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