10 Best Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

As the sixth largest city in Michigan with over 120,000 people, Ann Arbor is among the very best places to visit in the state. Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is not only a hopping college town, but a great technological center, and a wonderful mecca for culture. You’ll love every part of strolling through this glorious town. Here are the 10 best things to do in Ann Arbor.  

1. Kerrytown, Ann Arbor, MI

An entire sort of neighborhood/shopping complex located wholly in Ann Arbor, Kerrytown features an array of shops and eateries to check out. Looking for handcrafted gifts? Spices and teas? A way to improve your farm with data science and software? All this can be found here. Break for Korean food at Miss Kim or just grab a pastry and coffee at Sweetwaters. It also offers up a slate of special events including Christmas tree lighting and the First Fridays event held monthly. A Saturday farmer's market brings together the best in regional produce.

It’s not too late to join Found’s Autumn Rebate Club for the month of October! Repost @foundgallery Get 10% Back when you spend over $50 during October Whether you are looking for things to cozy up your home this autumn, or doing some early bird shopping for the holidays, Found has a special during the month of October that can help! Here's how the Autumn Rebate Club will work: 1. Just fill out an envelope with your name and address. 2. With each purchase you make during October, we'll print an extra copy of your receipt and file it in your envelope at Found. 3. In early November, we'll tally your purchases and mail you a Found Gift card for 10% of the amount you spent during October. Our gift cards never expire, so you can use it for holiday shopping or whenever is convenient. The shop is filled with wonderful gifts, home goods, jewelry, candles, prints, frames, little doodads, rugs and autumn decor, with more arriving weekly. Even extra special artwork, furniture and higher priced items are included in the 10% rebate promo. Yes, special orders can also be applied. Just join the club, purchase during October and get your gift card mailed to you in November to use for future purchases. There is a minimum of $50 October purchases with $5 gift card for this offer. #kerrytown #annarbor #visitannarbor#downtownannarbor #Michigan#puremichigan #madeinmichigan#michiganmade #michiganders #umich#universityofmichigan #a2 #homedecor#apartmentdecor #falldecor#annarborartist #fall #autumn#thatsdarling #darlingweekend #aesthetic#rebate #brick #masonry #architecture#annarborart

A post shared by Kerrytown Shops of Ann Arbor (@kerrytownshops) on

2. Bill's Beer Garden, Ann Arbor, MI

There's no shortage of places to grab a beer in Ann Arbor, but one of the best among them is Bill's Beer Garden. Home to an array of local brews, including a slate of ciders, Bill's Beer Garden offers drafts and pitchers alike of just about any flavor you could hope for. 

This might be the coolest place ever #billsbeergarden #craftbeer #annarbor

A post shared by K (@beersips) on

3. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, MI

A little something for everyone here, though particularly good for the younger set, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum represents something unusual in museums: the ability to touch and interact directly with many of the exhibits. Check out some unusual physics with whisper dishes, or how a tornado gets started. The DTE Energy Foundation Lights and Optics pavilion shows off the Laser Harp, and the Michigan Nature wing includes a nature wall that shows off some of Michigan's best natural features.

4. Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair, Ann Arbor, MI

The Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair shop in Ann Arbor—other locations include Detroit and Ypsilanti—may be one of the most unique propositions you'll see around. It really is a robot supply store, offering robotics kits and robotics paraphernalia to potential buyers. The proceeds of which, in many cases, go to support robotics education and writing programs in the region, so it will be one thing to check out an unusual store, another to buy something and support students while you're there.

5. Fairy Doors, Ann Arbor, MI

Scattered throughout Ann Arbor are several tiny doors of various types and constructions. These are the Fairy Doors, a phenomenon which has sparked the imagination for years. These small doors are built into several shops, businesses and other entities' operations—there's said to be one at the Michigan Theater as well as one at the Mott Children's Hospital—and often takes on some aspect of the door's location. There's even a “goblin door” of a darker cast not far from one such entry, so those who take a tour of Ann Arbor will have something extra to spot.

6. Zap Zone Laser Tag, Ann Arbor, MI

Yes, it's laser tag, and Zap Zone Laser Tag features one of the most exciting entertainment activities a person can engage in. Put on your science-fiction style gear and go chase your friends around a maze, opening fire with simulated weapons as you go. It's not just about the lasers, though, as you can engage in other activities like the Cannon Blaster, which involves air-powered cannons firing foam blocks at the competition, or the indoor bumper car arena. Not surprisingly, there's also an arcade, which rounds out the experience nicely.

7. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday through Saturday—though the schedule shifts somewhat—nights in Ann Arbor belong to comedy, and the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will offer a great slate of comic talents of all stripes. 

#regram! One more 10:30 show tonight with the charming Sean Kent! Don't miss it!

A post shared by Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase (@a2comedy) on

8. Pointless Brewery and Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

With a combination like that, the Pointless Brewery and Theater should provide a lot of excitement, and perhaps surprisingly, it lives up to that expectation. Featuring such events as “Beer and Board Games” (which is pretty much what it sounds like) and the “Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe” (which is only kind of what it sounds like, in that it involves beer, drawing and writing) events, there's quite a bit going on here. Throw in the regular improv shows and improv jams and that rounds out the experience, bringing the “theater” part into play.

Ann Arbor--one more show at 1 pm!@pointlessbrew #squirrelstolemyunderpants #puppetshow

A post shared by Bonnie Duncan (@bonniedone) on

9. Michigan Stadium Tours, Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan’s football facilities are legendary. Holding over 100,000 people, this place really gets rocking during the football season. See where all the history goes down by embarking on a Michigan Stadium Tour. The 60-90-minute tour includes: Michigan Stadium Field, Michigan Football Game Day Locker Room, Michigan Stadium Press Box, as well as the club and suite level. 

10. The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor, MI

With camps, birthday party events, and other activities, the Creature Conservancy is a space that provides guest a hands-on experience with some of the most incredible animals in the world! The resident animals are rescued or injured/non-releasable. The Creature Conservancy offers educational programs and private tours for guests to learn more about these amazing creatures.  

Have you been to the Creature Conservancy between #visitannarbor and #SalineMI? Thanks @emmmylizzzy for the photo!

A post shared by Visit Ann Arbor! (@visitannarbor) on

Select a Michigan town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Best Things To Do Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Best Places To Go Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Select your town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you:

Alcona County

Alger County

Allegan County

Alpena County

Antrim County

Arenac County

Baraga County

Barry County

Bay County

Benzie County

Berrien County

Branch County

Calhoun County

Cass County

Charlevoix County

Cheboygan County

Chippewa County

Clare County

Clinton County

Crawford County

Delta County

Dickinson County

Eaton County

Emmet County

Genesee County

Gladwin County

Gogebic County

Grand Traverse County

Gratiot County

Hillsdale County

Houghton County

Huron County

Ingham County

Ionia County

Iosco County

Iron County

Isabella County

Jackson County

Kalamazoo County

Kalkaska County

Kent County

Keweenaw County

Lake County

Lapeer County

Leelanau County

Lenawee County

Livingston County

Luce County

Mackinac County

Macomb County

Manistee County

Marquette County

Mason County

Mecosta County

Menominee County

Midland County

Missaukee County

Monroe County

Montcalm County

Montmorency County

Muskegon County

Newaygo County

Oakland County

Oceana County

Ogemaw County

Ontonagon County

Osceola County

Oscoda County

Otsego County

Ottawa County

Presque Isle County

Roscommon County

Saginaw County

Saint Clair County

Saint Joseph County

Sanilac County

Schoolcraft County

Shiawassee County

Tuscola County

Van Buren County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County

Wexford County