Kayaker at Turnip Rock

East Central Michigan

Family favorites meets hidden gems.

From the shores of Saginaw Bay and up around the Thumb of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the east central region of the state is rich with family-friendly destinations as well as a bounty of hidden gems.

Whether visiting the Flint Cultural Center or taking part in the chicken dinners and waterparks of Frankenmuth, family members of all ages will be delighted by the attractions and events throughout this region. Unique experiences, like sailing on a tall ship in Bay City or celebrating cheeseburgers in Caseville, will create memories that last a lifetime.

There is plenty to experience in the way of natural beauty as well, whether touring the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, traversing the Blueways of St. Clair or visiting some of the many lighthouses found along the Lake Huron shoreline. And with local farms resplendent throughout the region, fresh produce and local dishes are always on the menu in east central Michigan.

Michigan's Thumbcoast Shoreline. 140 miles of shoreline and 10 communities await your arrival...

Flint and the Genesee Area offers 11,000 acres of woods, water and trails of Michigan's largest...

Home to serious charter boat captains and fishing enthusiasts. Salmon, lake trout, walleye and...

This historic city of tree-lined streets offers unique shops, cafe's and pubs situated on the St...

Explore a historic and unique village that includes a log cabin home, a blacksmith shop, general...

Bay City State Park was voted one of the 20 Best State Parks by U.S. News & World Report....

A treasure nestled on Lake Huron's shore, Port Sanilac has the oldest continuosly operating...

Explore the rest of Michigan's East Central Region.
Holiday decor display at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.
Follow I-75 for a closer look at Michigan’s thumb. This trip explores the small towns and rivers near Lake Huron and all the highlights of East Central Michigan.
Tall ships in the Bay City area
From sipping craft beer at America's oldest microbrewery to sailing under the stars on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region is home to experiences that simply can't be had elsewhere.
Castle museum in Saginaw.
Venturing out into this area of Pure Michigan rewards travelers with sweeping lake vistas, small town charm and maritime history. There are plenty of things to do in Michigan’s thumb area.
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