All Roads Lead to Bay City....
Downtown Bay City is the urban center of Bay City, Michigan. It is bounded by the Liberty Bridge on the North and Columbus Avenue on the South, Madison Avenue on the East and the Saginaw River on the West. The area is approximately 60 (sixty) square city blocks.
As a mixed use urban center, Downtown Bay City is the seat of Federal, State, County and City services as well as the center for personal and professional services and retail, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences.
To Access Downtown Bay City
From Other Regional Points:
- From I-75, at exit 162A, take M-25 East, over the Veteran's Bridge to Downtown Bay City.
- From M-15, travel through the Columbus Avenue intersection, continuing north on Trumbull Avenue
to Center Avenue (M25). Turn west (left) and continue to Downtown across Madison Avenue.
M-15 has been designated a State of Michigan Recreational Route, ending in Bay City.
- From M-84, travel north / northeast to the
Lafeyette Bridge at the Saginaw River. At the
first available turn, at Water Street, turn left
(north) and continue left (north), turning the
curve due east. At Washington Avenue, turn left (north) and enter Downtown Bay City.
- From Sebewaing and other parts east of Bay City, take M25 West, continue west along Center Avenue and enter Downtown Bay City at Madison Avenue. M-25 has been designated a State of Michigan Historical Route, anchored on the west
by Downtown Bay City.
- From Midland, take US10 east, over the
Veteran's Bridge to Downtown.
- From M-13 (River Road), travel north on
Broadway, continue to 22nd Street. Turn right
(east) to Garfield. Turn north (left) and travel
until Garfield merges with Washington Avenue.
By Highway: Downtown Bay City is easily accessed by federal highways and state trunklines including I-75 & US 23, US 10, M13, M15, M25, and M84.
By Commercial Bus and Motorcoach:
The intermodal-intercity bus depot is located at 1124 Washington Avenue, within walking distance of restaurants, lodging and enter-tainment. National carriers: Greyhound and Indian Trails Incorporated. Motorcoach, charters and group tours are accommodated. Contact 989.893.6589 for more information.
By Air: MBS (Midland Bay Saginaw) Inter-national Airport is serviced by five airlines, providing 48 daily flights including direct flights to Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. Centrally located within the Tri City area, MBS accommodates limousine service and car rentals. James Clements Airport, located just minutes from Downtown, has three runways and features water landing capabilities.
By Boat: Located on the southern shore of the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron, Downtown is easily navigated by recreational and commercial boat. For specific information, contact the US Coast Guard at 989.892.0556 or 989.892.7009.
Typical of most 19th Century cities, Bay City's neighborhoods are linked by pleasant tree lined sidewalks.
The City is looped by Rail Trail, a 10-mile paved path, converted from abandoned railway lines. Anchoring the Rail Trail is Riverwalk, a nearly 3 mile path along the shore of the Saginaw River. Riverwalk features a fishing pier and pavilion, built over a former rail bridge that spanned the Saginaw River. It also features the World's Crookedest Footbridge linking Riverwalk to the Middlegrounds and is suspended over beautiful natural wetlands. All the trails are fully handicapped accessible.
Walking Tours through Downtown's historic east side highlight the numerous historic sites and breathtaking architecture. Guides are available through the Bay County Historical Society at 989.893.5733.