9 Awesome Things To Do and Places To Visit in Ann Arbor Michigan

September 13th, 2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan is such a marvelous place to visit when it comes to amazing destinations like historical museums, sports venues, theaters, parks, restaurants, cafes and shops.  Below are some of the most amazing things to do and places to see in the city that are truly fun, exciting and wonderful.

Ann Arbor Michigan Things To Do

Michigan Stadium

This stadium is named as ‘The Big House’ for huge reasons – it is the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world and the 34th largest sports venue. Its official capacity is 107,601 but according to official records, it has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000.  It has played host to variety of sports games and also serves as the main venue for the University of Michigan’s main graduation ceremonies.

Location: 1201 South Main Street

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Also known as  UMMA, the Museum was built as war memorial in 1909. It is one of the largest university art museums in the USA and definitely one of the most visited Ann Arbor attractions. The Museum’s displays the masterpieces of Pablo Picasso, James McNeill Whistler, Joshua Reynolds, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Claude Monet, Max Beckmann and Walker Evans among many others. It features a comprehensive collection that represents more than 150 historical years at the University, with nearly 19,000 works of art that span cultures, eras, and media.

Location: 525 South State Street

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum specializes in interactive exhibits with the goal of helping both children and adults discover the scientist within them by promoting science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education. In short, it offers great excitement to adults and children while they enhance their knowledge about the wonderful world of science.

The museum is now considered as the cornerstone of science education in the community. It also boasts over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space with more than 250 interactive displays devoted to promoting science and literacy.

Location:  220 E. Ann Street


This is a history-rich district in Ann Arbor that is well known for its brick streets, diverse array of shops, and vibrant culture.  The place is named after County Kerry in Ireland. It features several markets, amazing restaurants and locally owned shops selling locally made clothing, jewelry, art, treasures, souvenirs and even toys.

I ordered Starbucks today and forgot to pick it up.

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (300 acres, 121 hectares) includes botanical gardens, natural areas with trails, and several research-quality habitats. It also includes outdoor display gardens, the Gaffield Children’s Garden, a 10,000+ square-foot conservatory, and natural areas with walking trails. The gardens are named after former Michigan regent Frederick C. Matthaei, Sr. and his wife Mildred, who donated 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens offers activities and resources for all visitors, from families to gardening enthusiasts to hikers, birders, scientists, volunteers, and to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students. The Gardens is dedicated to environmental stewardship and to enriching the understanding and enjoyment of the natural world through research, creative works, public outreach, and educational programs and workshops for adults and children.

Location: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd

Walking in the woods and thinking about Barb on her final 40 miles on the AT. ?? #getitmom

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

A unit of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the museum is located on the university’s Central Campus and has 22,000 square feet of exhibit space in a building that it shares with three research museums (Anthropology, Zoology, Paleontology). The natural history collections began in 1837, and the current building, the Alexander Ruthven Museums Building, dates to 1928. The public exhibit museum was founded in 1956 and today has more than 100,000 visitors annually.

University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes Avenue, 734-764-0478 (website)


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is a repository located on the north campus of the University of Michigan. It houses archival materials on the life, career, and presidency of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States. It also includes materials from the Cold War era like letters, memos, reports and other historical documents.

Location: 1000 Beal Ave


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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

This museum located on the University of Michigan central campus has a collection of more than 100,000 ancient and medieval artifacts from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East. The collection includes ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Coptic, Persian, and Islamic archaeological artifacts. It is also home to some rare objects important to the study of archaeology, excavation records, and an archive of 25,000 archaeological and fine arts photographs.

Location: 434 S State St

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology/Newberry Hall #umich #annarbor #architecture

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The Petting Farm

Kids and adults will love this place as they will come face to face, up close and personal,  with farm animals such as chickens, cows, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits and sheep. The farm also features alpacas, llamas and peacocks that visitors can freely feed. The petting farm allows visitors to bottle-feed a piglet, pet and ride a pony and tickle some sheep if they wanted to.

Location: 3001 Earhart Road

Now THAT is a set of horns #longhorn #bull

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These are just few of the many places to visit and things to do in Ann Arbor Michigan that visitors and even locals can certainly enjoy a lot. For more of this list, you can visit this website.

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