3000 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This is actually two different businesses: the Argo Canoe Livery and also Gallup Park. You can rent kayaks and canoes at each location. The kayaks are in still water, and range from $18 (one-person kayak) to $22 (two-person kayak), with a two-person canoe being $22. Both locations are open during the summer, and then the Gallup Park location stays open through late October. Stand-up paddleboards are also available from Gallup ($18 for two hours), along with one-person kayaks ($14 for two hours), and it’s open from 10 a.m. to dusk each day (last canoe rental is at 5 p.m.).
1340 E. Atwater St.
Detroit, MI 48207
On a beautiful summer day, there’s nothing better than riding a bike along Detroit’s riverfront, and you can rent a bike from Wheelhouse Detroit. Prices range from $15 to $28 (for a tandem bike), and the company also rents cruisers, sport/comfort hybrids, road bikes, adult tricycles and tandems. It has baby seats/trailers if necessary, as well, for an additional charge. Helmets and locks are complimentary. Wheelhouse also has a “weekday walk-in special.” On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s only $7.50 (half off) to rent a cruiser for two hours. The company also offers discounts for large groups (6 to 20 people), with advance notice and a deposit required.
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
There is one winter sport you can do in Detroit and that’s ice skating at Campus Martius Park, in the middle of downtown. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13-49), $6 for children (ages 12 and younger) and for seniors (ages 50+) and skate rental is $3. If you already own skates, a shoe check is available for $2, as well as skate sharpening for $5. Campus Martius does have group rates, but you must make your reservation at least one week in advance to receive the group discount; there is also a non-refundable deposit of $50 that’s due one week prior to your date.
2775 Garden Rd.
Milford, MI 48381
Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental has a few locations, including four lakes and Kensington Metropark. The season runs from April 1 through October 31, although not all locations are still open during the fall months. Pricing ranges from $24 to $36, depending on the type of boat (canoe or kayak) as well as the pick-up site. A valid state park permit (Recreation Passport) is needed to get into the park.
388 S. Main St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Sun & Snow Sports is located in downtown Plymouth, and you can rent anything from kayaks, to skateboards, to skis and snowboards from the store. Kayaks range from $35 (daily fee) to $175 (weekly fee), longboard skateboards from $15 to $60, a GoPro helmet camera from $20 to $65 (to record your adventures) and paddleboards range from $40 to $60. Prices for skis, snowboards and snowshoes can be found in-store. Sun & Snow also has a store in Ann Arbor, on Stadium Boulevard, and has been described like “R.E.I.” but with the feel of a smaller, family-owned shop.