The Best Things to Do in Bay City, MI, this Summer

Historic Webster House

Summer in Michigan is one of the most beautiful seasons and the ideal time for a getaway, and there are so many fantastic things to do in Bay City, MI! If you’ve yet to discover our charming city on the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron, you’re in for a treat. From eclectic antique shops, museums, and historic mansions to beautiful lakeside strolls and elegant dining options, there’s something for everyone in Bay City.  

Bay City is centrally located in Mid-Michigan, making it the perfect retreat from almost any area of the state. We’re just a quick two-hour road trip from Detriot and Grand Rapids, and once you arrive, you’ll be able to park your car and explore our walkable city on foot! In the late 1800s, Bay City was a well-known lumber town, and many of the beautiful mansions still stand today with intricate architecture and classic designs. One of our favorite things to do in Bay City, MI, is to tour these grand homes. 

Even better, when you stay at our premier Michigan Bed and Breakfast, you’ll experience one of these exquisite notable mansions firsthand. The Historic Webster House was home to a prominent Bay City judge who resided here for over six decades. Over the years, the Inn has seen many iterations, but we’ve created an elegant space that harkens back to the past with period furnishings and decor while updating the space to include the modern amenities of today. Our six guest rooms are beautifully appointed with your comfort in mind. Step back in time, let us pamper you, and reserve your room today! 

The Best Things to Do in Bay City, MI, this Summer, photo of a couple searching for antiques

The Top Ten Things to do in Bay City This Summer

As a guest at our Michigan Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find ample parking and can set out on foot to explore our lakefront city. Before you head out to experience all of the exciting things to do in Bay City, MI, be sure to join us for our beautiful breakfast service each morning, it’s the best way to start your adventure! 

Here are the top ten things to do in Bay City, MI, this summer: 

  1. Discover the Saginaw Valley Naval Museum: Holding the number one spot on TripAdvisor for the best things to do in Bay City, step aboard the USS Edson, a Vietnam-era destroyer ship. 
  2. Head out on the Lake with BaySail: One of the most romantic things to do in Bay City is head out on a three-hour tour along Saginaw Bay aboard a tall ship, Schooner Appledore, at sunset. It’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful vistas, spend time together, and relax with your partner. 
  3. Hunt for Treasures at Bay City Antiques Center: Bay City is home to Michigan’s largest antique center, which means 60,000 square feet filled with treasures, furniture, jewelry, and unique finds. 
  4. Hit the Beach at Bay City State Park: This 2,389-acre state park on Saginaw Bay’s shore is a fantastic place to enjoy the lake and stretch your legs. It’s also home to the largest remaining freshwater, coastal wetlands on the Great Lakes, the Tobico Marsh.
  5. Enjoy the Bay City Fireworks Festival: One of the most popular things to do in Bay City, MI, each summer is our incredible 4th of July fireworks display and festival. It’s one of the most spectacular shows over the lake! 
  6. Stroll the Bay City Area Riverwalk Pier: Take a leisurely walk along the riverfront to enjoy the views of the tall ships and the bay. If you prefer exploring on two wheels, head to Ray’s Bike Shop and cycle the day away.
  7. Explore the Stars at Delta College’s Planetarium: One of the most interesting things to do in Bay City is to visit the Planetarium at Delta College for the Dome360 shows. 
  8. Dine out at the Best Bay City Restaurants: Bring your appetite, as downtown boasts a diverse selection of dining options. Check out The Real Seafood Company on the riverfront or fine dining and drinks at Old City Hall. Our Michigan Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of many of the best restaurants in Bay City. 
  9. Catch Live Music or Show at State Theatre: Many local pubs and bars offer live music and fun events! One of the best things to do in Bay City during the summer is the outdoor concerts at Wenonah Park. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the show will be held in the State Theatre, a fantastic local venue. 
  10. Take a Step Back in Time with an Architecture Tour: Check out the Bay County Historical Society for exhibits and history in the area. They can direct you on the best route to see some of the finest examples of the Midwest’s finest Victorian architecture. 
Photo of our Michigan Bed and Breakfast in Bay City, near many of the best things to do in Bay City MI

The Most Elegant Michigan Bed and Breakfast for a Getaway

As you discover all of the best things to do in Bay City, MI, having a welcoming and comfortable retreat is essential, and our historic Michigan Bed and Breakfast is one of the most elegant and unique places to stay. As a guest at the Historic Webster House, you’ll quickly see why we have 450 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor—our luxurious accommodations, delicious and homemade breakfast service, and warm hospitality set our Michigan Bed and Breakfast apart from other lodging options. 

With only six impeccable guest rooms, you’ll never encounter unwanted crowds or noise during your stay. Each room is uniquely-appointed and includes a variety of complimentary amenities. Choice rooms have infrared or dry saunas, jacuzzi tubs, skylights, and fireplaces. You’ll be charmed by our welcome baskets, beverages, flat-screen TVs, WiFi, central air-conditioning, toiletries, fine linens, and more—everything you need for the most restful and relaxing getaway! 

For those joining us with romance in mind, our Michigan Bed and Breakfast is tailored for couples to enjoy a private and intimate retreat. Our on-site spa and sauna room is an absolute paradise for massages and spending one on one time together. We also offer a lovely selection of add-on packages to enhance your stay—from small details like chilled sparkling wine, fresh flowers, and Belgian chocolates awaiting your arrival to more luxurious spa treatments and fine dining options—we have choices to make your stay even more memorable and special. We can’t wait to host your; reserve your room at our premiere Michigan Bed and Breakfast today! 

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