By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan | Kensington Metropark
Never in my life have I experienced a park where birds such as woodpeckers or chickadees land freely on your hand to eat some seeds or sandhill cranes allow you to quietly observe them as they feed their babies. There are no fences so the animals are wild and free to come and go as they please.
I was in absolute awe to the vastness of the Kensington Metropark...not only in it's sheer size of 4,481 acres of lush rolling hills, wooded hiking trails and sandy beaches, but the amenities were astounding. Hiking not your thing? How about golfing, disc golf, pontoon rides, kayaking or simply enjoying the warm sand at Martindale or Maple beaches.
Kensington Metropark offers a tons of recreational activities throughout the year, from biking and boating in the summer to cross-country skiing and tobogganing in the winter. There's even a restaurant called Farmhouse Grill to fill your belly so you can play all day.
Here is a great map of the entire park including the walking and biking trails. You can obtain this map at the entry of the park but it's helpful in planning your day.
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I’m never happier than when I’m in nature! I mean seriously, I was beyond giddy! . We are no idea these guys will come up to us and eat out of our hands. These are wild animals and there are no fences keeping them in. Can you see the baby walking into the water behind me? . . . #sandhillcrane #sandhillcranes #sofreakinhappy #bigbirds #feedingbirds #feedingbirdsbyhand #kensingtonmetropark #michigantravel #puremi #michigan #puremichiganders #puremichigan #nature #birdsofinstagram #michigander #metropark #annarbormichigan #annarbor
As you meander down a dirt trail canopied by luscious trees, be sure to always look around you as chatty squirrels and chubby chipmunks are always underfoot.
Clearly they are used to being fed by visitors so they are always looking for a crunch tasty treat.
It's so fun to try and spot the Sandhill Crane families as the babies are just adorable!
Kensington Metropark Activities:
Chris was loving feeding the birds as they would land on his hand! What a fun experience!
This goose was adopted by this Sandhill Crane family when it was just a tiny gosling. It was the talk of the Metropark and the surrounding areas! People visited the park just to see this miraculous family!
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Chris and Mr. Sandhill Crane discussing the pros and cons of using portrait mode on their phones:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They were deep in discussion as the sandhill crane family was on a hike and wanted to take pics of their new baby. I think Chris had some great tips for them regarding getting eye level with junior and not dropping the phone in the lake. ;) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sandhillcranes #nature #annarbor #kensingtonmetropark #bigbird #annarbortourism @annarbor #travelislife #travelphotooftheday #photooftheday #michiganblogger #michigansummer #explore_destinations #nature_good #nature_worldwide_birds #puremichigan #ipulledoverforthis#birdsonearch #natureworld #michigan #hey_ihadtosnapthat #sandhillcranesofinstagram #explore_countryside