Saginaw is a stately city in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region featuring fine turn-of-the-century gothic and art deco architecture and a lively downtown area along the river. Cruise down the meandering Saginaw River or explore central Saginaw on foot to find a cultural hub, historic buildings, scenic waterfront parks and an exhilarating sports arena.

The river coursing through Saginaw is one of the city’s most distinctive features. Join an informative and scenic cruise tour down the Saginaw River and take in the city’s sights from the water. Drop a fishing line at the city’s pier on a warm summer’s day or try your luck bringing in some walleye at the annual Shiver on the River ice fishing contest, held in late January. Stroll along the river to find several serene public parks, such as Hoyt Park and Celebration Square. In winter, Hoyt Park features a large outdoor skating rink.

Enjoy a picnic among the lush natural beauty of Ojibway Island, an oasis in the heart of downtown Saginaw. Ojibway Island hosts concerts and events, such as the Country Music Fest, throughout the summer months.

Nearby, find Saginaw’s bustling cultural center. Learn about Japanese traditions and history at the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House. Experience a show, film, musical or concert at the lovingly renovated Temple Theater, home to the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. The Dow Event Center offers a range of exciting events and sports matches, including ice hockey and indoor football.

Discover the city and surrounding region’s heritage at Castle Museum, located in one of the city’s finest buildings. Have a family-friendly learning experience at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and Children’s Zoo.

Explore the surrounding wetlands and see waterfowl species at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

Saginaw is located in Central Michigan, 103 miles (165.7 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Flights arrive regularly to the Midland-Bay City-Saginaw International Airport. Saginaw is best explored by car as the city has limited public transportation. Visit in summer to experience the city’s warm weather and lush wetlands or in winter to enjoy the holiday season celebrations.

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Top Hotels in Saginaw

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
CA $150
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

This family-friendly Frankenmuth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. The Fortress Golf Course and Michigan's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (516 reviews)

"Liked the location and proximity to Bronner's and the outlet stores. Liked variety of activities available on the property."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2019

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Americas Best Value Inn Birch Run
Americas Best Value Inn Birch Run
2 out of 5
9235 E. Birch Run Road, Birch Run, MI
CA $64
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

Situated in Birch Run, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Birch Run Premium Outlets and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wilderness Trails Zoo. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ...

4/5Very Good! (1,892 reviews)

"Bathroom was outdated but clean . You can tell it’s an old hotel with some updates . Staff was very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2019

Americas Best Value Inn Birch Run
Magnuson Hotel Birch Run
Magnuson Hotel Birch Run
2.5 out of 5
9035 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run, MI
CA $75
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Situated in Birch Run, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Birch Run Expo Center and Birch Run Premium Outlets. Birch Run Township Park and Wilderness Trails ...

3.7/5Good! (421 reviews)

"The continental breakfast was staffed and they brought your coffee and juice right to your table"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2019

Magnuson Hotel Birch Run

Reviews of Saginaw

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Only stopped there to sleep

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Saginaw loves their hockey team Saginaw spirit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

We visited the Bavarian shops and restaurants in Frankenmuth. That was a wonderful experience. Unique shopping and delicious food. The flat bottom river boat tour was really nice as well.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jul 19, 2019

Saginaw was a beautiful town when I was small (the 80’s). Now it is a very sad place, everywhere looks unkempt/weathered or is boarded up. People were generally lovely at the restaurants and golf courses. Would visit again for golf but stay elsewher.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 20, 2019

Close to shopping.

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