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With family-friendly entertainment, professional sporting events and maritime attractions, the greater Bay Area is an ideal tourist destination for visitors of all ages and interests.

Families get a kick out of the fun at Deer Acres, a nursery rhyme-themed amusement park where they can spend a day riding an antique car, take a relaxing train ride or hop on the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. An airsoft arena and mini golf course have recently been added to the list of attractions, and the park has plans to add laser tag, go-karts and an expanded arcade in the coming years.

The area’s proud baseball tradition is experienced with a trip to historic Carroll Park, where the Bay City Independents Vintage Base Ball Club takes on other area clubs in front of a cheering crowd.

Great Lakes Bay Region visitors and residents can enjoy professional baseball at Midland’s Dow Diamond, home to the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers. Professional football and hockey can be found as the Dow Event Center hosts exciting games of the Saginaw Sting indoor football and Saginaw Spirit hockey.

While in the Great Lakes Bay Region, take a trip over to the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, a haven for more than 150 animals. The zoo also features a miniature train, a carousel, a number of blooming gardens and a variety of activities just for kids. Another draw for children is the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. The interactive museum strives to encourage exploration, creativity and learning through a number of hands-on exhibits and educational programming.The Bay Area embraces a deep maritime legacy, and no trip here would be complete without a visit to the riverfront where visitors can catch a glimpse of tall ships and large freighters traveling the waters. Sailing excursions are offered on the elegant Appledore Tall Ships, the Princess Wenonah and Islander historical boat tours and Charity Island Transport, which takes guests to the largest island in the Saginaw Bay—best known for the former Charity Island Lighthouse.

Dive a little deeper into the maritime heritage of the Bay Area at the Kantzler Maritime Gallery, located on the second floor of the Bay County Historical Museum. Interactive displays incorporating scale models, maritime artifacts and photographs depict the importance of the area’s seafaring past.

VISITOR ACCOMMODATIONS

To enjoy all the Bay Area has to offer, visitors will need to spend a weekend, a week or longer in the community. No matter the duration of the visit, guests are supplied with a wealth of quality lodging options. A charming bed & breakfast inn and historical lodging offers a peaceful respite for visitors, while full-service hotels and motels are equipped with all the fine amenities of home. For a listing of preferred bed & breakfasts, hotels and motels, contact the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 989-893-4567 or visit www.baycityarea.com.

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