- The list below includes 73 free or cheap things to do in or near Bay City, Michigan, including 45 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Bowling, History Museums and Parks.
- From Riverwalk Pier to Wenonah Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Bay City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Midland, Saginaw, Frankenmuth and Caseville.
Built in 1884, Sage Branch Library is located in a historic building that borrows from Victorian, Gothic, and French Chateau architectural styles. The library is situated on the second floor and offers a variety of multimedia resources for the community.
The Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library acts as the main branch of the Bay County Library System and has standard features like a physical material collection and reference collection. The facility also has an outdoor reading garden, local history and genealogy room, and live programs during the year.
Bay City's Veterans Memorial Park contains 97 acres including the Liberty Harbor Marina, the ball fields, the Kantzler Arboretum, and the Trombley House. The park hosts community events including the fireworks on 4th of July, the River Roar, and the Pig Gig.
The Bay City State Recreation Area in Bay City is located on the Tobico Marsh freshwater coastal wetlands. It features a sandy each, meadows, cattail marshlands and oak savannah prairies with an amphitheater, beach house, picnic area and playground.
Located along the Saginaw River, Bigelow Park is at the northern end of Middleground Island and has a pedestrian bridge crossing the river. The park can be used for fishing and provides a playground, a pavilion and baseball fields.
Carroll Park is a local favorite for walkers, runners, and recreation-seekers. The landscaping and scenery are expertly designed, and feel like home for many visitors. Views and fresh air are plentiful. Pavilions are available for hosting small gatherings.