Heading to the Ann Arbor area for a wedding? Exploring a new destination can be a exciting experience, and we've added several suggestions to help you make the most of your time before and after the wedding. Read on for our top tips!

Before the wedding

While the celebration has yet to begin, here are a few ways to enjoy the area before hearing wedding bells ring.

Get Coffee

Roos Roast

If you’re like us, coffee in the morning is a must. Ann Arbor has some fantastic coffee shops around every corner. Comet Coffee, RoosRoast, and Vertex Coffee Roasters are just a few. Attend the wedding energized and ready to celebrate in style.

Explore a Museum

inside view of UMMAIf you find yourself with extra time, we recommend visiting a museum. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is great if you have kids, or check out the University of Michigan Museum of Art where local artists, famous historic paintings, and sculptures are on display. There are over 50 museums and art galleries in the area, so you’ll be sure to find something that intrigues you. 

Go Shopping

inside view of FoundAnn Arbor is home to many boutiques and shops that will catch your interest, so leave time for a bit of shopping! Visit the captivating Nickels Arcade, a historic outdoor shopping mall with over a dozen businesses, like gender neutral clothing store One DNA. Bring a piece of your trip home with you with gifts from Found, and Rock Paper Scissors, and M-Den for U-M merch!

After the Wedding

The day after the ceremony, comes the celebration. The Ann Arbor area has plenty of things to do to commemorate the festivities and enjoy that after-wedding energy.   

Grab Drinks

Peridot drinksContinue the celebration with a visit to an area craft brewery or distillery enjoy a delicious drink to kick-start the after-hours festivities. Many locations are open until 2 a.m. 

Plan for Brunch

brunch at avalon cafeStaying overnight at a nearby hotel? Plan for brunch the next morning. Try popular weekend brunch spot, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, and indulge in the hearty Roadhouse American Breakfast. More top downtown choices are Stray Hen Café for their health-conscious breakfast bowls, and fresh creations made by Avalon Cafe. We also love aMa Bistro's delicious smoked salmon omelet. 

Nature Refresh 

Nichols Arboretum stepsRecharge in nature before ending the wedding weekend. We recommend visiting Nichols Arboretum while in Ann Arbor, or bring your hiking gear and head to Delhi Metropark nearby in Dexter, and outdoor oasis, Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea. 

Explore Downtown

Liberty street, downtown ann arborTake advantage of downtown Ann Arbor's walkability to explore the wonderful cityscape and businesses. Whether you explore nature at North Main Park or visit downtown districts like the historic Kerrytown, a brisk stroll offers a great way to recharge and enjoy the city. 

This is just a sample of the many things to do in the Ann Arbor area. Explore on our website and get more ideas on our blog. Let us know in the comments your favorite things to see, do, and eat! 

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