Saginaw
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Saginaw which includes 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

Magnuson Hotel Birch Run
Magnuson Hotel Birch Run
2.5 out of 5
9035 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run, MI
The price is £48 per night from 13 Jul to 13 Jul
Situated in Birch Run, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Birch Run Expo Center and Birch Run Premium Outlets. Ascension St. Mary's Hospital Health Center at ...
3.5/5Good! (717 reviews)
"The staff were friendly that we spoke to. It was a last minute trip and we booked a honeymoon suite on the fly. The room was clean but smelled like someone had been smoking marijuana for days in the room. The "balcony" that was advertised was just the walkway to your room since it's set up like a ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2021

Magnuson Hotel Birch Run
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is £121 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
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! (952 reviews)
"The property is beautiful & clean"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Birch Run-Frankenmuth, MI
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Birch Run-Frankenmuth, MI
3 out of 5
12112 S Beyer Rd, Birch Run, MI
The price is £65 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birch Run Expo Center and Birch Run Premium Outlets. Ascension St. Mary's Hospital ...
3.5/5Good! (1,109 reviews)
"We paid a bit for more than voffee gorgot about the vovid restrivtiobd on the breakfast. And the soaps or lavk of toiletries. But it was generslly good.."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Birch Run-Frankenmuth, MI
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!!
976 Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
The price is £251 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in Frankenmuth, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of River Place Shops, The Fortress Golf Course and Frankenmuth Historical Museum. Michigan's Military ...
5/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Perfect!
"We loved this place! Location was very convenient for walking everywhere. Would highly recommend it."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

2-bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
The Historical Franklin House
The Historical Franklin House
210 S Franklin St, 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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excelleant place to stay.
"Very comfortable clean place to stay. I would stay again."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

The Historical Franklin House
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
991 South Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly Frankenmuth holiday 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! (49 reviews)
Perfect Family Reunion
"We needed a perfect place to reunite as a family and this home was it! So many places to gather and have fun. The porch swing and backyard were great. Plenty of room in the kitchen for cooking, dining or just hanging out. The home is withing walking distance of all Frankenmuth has to offer, and has ..."

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown 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.

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