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Bay City

The city looks out toward Lake Huron’s broad beautiful waters, with plenty of culture and fun for all along the shore.

Stay in Bay City to enjoy food tours and great shopping. The city is close to Michigan’s natural attractions and has plenty of urban comforts as well.

Hop aboard the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum to learn about military history. Look inside the USS Edson to see what life was like in the Navy years ago. The tour includes bunk beds, the mess hall and interesting old technology. This ship was used during the Vietnam War and is one of only two remaining examples of its kind.

Splash about on the white-sand beaches of the Bay City State Recreation Area or take a fishing trip out onto the open water. During summer, stroll through some of the city’s parks. The Riverwalk Pier has spectacular sunset views and Carroll Park is a scenic place with plenty of children’s play equipment.

Gaze up into the mysteries of the universe at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center. The whole family will enjoy the shows in the huge dome that features a 360-degree view of the galaxy.

Laugh your way around town on a unique sort of food tour. The Sunrise Pedal Trolley has room for 15 cycling adults and is a fun way to see some of the city’s best food spots, all while getting some exercise. Tour themes include food, wine, craft beer and photography, or you can create your own itinerary with your guide.

Shop at the Bay City Antiques Center, which features both European and North American items. Browse the displays of porcelain, furniture, toys and kitchen goods. This is the largest antique center in the state.

Continue the history theme by visiting the Bay County Historical Museum. Located next to City Hall, this is a great place to get up to date on Bay City’s past. Learn about the Ojibwa clans of this region, find out about the colonial era and pick up some interesting facts about the town’s modern history.

Top Hotels in Bay City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront
3.5 out of 5
1 Wenonah Park Pl, Bay City, MI
The price is CA $117 per night

Located in the heart of Bay City, this hotel is steps away from Wenonah Park and Delta College Planetarium. Veterans Memorial Park and Riverwalk Pier are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (428 reviews)

"Walkable to restaurants, bars, antique mall and river."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront
Courtyard Bay City
Courtyard Bay City
3 out of 5
2 East Main Street, Bay City, MI
The price is CA $105 per night

Located in the heart of Bay City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bay County Historical Society, Birney Park and Wenonah Park. Friendship Shell and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (174 reviews)

"Hotel was in a great location and clean, staff was friendly!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Courtyard Bay City
Comfort Inn Bay City - Riverfront
Comfort Inn Bay City - Riverfront
2.5 out of 5
501 Saginaw Street, Bay City, MI
The price is CA $95 per night

Located in the heart of Bay City, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Bay County Historical Society and Wenonah Park. Friendship Shell and Delta College ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (492 reviews)

"Great place to lay our heads for a night. Reasonably priced."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

Comfort Inn Bay City - Riverfront

Popular places to visit in Bay City

Temple Theatre
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Temple Theatre

3/5(3 reviews)

Visit downtown Saginaw’s stunningly refurbished event hall to catch a film or to watch a performance of music or drama. 

Japanese Cultural Center
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Japanese Cultural Center

Seek peace and cultural exchange as you take a quiet stroll through these landscaped gardens and visit an authentic Japanese teahouse.

Top things to do in Bay City

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Corporate Airport Transportation Serving Detroit And Suronding Cites!

CA $507
Per adult
Mission Impossibly Escape Room
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Mission Impossibly Escape Room

CA $40
Per adult
Viral Containment Escape Room
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Viral Containment Escape Room

CA $40
Per adult

Reviews of Bay City

3.7

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4 - Good 41.666666666666664%
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3 - Okay 16.666666666666668%
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Dec 27, 2018

The town seems run down. You have to go to Saginaw or Midland to find a nice restaurant or shopping mall.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 23, 2018

Not really a fall place to visit. Geared more for summer.

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