Things to Do in Bay City, Michigan
Think a great getaway in Michigan has to include hours stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-75 to get up north on a Friday afternoon? Think again. The Webster House is in Bay City — right in the heart of mid-Michigan and just a short drive from anywhere in the state. You’ll appreciate our plush beds even more upon returning to the inn after a day full of fun in Bay City and beyond.
The Webster House is just a short walk from Bay City’s historic downtown, home to the largest antique center in Michigan and other unique and quaint shops.
The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Bay City offers plenty of nightlife with a selection of restaurants, coffeehouses and pubs offering live entertainment and more downtown and along Midland Street.
If there’s one thing Bay City is known for, it’s festivals. Our summers sizzle with nonstop happenings, including the world-class power boat races of River Roar, and the wonder of the Bay City Fireworks Festival, a three-day Fourth of July celebration featuring entertainment and some of the most spectacular fireworks in the nation. In 2013, the Tall Ships Challenge returns, with several of the majestic ships porting in Bay City. Want to hit the Saginaw Bay yourself? Head out for a sunset three-course dinner sail aboard the Appledore IV.
Summer is also a time to catch a unique experience in Bay City’s Carroll Park, just a few streets away from The Webster House in the heart of the Center Avenue historic district. The Bay City Independents Vintage Base Ball Club takes spectators back to how baseball was played in the 1800s, with vintage uniforms, no gloves and no fences. In the mood for some tunes? You can catch a summer concert in the city’s Wenonah Park or during Fridays at the Falls at the Third Street Waterfall Park.
The good times keep rolling all year long in Bay City, with plenty to do when the mercury drops. Around the holidays, put on your snow boots and head downtown for Sundays in the City, which runs the six Sundays leading up to Christmas and showcases all the unique businesses downtown. The Sleigh of Gifts and Festival of Wreaths feature a winter wonderland of holiday decorations, horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre. Also in the winter is the annual Shiver on the River Walleye Contest, a two-week walleye fishing tournament held on the Saginaw River.
Feel like taking in a little culture? Bay City has you covered. View exhibits of art from local and Michigan artists at Studio 23. Have an out-of-this-world experience at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center. Step back to the mid-1800s when Bay City’s lumber barons built stately mansions in the city’s historic districts. Get a look at some of the Midwest’s finest Victorian architecture during a walking historic tour.
How about a night at the theater? You can catch a production by the Bay City Players, Michigan’s oldest continuously operating community theater; enjoy a comedy act, musical performance and more at the State Theatre.