Staff Blog

Summer Staycations

Planning an extravagant, faraway summer vacation can be expensive, time consuming, and not always worth the extra stress. Maybe you aren’t able to get any time off work, or the kids might have summer camp. It could be there’s nowhere to board the dog or anyone to watch the house. Or maybe you do have a big trip out of town coming up but not for a few months—and you need a break now.

Luckily, you live in the Great Lakes Bay Region. And there are tons of things to do right around the corner.

Too hot outside? Get in the water!

  1. Delta College Pool
  2. Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park
  3. Gerstacker Sprayground
  4. Chippewa River Outfitters

Trying to find something to do? Take a walk around the zoo, swing a putt-putt club, or jump in a bumper boat at:

  1. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square
  2. Wilderness Trails Zoo
  3. Dutch Village Adventure Park
  4. Kokomo’s Family Fun Center
  5. Alpine Mountain Adventure Park

Looking to feel like you’re far, far away from home, zooming around space or sailing down the Mississippi? The Great Lakes Bay Region can arrange that, too!

  1. Delta College Planetarium
  2. BaySail
  3. Bavarian Belle River Boat Tours

Cheer on your team or favorite driver at:

  1. Dow Diamond and the Great Lakes Loons
  2. Tri-City Speedway
  3. Dixie Motor Speedway
  4. Saginaw Old Golds or Bay City Independents

Pack a picnic lunch and get ready for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

  1. William H. Haithco Recreation Area
  2. Sanford Lake Park
  3. Plymouth Park
  4. Bay City State Recreation Area

Need a full weekend away? Try one of these destinations to inspire the resort-getaway feeling.

  1. Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel
  2. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Indoor Waterpark

Thinking of catching a show? Check out what’s on stage at:

  1. State Theatre of Bay City
  2. Temple Theatre
  3. Dow Event Center
  4. Celebration! Cinema

If loading up on lots of boxes and bags filled with got-to-have-it items is your definition of a perfect trip, don’t miss these great places to shop ‘til you drop.

  1. Birch Run Outlet Malls
  2. Downtown Bay City
  3. Downtown Midland
  4. Downtown Mt. Pleasant
  5. Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Be on the lookout for interesting wildlife, beautiful flowers, or awe-inspiring landscapes while you spend the day at:

  1. Dow Gardens
  2. Chippewa Nature Center
  3. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Pere Marquette Trail

Choose a few fun thing to do and create your own quick away-from-home weekend or overnight trip, too, with reservations at a local bed and breakfast.

  1. Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
  2. Ginkgo Tree Inn
  3. Chesny’s Keswick Manor
  4. Montague Inn

Whether you’re headed right up the road or to a nearby city, just for the day or for a weekend stay, you can find exactly what you’re looking for right in the Great Lakes Bay Region!


photo taken at Kokomo’s Family Fun Center by Doug Julian