COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Saginaw

Travel Guide
Saginaw featuring outdoor art

This Michigan city features beautiful heritage architecture, a tranquil river, pleasant riverbank parks and a thriving arts community.

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.

Where to stay in Saginaw

Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw
Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw
3 out of 5
4960 Towne Centre Rd, Saginaw, MI
The price is CA $135 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Fashion Square Mall and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Saginaw Valley State University. The Dow Event ...
4.2/5Excellent! (844 reviews)
"Comfortable. Safe. Up to date."

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2021

Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $185 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
This family-friendly Frankenmuth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. Michigan's Military and Space Heroes ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)
"Good bargain for a historic hotel. Perfect location for exploring the city. Restaurants are fantastic!"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
260 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $141 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in the heart of Frankenmuth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. The Fortress Golf Course and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (964 reviews)
"Wonderful booked for girls weekend. Very accommodating staff. Very clean too."

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly Frankenmuth vacation home is located in a rural location, within a 10-minute walk of River Place Shops, The Fortress Golf Course, and Frankenmuth ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Great stay close to everything!
"House was as good and better than advertised. Great hospitality with a host that was informative and readily available. Clean house within walking distance to everything. Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Near Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River
Near Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River
Bay City, MI
Situated in Bay City, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Huron and Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum. Bay City Mall is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Great place to stay!
"We LOVED this rental! The house was meticulously clean & that was extremely important to me. The yard was lush & green & very well maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed the chickens roaming. Would highly recommend this house to rent."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Near Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River
The Historical Franklin House
The Historical Franklin House
Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly Frankenmuth apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. Michigan's Military and Space ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Excelleant place to stay.
"Very comfortable clean place to stay. I would stay again."

Reviewed on Jun. 11, 2021

The Historical Franklin House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Saginaw

Top things to do in Saginaw

Cities near Saginaw