Sail on Sparkling Waters

Sail along shimmering waters at sunset (or underneath starry night skies) aboard BaySail's Appledore Tall Ships. On either excursion, enjoy light snacks served and bring your own beverages, too.

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Find What Floats Your Boat

Enjoy a Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour — or an Entertainment Cruise with dinner and dancing on-deck — when you board with Bay City Boat Lines in Downtown Bay City.

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Charter a Guided Excursion

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

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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!

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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!

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Rent Singles or Tandems

Too few people to book a whole trolley? Rent single or tandem rides from Jack's Bicycle Shop, right Downtown, and explore this waterfront city all on your own!

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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.

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Let Old Become New

With more than 400 booths situated inside Michigan's largest antique center, find vintage glory at this historic, corner building that spans an entire block of Bay City.

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Old City Hall | @jeffcaverlyphoto

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 rooted in Michigan history at MI Table (plus treats from St. Laurent Brothers or Village Chocolatier for dessert).

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 and gifts at Violets Blue and My Secret Garden, stylish outfits and accessories inside Ferne Boutique, and hand-crafted goods and Mitten-inspired gear at Half Mile Handmade, all in Downtown. Or, step into OMONI Boutique in Uptown for on-trend fashions.

Memorable Craft + Artisan Cocktails

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!

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Delta College Planetarium | @baycityphotos

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 bird's-eye view 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!)

Third Street Star Bridge | @jeffcaverlyphotography
Third Street Star Bridge

Pose for a picture beneath the Third Street Star Bridge, knowing each luminescent light was purchased in honor of a loved one.

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