Saginaw Michigan: Things to Do (Incredible Museums, Zoo, Wildlife Refuge, Tea House and Ice Cream!) | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
Location: 6975 Mower Rd, Saginaw, MI
Saginaw Michigan is home to the incredible Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge which is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit in this area. It's a safe place to go for a long nature walk with free parking.
We highly recommend the Ferguson Bayou Trail and Wildlife Drive for incredible bird watching and photographic opportunities. If you only have time for one, the Wildlife Drive is shockingly good with tons of wildlife, especially in June and July.
The Great Lakes Bay region is filled with great arts and culture! Let's check out the Saginaw Art Museum, Castle Museum, Marshall M. Frederick's Sculpture Museum, and Mid-Michigan Children's Museum!
Saginaw Art Museum address: 1126 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI
This incredible art museum is home to exhibitions, a permanent collection and ongoing events. You will get inspired as you visit each room throughout this spacious museum.
The Saginaw Art Museum’s Permanent Collection consists of paintings, sculpture and watercolors created by artists from the 18th through 21st centuries.
We enjoyed seeing several photographs, ceramics and works on paper. There's also examples of British, French and American Realism artwork.
Be sure to visit the beautiful Charles A. Platt gardens which is included with the price of admission.
Castle Museum address: 500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI
Since 1979, the Castle Museum has been preserved by the Historical Society of Saginaw County. It's another Great Lakes Bay Region treasure!
Marshall M. Frederick's Sculpture Museum address: 7400 Bay Rd, University Center, MI
There is so much to see at this incredible Michigan museum - you will be blown away! Without a doubt, the Marshall M. Frederick's Sculpture Museum is on my list of incredible places to visit in Michigan!
Marshall Frederick was a sculpture that had a studio in Royal Oak, Michigan. When he passed away in 1998 his work, studio, molds, machinery were donated and are on display at the museum.
Admission is FREE! There are also free guided tours.
Check their website for upcoming exhibitions!
Mid-Michigan Children's Museum address: 315 W Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI
The museum features over 16,000 square feet of gallery space for kids from birth to 10 years old to learn, discover and explore!
Check out a sugar farm, see how a car works, explore water features and learn about tactile objects.
Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House address: 527 Ezra Rust Dr, Saginaw, MI
I'm so excited to have such a lovely cultural gem located in Saginaw Michigan! We absolutely loved the experience of a tea ceremony and wandering the peaceful gardens.
Be sure to wander their scenic paved trails, enjoy the blooming cherry trees (around June) and just relax near the lovely waterfalls. There are lots of picturesque spots for photography, such as the iconic red bridges, sparkling pond and tea house.
What can you see or do at the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House?
Stroll the Japanese Garden
Their beautiful garden is open to the public (weather permitting) from 12:00- 4:00 pm, April through October. FREE!
Tea and Tour
Tea and Tours are available April through October on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's. Enjoy an informational garden and tea house tour that includes history, construction, green tea and sweets in the tea house. Times are 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. There is a fee. Call to make a reservation at 989.759.1648.
Traditional Tea Ceremony
Do you want to experience a traditional Tea Ceremony? The 2nd Saturday of every month January - November you can be served Matcha Tea (powdered green tea) and Japanese sweets. Fee. Call for reservations at 989.759.1648.
Temple Theatre address: 201 N Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI
Did you know the Temple Theatre first opened its doors for their first production on July 28, 1927? This theatre is a fantastic venue for the performing arts, music, dance, live events, and cinema.
The theatre was completely renovated in 2002 so the stunning 1,750-seat theatre features the incredible detail of the original Neo-Classic design.
Love Movies? The Saginaw Silver Screen is also a fun way to get out and watch an older movie such as the beloved Princess Bride, the Godfather and Back to the Future for a very affordable price (around $5 per person). Check their website for prices and show times!
Saginaw Children's Zoo Address: 1730 S Washington Ave #2876, Saginaw, MI
Penguins. There, I said it. I wanted to get that out there that one of the cutest critters on the planet is at the Saginaw Children's Zoo! Oh, and did you see the video above? If you love zoos, this Michigan zoo will have you grinning from ear to ear (or whisker to whisker!)
The views, walking paths, shady benches and thoughtful landscaping are incredible at the Saginaw Children's Zoo in Michigan!
What animals are at the Saginaw Zoo? Well, you can see alligators, prairie dogs (squeal!), fish, kangaroos, turtles and so much more! You can also see alpaca, pygmy goats, black-tailed prairie dog, miniature donkey, miniature horse, cotton-top tamarin!
Is the Saginaw Children's Zoo open? This incredible Michigan Zoo opens mid-April, but check their website for info on hours, events and exhibits!
This Saginaw zoo is one of our favorite zoos in Michigan!
Be sure to ride the train!
Are you searching for the best places to stay while visiting Saginaw Michigan?
We recommend these hotels as they are in a great area - Near Hobby Lobby, Lowes, lots of restaurants and easy to get to from Interstate 75.
Springhill Suites by Marriott Saginaw
Townplace Suites by Marriott Saginaw
Residence Inn by Marriott Saginaw
Four Points by Sheridan Saginaw
Here are our suggestion for a great meal and ice cream in Saginaw MI
Artisan Urban Bistro -
Fuzzy's for Ice Cream -
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino - 2690 Worth Rd, Standish, MI 48658
Soaring Eagle Casino - 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
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