Bay City Michigan Vacation Getaway Ideas

Looking for a new Michigan vacation getaway idea? Why not try Bay City Michigan!

Bay City History

Bay City was established in 1819 when the first settler built his cabin on what is now 4th Street. Later as more cabins were built along the Saginaw River, and on Lake Huron, the trapping and trading kept growing and in 1865 it was incorporated as a city.

It was originally known as Lower Saginaw, and it is the largest city in the Bay County area, with Bay City the County seat. In 1857 Lower Saginaw was changed to Bay City, when it branched from Saginaw County.

Today the major and minor highways include Interstate I-75, I-75 Business Spur, US 10, and US 23, M-13, M-13 Connector, M-15, M-25, and also M-84. According to the 2000 Census there were over 36,000 people living in Bay City.

Bay City Festivals

Bay City hosts many festivals during the summer time, and most of them take place at Wenonah Park on the east side, or Veterans Memorial Park on the west side. Some of these festivals include, the Independence Day Festival with Fireworks, River Roar, the Pig Gig Rib Roast, the reenactment of the River of Time, which depicts the growth of the city over time. Then there are festivals all through out the rest of the year that include, the Bittersweet Festival, Sunflower Festival, the festival of the Crow, and the Autumn Festival.

Activities in Bay City Michigan

Bay City Golf

There are also plenty of other activities that you can also do with the whole family. For activities on a historical basis, you could visit the Bay County Historical Museum, or tag turns at the Kantzler Maritime Gallery where you will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the tug boat “Witch”. The Delta College Planetarium is a nice place to view the universe and the stars; it also hosts a recreation and fitness center. Later you can sail down the Saginaw Bay on the Appledore IV.

Bay City also offers a bowling center and a skate park where the kids will have lots of fun. Then you and the family could take a trip to one or both of the petting parks. You could also spend the day shopping at the many shops and stores around the city or enjoying a round of golf. It is all up to you.


There are many things that even a single person can do in Bay City as well; there are many pubs, and clubs that one can enjoy dancing, and live entertainment. You can try some of the different types of clubs from German, American, Irish, and English, or try a comedy dinner theater.

Places to Stay

Bay City Hotel

Of course out of towners will need a place to stay; and there is no problem, you can find accommodations in any of the 16 inns, motel, or hotels. If you would like you may choose to stay at one of the two bed and breakfast, in the Bay City Michigan Area. Bay City also offers some package deals that can even include the whole family or reservations for the New Year’s Eve Party.

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More Ideas!

There is always something to do in Bay City Michigan; and no one should ever become bored. The night life and pubs, plus all the activities that go on in the city itself, are enough to keep you busy for quite a while, and if you like fishing you can travel to one of the streams or the river, where you can catch Walleye or bass and perch, you can even try fishing in Lake Huron and can charter a boat or take your own. There are many places to also go swimming, and camping. Or if Golf is your game, you can choose from 10 different Golf courses in the Bay City Area.

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