What To Do in Ann Arbor in the Winter

The cold weather’s arrived and we tend to retreat into our comfortable apartments at 618 South Main for the winter. During Michigan’s long winter season, it’s important to get out of the house and stay active. Here’s our go-to list of things to do in Ann Arbor when the weather gets chilly:

1. Go to the movies

Netflix binges are awesome, but it’s also nice to go to a good ol’ fashion cinema once in a while. If you’re on a budget, Quality 16 is the theater to go to. Rave Cinemas in Ypsilanti has bigger and better screens and IMAX theaters. If you go to Rave, go on a Wednesday for their $5 Wednesday special. If you’re really looking for a luxurious experience (why not!), drive the extra 18 minutes to Emagine Saline. Its theaters have reclining leather seats, ample arm and leg room, and huge screens all for the reasonable rate of $8/ ticket!

2. Enjoy live entertainment

The Ark is your one-stop shop to be entertained, and features more than 300 live performances each year. Check out their schedule here. The Blind Pig is perhaps Ann Arbor’s best-known music venue, where music legends such as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon have performed. The 8 Ball Saloon located below is also a fun and historic spot. Find the Blind Pig’s calendar here. Finally, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase has great comedians, affordable tickets, alcoholic beverages, and always provides a fun time.

3. Go bowling

You have two very different choices for bowling. Bel-Mark Lanes has been an Ann Arbor staple for years. It’s cheap and it serves its purpose: bowling. Revel and Roll, Ann Arbor’s newest bowling alley, features a large bar and restaurant, an extensive arcade room, and three giant TV screens. However, a bowling lane for an hour can run you $20-$25 an hour. If you do decide to splurge, you must try their unique PB & J Burger!

4. Dine at a cozy restaurant

While Ann Arbor has a plethora of amazing restaurants, there’s a few that are the ultimate places to eat in the winter. Heidelberg, Grizzly Peak, and Knight's Steakhouse are our favorites due to their cozy atmospheres and hearty meals.

Fresh fallen snow, hot cocoa, and warm fireplaces make Michigan winters not-so-bad. We hope you get out and enjoy everything Ann Arbor has to offer this winter!