Things To Do In Michigan

Ann Arbor is in the middle of everything in Michigan. From the U.P. to Detroit, you can stay at the Campus Inn and be just a few hours drive from almost anywhere in the state. Click on “Pure Michigan” for a complete guide to Michigan attractions.

The Campus Inn is located in the center of downtown Ann Arbor and is the closest hotel to the University of Michigan Medical Center, North Campus, and Michigan athletic facilities including Michigan Stadium, Yost Ice Arena, and Crisler Arena.

In a city known for its culture, The Campus Inn is a block away from theaters, museums, art galleries, and a wide array of shops, bookstores and restaurants. At the Campus Inn you’re never short of things to do in Ann Arbor.

Points of Interest

Several points of interest are located just a few blocks from the Campus Inn. Ann Arbor’s most popular yearly events are also listed below.

Michigan Theater (pictured)

A classic movie palace built in 1928, the Michigan Theater served the Ann Arbor area for some fifty years before falling into disrepair. In 1979, a group of courageous citizens recognized the theater’s historic significance and saved it from the wrecking ball, and now, through the tireless efforts and generosity of its champions, this grand old theater is fully restored, serving the community with a diverse and innovative program of art house films and live events. Today, the Michigan Theater is:

  • The highest-attended arts venue in the area, with programs that draw more than 250,000 visitors each year.
  • Home to the largest art house film program in Michigan, a model for every other historic theater in North America.
  • Host to an array of films, concerts, lectures, and other events, including the annual Cinetopia International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival USA screenings, Not Just for Kids professional live theater series, Summer Classics film series, Legends of Rock and Roll concert series, and more.
  • Named an “Outstanding Historic Theater” by the League of Historic American Theatres for its exquisite restoration and preservation.
  • Ann Arbor’s premier cultural destination, typifying the downtown area’s transformation into a thriving, modern, urban environment.

Memberships start at just $35 and provide a wealth of benefits, including discounted tickets, parking validation, exclusive events, and more. Visit for more information or visit us in person at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.


UMMA – University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State Street
734.764.0395 and 24 hour hotline 734.763.UMMA

The UMMA collection includes a wide variety of African, American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and Modern Art featuring artists such as Delacroix, Monet, Rembrandt, Peale and Whistler. The museum houses one of the finest collections of prints in the world. The 2009 expansion into the 53,000 sq.ft. Maxine and Stuart Frankel Wing has more than doubled the museum display space. Regular visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Select public areas within the Frankel wing including the Commons and the Forum are open from 8 am to 10 pm daily (357 days a year). Admission is free, $5 donation suggested.


University of Michigan– Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is a dynamic, evolving organization committed to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. Exhibits include displays of prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free to individuals and groups of ten or fewer, with a suggested donation of $6.


Kelsey Museum – University of Michigan Archaeological Museum
434 S. State

The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East in the new state-of-the-art William E. Upjohn Exhibit wing. Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


UM Law Library – University of Michigan Law School Library and Law Quadrangle Courtyard
801 Monroe Street

The Law Quadrangle’s superb collegiate gothic buildings, the gift of William C. Cook, LLB 1882, are inspirational and reflect the serious nature of the teachings and scholarship done at the School. The Law Quad consists of four buildings: The Lawyers Club (1925); the John C. Cook Dormitory (1930); the Legal Research Library (1931); and Hutchins Hall (1933). In January 2012, the existing facilities were further enlarged by both a new four-story academic building, South Hall, constructed in modified collegiate Gothic style, as well as a new glass-roofed gathering place for the Law School community, the Aikens Commons.


Kerrytown Shops
407 North 5th Avenue

Kerrytown is a trio of century-old buildings with shops, cafes, an old-fashioned indoor market, and a Carillon tower of 17 European crafted bells. The main building is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Operational hours differ among the various stores and offices, please visit the web site for additional information.


Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
315 Detroit Street
734.994.3276 & 734.761.1078 and

Locally produced vegetables, fruit, flowers, cider, bedding plants, crafts, baked goods, jam, honey, maple syrup and more are available at this lovely open-air market. Open Saturdays only from 8 am to 3 pm, January to April; Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to December, 7 am to 3 pm. On Sundays, from April through December, you will also find the Ann Arbor Artisans Market featuring hand made local arts and crafts. The hours are 11 am to 4 pm.


Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit Street

Zingerman’s is known world-wide as one of the finest delicatessens, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are famous for their mouth-watering, meal-sized sandwiches that you can eat-in or carry-out. They also offer a coffee shop, bake house and creamery selling meat and cheese, pasta and sauces, mustards and vinegars, cakes, breads and gelato! Open daily from 7 am to 10 pm. The addition of a full service restaurant, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, at 2501 Jackson Ave. is a terrific complement to Zingerman’s food empire.


Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
220 E. Ann Street at the corner of E. Huron Street

Features more than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, the Hands On Museum is a delight for children of all ages. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.


Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Held annually, this 4 day Art Fair starts the 3rd Wednesday in July. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are comprised of 4 separate award winning fairs, each with its own history and jury status. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, established in 1960, is the oldest and original fair. It is estimated that 400,000 people attend the event each year. It has been voted the nations best art fair.


Ann Arbor Symphony

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is a premier regional orchestra that offers live, symphonic music for all ages. The A²SO touches the lives of over 76,000 people annually from tiny tots to seasoned citizens in venues ranging from the Michigan Theater to Hill Auditorium, to schools in the five-county area, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Dexter District Libraries and senior centers. For concert or education programming information, contact the A2SO at 220 E. Huron, Suite 470, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, phone (734) 994-4801, or visit

Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Founded in 1963, the AAFF started as a critical, alternative forum for filmmakers and artists to publicly share their work. Today the festival continues its focus on the art of film, serving as one of the country’s premier showcases for bold, visionary, experimental and independent filmmakers.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
310 Detroit Street, Suite 3

Founded by Eugene Power in 1984, and established as an equal partnership between the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is recognized today as one of the leading performance arts festivals in the country. The festival produces two concurrent and complimentary performing arts programs, one indoor and one outdoor, on the campus of the University if Michigan. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open air spectacles, family attractions and more. The AASF offers an energetic mix of regional, national and international artists of all disciplines. Presenting over 100 events each season, the festival’s spectrum of artistic expression attracts a diverse audience in terms of age, interest, ethnicity, socio-economic background, education and gender. With an estimated attendance of over 60,000 people each year, the festival provides a multitude of creative ways to engage fans and supporters.


Nickels Arcade
State and Maynard streets

Nickels Arcade is a quaint, arched glass covered arcade that opened in 1918. Running between State St. and Maynard St., this Ann Arbor landmark is home to over a dozen specialty shops and businesses, including clothing and shoes, gifts and collectibles, coffee, flowers, a tobacconist, barbers and more.


Ann ArborParks and Recreation

Ann Arbor offers 157 city parks, pools, water parks, canoe liveries, biking, jogging, walking and hiking trails, ice arenas, skate parks, golf courses and more offers endless opportunities for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Two picturesque parks are within easy walking distance from the Campus Inn: Nichols Arboretum along the Huron River is a beautiful place for a stroll, or picnic. (more information about Nichols Arboretum is in the paragraph below) A second park within walking distance is the University of Michigan’s Ingalls Mall, a formal park at the foot of the famous bell tower, featuring a spectacular fountain by Carl Miles. Use the link above for maps to all of Ann Arbor’s parks and events.


The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

In 1907 the University of Michigan created a Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the land between Geddes Road and the Huron River, just a few blocks from the Central Campus on the site now known as Nichols Arboretum. At the time, the property consisted of approximately 80 acres. Today, more than 100 years later, the University of Michigan through their Matthaei Botanical Gardens at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. and the Nichols Arboretum at 1600 Washington Heights, manages over 700 acres of gardens, research areas, and natural preserves around the Ann Arbor area with a complex of observatory, greenhouses, laboratory, teaching and meeting spaces at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the James D. Reader Jr. Center for Urban Environmental Education at Nichols Arboretum.


Art Galleries

Ann ArborArtCenter
117 W. Liberty

Featuring unique artwork, crafts, jewelry and more, created by regional artists, the Gallery Shop is a gem located in the heart of Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor Art Center hosts art classes for children and adults. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


335 South Main

This 25 member cooperative makes sculptural and functional ceramic and clay art. Open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm; Friday & Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 pm.


16 Hands
407 N 5th Ave, in the Kerrytown Shops
(734) 761-1110

An eclectic and diverse gallery, 16 Hands has both decorative and functional art pieces for sale. Specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces from home goods, wall art, books, fashion accessories, jewelry, watches and gifts. Open Sunday 11-6, Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-6.


WSG Gallery  (Washington Street Gallery)
306 S. Main Street

Originally known as the Washington Street Gallery, WSG has one of the highest ratings for fine local art. Owned and operated by a partnership of artists, WSG promises visitors exciting exhibits of the best Ann Arbor artwork. Exhibits include paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramic and art glass. Open Tuesday & Wednesday noon. To 6 pm; Thursday, Friday & Saturday noon. To 10 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm.



Further Information

Ann Arbor Observer Local Events Calendar

The website of the Ann Arbor Observer, Ann Arbor’s monthly magazine, includes a wealth of activities, including a daily events calendar, as well as the area’s most complete city guide, community news, and personalities. The website also covers nearby towns including: Chelsea, Dexter, Saline and Ypsilanti with a Washtenaw County Guide.