Discover Your Region

Great Lakes Bay Magazine reminds you to check with your favorite vendors to see if they are still offering events that were scheduled prior to COVID-19. When attending events, remember social distancing as we continue to come back from this crisis. In the meantime, consider enjoying beautiful parks and trails in the region while exercising at a safe distance from others.



Bay City State Park, 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City, contains 7 miles of multiuse trails. Fresh air and exercise await you.

Chippewa Nature Center, one of the largest nonprofit nature centers in the country. Located 400 Badour Road in Midland, Chippewa Nature Center offers 19 miles of trails through diverse ecosystems.

Midland City Forest, 2840 East Monroe Road in Midland, has been called a mecca for bikers, runners, hikers and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. It offers two trail systems within the forest.

Chipp-A-Waters Park, 1402 W. High St. in Mount Pleasant, is a haven for wildlife and a great place to enjoy the nature interpretation trail. On the west side of Mount Pleasant, just off M-20, it completes the south end of the GKB Riverwalk.

*What are your favorite parks and recreation areas?

We encourage you to get out and enjoy nature today.

It’s good for the body, mind and spirit.


Ideas for a Fun Night in for the Whole Family

At-home concert

Make a Spotify list or pull up an older televised concert. Turn it up and enjoy your own front-row seat while you dance and shake off the week’s stress.


Living room picnic

Prepare your favorite foods and plan a living room picnic by laying out a blanket, food display and basket. Play your favorite relaxing nature sounds.


Family book club

Assign a short book to the family. When Friday evening arrives, put the cellphones aside and have a fun family meeting to discuss what you loved about the book and its message.


Reality cooking show

Make your own reality cooking show by having the kids create and demonstrate a recipe while you record. Share with family via Facebook or YouTube.