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Dow Gardens

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Perfect time of the year to visit!

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dow Botanical Gardens. As senior citizens, we appreciated the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
barbconnolly
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Memphis, Tennessee
Quick Labor day trip.

Even though it was September, there were many blooms still there to see. It is a peaceful walk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
peterj176
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Ionia, 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 200,000 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 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dow Botanical Gardens. As senior citizens, we appreciated the availability of the many benches throughout the gardens! We could walk awhile, then sit and admire the gardens more fully while catching our breath! At the entrance, summer flowers were in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent visit to the Dow Gardens we stopped at the main entrance and asked for information. Specifically my wife was interested in visiting the Canopy Walk and asked the person at the main entrance if there was a parking lot closer to this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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DowGardens, Manager at Dow Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Greg! We are sorry to hear about your experience and we apologize for your inconvenience. We will pass your feedback to our visitor relations team to improve our guests' experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was September, there were many blooms still there to see. It is a peaceful walk through their gardens even though it is off a main drag. There are things for the grand children to do (play ground, Children' garden) and many places...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank peterj176
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really impressive grounds. Walk anywhere on the property lawns included. Very interesting sculptures by two artists collaborating to convert origami into various metal, some life-size, sculptures scattered throughout the gardens. only disappointment was we couldn't go in the original Dow family home on the property...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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DowGardens, Manager at Dow Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Patrick! Thank you for your kind feedback. We do open up The Pines home during special events, guided tours, and self-guided tours. More information can be found on our website: https://www.dowgardens.org/house

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know not many people will need this advise. However, we went to the gardens yesterday. They only have 2 handicapped parking spaces. They do offer a family bathroom, which is very nice .However, two parking places for handicapped people for the size of crowds...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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DowGardens, Manager at Dow Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on your visit. We apologize for your inconvenience and the response from our staff member. Our team is always striving to provide a positive guest experience, and that includes creating a welcoming environment...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only the gardens themselves, but the overall landscaping of this place is just magical. "Secret" paths, multiple bridges, stepping stones, "natural" looking water features, and well thought-out views are abundant throughout. If you'd like a peaceful resting spot, be sure to stop by The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The canopy walk though short, is a lot of fun for the whole family. The grounds are covered with flowers, trees, plants around with a natural forest setting.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was phenomenal and worth the long drive.. I was a bit disappointed there weren't more flowers and the signage needs to be revisited. Although encouraged to go off the paved paths, it was easy to get "lost" when we did. Lots of walking...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If ever in Midland area of mid-Michigan, a stop at the Dow Gardens is a must due to how absolutely gorgeous the gardens are. The floral displays are stunning & the scarecrows are beyond creative in the children's garden. The fact that Whiting Forest is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paul L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for the canopy walk, but thoroughly enjoyed the whole garden area. This was a great discovery. We started with the canopy walk, then walked around the pond and the children's playground. As we ventured we passed through rose gardens and plants that were all...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Pioneer253203
April 22, 2019|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
Hello! We are seeing new and wonderful blooms in the gardens daily. The outdoor sculpture exhibit, Origami in the Garden, will also begin this Sunday, April 28! Hope to see you soon!
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773charlenec
February 14, 2019|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest. We recommend allowing at least an hour to explore the Canopy Walk. We also recommend that you visit the gardens while there. You could easily spend another hour there.
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Benjamin M
September 1, 2018|
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Response from F8273HAbrendab | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, we didn't tour the house.
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