Discovering the Many Different Sides to the Quaint and Charming City of Ann Arbor, MI
Take the Bus to Theaters, Parks, Cinemas, Family-Friendly Attractions or Become a Part of a Local Festival in Ann Arbor
The city of Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 and the city began to grow in earnest after the University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor. The growth had good traction throughout the 1960s and 1970s and the University of Michigan became one of the city’s biggest employers but it was also thanks to the inception and emergence of several other high-tech companies in the city which brought in capital as well as graduates. Centered around the massive University, the art and culture movement grew too. This is evident in the fact that there are countless independent performing arts centers, theaters, museums and art organizations in the city which includes attractions like University Musical Society, Shakespeare in Arbs, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, Ann Arbor Civic Ballet, The Ark and Performance Network Theater, just to name a few. Most of these attractions are strategically located in the city’s main downtown area, making them easily accessible to both local residents and tourists alike.
In an effort to get to know this charming city in Michigan and her culture is pretty simply - time your visit to coincide with exciting events like Ann Arbor Art Fairs which typically happens during the summer months, Ann Arbor Film Festival in Spring, Hash Bash in April and, of course, Big Ten Conference at Yost Ice Arena.
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Here is a Short List of Fun and Exciting Things to do in Ann Arbor, MI
Whether you are visiting Ann Arbor with your colleagues, friends, family, partner or going solo, we think some of these attractions and historical points of interest are worth visiting. Read on to find out more about these historical sites and iconic landmarks.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum is the perfect destination for field trips for school-going children. Come explore all the science and technology interactive exhibits about anything ranging from health to media, entertainment to psychology. It is easy to spend a few hours to half a day exploring its fun and creative exhibits. Leslie Science Center is an amazing place to learn about nature or have a birthday party but there are also many other activities like bowling and games at Colonial Lanes.
- Art & Culture — If you want to catch a good movie, independent films, stage productions, dances and musicals, the place to be is Michigan Theater. The building is vintage and breathtakingly gorgeous; it was designed by Detroit-based architect, Maurice Finkel in 1928 and it can seat up to 1,700 visitors. Be sure to also make a stop at University of Michigan Museum of Art which has a huge collection of Asian fine arts throughout history and don’t forget to drop by The Ark, a non-profit organization as well as nightclub, which features a fine selection of ethnic music as a way to entertain and educate visitors. It is always worthwhile dropping by the Hill Auditorium, a gorgeous hall with great acoustics resulting in a very up-close-and-personal experience between audience and performers. Other cultural attractions in Ann Arbor are the Performance Network Theater and Power Center for the Performing Arts. Both attractions feature local performances from students and well-known productions from all around the country all year round.
- Restaurant & Shopping — Both Kerrytown and Main Street are amazing places to visit, especially if you love shopping, dining and history! Kerrytown’s been called the city’s best shopping area and has a host of charming boutiques, quaint restaurants and weekend Farmers Market. And because Ann Arbor is called a college town for very obvious reasons, Main Street caters to the young crowd as it is lined with street diners, pubs, restaurants, bars, night sports, delis, art galleries and anything that you may want to get as a student. Visitors can also bring the charter bus to State Street for some shopping, dining and people-watching, while others who prefer an indoor shopping experience, you will find yourself immersed with everything that Briarwood Mall has to offer. Of course, for a more local experience, pop by specialty gift stores like Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, The M Den or Dawn Treader Book Shop instead.
- Golf Courses & Sports Venues – There is a very legitimate reason why Michigan Stadium was nicknamed The Big House - it can seat more than 100,000 patrons at any one time. The stadium’s design is beautiful, exceptionally historical and boasts of easy access anywhere within its compounds. The Big House is the largest stadium in the United States of America and the 2nd largest in the world. For countless years, the stadium has been playing host to University of Michigan’s games, graduation ceremonies, Great Society Program, NFL Winter Classic and International Champions Cup soccer match. Catching a game at Yost Ice Arena is a must if you love college ice hockey and the arena is also a historical site. Golfers, worry not, because you can take your pick from Hudson Mills Metropark, Stonebridge Golf Club and Lake Forest Golf Club. Schools and universities will also sometimes organize fun outings to Fuller Park Pool for when the weather is hot and students need to cool down with their friends.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — On top of the list of many travel websites as a top priority attraction is the University of Michigan...and who can blame them? The University campus is gorgeous and it includes many wonderful works of art. It is a very important historical landmark in Ann Arbor and also the main educational organization for more than 36,000 students every year. And once you are in the campus, drop by to catch sight of the Law Quadrangle which is a part of the University’s law faculty and it makes for a perfect backdrop for pictures. Admission into the library is free but visitors are encouraged to be respectful of the law students and its rules when inside. The St. Thomas the Apostle Ann Arbor is a classic Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocense of Lansing and is a must if you love architecture; and in the meantime, you can also learn about the region’s natural history in the form of dinosaur fossil collections and planetarium at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History or stop by Kelsey Museum of Archaeology where there are more than 100,000 collection of artifacts from various Mediterranean civilizations. Artifacts are from civilizations of Egypt, Pompeii and child mummy, mural, watercolor paintings, sculptures and much more.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — If you love to learn about local flora and fauna, the best place to bring the charter bus to is Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Both are different attractions which can be visited on separate days but both have their own unique charms. It offers visitors more than 300 acres worth of nature trails and outdoor displays. The best time to visit is, obviously, spring and summer when all the flowers and plants are in full bloom. Other activities you can indulge in are hiking, picnics, runs, biking and people-watching. Hudson Mills Metropark has a 1,500-acre wide open space with beautiful scenery, walking and running trails, playground and a challenging 18-hole golf course. Other alternatives for outdoor venues are Cobblestone Farm which is also a historical site and a good option for a wedding reception, Buhr Park, the family-friendly Creature Conservancy and popular biking destination, Dexter-Huron.
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