For Uptown, Downtown, and all-around experiences in Bay City — shows to catch, boats to board, antiques to find, and flavors to never forget — read on to discover our top things to do in Bay City, Michigan, an artistic epicenter and historic waterfront community.
Find What Floats Your Boat
Sailing along sparkling blue waters (or underneath starry night skies) aboard BaySail's Appledore Tall Ships or enjoying dinner and dancing aboard Entertainment Cruises with Bay City Boat Lines, explore waterways from the Saginaw River to Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay and beyond while in Bay City.
Let Old Become New
With more than 400 booths situated inside Michigan's largest antique locale, find vintage glory inside the historic, corner building that is Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center.
Pose for a picture underneath the 3rd Street Star Bridge and know that each luminescent light in this "Project With Heart" was purchased in honor of a loved one.
Take The Trail
Discover boundless options along the Bay City Area Riverwalk / Railtrail with dozens of places to access. View Tobico Marsh and all of Bay City State Park, jump off for lunch in Downtown Bay City, or enjoy a bustling marina by Veterans Memorial Park, to name a few options.
Tour This Historical Ship
Touring the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum will have you aboard the U.S.S. Edson DD-946, a destroyer ship designated a National Historic Landmark as well as a Michigan Historic Landmark. Don't miss this!
Enjoy an innovative breakfast at Mornin' at Maggie's Omelette Shop, Bay City's only sushi bar at Fusion 1 Café, a casual upscale bistro with an unforgettable wine list at Old City Hall or mouthwatering steaks at Gatsby's Seafood & Steakhouse, plus hand-dipped chocolates for dessert from St. Laurent Brothers.
Enjoy Uptown Eats
Experience a breakfast, brunch, or lunch of diner classics with upscale twists at Uptown Grill, and take your pick of indoor or outdoor seating overlooking the scenic Saginaw River when you dine on fresh-catch flavors at Real Seafood Company. Or, partake in an authentic churrascaria experience at Costela Brazilian Steak House.
Shop Your Style
Find inspired décor, gifts, and more at Violets Blue and "I-need-now" outfits and accessories inside Ferne Boutique, or hand-crafted goods and Mitten-inspired gear at Half Mile Handmade and an indoor selection of farm-fresh options and artisan vendors at City Market all in Downtown, or step into OMONI Boutique in Uptown for on-trend, cultured fashion finds.
See the State Theatre
Home to musical acts and movies (and even serving as the rain-out site for summer events at Wenonah Park), the State Theatre of Bay City was built in 1908 and is a must-experience historic gem, especially for lovers of Art Deco design.
Book a ride aboard a 16-passenger Dutch-made pedal bike with Sunrise Pedal Trolley and enjoy a pint or two as you pedal the streets of Bay City.
Sample This Shoppe
Experience mouthwatering traditional European cheeses and American originals, cured meats, and even authentic gelato inside Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shoppe in Downtown Bay City. (Be sure to check out their tasting and pairing events, too!)
Set Your Sights High
Out of this world, actually, at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center. Enjoy visually stunning planetarium shows and events, and explore the outdoor observation deck for a memorable birds-eye view of Bay City!
Charter a Guided Fishing Excursion
Whether you spend a day, a week, or even longer, enjoy these experiences you'll find iconic to Bay City (and the reasons you'll return time and again)!