Free Things to Do

Who ever said nothing comes free?  Here in the Great Lakes Bay, some of our favorite things do.  And we've pulled a few of them together so you can see just how easy it is to Go Great Lakes Bay on a budget.  It's time to stop pinching those pennies and start planning your next visit.


1. Stop out for what Billboard Magazine called one of the "Top 5 Free Music Events in Michigan" - FreeMusicFest!  It celebrates all genres of music from folk to rock, and even showcases local artwork, a group mural project, bounce house, and tons of tasty food vendors!  Save this year's date: June 14, 2014! (Free Music Fest)

2. Cool off from June-October, dawn til dusk, with a day at one of our Midland spray parks!  From towering, bubbly fountains to small spouts, there's free water fun for all ages (Gerstacker Spray Park & Longview Spray Park)

3. See over 2,000 of renowned sculptor Marshall Fredericks' works, including a real life mock-up of his original artist's studio (Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum)

4. Spread out your coziest blanket and post up at Midland's historic 3-way-bridge for Tunes By The Tridge.  This 10-week free summer concert series runs every Thursday from June to early August (Tunes By The Tridge)

5. Get playful at Tittabawassee Township Park with 18 holes of disc golf, followed by a picnic lunch by the pond (Tittabawassee Township Park)

6. See larger-than-life blocks of snow and ice transformed into breathtaking sculptures before your eyes at one of the top snow-sculpting events in North America. (Zehnder's Snowfest)

7. Take a guided full-moon stroll along the trails at one of the largest non-profit nature centers in the U.S. - Chippewa Nature Center.  Don't forget to bring the kids-they'll get to learn about all sorts of new species of wildlife along the way.  In the wintertime, you can even rent-or bring your own-snowshoes for the hike! (Chippewa Nature Center)

8. Explore mile upon mile of scenic paths by hiking, biking, jogging, or skiing one of our incredible regional trails. (Saginaw Valley Rail Trail / Pere Marquette Rail Trail / Bay City Riverwalk Rail Trail)

9. Get in the spirit with one of our free holiday celebrations.  Many feature horse-drawn carriage rides... and even free hot cocoa! (Saginaw's Holidays In The Heart of The City, the Chesaning Candlelight Walk, Bay City's Sundays in the City, or Midland's Holly Jolly Days)

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