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History Walking Tours

  • Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Presented By: Ypsilanti Bicentennial: Celebrating 200 Years
  • Dates: 2/26/2023, 3/26/2023, 4/23/2023, 5/6/2023, 6/25/2023, 7/23/2023, 9/4/2023, 10/22/2023, 11/26/2023
  • Location: Various locations
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Price: Free
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Join in for these upcoming Ypsilanti Bicentennial Walking events throughout 2023! Each month, take a new guided tour and explore Ypsilanti and its rich history. Tours will be led by Stefan Szumko, also known as SlugWhisperer, an enthusiast of nature and history.  

History (and Fitness) Walks

  • All tours will happen rain or shine (exception: lightning)
  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by parents / guardians at all times
  • No registration required. Tours will adapt to all ages and crowd size
  • Tours will begin promptly at the time indicated for each event
  • All events are free! Donations are accepted


February 26, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic District Perimeter
Tour the perimeter of the Ypsilanti Historic District, the 3rd largest in Michigan.  Distance is approximately 6K (3 miles).  Meet at the Main Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library.

March 26, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic Walking Tours: Downtown
Marvel at the buildings in the historic downtown business district, then head down to the river to visit Independence Island (2 hours).  Meet at the Main Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library.

April 23, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic Walking Tours: Normal Park
A nice, flat route through a century-old neighborhood (2 hours).  Meet at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.

May 6, Saturday  |  10:00 AM
Ypsilanti Bicentennial 5K/10K Volksmarch
Created especially to highlight Ypsilanti's history - from Depot Town to Woodruff's Grove, Independence Island to the Water Tower, walkers can purchase a map ($3) or tour with a guided group.  Meet at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse

June 25, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic Walking Tours: Depot Town and the Historic East Side
After the history tour through Depot Town, walk up and down a steep hill through the east side neighborhoods (2 hours).  Meet at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse

July 23, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic Walking Tours: Cross Street & Eastern Michigan University
Walk from one of the lowest points in the city, Frog Island Park, to the highest elevation point, the Water Tower, with a quick stroll through the original State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University (2 hours).  Meet at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse

September 4, Monday  |  10:00 AM
Bridges of Ypsilanti Walk
If you count the Tridge as 3, there are 14 bridges within roughly a mile from downtown Ypsi (not including the freeway overpasses).  The walking route is just a bit over 10K.  The 5K route has 10 bridges. Meet at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.


October 22, Sunday  |  10:00 AM

Ypsilanti Bicentennial 5K/10K Volksmarch
Created especially to highlight Ypsilanti's history - from Depot Town to Woodruff's Grove, Independence Island to the Water Tower, walkers can purchase a map ($3) or tour with a guided group.  Meet at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse

November 26, Sunday  |  10:00 AM
Historic District Perimeter
Walk the perimeter of the Ypsilanti Historic District, the 3rd largest in Michigan.  Distance is approximately 6K (3 miles).  Meet at the Main Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library.

 

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For more information on the Ypsilanti Bicentennial, click here

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