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Step aboard BaySail's Appledore schooners in Bay City — two tall ships of nautical splendor with beautiful, billowing white sails — and prepare for a magical experience!
Consider Great Lakes 101 sails for a daytime outing where you'll learn fascinating facts about the Saginaw River as you sail toward Saginaw Bay.
Look to Sunset Sails on Saginaw Bay to witness breathtaking hues and the glow of the golden hour.
Bring your own snacks & beverages on board to complete either unforgettable experience, or bring the kids — both sails are family-friendly!
Board the Princess Wenonah or Islander excursion boats of Bay City Boat Lines to enjoy smooth cruises (maybe even dance on-deck)!
On "Rock the Boat" cruises, dine on a delicious, catered meal, then boogie to live music! From Classic Rock to Soul & Funk, pick a theme and bring your dancing shoes!
Go "Carefree Cruisin'" on the Saginaw River! Float off into the sunset to the sounds of live acoustic music and enjoy a cash bar and catered meal with your relaxing river ride.
On select weekends, reserve your seats for a Sunday Funday Cruise. Enjoy three hours of spectacular views, a catered meal, cash bar, and live entertainment.
Spend 2 ½ hours on a Saginaw River Guided Tour, and listen to a live guide highlighting wildlife and points of interest, like the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse!
Enjoy a one-hour tour along the scenic Cass River aboard the 150-passenger Bavarian Belle Riverboat. This authentic paddlewheel riverboat operates from May - October, is wheelchair accessible, has restrooms on board, and is a must-do while in Frankenmuth!
Find this red & white beauty at the docks of Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Look & listen for the waterfalls, where tours depart daily every 90 minutes from 11am to dusk!
Take in your narrated, historical tour of "Michigan's Little Bavaria" from the open-air canopied upper deck — or the fully enclosed lower level, if you prefer!
Relax aboard electric-powered, 12-passenger Frankenmuth FunShips as your captain guides you along the Cass River, possibly while you sip and sample local specialties.
Book a one-hour Wine and Chocolate River Tour, and enjoy five wines expertly paired with five handmade chocolates, a full pour of your favorite, and a stemless souvenir glass. (Sparkling grape juice is an available option, too!)
Look to the 1 Hour River Tour or 30 Minute River Tour for relaxing rides through Frankenmuth's scenic countryside — same gorgeous views, minus the chocolates & wine.
For one-of-a-kind boating enjoyment — amidst 18,000 acres of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and beyond — find yourself on a custom-built boat with Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips!
Specializing in ecotours & romantic escapes — tours are by reservation only, fully customizable, family- and pet-friendly, and 3 - 5 hours on average.
Book your "Everglades of Michigan" tour, bring your camera & binoculars, and be ready for incredible wildlife, scenic views, and memorable stories from your expert local guide.
Be swept away on an "island" breeze with Bay City Tiki Boat Tours! These river cruises will have your crew aboard a tiki-themed pontoon – complete with a tiki bar for beverages you'll bring with you!
Take the 3-hour Z Bridge Cruise through Downtown Bay City, past Middle Ground Island, and out to the Zilwaukee Bridge. (Snap a photo as you pass beneath — it's a must!)
For a side of sunset with your tiki bar selections, book the 2-hour Sunset Cruise out to Saginaw Bay and take in the beautifully painted skies along your relaxing ride.
Rather stop off for shoreside dining — or cruise around the U.S.S. Edson, a National Historic Landmark naval ship? Choose a Freestyle Cruise where you set the course!
Whether you'll sail into the sunset or kayak, cruise along a river while sipping wine or dance the night away on deck, one thing is certain — you'll enjoy your time spent on the water here!
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By: Jen W. O'Deay | Updates: Go Great Lakes Bay | Jen is a Saginaw native and owner of Feel These Words, an independent copywriting studio & home to the free "5 Day Website MiniBoost". Jen specializes in writing that connects, delivered through website copy, branded content articles, and WingWoman writing services. You'll find Jen camping with her family, laughing, and at feelthesewords.com