In the Great Lakes Bay Area, there is no excuse for being bored.

Seeing stars is all in a day’s work for Great Lakes Bay residents. Bay City’s Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, a multi-million dollar NASA-funded project, offers several themed shows within its magnificent facility, as well as rooftop stargazing, meeting spaces and a specialty gift shop.

If art is what you’re looking for, there are several galleries in the area, many of which hold workshops, classes and lessons. At the Midland Center for the Arts, visitors can take in exhibitions ranging from exotic animals to intricate Lego sculptures to undersea phenomena and more. There are also historical museums, an interactive children’s museum, zoos, a butterfly house, an authentic Japanese Tea House and exquisite botanical gardens.

Live entertainment is but a short drive away, with Saginaw’s Dow Event Center playing host to many A-list headline acts, Broadway shows, symphonies, lectures and public events. The site is also home to the Saginaw Spirit, a successful fan-adored OHL hockey team. Midland lays claim to the Great Lakes Loons, a minor league baseball team whose home base is a gorgeous, family-friendly state of the art field and meeting facility.

In Bay City, a fine way to spend an evening is to catch a show at the Bay City Players, Michigan’s oldest community theater group, or take in a concert at the iconic art deco State Theater downtown. Movie venues, dance clubs featuring local talent and several area libraries, each offering enrichment classes and group activities for all ages are just some of the many other attractions within the Great Lakes Bay region.

Whether you’re looking for quiet, reflective days or vibrant, heart-thumping nights, the Great Lakes Bay Area is at-the-ready. Come explore, and you’ll see what we mean.