Mar 11, 2016

Families of graduating U-M students are planning their trips to Ann Arbor for this exciting weekend – and we have some tips for you if you’ll be in town for Commencement! However, even if you’re steering clear of the bustling Ann Arbor streets over the weekend of April 30, these suggestions are still completely valid for anytime you choose to visit Ann Arbor.

Swing by Zingerman’s for an early lunch

You know you’ll miss the #2 Zingerman’s Reuben once your student leaves Ann Arbor – and so will many others. Get to the infamous Deli prior to noon to avoid the notorious weekend hour-and-a-half wait. You can even call ahead to order!

TheRide is your friend!

The AAATA (Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority) will get you around town, hassle-free, for a great price! Because of limited parking in many of the commencement-centric areas of our city, public transit is a great option. If you’re more actively inclined, the ArborBike program is another easy way to get from place-to-place. Park and Ride services are also available, where you can park outside of downtown and take TheRide buses into the city.

Cheer on your team

If you bleed Maize and Blue, don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Wolverine baseball team at the Wilpon Complex on April 29 or May 1. Soccer fans will be excited to check out the AFC Ann Arbor team take on Oakland County on April 29, as well – at Holloway Field near the Big House!

Make dinner reservations

You might have already figured this one out, but there are a lot of students at U-M and they all want to eat dinner with their families! Make reservations well in advance – and don’t dismiss slightly off-the-beaten-path options like Cardamom, Ayse’s, Zola Bistro, Bigalora, Metzger’s, Weber’s, or a restaurant other parts of beautiful Washtenaw County. Terry B’s in Dexter is a great option, as is the Salt Springs Brewery in Saline, Bona Sera in Ypsilanti, Original Gravity in Milan and Smokehouse 52 in Chelsea.

Don’t be a stranger!

Graduating seniors and their families will always be a part of the University of Michigan family! We hope you’ll be back to Ann Arbor soon and often!

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