Attractions in Ann Arbor close to the Bell Tower Hotel, Michigan
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University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is one of the most distinguished universities in the world. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten universities. By staying at the Bell Tower Hotel, you are in the middle of the University of Michigan’s downtown campus.


Driving Distance: 0 miles
Telephone: (734) 764-1817

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching, the extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression.


Driving Distance: 6.8 miles
Telephone: (734) 487-1849

Concordia University
Located on the banks of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Concordia University is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and a college of the Concordia University system.


Driving Distance: 4.1 miles
Telephone: (734) 995-7520

Washtenaw Community College
For over 40 years, WCC’s open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. More than 18,000 register for credit classes each year, and thousands more enroll in non-credit LifeLong Learning classes. WCC’s diverse student body includes more than 1,000 students from over 100 foreign countries.


Driving Distance: 5.3 miles
Telephone: (734) 973-3300


Michigan Theater
A classic movie palace built in 1928, the Michigan Theater served the Ann Arbor area for some fifty years before falling into disrepair. In 1979, a group of courageous citizens recognized the theater’s historic significance and saved it from the wrecking ball, and now, through the tireless efforts and generosity of its champions, this grand old theater is fully restored, serving the community with a diverse and innovative program of art house films and live events. Today, the Michigan Theater is:
• The highest-attended arts venue in the area, with programs that draw more than 250,000 visitors each year.
• Home to the largest art house film program in Michigan, a model for every other historic theater in North America.
• Host to an array of films, concerts, lectures, and other events, including the annual Cinetopia International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival USA screenings, Not Just for Kids professional live theater series, Summer Classics film series, Legends of Rock and Roll concert series, and more.
• Named an “Outstanding Historic Theater” by the League of Historic American Theatres for its exquisite restoration and preservation.
• Ann Arbor’s premier cultural destination, typifying the downtown area’s transformation into a thriving, modern, urban environment.

Memberships start at just $35 and provide a wealth of benefits, including discounted tickets, parking validation, exclusive events, and more. Visit for more information or visit us in person at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

UMMA- University of Michigan Museum of Art
The UMMA collection includes a wide variety of African, American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and Modern Art featuring artists such as Delacroix, Monet, Rembrandt, Peale and Whistler. The museum houses one of the finest collections of prints in the world. The 2009 expansion into the 53,000 sq.ft. Maxine and Stuart Frankel Wing has more than doubled the museum display space. Regular visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Select public areas within the Frankel wing including the Commons and the Forum are open from 8 am to 10 pm daily (357 days a year). Admission is free, $5 donation suggested.


525 S. State Street
Telephone: (734)764-0395

University of Michigan– Museum of Natural History
The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is a dynamic, evolving organization committed to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. Exhibits include displays of prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free to individuals and groups of ten or fewer, with a suggested donation of $6.


1109 Geddes Avenue
Telephone: (734) 764-0478

Kelsey Museum – University of Michigan Archaeological Museum
The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East in the new state-of-the-art William E. Upjohn Exhibit wing. Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


434 S. State Street
Telephone: (734) 764-9304

UM Law Library – University of Michigan Law School Library and Law Quadrangle Courtyard
The Law Quadrangle’s superb collegiate gothic buildings, the gift of William C. Cook, LLB 1882, are inspirational and reflect the serious nature of the teachings and scholarship done at the School. The Law Quad consists of four buildings: The Lawyers Club (1925); the John C. Cook Dormitory (1930); the Legal Research Library (1931); and Hutchins Hall (1933). In January 2012, the existing facilities were further enlarged by both a new four-story academic building, South Hall, constructed in modified collegiate Gothic style, as well as a new glass-roofed gathering place for the Law School community, the Aikens Commons.


801 Monroe Street
Telephone: (734) 647-7352

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Features more than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, the Hands On Museum is a delight for children of all ages. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.


220 E. Ann Street at the corner of E. Huron
Telephone: (734) 995-5439


Find more ideas in our blog post about the  10 Things to do after your University of Michigan Visit


Ann Arbor Film Festival
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Founded in 1963, the AAFF started as a critical, alternative forum for filmmakers and artists to publicly share their work. Today the festival continues its focus on the art of film, serving as one of the country’s premier showcases for bold, visionary, experimental and independent filmmakers.
Telephone: (734) 995-5356

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is recognized today as one of the leading performance arts festivals in the country. The festival produces two concurrent and complimentary performing arts programs, one indoor and one outdoor, on the campus of the University of Michigan. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open air spectacles, family attractions and more. The AASF offers an energetic mix of regional, national and international artists of all disciplines. Presenting over 100 events each season, the festival’s spectrum of artistic expression attracts a diverse audience in terms of age, interest, ethnicity, socio-economic background, education and gender. With an estimated attendance of over 60,000 people each year, the festival provides a multitude of creative ways to engage fans and supporters.
Telephone: (734) 994-5999

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Held annually, this 4 day Art Fair starts the 3rd Wednesday in July. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are comprised of 4 separate award winning fairs, each with its own history and jury status. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, established in 1960, is the oldest and original fair. It is estimated that 400,000 people attend the event each year. It has been voted the nations best art fair.
Telephone: (734) 994-5260

Waterhill Music Festival
On the first Sunday in May, the Waterhill neighborhood erupts in song. This festival is truly one-of-a-kind, and if you are lucky enough to be in town when it’s happening, you’ll want to plan on attending. It’s non-commercial, and entirely free and it’s not like anything else you’ve ever been to. Anyone with musical talent sits on their porch, or back patio and performs. The musical line-up includes everything from well known professional musicians, to bands consisting entirely of children. It’s a must experience. Visit their website for where to go, what to bring, and other details.


Downtown Ann Arbor Shopping Area
The main downtown shopping area is just one block to the west of the Bell Tower Hotel. The downtown shopping district consists of three streets in an “H” shape. Main street, Liberty street, and State Street are the main walking avenues for the greatest density of shops and restaurants.

Driving Distance: 0 miles

Kerrytown Shops
Located just to the north of Ann Arbor’s downtown shopping district, Kerrytown Shops is a trio of century-old buildings with shops, cafes, an old-fashioned indoor market, and a Carillon tower of 17 European crafted bells. The main building is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Operational hours differ among the various stores and offices, please visit the web site for additional information.


407 North 5th Avenue
Telephone: (734) 662-5008

Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
Locally produced vegetables, fruit, flowers, cider, bedding plants, crafts, baked goods, jam, honey, maple syrup and more are available at this lovely open-air market. Open Saturdays only from 8 am to 3 pm, January to April; Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to December, 7 am to 3 pm. On Sundays, from April through December, you will also find the Ann Arbor Artisans Market featuring hand made local arts and crafts. The hours are 11 am to 4 pm. The market is located just to the south of Kerrytown Shops, north of downtown Ann Arbor.


315 Detroit Street
Telephone: (734) 994-3276

Zingerman’s Deli
Zingerman’s is known world-wide as one of the finest delicatessens, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are famous for their mouth-watering, meal-sized sandwiches that you can eat-in or carry-out. They also offer a coffee shop, bake house and creamery selling meat and cheese, pasta and sauces, mustards and vinegars, cakes, breads and gelato! Open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.


422 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
Telephone: (734) 663-3345

Briarwood Mall

Briarwood Mall is Ann Arbor’s destination mall outside the city. For standard brands, and chain stores you’ll want to shop here. Briarwood Mall features Vera Bradley, Soma, Athleta, Michael Kors, Yankee Candle, LUSH, Brighton Collectibles, White House Black Market, and L’Occitane. Visit the state of the art Tricho Salon and Spa relocated next to MCSports to give you the sparkle you need for all of your festivities.


California Pizza Kitchen, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Francesca’s Collections, Pottery Barn, Swarovski Crystal, Victoria’s Secret.

Go south on Main Street or State Street to end up at the Mall.

Mall Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am – 9pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm


Driving distance: 2.8 miles
100 Briarwood circle, Ann Arbor
Telephone: (734) 769-9610

Washtenaw Shopping Area
Located east of the Bell Tower Hotel, on Washtenaw,  you’ll find shops on both sides of the street. On the north side of Washtenaw is Ann Arbor’s first shopping mall (Arborland). You’ll find several chain restaurants there as well as familiar franchises. Also on the north side of Washtenaw, you’ll find Panera Bread, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble and other chains. On the south side of the street is one of Ann Arbor’s newest shopping centers where you’ll find everything from high fashion, to beauty salons to outdoor gear.

Driving Distance: 2.6 miles


Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation
Ann Arbor offers 157 city parks, pools, water parks, canoe liveries, biking, jogging, walking and hiking trails, ice arenas, skate parks, golf courses and more offers endless opportunities for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Two picturesque parks are within easy walking distance from the Campus Inn: Nichols Arboretum along the Huron River is a beautiful place for a stroll, or picnic. A second park, directly across the street from The Bell Tower Hotel is the University of Michigan’s Ingalls Mall, a formal park at the foot of the famous bell tower, featuring a spectacular fountain by Carl Miles. Use the link above for maps to all of Ann Arbor’s parks and events

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
In 1907 the University of Michigan created a Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the land between Geddes Road and the Huron River, just a few blocks from the Central Campus on the site now known as Nichols Arboretum. At the time, the property consisted of approximately 80 acres. Today, more than 100 years later, the University of Michigan through their Matthaei Botanical Gardens at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. and the Nichols Arboretum at 1600 Washington Heights, manages over 700 acres of gardens, research areas, and natural preserves around the Ann Arbor area with a complex of observatory, greenhouses, laboratory, teaching and meeting spaces at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the James D. Reader Jr. Center for Urban Environmental Education at Nichols Arboretum.