock

82 Aprill Drive
(734) 827-2680

one of the biggest indoor climbing gyms in North America; professionally trained experienced staff, five-story climbing wall, beginner's package available.

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N. Dixboro Road
(734) 647-7600

beautiful indoor conservatory, walking trails, extensive formal gardens, and gift shop.

Underground Railroad Tours

(734) 994-6513/996-0603

Take the journey to Freedom Tour that visits area historical stops on the Underground Railway, including the site where one of Michigan's first abolitionist newspapers was published. Call ahead to make arrangements.

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Some photos courtesy Ann Arbor Area CVB and Prof. Jens Zorn