We are excited for a year of celebration in the Ann Arbor area! To kick off 2024, we’re highlighting 24 things for you to try this year. Whether you're a first-time visitor, or a regular looking for a new experience, we have you covered. Browse below for unique ideas on how to explore Ann Arbor! What are you most excited for this year?

1. Get a Taste of Ann Arbor's International Dining Scene

food at spiedo
With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, we highly recommend trying a new-to-you flavor at one of the area's internationally-inspired restaurants, many serve up fusion specialties! 

2. Annual Festivals & Summer Events

Tank and the bangas at ann arbor summer festival
From one of the nation's best art fairs, to the oldest experimental film festival in North America, Ann Arbor has you covered for the best events.

3. Plan your 2024 Football Draft Getaway

The Graduate Hotel
Be a part of history and plan your stay in Ann Arbor for the 2024 Draft taking place in Detroit. Find a great hotel, nearby breweries and bars, and plenty of exciting things to do before and after the event.

4. Explore with the Family

Ann Arbor is known to be a family-friendly destination. Explore what you can do with loved ones of all ages!

5. Visit World-Class Museums

Family exploring Ann Arbor hands-on museum
From the U-M Museum of Natural History, to the Hands-On Museum filled with fun, you'll love discovering something new within Ann Arbor's museums. 

6. Try a New Zingerman’s Sandwich 

Zingerman's Deli SandwichFamous for their Reuben sandwich, we encourage you to try more of the Zingerman's Deli menu! Pick up a few grocery items while in the shop to enjoy for later.

7. Take a guided tour

Ever dream of being on the field at the Big House? Schedule a guided tour of U-M Stadium! More area tours include architectural and walking tours.

8. Explore Surrounding Destinations

downtown milan sky viewAnn Arbor is one of seven destinations within Washtenaw County.  Spend a day outdoors in Chelsea and Dexter, go shopping in Saline and Ypsilanti, and enjoy free live music in Milan and Manchester. 

9. Sign Up for a Class or Workshop

Art shops like the Ann Arbor Art Center and Motawi Tileworks offer unique workshops and classes for a fun activity or date night out.   

10. Paddle the Huron River

Two people canoeing on the Huron RiverLove the outdoors? Try kayaking or canoeing down the Huron River Water Trail. This inland water trail connects communities, flowing through Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and beyond.

11. Attend a Live Performance

There are several venues and community groups organizing live productions and performances year-round. Check out area theaters for season schedules and reserve your seat!

12. Start Your Day with a Filling Brunch

avalon cafe breakfast foodFuel up with the best breakfast and brunch around to start your day. Enjoy a neighborhood vibe at Jefferson Market, or start downtown at Avalon Cafe and Bakery before your next exciting nearby activity.

13. Underground Nightlife

Experience a vibrant nightlife in Ann Arbor. From themed club nights for all interests at places like LIVE and Necto, to mellow, underground bars like Bab's and Last Word, there's always something exciting happening. 

14. Explore Nature's Beauty on the B2B Trail

Border to border trail in DexterEmbrace nature along the Border to Border Trail, spanning across several cities within the county. Hike, bike, or stroll over 35 miles of trails with multiple trailheads for easy parking access. 

15. Support Local at a Michigan Farmers Market

A farmer's market is a great way to try something new, and support small businesses. Attendance is always free! Pick up some locally grown or baked goodies year-round in Ann Arbor at these specialty markets.

16. Visit the University of Michigan Campus

UM Campus law quadAnn Arbor is a famously known college town, home to the University of Michigan. Explore the beautiful campus, filled with unique architecture, scenic pathways, and picture perfect landscapes, and plenty to do.

17. Explore Downtown Districts 

Downtown Ann Arbor district signage
Downtown Ann Arbor is made up of four unique districts: Kerrytown, State Street, Main Street, and South University. Find some of the best restaurants, cafes, and boutiques only found here. 

18. Visit Charming Shops and Galleries

Support small business when shopping in the Ann Arbor area. Gear up for game day at M-Den, and find more Ann Arbor goodies at Rock, Paper, Scissors

19. Golf the Greens

Sunset at eagle crest golf clubPlay the highly-rated golf courses like Huron Hills Golf Course nearby in Dexter and enjoy serene Michigan nature at Leslie Park Golf Course.

20. Catch a Concert

Musicians of all kinds have played in Ann Arbor at events and unique venues like The Ark and Hill Auditorium. Some artists include Nirvana, who once cited the Blind Pig as their number one venue of choice anywhere.

21. Find Your New Favorite Coffee Shop

Inside Hyperion coffee company downtown ann arbor
There are pleny of delicious cafes and coffee shops nearby serving up delicious drinks. From espresso to specialty menus, create your own self-guided coffee tour to find your new fave flavor. Start with RoosRoast, Hyperion Coffee Co., or Bitty & Beau's Coffee

22. Visit Renowned Bookstores

Ann Arbor is home to independent bookstores including Literati, where visitors can leave meaningful messages on the shop's typewriter. Pick up a new book and catch a special event at more shops like Booksweet and West Side Book Shop.

23. Discover New Public Art

1st St mural Artist taylor white

We love the vibrant art scene within the Ann Arbor area! You'll notice new public art popping up regularly. How many murals can you find in one visit? 

24. Celebrate Ann Arbor & Dexter's Bicentennials!

This year, both Ann Arbor and the city of Dexter celebrate 200 years since its establishment. Plan for a year filled with exciting events, historical tributes, and community gatherings.

 

Whether you're visiting for the first time or an Ann Arbor enthusiast, we know these ideas will help inspire you to try something new. Start planning
 


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