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Our Region: The Great Lakes Bay

Saginaw Valley State University offers many options for social activities — both on and off campus. The Campus is in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay region. Big-name concert venues, breathtaking waterways and lively downtown scenes are minutes away.

Spring & Summer

Visit from an amazing array of indoor/outdoor places nearby SVSU.

Boat on the sea

Tall ship celebration

Enjoy deck tours and live music in spirit of the maritime festival

A building a night

Film Festival

Old Town Saginaw Lawn Chair Film Festival

A bike path

Go Biking

Around the City Forest in Midland

Fireworks near SVSU

Celebrate 4th of July

Fireworks festival-Bay City

Lake Scenario on Michigan

Go Kayaking

Turnip Rock-Port Austin

A shore of a lake

Go Sunbathing

Bay City State Park

A large gathering of people

Downtown Bay City

Enjoy eventful fun night out.

The temple theatre in Saginaw, Michigan


The Temple Theater

A baseball stadium


Loons Minor League Baseball

Frakenmuth Scenery

Festival City Frankenmuth

“Michigan’s Little Bavaria” with year-round festivities

Two bridges

The Tridge

Chippewassee Park, Midland

Farmers Market

Farmer's Market

Get fresh vegetables from your nearby city.


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Distance From SVSU

Grand Rapids 2 hours and 19 minutes
Kalamazoo 2 hours and 34 minutes
Detroit 1 hour and 44 minutes
Jackson 1 hour and 57 minutes
Lansing 1 hour and 28 minutes
Marquette 5 hours and 22 minutes

Fall & Winter

Visit from an amazing array of indoor/outdoor places nearby SVSU.

Birch Run mall

Go Shopping

Birch Run Premium Outlets

Alden B Dow Home

Alden B Dow Home

Experience the unique architecture of this National Historic Landmark

Hells Half-mile bay city

Hell's Half Mile

A festival with indie films and music, the nights are filled with art and entertainment

Pumpkin Farms

Pumpkin Farms

Celebrate fall by visiting one of the pumpkin farms in the area

Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards

Start fall off right with a trip to an apple orchard

Dow Gardens

Dow Garden

Featuring the nation’s longest canopy walk it’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon

Bronners Christmas Wonderland

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

Tis the season all year long by visiting the festive destination for all things Christmas


Ice Festival

Enjoy the creation of snow and ice sculptures while enjoying winter with food and activities

Skiing near SVSU

Winter Sports Park

Sled, toboggan, snowshoe, cross country ski, and ice skate in City Forest