When you want a community that offers a small town feel with big city advantages, a historic past, lush landscape and a bounty of business opportunities then Monroe County is your one stop shop. This quaint area is nestled on the southeastern corner of Michigan and lays against the lush shores of Lake Erie.
As the third oldest community in the state, Monroe offers a little bit of something for everyone. Take a look below to see some of the highlights of Pure Monroe:
With a wide variety of public, charter and private schools for preschool through grade 12, Monroe also offers post secondary institutions including Monroe County Community College, a satellite center for Siena Heights University, and various specialty training schools. Monroe County is also conveniently located less than an hour away from multiple four-year universities including the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Toledo.
Monroe County was established in July 1817, although the City of Monroe dates back all the way to 1785. More than 100 marked historic sites, including museums, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and the George Armstrong Custer Equestrian Monument, make up the historical past of this beautiful community. Visitors to downtown Monroe can walk a two-mile Historic Heritage Route, dine and listen to live entertainment at downtown restaurants and stroll along the River Raisin, which winds through the heart of the city.
With the historic River Raisin running West to East into Lake Erie, Monroe is fast becoming an arts and cultural hotspot. Every year, Monroe’s River Raisin Jazz Festival takes place each summer, attracting over 40,000 music lovers per year. The Annual Blues Festival, sponsored by the County Library System, brings renowned blues musicians to perform at a series of free concerts in honor of Black History Month. Theater and music enthusiasts can choose from a variety of amateur and professionals performances at Monroe’s historic River Raisin Centre for the Arts and at the new La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theater at Monroe County Community College.
Recreation and Natural Beauty
With more than 50 miles of shoreline along the western basin of Lake Erie, Monroe County is a popular destination for those who love boating, fishing, swimming and camping. The 1300- acre Sterling State Park, the only state park on Lake Erie, is located just north of Monroe, and the county boasts more than 20 golf courses. Monroe County also has an extensive variety of local parks system and is home to a variety of year-round festivals.
Monroe County has easy access to nearby freeways for seamless commuting and simple arrivals for your out of town visitors. Although Monroe has plenty to offer on it’s own, it is also conveniently set less than an hour away from larger cities including Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo.