Things To Do
Dig deep into the aviation history and automotive heritage Ypsilanti is known for. Tour a local museum, take a flight at the Yankee Air Museum, or join the crowd in Depot Town for a highly anticipated event. Looking to shop ‘til you drop? Discover quirky souvenirs, renowned antique shops, and trendy vintage clothing dispersed throughout the city. No matter where you wander, there is no shortage of entertainment in Ypsilanti!
Ypsilanti’s fascinating automotive and aviation history is celebrated through area museums and spectacular festivals and events. The city’s automotive history lies in Depot Town, where the last known Hudson dealership resides in the form of a nationally recognized car museum. Ypsilanti takes pride in its unique ties to the “original WWII Rosie the Riveter”, Rose Will Monroe, who worked at a local bomber plant to fill the position of a soldier sent overseas. Rosie, and the incredibly resilient women she worked alongside, are a tremendous part of Ypsilanti’s past.
Ypsilanti’s vibrant art scene is impressive to say the least. Area galleries, theatres and museums bring visitors an unforgettable experience at each exhibition, performance, and reception. Artists showcase their work in shops, restaurants, and during events like First Fridays Ypsilanti. Visitors will discover unique artists and hear live music at locally loved venues and eateries.
LGBTQ+ culture is alive and well in Ypsilanti. From major annual events like Ypsi Pride, to area restaurants hosting drag brunch and bingos, burlesque and fundraisers for important causes, Ypsi celebrates and welcomes the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Ypsilanti prides itself on inclusivity and compassion.
Escape to Nature
Ypsilanti is a four-season destination with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Spend time at a park or nature preserve, hike the trails, or fish along the Huron River flowing through town. Take a stroll through Riverside Park and enjoy the river views along the Border to Border Trail. Take a kayak out on Ford Lake at sunset for vistas you’ll never forget. Or, book a trip with a local fly-fishing guide for some of the best small mouth bass fishing in the Midwest.
Home to the Classics
Ypsilanti is home to one-of-a-kind antique galleries like Schmidt's Antiques, and A2 Vintage providing home decor, records, clothing, if you’re drawn to retro vibes and vintage style, you will find something special in Ypsilanti. The area's history extends into the beautiful historic homes here. A stroll around downtown or a tour of historic places will reveal fascinating architecture and historical significance.