Football Season has officially begun in Ann Arbor, Michigan! You probably have your coolers packed, your maize and blue gear ironed and starched, but have you planned your post-game activities? Check out this list to get started!
1. Go Eat!
Ann Arbor, Michigan is a foodie destination, so make sure you grab a bite after the game. Downtown streets are lined with legendary Mom-and-Pop diners and high-class cuisines from all around the world. Eat like a Wolverine throughout the city at these school-spirited eateries such as The Pretzel Bell on Main Street. This new addition to Downtown touts a classy maize and blue decor, and endless Michigan themed dishes such as Wolverine Wings, Big House Chop Salad, Victors’ Cheese Steak, Maize Out Mac, and North Quad Noodle Bowl. You can also stop by the famous Maize & Blue Deli on Liberty which was featured on Man Vs. Food! Try a Wolverine Sub at Sottini’s, The Big Blue Corned Beef at Blue Leprechaun, or Jim Harbaugh’s Meatball Sandwich at The Brown Jug. Top it all off with some Wolverine Tracks at Blank Slate Creamery to complete your “blue plate” experience!
2. Go Outside!
Get even more fresh air after the game at the Big House! University of Michigan offers amazing outdoor experiences in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Take a quick drive over to Nichols Arboretum (referred to as “The Arb” by students and locals) for incredible walking paths, and a stroll along the Huron River. Here you will find vast landscapes, gorgeous valleys, and the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America! Be sure to add the 300-acre Matthaei Botanical Gardens to your list. Explore four easily-walkable trails throughout the area, along with a conservatory showcasing three climate zones, a bonsai tree collection, a children’s garden, and more!
3. Go Learn!
Tap into your inner student, and continue your education at some of the amazing museums on University of Michigan’s Campus. The Natural History Museum features displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibit in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, and a digital Planetarium. Next, head on over to the University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, housed in two buildings – a 19th century stone building, and a state-of-the-art exhibition space. The Kelsey Museum houses the University of Michigan’s collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic archaeological artifacts, as well as some rare materials important for the study of archaeology. Both museums are free and open seven days a week.
4. Get Inspired!
There are endless opportunities for artists in Ann Arbor. Check out all the arts and cultural offerings U-M’s campus has to offer in addition to some good ol’ football! UMMA (University of Michigan Museum of Art) is home to a diverse collection of 19th century Western Art, to 1,000 works of African Art, to a robust compilation of Modern/Contemporary Art. Check out the U-M School of Theatre & Dance’s events calendar to see a unique performance, or explore the extensive collection of public art throughout campus. While you’re at it, stop by the William W. Cook Library, recently named the most beautiful library in Michigan!
What are some of your favorite things to do after a University of Michigan home football game? Let us know in the comments.