Ann Arbor is more than the University of Michigan. A population of 121,000+ makes it the fifth largest city in Michigan, and it’s filled with plenty of things to see and do.
Arts and Entertainment
There are so many options to choose from, including the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, The Ark, the Comedy Showcase, Kerrytown Concert House and, in the heart of campus, the State and Michigan theaters. Just a few miles away in Chelsea, you’ll find Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Things to Do and See
Aside from all manner of collegiate sporting events, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are not to be missed. These are held on the city’s streets and take place over four days in July; more than 500,000 people visit the Fairs each year. Other events include the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, with free music and movies, the MardiGras-like Festifools (usually around the first of April), the Rolling Sculpture Car Show and many others.
For things to do, don’t miss the Hands-On Museum, strolling or canoeing on the Huron River and exploring the Matthaei Botanical Gardens or Nichols Arboretum. You’ll also find swimming pools, ice skating rinks and plentiful picnic spots in the city’s 157 parks. No wonder A2 is also known as “Tree Town.”
For shopping, you’ve come to the right place. There are many small independent shops and galleries in downtown Ann Arbor. Nickels Arcade is in the Central Campus area and Briarwood Mall is just two miles south of Campus. Kerrytown is home to many specialty shops as well as a bountiful Farmers Market.
Nationally known Zingerman’s Deli is here, as well as Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burgers (featured on “Diners, Drive- Ins and Dives”). Over 300 restaurants cater to your hunger for everything from international cuisine to fine dining to food trucks. And check out the monstersized, hand-dipped ice cream cones at Washtenaw Dairy.
For more information on places to go and things to see, go to visitannarbor.org.