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Life in the Greater Tri-Cities Region

Invitation of the Great Nature

Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area

Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area encompasses 10,600 acres of Manistee-Huron National Forest that has been reserved for foot travel. Two connecting loops of wide trails create a 20 mile figure-8 shaped system through the area. Within reach are seven lakes, beaver ponds, meadows, marshes, and second growth forests of aspen, pine, and northern hardwoods. The terrain is hilly enough to be interesting, but not difficult to walk

(Retrieved from Pure Michigan)


Sub-Cultural Experience

Frankenmuth, Michigan's Little Bavaria

There are a great number of things for you and your family to do in Frankenmuth. With festivities year round, the town welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality regardless of the season. Whether it's a day trip for the family or a weekend retreat with friends, Frankenmuth is the perfect destination to recharge, renew and refresh. From fantastic food, eclectic shopping and entertainment, to rich historical beauty and culture, it's the ideal departure from the ordinary every day. Visit anytime and count the ways you can enjoy everything Frankenmuth has to offer.

(Retrieved from Frankenmuth.org)


Downtown Midland: Small City Charm with Big City Choices

Chippewassee Park

Chippewassee Park is Downtown Midland’s premiere location for events and fun! Located west across the Tridge, Chippewassee Park is a 35-acre recreational area that has something for everyone. In the winter months it is a great place for cross-country skiing, sledding and ice fishing on the surrounding Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers. During warm weather, the park is quite popular due to the large picnic shelter (available for reservation), picnic tables, grills, play equipment, extensive fitness course, open fields, and paved trails.

Chippewassee Park is known for its festivals and events held during the summer. Tunes by the Tridge, a weekly concert series, features bands of various genres playing next to the Farmers’ Market and Midland’s famed Tridge. Chippewassee Park hosts the annual Riverdays Festival each July, and is a favorite location to watch Midland’s fireworks on the fourth of July. Chippewassee is also home to Trilogy Skate Park.

The Midland Farmers Market

The Midland Farmers Market structure is an integral part of Downtown Midland. Located at the foot of Ashman Street, it hosts the Midland Area Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, May – October. Throughout the summer, visitors and residents alike will also find numerous other activities and events in this centerpiece of Downtown Midland.

To reserve the Farmers Market structure for an event, contact the Midland City Manager’s Office at 989-837-330. To participate in the Wednesday and Saturday morning Farmers Market, contact the Midland Area Community Foundation, 989-839-9901.

Gerstacker Sprayground

Wear your suit and let this fun spray park squirt, sprinkle, and splash your summertime blues away! The Gerstacker Sprayground is located at 201 Wyman, along the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail near the Farmers Market. It offers free water fun for children of all ages. A combination of huge, bubbly fountains and small, squirting spouts make the park the perfect place to cool off on a warm afternoon. Water shoes are recommended as surfaces may be slippery. Restroom facilities are located nearby.

Park Hours: Water features operate from Dawn-Dusk during the summer months. Park open June 1 – October 1

(Retrieved from the official website of Midland City Government)


Downtown Bay City: Characteristics of a Big City and the Personality of a Small Town Community

Downtown Bay City is one of many "Great American Main Streets".

It has the characteristics of a big city and the personality of a small town community ... A riverfront community made up of the things to do and see that will fill a day ... or a lifetime.

Bay City, nestled in the Saginaw Valley, is a city loaded with history related to Native Americans, lumbering, ship building, archaeology, agriculture and commerce. The city's vibrant Downtown is highlighted with historical architecture dating from 1830 to 1940 — creating a unique, one-of-a-kind shopping and residential district.

The Saginaw River travels directly through the center of the Bay City's Downtown, helping to create a beautiful waterside community with riverside parks and walkways. During warmer months you can frequently see large great lake freighters and numerous pleasure boats traveling on the river.

(Retrieved from the official website of Bay City Government)



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