About Ann Arbor

We are excited to be hosting the New Horizons in Conservation Conference this year in the heart of our hometown, Ann Arbor, Michigan! Ann Arbor is a charming and bustling college town that is consistently ranked one of the top places to live and one of the top college towns in the country. Filled with independent bookstores, award-winning restaurants, and the Big House, Ann Arbor is not your typical small midwestern town. Aside from stores, Ann Arbor also boasts an extraordinate amount of parks (159 to be exact!) and an estimated 1.45 million trees.

Downtown Restaurants

Breakfast and Coffee

  • Ama’s Bistro
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Comet Coffee
  • Espresso Royale
  • Panera (in venue)
  • Roos Roast
  • Sava’s
  • Starbucks
  • Sweetwaters Cafe (in venue)
  • Zola’s Cafe


Lunch & Dinner

  • Amer’s Delicatessen
  • Aventura
  • Belly Deli
  • Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
  • Chipotle
  • Frita Batidos
  • Gratzi
  • Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
  • Hop Cat
  • Jamaican Jerk Pit
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Knight’s Steakhouse
  • Madras Masala
  • Mama Satto Sushi
  • New York Pizza Depot
  • No Thai!
  • Noodles and Company
  • The Original Cottage Inn
  • Piada Italian Street Food
  • Palio
  • Pizza House
  • Pretzel Bell
  • Ray’s Red Hots
  • Real Seafood
  • Red Hawk Bar & Grill
  • Sadako
  • Salads Up
  • Sava’s
  • Slurping Turtle
  • Snap Custom Pizza
  • Subway (in venue)
  • Taco Bell
  • Taste Kitchen
  • Taste of India Suvai
  • TK WU
  • Tomukun Noodle Bar & Tomukun Korean BBQ
  • Totoro
  • Vinology
Downtown Stores

Convenience Stores:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • CVS Pharmacy



  • Barnes & Noble (in venue)
  • Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
  • Dawn Treader Book Shop
  • Literati
  • West Side Book Store


Other downtown spots:

  • MDen
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Cherry Republic
  • The stores in Kerrytown
  • Vault of Midnight


Ann Arbor Museums and Other Attractions


  • African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
  • University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library
  • University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Other attractions:

  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
  • The State Theater
  • The Michigan Theater
  • University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum
  • University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Transportation from Airport and Around Town

There are several different options for getting from the Detroit Metro Airport to Ann Arbor. Please see the options below:

Ann Arbor has public buses as well as Uber, Lyft, and taxi companies for getting around town. There will be a shuttle at the end of the conference back to the Detroit Metro Airport.