When it’s time to head out on the town, the Great Lakes Bay Area is ready to answer your call for fun.

Shopping – Take it leisurely or hit the ground running

From quaint waterfront shops featuring antiques, handmade wares and one-of-a-kind selections, to shopping centers boasting major brand name clothing and home goods selections, the Great Lakes Bay Area has it all. In the Tri-Cities alone, three shopping malls offer anchor stores like Target, Macy’s, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Sears and Younkers. Retailers for children, teens, men and women round out shopping center offerings.

Nearby Frankenmuth is the proud home to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store – a definite must-see for any family. To the south are the Birch Run Premium Outlets, featuring several dozen specialty and high end retailers like BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Banana Republic, Jones New York, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Even farther south, in the greater Metro Detroit area, you can explore additional high end and bargain choices by way of several large shopping and strip malls.

Back in town, you’ll find the likes of Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Gander Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many other home improvement and outdoor stores. Large chain supermarkets, smaller independent grocers and Farmer’s Markets all help put high quality, fairly priced food on your family’s table. Shopping in the Great Lakes Bay Area is vibrant and dynamic, just like the area itself.

Dining – Enhance your life with exceptional food choices

If cooking is not on your day’s agenda, find respite in one of the area’s specialty bistros, pizzerias, cozy cafes or large chain restaurants. Worldly and exotic meals are celebrated at Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Thai establishments and burgers and fries have a stronghold on the area, too. Eateries featuring fine pastries, confection shops boasting melt-in-your-mouth truffles and coffee shops with freshly brewed concoctions all await your visit. If your meal out has left you in the mood for action, pubs, dance clubs, bars and entertainment hot spots keep the fun going until the wee hours.