Ranked as one of one of America’s "Best Places to Live" by CNN Money Magazine, Saline is a vibrant community just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, with an engaging presence and a promising future. Named for its natural salt springs, Saline blends historic small-town charm with leading-edge opportunities… and a touch of spice. Strong community engagement, nationally ranked schools, rich cultural and recreational opportunities, a thriving downtown, unique dining and shopping experiences, and proximity to big-city amenities – they all contribute to a high quality of life in Saline.
Arts and Culture
Spend some time with the friendly people of Saline and experience this vibrant community in action, including a historic downtown area which bustles with unique shops and restaurants. Saline hosts dozens of fun events throughout the year – from festivals, fairs, and parades to concerts, plays, and more. Special annual and seasonal events include the Saline Celtic Festival, the Summer Music Series, the Saline Summerfest, the Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest, and the Saline Winterfest which are all held in the streets downtown Saline.
If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, visit any one of Saline's 12 existing neighborhood and community parks. They feature plenty of lush green space, play structures, picnic areas and shelters, biking and walking trails, dog parks, sport fields and courts, boat launch ramps, and other amenities. Coming soon is an exciting new addition to Saline, the development of a new Salt Springs Park along the beautiful Saline River, which will feature Saline’s recently rediscovered natural salt springs while also offering some intriguing peeks into Saline’s well-seasoned past with educational and interpretive displays.
History and Architecture
Saline’s salt springs originated 600 million years ago when ground water pressure forced brine, from an ancient sea bed, up to the earth’s surface to form salt flats and springs. That salt has been attracting visitors for tens of thousands of years – from Ice Age animals, to Paleo and Pottawatomie Indians, to French traders, to the English-speaking settlers who started what has grown into the thriving City of Saline we know today. The Saline Area Historical Society and other community members are devoted to the preservation of Saline’s rich history. Take a step back in time and visit some of our cherished points of interest such as Rentschler Farm Museum, Depot Museum, and the Weber-Blaess one room schoolhouse.