Life in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor combines big-city culture with the natural beauty of Michigan's beaches, forests, and rivers. Explore what this uniquely livable city has to offer.

From mid-summer's Ann Arbor Art Fair to fall football games to skiing in winter, Ann Arbor offers four-season charm with plenty to do. Discover your own favorites during a visit to town.


The University of Michigan campus is full of things to do beyond the classroom. Visit the University of Michigan Art Museum, and check out world-class performances at Hill Auditorium and the Power Center for Performing Arts.

Michigan Stadium

Nicknamed “The Big House,” Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the country. The energy of a capacity crowd on a crisp fall football Saturday is a quintessential Ann Arbor experience.

Nichols Arboretum

This sprawling public park just east of the U-M campus is a popular place for a stroll through the woods or a picnic in the meadows.

Main Street

At the heart of Ann Arbor lies Main Street, a mix of boutiques and restaurants that are both tasteful and quirky. Browse the shops on a warm summer afternoon or visit for a cozy meal on a cooler evening.

State Street

Adjacent to the U-M central campus is State Street, home to coffee shops, campus hangouts, yoga studios, and restaurants. Nearby lies the historic Michigan Theater, which offers arthouse films and new releases in a glamorous atmosphere, complete with working moviehouse pipe organ.


This neighborhood holds some of the most well-known Ann Arbor attractions, from the seasonal Farmers Market with some of the best local produce and goods in the area, to the hugely popular Zingerman’s Deli.

Huron River

The Huron River winds through the heart of Ann Arbor, drawing runners along riverfront trails and canoers to its waters. Check out the Argo Cascades, where kayakers run the rapids.


Southeastern Michigan's series of Metroparks offer cross-country skiing, canoeing, biking and running trails, boating, and seasonal events.

Detroit Institute of Arts

This museum's 60,000-plus holdings include Diego Rivera's famous murals of Detroit, African-American art, Pop Art, and a range of other disciplines and time periods.

Eastern Market

This vibrant Detroit market draws crowds for food and shopping throughout the year, as well as tailgating for the Detroit Lions during football season.


Check out this Detroit community for food and festivals celebrating the city's Mexican heritage.


Downtown Detroit boasts many landmark attractions such as the Fox Theater, the Fillmore Detroit, Comerica Park, and Ford Field.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

See why Michigan is known for its miles of beautiful freshwater coastline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where hills of sand stretch to a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.

Traverse City

Traverse City is widely known for its Cherry Festival every summer, celebrating one of the beloved crops of Michigan, in addition to its charming bayfront shops and restaurants.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is one of the favorite places in Michigan to visit for locals and tourists alike. Known for its fudge, its historic Grand Hotel, and its carriage rides, this little island is also home to beautiful views of Lake Huron.

Grand Rapids

The hometown of President Gerald Ford, Grand Rapids hosts a variety of attractions like the ArtPrize art competition, as well as the lush and expansive Meijer Gardens.

The Upper Peninsula 

The Upper Peninsula is popular weekend vacation destination for locals who go “up north.” Picturesque cabins and lakes await those who wish to explore.


Chicago is just a short drive or train ride from Ann Arbor, and offers a rich array of attractions, such as Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue, and Navy Pier.