you can hike the trails, tour by car or bike, or sit on a hilltop and watch the seasons change (one of our favorite spots is the top of Evergreen Hill in the lowlands)....the grounds are beautifully maintained and the award winning gardens are just stunning. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and many classes and activities (open to the public as well as members..there is a fee). The gardens are child AND pet friendly (dogs must be leashed). Don't miss the conservatory (with a bonsai garden) and the hosta hillside, with a stream and gently sloping waterfall, along the east shore of the lake (who knew there were THIS many hosta varieties?). There are designated picnic areas (with grills and shelters) so plan to spend the day if you can. Most trees and flowers in the gardens are tagged for identification and it's easy to find a helpful staff person if you have questions.
With the exception of major holidays Hidden Lake is open all year (and the winter is magnificent there, although only the major roads are plowed if there is snow)....bring your cross country skis). There is a per person entry fee if you are not a member, but if you plan on returning (and we do quite often) check out the membership options at the visitor center....they're very reasonable.
Hidden Lake is a Michigan State University gem.....one of the loveliest places in the midwest.
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