Wildlife Drive | @yoga.mary

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 Michigan — the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge — but your ecotour will also include unforgettable views that'll leave you daydreaming about how relaxed you felt on this outing!

You could even cruise through the Refuge from the comfort of your car — along the scenic, seasonal Wildlife Drive — a 6.5-mile auto tour route that's open June to October.

Japanese Cultural Center | @you._can._call._me._al

Take Tea

Revered as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and the only authentic Japanese tea house in the Midwest, experience the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw. Here, 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.

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!

MFS Museum | @bernsiekay

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 outdoor Sculpture Garden).

Attend a Pick-Your-Project Workshop at Board & Brush Creative Studio for the chance to create a custom piece of wood artwork for your home. Spend time relaxing in the inviting space as you learn to distress, sand, stain and paint your one-of-a-kind creation!

Catch a Show

Check for possible concerts, comedy shows, and more to enjoy within The Dow Event Center, or outside at the neighboring Jolt Credit Union Event Park in summer months. Just up the street is the historic Temple Theatre, a beautifully restored 1927 gem that hosts concerts and performances, plus a recurring Dueling Pianos show worth catching while you're in town.

Eat + Drink in Saginaw

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.

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Saginaw Children's Zoo | @thekatierex

Enjoy Wee One Fun

Let the kids have hands-on fun in the interactive play & learn galleries at Mid-Michigan Children's Museum (and try deciding if little kids or "big kids" enjoy this place more). Be sure to spend time at the Saginaw Children's Zoo, marveling at more than 150 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!)

See where families have been having a blast in Saginaw for over 25 years! Bring everyone to Kokomo's to race go-karts, ride bumper boats, play mini-golf & laser tag, and challenge each other in the action-packed arcade! Or, experience Stardust Entertainment Center, where bowling, LED bumper cars, 60 arcade games, two-story laser tag, and four escape rooms will welcome your family into all kinds of fun!

Pride & Country Village | @prideandcountry

Shop Your Way

Scour vintage goods, furniture, and hard-to-finds at the Antique Warehouse, Adomaitis Antiques, Court Street Antiques, and more — and absolutely stop off for coffee at local shops like dawn of a new day coffee house or Red Eye Coffee + Tea.

Wander through SVRC Marketplace, an indoor, European-style market filled with a variety of ever-changing vendors. Sample unique and ethnic eateries, shop sweet treats to jewelry-making and crochet supplies, and explore the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market under the outdoor pavilions in-season.

Experience Michigan's largest collection of country shops at Pride and Country Village! With multiple historic buildings stocked with home decor to clothing & accessories, save time to visit the old-fashioned deli & Red Caboose Ice Cream Parlor after your retail therapy.

Eat + Drink in Saginaw

Sample authentic Asian dishes (and arguably the best spring rolls around) at Pasong's Café, enjoy award-winning steak and global wine selections at Jake's Old City Grill, experience upscale-yet-urban fine dining at Artisan Urban Bistro in Old Town, or peruse the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market at SVRC Marketplace for peak-of-freshness local flavors.

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Whether you grab a Coney dog at Saginaw's 1950s-style car hop, Old Town Drive In, or take your finds from SVRC Marketplace to picnic on Saginaw's own Ojibway Island: Enjoy every bit of your getaway in Saginaw, Michigan! Learn More
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