Group of kayakers on Huron River in summer

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Summer Fun in Ann Arbor

Things to do During an Ann Arbor Summer

Everyone enjoys the freedom of summer. From the ease of the warm weather, enjoying a cool glass of lemonade on a trip downtown, or simply spending time with your loved ones. During your summer Ann Arbor trip, we recommend enjoying some of these city highlights. 

@cam_captures_moments Graffiti Mural


1- Hotel Pool Party   

Enjoy your summer trip by staying at one ofAnn Arbor’s luxury hotels with a soothing indoor pool and morning breakfast to jumpstart your day.  

The Kensington Hotel

2 – Enjoy a Few Rounds of Golf 

Washtenaw County is home to an incredible number of recreational activities. On your Ann Arbor summer trip, you can enjoy the bright summer weather by practicing your swing at one of Washtenaw County’s golf courses

Aerial of U-M Golf Course

3 – Visit a Brewery

Ann Arbor is home to several highly rated breweries. Places like The Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, a smokehouse brewery, will let you enjoy your drinks with delicious BBQ. With over a dozen options, simply going to one of Ann Arbor’s fantastic breweries will guarantee to satisfy your taste buds.

HOMES Brewery beer flight

4 –Two-Step the Day Away 

Enjoy live music outdoors, courtesy of the Top of The Park series presented by The Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Featuring some of Washtenaw County's best musicians,  Ann Arbor summer tradition will feature world-renowned talents like Madison McFerrin and Tank & The Bangas. 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

5 – Enjoy Outdoor Dining 

What better way to enjoy summer dining than taking advantage of Ann Arbor's outdoor restaurant experience? Whether you are enjoying a downtown dinner at The Black Pearl or having a cheese board and glass of wine in York's yard, take advantage of Ann Arbor's high selection of restaurants with outdoor seating. Click to browse Ann Arbor area restaurants.

Outdoor dining at Black Pearl

6 - A Night of Laughter 

After enjoying a day in Ann Arbor, finish your summer night with laughter at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. We recommend exploring their drink menu. They offer over 30 cocktail options and non-alcoholic drinks. 

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

7 – The Serene Outdoors 

Enjoy the beautiful Ann Arbor summer weather by visiting one of our local parks. We recommend visiting Fuller Park and its 60-acre recreation area or renting a kayak from Gallup Park

Man on bench in Gallup Park

8 - A Sweet Treat

Ann Arbor offers several ways to beat the summer heat. Treat yourself to one of the city’s many dessert shops. We recommend visiting Blank Slate Creamery to try their homemade, all-natural flavors, ranging from Blueberry Pancake to Wolverine Tracks.

Blank Slate ice cream cone

9 – A Rooftop Dinner

Want to enjoy Ann Arbor’s stunning visuals while enjoying a delicious meal? We recommend enjoying a rooftop dining experience at Palio, which specializes in authentic Tuscan dishes, highlighted by theiGamberetti Scampi con Spaghetti, a sautéed shrimp pasta covered in white wine sauce. Browse our Ann Arbor area restaurants.

Palio rooftop at night

10 – An Art Fair Extravaganza

Following a day of activities, the Ann Arbor Art Fair features nearly 1000 artists reaching close to 30 blocks throughout Ann Arbor. Annually happening the third week of July, this event features food vendors, refreshing drinks, and beautiful art. We recommend visiting this annual three-day festival as the perfect way to finish your Ann Arbor summer visit.

Ann Arbor State Street Art fair


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