A diverse city from Riverfront Saginaw to Old Town Saginaw — with wonders like the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge beckoning for adventure — Saginaw is rich in opportunity to explore!
From museums and theatres to iconic locales with both historical relevance and modern-day flair, there's more than we could ever mention here! Let these top things to do in Saginaw, Michigan act as your starting point:
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Take Tea: Revered as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in all of North America and the only authentic Japanese tea house in the Midwest, experience the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House. Traditional Tea Ceremonies (Chanoyu) are offered the second Saturday of each month, but a "Tea & Tour" can be scheduled anytime and the three-acre gardens on the shore of Lake Linton are free to enjoy.
Ride into Beauty: Not only will booking a custom boat tour with Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips bring you through one of the richest wildlife habitats in all of Pure Michigan — the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge — but your excursion will also include unforgettable, scenic views that'll leave you daydreaming about how relaxed you felt on this Michigan ecotour outing!
Explore the Castle: Built in 1897 in the style of a French chateau, admission is just $1 (and .50 cents for children) to explore the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Featuring traveling exhibits and showstopping displays of Saginaw history, try to find the gargoyles outside and ask a staff member inside about their meaning!
Catch a Show: Check for possible events to enjoy amidst the 25,000 square-foot Wendler Arena inside The Dow Event Center, or at the neighboring outdoor Huntington Event Park in summer months. And just up the road is the historic Temple Theatre, a beautifully restored 1927 theatre that hosts live events, plus a recurring Dueling Pianos show that's worth catching while you're in town!
Get Artsy: Peruse the Saginaw Art Museum, a 1904 Georgian-Revival Mansion with Italianate gardens and a permanent collection spanning 4,500 years, or possibly Gingerblue Gallery, featuring international and local artists and a selection of mediums. Or, browse the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, with more than 200 sculptures (and 20 bronze statues in the Sculpture Garden).
Consider Cocktails & Craft Brews: Whet your whistle at Old Town Distillery, slip inside Woody's Draught House to sample from 100+ beers on tap, or taste the elevated brewing craft at Oracle Brewing Company, where artisan touches are infused every step of the way, from grain to glass.
Enjoy Wee One Fun: Let the kids have hands-on fun at the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum (and try deciding if little kids or "big kids" enjoy this place more)! And be sure to spend time at the Saginaw Children's Zoo, marveling at the animals and riding the hand-carved carousel and miniature train. (Psst! Buy double tickets. When the kids say, "Can we ride again?", say, "Yes!" and watch their faces light up!)
Please Your Palate: Sample Asian-fusion dishes (and arguably the best spring rolls around) at Pasong's Café, enjoy award-winning steak and global wine offerings at Jake's Old City Grill, experience upscale-yet-urban fine dining at Artisan Urban Bistro in Old Town Saginaw, or peruse the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market at SVRC Marketplace for peak-of-freshness local flavors and one-of-a-kind marketplace finds.
Whether you grab a Coney dog and root beer at Saginaw's infamous 1950s-style drive-in car hop, Old Town Drive In, or picnic at Saginaw's own Ojibway Island, enjoy every bit of your Great Lakes Bay getaway in Saginaw, Michigan!