With rehabbed historical districts, shopping and restaurants on both sides of the Saginaw River, Bay City (population: 33,000) exudes a lively urban river-town feel.
From May to October, the tall ship Appledore sails Saginaw Bay.
Appledore IV
| Credit: Brian Confer


Appledore IV or V 

Vintage-looking schooners departs from BaySail at the north end of Wenonah Park. Sail on weekend sightseeing cruises and dinner cruises.

Downtown waterfront

Once a gritty lumberjack hangout, the district on the river's east side now is known for condos, antiques stores, clothing shops, galleries, restaurants, and an annual independent film and music festival.

Sunrise Pedal Trolley

Grab eight to 15 friends for a fun night riding around Bay City, stopping at any restaurant or bar you wish.

Saginaw Riverwalk

A stroll takes you through flower gardens, over a bridge and by a pier, all with views of the Saginaw River. 

Bay City State Park 

Relax in the sand at this state park and take a walk through the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center. 

State Theatre

Catch an evening concert or film at the restored State Theatre.

Eat and Drink

Jake's Old City Grill

Saginaw's high-end steak house delivers well-prepared food (try the seasonal pan-seared walleye and Caesar salad), polished service, microbrews and stylish cocktails in a historical building. It's located 17 miles south of Bay City.

Krzysiak's House

Authentic Polish dishes, including golabki, pierogi, and famous homemade sausage and noodles, draw hungry crowds to this friendly spot

Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium

Grab a blended beverage and admire Beatles memorabilia that covers the shop from top to bottom.

Mussel Beach Drive-In

Stop at the drive-in for burgers, fries and Michigan-made ice cream.

Tavern 101

Sit on the patio at Tavern 101 while mulling which of the 54 on-tap beers to order.


Montague Inn

The 1930 Georgian mansion stands on 8 acres in Saginaw. All rooms feature private baths and simple, period-appropriate furnishings (some show their age).

For information gogreat.com