Fun Things to Do in Ann Arbor

There are some major events coming to the Ann Arbor area this summer. Make the most of your time here and check out these great ways to spend your time before and after the big event for an extended weekend getaway!


  1. Grab some coffee to start the day off right – There’s a nearly endless supply of independent coffee shops in the Ann Arbor area. The Ann Arbor area embraces coffee culture full-on and puts its own unique spin on a classic cuppa joe. Check out a local favorite, RoosRoast and their Lobster Butter Love. Others include LabComet Coffee, and Drip House. There are plenty more coffee shops to explore too! A popular local favorite is the lavender and honey latte or brown sugar and sea salt latte at the Lab Cafe.
  2. Get some fresh air – Ann Arbor has plenty of green space to enjoy. Find relaxation in one of the many parks and nature areas surrounding the city. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore. Take time to visit Nichol’s ArboretumGallup park, and Bluffs Nature Area. The Ann Arbor area’s diverse natural environments provide a wealth of fishing options. Did you know, the Huron River is one of the best places in Michigan for small-mouth bass fishing?
  3. Explore the Bookstore – Ann Arbor is known for its thriving independent bookstores all around the city. Go ahead and get lost in the shelves. We love Literati, don’t forget to leave a note on the typewriter! A few more are BooksweetWestside Book shop, and Nicola’s Books. Find more bookstores to enjoy!
  4. Enjoy Foodie Paradise – A salad bowl of cultures, the Ann Arbor area has flavors from around the globe. Enjoy Korean bites at Miss Kim, Eastern European plates at Amadeus, Ethiopian fare at Blue Nile, and Spanish tapas at Aventura! Try the all-vegetarian and vegan menu at Detroit Street Filling Station, or go the opposite way and chow down on southern BBQ at Zingerman’s Roadhouse (veggie options available too)! There are over 400 restaurants in the area to choose from!
  5. A Unique Scavenger Hunt by Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunts. See the city in a different way with our city scavenger hunts. Using your smartphone, you’ll be given a list of challenges to complete and riddles to solve on our scavenger hunt app. You’ll have a remote “Host” that will help you along the way. Your goal is to find all the items in Ann Arbor to beat the game. Try the Operation City Quest today!
  6. Shop ‘til you drop – Pick up gifts or souvenirs to bring back for friends or shop for yourself at places like Bivouac, a store with everything from cozy loungewear to camping gear. Pick up Michigan fan gear at M Den and Underground Printing. Find one-of-a-kind antiques, vintage clothes, and treasures at places like The Getup VintageSalt City Antiques, and Materials Unlimited. Don’t forget to visit the farm markets during the summer months, too.

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