Whether you're looking to get barefoot in beautiful sand or set sail through sparkling waters, ride a riverboat or pedal your way through downtown streets aboard a trolley (enjoying cocktails while doing so - read on), the Great Lakes Bay Region is the place to make your summer getaway hot, hot, hot and oh-so-cool!
Any time aboard majestic Appledore Tall Ships is downright magical, but an evening sailing under the stars during Bay Sail's Celestial Excursions while viewing constellations and listening to star legends and poetry on your summer getaway? Swoon. Or set your sights on sailing into the sunset, and enjoy dinner and local entertainment aboard popular Dinner Sails for an equally unforgettable experience.
Paddle Your Adventure
Get in the water and adventure through beautiful lakes and rivers with Ike's Mobile Kayak Rentals in Midland. Take a guided tour or paddle pleasurably on your own, choose between a Sunset Tour or Ladies Night, to name a few options, and add a relaxing and enjoyable outing complete with witnessing wildlife and natural glory to your getaway this summer.
Get to the Beach
Should the William H. Haithco Recreation Area in Saginaw (known locally as Haithco Beach) be your beach of choice, bring your fishing poles (access is there) and consider renting paddleboats, row boats, canoes or kayaks in your beach-day-play!
Or, if being barefoot on 1,000 feet of soft, sandy beach on the shores of Sanford Lake sounds more like your idea of a summer getaway, we wouldn't blame you a bit! With a horseshoe pit, volleyball net, and 4,000 square-foot aquatic spray park for splashing, pack up a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach! (And if the mention of an 18-hole disc golf course says summer to you, Sanford Lake Park offers it!)
Float for Fun
Board the Bavarian Belle Riverboat to enjoy snacks and soft drinks during a narrated sightseeing tour along the Cass River (while passing underneath the infamous Frankenmuth Holz Brucke wooden covered bridge). Or, on a float with Frankenmuth FunShips, you'll not only experience a relaxing river tour, but an hour-long cruise that's also a wine and chocolate tasting experience!
Pedal for Pleasure
Add riding a Dutch-made "bike" with seating for 15 people - that is, the Sunrise Pedal Trolley - to your summer getaway list! Enjoy both a refreshing ride and refreshments of beer and wine while you ride this pedal-powered party on wheels, whether to Downtown Bay City's specialty shops and pubs, or through Bay City's newest neighborhood - Uptown!
At Frankemuth's PedAle Trolley, you can plan for brews to accompany your pedal-powered trolley ride, too, and plan on the City River Tour to take you through the streets of Michigan's Little Bavaria while stopping at three-to-five shops, restaurants, or pubs along the way!
Catch Your Enjoyment
It's well-known in these parts that world-class walleye fishing is abundant. You'll know it, too, when you jump aboard an expedition with Boomerang Fishing Charters in Linwood or The Michigan Experience Charters in Bay City! Where are the best holes, what gear works best? Can you grill your prize-winning walleye right on board? You'll see on your summer getaway (or sooner, when you check out our pro fishing tips for Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay)!
Soothe Your Senses
Immerse yourself in stream-side pathways at Dow Gardens in Midland, and feel yourself unwind amidst the 110-acre landscape with more than 20,000 annuals a' bloom each summer. Smell the fantastical herb garden and enjoy a picnic next to the historic red bridge, but don't leave without eyeing up the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk and Connectivity Project underway. The 1,400-foot canopy walk will be the longest in the nation when complete in 2019!
Whether you book a stay at Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, Zehnder's Splash Village (and swim both indoors and out thanks to its state-of-the-art retractable roof), pose for a photo beneath the luminescent Third Street Star Bridge, or choose a Mix & Match Golf Package, make your Great Lakes Bay getaway just as it sounds: the chance to truly savor summer in Pure Michigan!