Saginaw

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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

Fairfield Inn & Suites Saginaw
Fairfield Inn & Suites Saginaw
2.5 out of 5
5200 Cardinal Square Blvd, Saginaw, MI, 48604
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Saginaw. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (744 reviews)
"Staff was very personable, courteous and efficient. They seemed quite happy in their jobs."

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Saginaw
Hampton Inn & Suites Saginaw
2.5 out of 5
2695 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw, MI, 48604
The price is CA $150 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Saginaw. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (720 reviews)
"Only complaint was the TV was out due to Wi-Fi issues…very friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2022

Comfort Suites Saginaw
Comfort Suites Saginaw
2.5 out of 5
5180 Cardinal Square Boulevard, Saginaw, MI, 48604
The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Saginaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (545 reviews)
"Nothing special about property. Just nice, quiet, comfortable. The front desk everyone was so nice and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2022

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.
2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
Frankenmuth, MI
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Frankenmuth. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions River Place Shops and The Fortress Golf Course ...
5/5 Exceptional! (159 reviews)
Cozy
"Very clean, nice location and everything we needed"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2022

High End Beds, XBOX One, Self Check-In
High End Beds, XBOX One, Self Check-In
Saginaw, MI
Stay at this apartment in Saginaw. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Children's Zoo at Celebration Square and Japanese Cultural ...
 Frankenmuth Harmonie Haus
Frankenmuth Harmonie Haus
Frankenmuth, MI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Frankenmuth. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Frankenmuth
"The house was plenty large enough for our family. Lots of room to spread out. The fenced yard was great to have with our dogs. Kaeley was a wonderful and responsive hostess. Location within walking distance to just about everything."

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2022

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.

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