Events By Terry Green / 08/23/2017 Bay City has so much to offer, from Downtown Shopping, Restaurants, and Art Galleries, to the Midland Street Entertainment District, you really must see it all for yourself! If you are visiting the area to be a part of the River Roar Festivities, make sure you also check out what the City of Bay City has to offer while you are here. We promise you a great fun and lot of nice things to visit.Bay city is located close to the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. The population is around 35,000, and this is what makes this city so charming. Friendly people and traditional retail shops are one of the hallmarks of this town. Geographically, Bay City is divided by the Saginaw River and with its coastal line that goes through the city, makes it a perfect place for long and enjoyable walks. Bay city is also famous for large number of festivals and music concerts that happen during the summer months.DOWNTOWN BAY CITYPeople are discovering Downtown Bay City … A place where people take the time to get to know each other. A place like no other … yet fun, familiar, and comfortable for everyone.Downtown Bay City is one of many “Great American Main Streets”. It has the characteristics of a big city and the personality of a small-town community … A riverfront community made up of the things to do and see that will fill a day … or a lifetime.Bay City, nestled in the Saginaw Valley, is a city loaded with history related to Native Americans, lumbering, ship building, archaeology, agriculture and commerce. The city’s vibrant Downtown is highlighted with historical architecture dating from 1830 to 1940 — creating a unique, one-of-a-kind shopping and residential district. Tourist can enjoy many activates here, from sightseeing and shopping to trying delicious and traditional meals. Bay City has a lot of restaurants with a traditional cousin. Considering that Bay City doesn’t have a large population, you can use this opportunity to explore the town and enjoy this stunning place on your own.The Saginaw River travels directly through the center of the Bay City’s Downtown, helping create a beautiful waterside community with riverside parks and walkways. During warmer months, you can frequently see large great lake freighters and numerous pleasure boats traveling on the river. River tourism is very established here. Tourists are able to rent the boats and check out the city from the water. Or, you can spend your time on one of them many river beaches.Come visit Downtown Bay City … You’ll be talking about it for a long time to come!For information about Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment Visit www.downtownbaycity.comMIDLAND STREET ENTERTAINMENT DISCTRICTThe Historic Midland Street Business District on Bay City’s West Side is the perfect destination for good times, great food, and live entertainment! With over 20 businesses including restaurants, pubs and shops, there’s always something fun and exciting for everyone to experience. Visit baycityfun.com for more information The City of Bay City Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance and management of 238 acres of parkland. Bay City parks include those listed below: PARKS & RECREATION Bicentennial Commons Park Bigelow Park Birney Park Carroll Park Cass Avenue Boat Launch Columbus Green Defoe Park Edward M. Golson Boat Launch and Nature Area Hewitt Park Infinity Skate Park Joseph M. Tromble/Banks Park Maplewood Park Nate Doan Park Pershing Park Ramsey Park Rexer-Jablonski Park Riverwalk Riverwalk/Railtrail loop Roosevelt Park Rowing Club Boat House Sovereign Field Ted Putz Nature Area Veterans Memorial Park Wenonah Park Visit http://www.baycitymi.org/departments/parks/parks for more information WHERE TO STAY The Doubletree by Hilton Bay Valley Resort Holiday Inn Express Fairfield Inn American Bay City Sports activitiesThe Tri-City Ice Hawks of the United States Premier Hockey League come from Bay City, and all the residents are huge fans of hockey. Across the town, you can find several ice skating rinks and a lot of people who are interested in this sport. Every year they host an annual hockey competition, considering the town has a couple of armature clubs. The whole event is much more than a contest, but it’s about having a great time and enjoying the hockey. Bay City also features a lot of hockey schools, and people of different age attend them. If you ever find yourself in this town, make sure to attend one of their games, just to experience the same excitement they have, every time the puck touches the ice.