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Dow Gardens

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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Very nice place to go for a casual stroll

Went during the Christmas light walk. They have 2 walks - 1 with music and a silent one. The silent... read more

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With a children’s garden and expansive landscape, there is so much to do and see at Dow Gardens... read more

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Midland, Michigan
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Since being established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, the 110-acre Dow Gardens now welcomes more than 130,000 guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape...more
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1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
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Reviewed yesterday

Went during the Christmas light walk. They have 2 walks - 1 with music and a silent one. The silent one was OK but like the one with music better. They had part of the walk closed down so that was kind of a bummer....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With a children’s garden and expansive landscape, there is so much to do and see at Dow Gardens, all year long.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is, obviously, limited to December evenings and is a must see to fire up your Christmas spirit. It was free, a beautifully lighted walk with carolers, reindeer, and hot cocoa and cookies about halfway through to warm up, with a conservatory filled with poinsettias...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Dow Gardens has a free Christmas walk that is very impressive. There were over 600 candle lanterns lighting the path that took you to see a school group singing, live reindeer, carolers outside the barn where they were offering cookies and hot cocoa, and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great day trip from Frankenmuth! It was drizzly and cloudy but these gardens were still attractive. They also have the Canopy Garden open which allows a nice overview of the forest area.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

After the craziness of the Canopy Walk (Whiting Forest)..which is completely separate from the Gardens, we found that we had the Dow Gardens virtually to ourselves. It is very lovely. We enjoyed walking through the various gardens. I wish the staff would put up better...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This gem includes beautiful plants, interesting walkways, streams, ponds, flowers in generous profusion. There is a small waterfall and 2 areas which look to be wedding venues. I saw the trees ablaze in color but want to go back to see it in bloom. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Visited in the fall of this year. We go here at least 3 or 4 times a year and it is always a pleasure. It is especially beautiful in the summer. It is worth your time to visit.. Sometimes they have all manor of butterflies...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joseph T
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Visited the gardens yesterday and the gardens are very nice. We should have visited before the flowers had died. It would have been spectacular withe the flowers in bloom.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank George T
Reviewed November 4, 2018

The grounds of Dow Gardens are just big enough to keep you interested without being so large that you get lost. There's something here for everyone - a nice romantic stroll for couples, a fun, educational outing for the kids, or just a walk through...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Benjamin M
September 1, 2018|
Response from F8273HAbrendab | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, we didn't tour the house.
July 18, 2018|
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Response from msr345 | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall any such facility on the property, but nearby there are places
December 4, 2016|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
Hi, dgartside! The homestead of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow, the Pines (c.1899) is located within the garden. Tours are offered weekly throughout the year. The home of their son, architect Alden B. Dow, is viewable but not... More
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Mid Michigan Travel (5 Replies)
We are thinking of three days in middle Michigan over the 4th of July. We'll take the ferry to Muskegon from Milwaukee and then, where to? We've done all the Lake Michigan coastal areas, the dunes, Traverse City, Mackinac, etc. We kind of want to just drive around and have a look at a new place we've not been before, but we aren't looking for antiques, quaint, or big shopping. We like artsy, as opposed to quaint. We've heard about the Dow Gardens outside Midland - they sound interesting. Also...More
May 04, 2009|
Response frommomstravel|
I suggest that you head to Grand Rapids. The Meijer Gardens are spectacular. There are many wonderful restaurants and hotels as well as great museums. Yes, it is more of a city but it offers the option of touring the countryside. If you want to head to Midland, you could stay in the Bay City area. There are several hotels on the water that sound very nice. Or you could head to Gaylord from Midland and stay near Gaylord. As for non-golf resorts, I don't have any suggestions. Many of...More
my itinerary....is there anything else that is a must? (8 Replies)
Hi. We will be driving a long long way to Michigan to see my mother-in-law. She lives about 10 minutes away from Midland. We will be getting in on Wed. After settling in at her place, we will probably just let the kids run around the yard or maybe go to the Tridge and/or a playground. My son is almost 4 and my daughter 1.5. Thurs. 5/20 Chippewa nature center Fri. 5/21 Dow Gardens and/or Center for the Arts Sat. 5/22 Le Cronier baby acres, lunch at Wanigan Eatery in Bay City and then...More
May 16, 2010|
Response fromtymetraveler222|
Sounds like a decent plan. I would skip Center for the Arts, with kids your age. Pretty boring for them for sure. Dow Gardens will be good, as well as the nature center. There is also a very nice rail trail right in town and you could go for a nice walk along it with a stroller, if you are bringing one. They also have a playground in the park along the rail trail. Don't know if your M I L could babysit, but you and your DH might enjoy a tour of Dow's home, it is very unusual. I do not...More