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Experience some of the most exemplary attractions and sites on this tour though the Saginaw Bay Area. From the quaint appeal of Lapeer, to the port-side attractions of Midland – enjoy your time across the Saginaw Bay.
Make the most of your next visit to central Michigan with a pleasant tour of the Saginaw Bay area. Home to a variety of exciting sites, and north of downtown Detroit, Lapeer makes an ideal starting point.
Don't miss a chance to explore the Past Tense Country Store & Cider Mill. Find a taste of on-site made cider, take yourself back to a time gone by as you explore the many antiques and exhibits, and be sure to pick up a souvenir.
Wills Winery is a sterling example of the quaint charms and thriving small businesses you'll find in Lapeer. Check out any of their scheduled wine tasting events, or make your own batch at their wine-making events.
With 723 acres of land to explore, and the 80-acre Lake Minnewanna, Matamora-Hadley Recreation Area is the premier outdoor destination in Lapeer. You'll find fire pits, covered picnic areas, boat ramps, and plenty of shoreline.
Continue this drive tour as you head west along Interstate 69 less than 12 miles to your next destination: Davison. It's a pleasant and welcoming city, sure to entertain all members of your party.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays all year long, the Davison Farmers Market yields some of the very best locally grown foods, hand-made goods, and plenty more. On average, there are more than 70 vendors on hand at the Davison Farmers Market.
The Festival of Flags is one of the premier annual events in Davison. There's a car show, parade, fireworks, and the Color Me Davison 5K Fun Run. The Festival of Flags takes place over 5 days in mid-June at venues and parks across downtown Davison.
Bring your clubs along for this drive tour – you'll want to play 18 stunning holes at the Copper Ridge Golf Club. One of the premier courses in the area, Copper Ridge plays to a par of 72, opened in 2000, and has a max length of 6,897 yards.
From Davison, your next stop on this tour will be Birch Run. Travel west along I-69 through Flint, home of the GM Flint Assembly Plant, and the University of Michigan - Flint, where you'll connect to Interstate 475 heading north.
From there, you connect to Interstate 75, and before you know it, you're in Birch Run.
Though it's just a few minutes outside of Birch Run in Saginaw, the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square proves to be worth the short drive. From April through October, this zoo is ideal for those traveling with kids – there's a train ride for them, and even a fun fossil dig.
Check out the always fun Alpine Mountain. Here, you'll discover a range of fun attractions for the kids – go-kart racing, two mini-golf courses, bumper boats, and an arcade.
Especially vibrant during spring and summer, Birch Run Township Park is an ideal place to get out and stretch those limbs. There are athletic fields, play grounds, and covered picnic spots.
Complete this Saginaw Bay area tour with a stay in Midland. Northwest from Birch Run by 43 miles, Midland is home to a wide range of excellent attractions, and yields easy access to the waters of the Saginaw Bay.
Be sure to visit Dow Diamond for an exciting afternoon of baseball in Midland. Home of the Midland Great Loons, Single-A affiliate to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dow Diamond seats 5,500 for baseball games, and 9,000 for stage events.
Enjoy an afternoon explore the campus at Saginaw Valley State University. Especially great for those traveling with a high school-aged daughter or son, SVSU has a range of campus highlights, and in sports they compete as the SVSU Cardinals.
Plan this tour of the Saginaw Bay for spring and be sure to visit Dow Gardens. Across the 110 acres, discover a wealth of natural beauty at central Michigan's premier botanical garden.