Made for the curious. Culture, cuisine and countless corners of life await you in Ann Arbor. New in Town? Visiting Ann Arbor New Resident Survival Kit Job Hunting Things to Do Ann Arbor combines the energy and intellect of a college town with a big city's appetite for adventurous art, performances, culture, and food. Whether you're interested in athletics, the arts, dining, music, the outdoors, or cool stuff to do with your kids, you'll find plenty to explore in Ann Arbor. Find Things to Do Choose Your Destination Ann Arbor is a short drive from three major cities and one beautiful neck of the woods, Northern Michigan. The state of Michigan itself boasts the longest freshwater coastline in the continental U.S., at nearly 3,000 miles long. Detroit: 43 miles Chicago: 240 miles Northern Michigan: 240 miles Toronto: 274 miles Ideas for regional trips Ann Arbor is a fantastic place to raise kids (and pets!). Lots of things to do concentrated in the nicer weather months, but still winter activities, too. Janice, resident Guide for Families A family plays at the water table at the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor.