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Moving to Michigan? 8 Things to Do in Ann Arbor This Winter

Are you on the move to the Ann Arbor, MI area? With one of the coldest climates in the United States, Ann Arbor winters can be harsh. It’s a good thing Ann Arbor has so many activities to keep you busy – indoors and out!

Check out our list of the eight top things to do in Ann Arbor, MI this winter:

1. Explore the Museums

Ann Arbor is home to dozens of mainstream and off-the-wall museums hosting exhibitions and events year-round. A museum is a great place to relax, unwind, walk a little, and get the exercise you might be missing during the winter months. From the children’s Hands-On Museum to the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, there are a variety of museums to explore in Ann Arbor.  

2. Go Snowshoeing

Strapping on a pair of oversized snowshoes isn’t just something to do to get around in the winter when the snow’s up to your knees (or higher). Snowshoeing is a sport enjoyed by many Michiganders. Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) at 970 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, in Ann Arbor, MI, sells snowshoes in every size. REI even offers classes on snowshoeing basics.

3. Attend a Concert

The University of Michigan’s University Musical Society presents concerts, dance performances, and other artistic events throughout the school year. With nearly 150 years of delighting audiences, the Society hosts world-class concerts and events. Make sure to plan ahead, as many of the popular events sell out quickly. See the Society’s website at for more details.

4. Visit the Wayne County Lightfest

Take a little excursion to Wayne County, stay inside your warm vehicle, and see the more than 4 1/2 miles of animated holiday lights display. Drive, through what seems like an endless tunnel of colored lights, snowflakes, candy canes, reindeer, and rainbows in this impressive light show. A 25-year tradition, this holiday spectacular features more than 100,000 lights and attracts viewers from miles away!

5. Check Out the Yost Ice Arena

This indoor ice arena is home to the University of Michigan’s hockey team. Enjoy a hockey game in the electrifying atmosphere of the UM fans. Or, Yost Ice Arena also offers a variety of programs for the public to participate in. Lace up your skates and take to the ice in public skate sessions, a Sticks-n-Pucks program for those who want a little friendly scrimmaging, or adult hockey program to enhance your skills with the help of a coach.

6. Try a Baking Class

Tucked between Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Zingerman’s Creamery is a spot called BAKE!, a hands-on teaching bakery. Classes are available for beginners to the more advanced bakers. Learn to bake dozens of different breads, pastry, and cakes. Instructors share their joy and excitement of baking something exceptional and sharing it with friends when it comes hot out of the oven. They pride themselves on sharing their inspiration and skills for you to bake at home.

7. Delve Into a Local Library

The Ann Arbor Library District has more than just books. With state-of-the-art media centers and exhibitions, Ann Arbor’s libraries offer many things for the family to do. With five locations (Downtown, Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, Traverwood, and Westgate) the city’s libraries provide storytimes, playgroups, and, of course, books.

8. Play at Jungle Java

Jungle Java is the perfect place for your young one to climb, run, jump, and play while you sit in a comfortable chair and relax. Don’t worry – the soft play surface is clean and sanitary and staffed by caring people to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable for everyone. With three locations (Canton, Farmington Hills, and Clinton Township), Jungle Java offers healthy food choices, motor skill development, and a clean and healthy environment for the entire family.

Appreciate Ann Arbor

Enjoy your new home in Ann Arbor, MI. If you need any help with your move, contact us today.


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