Saturday morning sunrise over the Third Street Star Bridge in Bay City

📍Third Street Star Bridge 📷 @baycitymilove



For Downtown, Uptown, 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 eclectic and historic waterfront town!



People strolling past tents and beautiful flowers during The Great Lakes Market in Uptown Bay City

📍Uptown Bay City 📷 @jeffcaverlyphotography


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 while in Bay City.


One of BaySail's Appledore tall ship schooners, docked on the water in Downtown Bay City with a colorful, cotton-candy sunset in the background

📍BaySail 📷 @jeffcaverlyphoto


Let Old Become New: With more than 400 booths situated inside Michigan's largest antique center, find vintage glory inside the historic, corner building that is Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center.

Ride On: Traveling with friends? Book Sunrise Pedal Trolley's eight- to 15-passenger Dutch-made bike and enjoy a pint or two as you pedal the streets of Bay City! Too few people to book the whole trolley? Rent single or tandem rides from Jack's Bicycle Shop, right Downtown, and explore this waterfront city all on your own!


Sunrise Pedal Trolley in Bay City lit up with a colorful evening sky as the backdrop

📍Sunrise Pedal Trolley 📷 @jeffcaverlyphotography


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!


USS Edson reflecting off the water in Bay City with a blue-orange sky behind

📍Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum 📷 @jeffcaverlyphotography


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.


Gorgeous, colorful sunset over the water at Bay City State Park in Bay City

📍Bay City State Park 📷 @erickschmidtphotography


Charter a Guided Fishing Excursion: From The Michigan Experience to Adventure 1 Charters and so many more, experience the world-class walleye fishing our top Saginaw Bay fishing charters have to offer here in Bay City.


Fishing poles cast out on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay

📍Saginaw Bay 📷 @gsp_rufflife


Dine Downtown: Enjoy Bay City's only sushi bar at Fusion 1 Café, a casual upscale bistro with an unforgettable wine list at Old City Hall, or a farm-to-table restaurant with dishes deeply rooted in Michigan's history at MI Table (plus hand-dipped chocolates from St. Laurent Brothers or Village Chocolatier for dessert).


Cozy, heated outdoor igloos for dining in front of Old City Hall in Bay City

📍Old City Hall 📷 @jeffcaverlyphoto


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.


Views of the sun setting over the waterfront through a gorgeous wall of windows at Real Seafood Company Bay City

📍Real Seafood Company 📷 @maditaylorphoto


Shop Your Style: Find inspired décor, gifts, and more at Violets Blue and My Secret Garden, or "I-need-now" outfits and accessories inside Ferne Boutique. Shop hand-crafted goods and Mitten-inspired gear at Half Mile Handmade and an indoor selection of artisan vendors at City Market, all in Downtown. Or step into OMONI Boutique in Uptown for on-trend, cultured fashion finds.

Drink Up: Down a pint of memorable craft brew at Tri-City Brewing Company, Lumber Barons Brewery or Tavern 101, and sample artisan craft cocktails with house-made soda at The Public House. Or, sip under the stars at the seasonal, outdoor Drydock Beer Garden in Unity Park!


Peach-colored, handcrafted cocktail sitting near matching happy hour drink menus at The Public House in Bay City

📍The Public House 📷 @thepublichousebaycity


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.

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!


Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, illuminated at dusk

📍Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center 📷 @baycityphotos


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!)

Dream Bright: Pose for a picture underneath the Third Street Star Bridge and know that each luminescent light in this "Project With Heart" was purchased in honor of a loved one.


Colorful buildings under the lights of the Third Street Star Bridge at dusk in Bay City

📍Third Street Star Bridge 📷 @jeffcaverlyphotography



Whether you spend a day, a weekend, or even longer, enjoy these experiences you'll find iconic to Bay City, Michigan (and the reasons you'll return time and again)!