Dow Gardens
Dow Gardens
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Originally established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, the 110-acre Dow Gardens now welcomes thousands of guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape, take a tour of the historic Pines Home, participate in one of many hands-on educational programs, and discover beautiful art and music in a relaxed setting. Dow Gardens is comprised of an Estate Garden, Exploration Garden, and Whiting Forest, which is home to the nation’s longest forest canopy walk.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Gale U
    Buffalo, New York67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful natural park!
    Beautiful park, serene and easy to walk through. Wheelchairs were free and paths were accessible. A lot of native plants and natural settings. It is a huge park so plan lots of walking!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • MichiganMom71
    Clarkston, Michigan468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day spent in a simply gorgeous setting
    Gorgeous, large gardens with so much to see and great activities for all ages. I took my daughter and her three friends there for her 18th birthday and we all had a blast. The canopy walk is an amazing experience and we appreciated the cafe for a brief mid-day rest and snack. There were so many sections to see and although we walked miles, I don't think we saw it all. I would love to return here and do it all again. Great gift shop, too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 25, 2024
  • Luvtotrvl96
    Seven Mile, Ohio168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “maze-ing”!!!
    The gardens are very well maintained and beautiful! Every section has a beautiful and unique offering including so many playful areas. Children love the gardens! My only concern was the lack of clear signage. The deeper you wander into the gardens and bridges, walkways, the easier it is to conclude that your way out is pretty obscure. It would be beneficial to have markings on the maps if not the intersections to indicate that the visitors center is “this way” or “that way”. I am certain we took a very circuitous route back to the center from the snack area. Staff are constantly working yet they insure that visitors are welcome and motoring carts will remain in an intersection until pedestrians are through the area. It is clear that families come here often and for good reason! Midland has many treasures in Dow legacies.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2024
  • DutchLace
    Holland, Michigan1,108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful gardens and gift shop. Easily navigated with wheelchairs and/strollers if needed on the paved walkways. Easily access to the canopy walk too. We were really impressed by the size and beauty. One of the staff was so energetic about making sure we found different "hidden gardens" by getting off the paved areas and exploring the nonpaved trails. We spent 3hrs today and feel there is probably things we have missed.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2024
  • Greg Garnett
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a refreshing retreat!
    Strolling through the lush gardens and enjoying the vibrant blooms was incredibly relaxing. The architecture and sculptures dotted around added a unique touch to the natural beauty. It's a perfect spot for nature lovers and anyone looking to unwind amidst stunning landscapes. Can't wait to visit again during a different season to see how the gardens change!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2024
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boopsie58
Grand Rapids, MI104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We have been to Meijer Sculpture park and gardens in Grand Rapids and was wondering how Doe Gardens would compare. We were not disappointed. Beautiful grounds. The canopy walk is amazing both adults and children loved this. The only thing we were disappointed in was we could not tour The Pines Home. When I made the reservations there was no mention of this home. If in Midland this is a great place to take children and very reasonable priced
Written July 28, 2021
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Bob S
Cincinnati, OH2,493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A really nice outdoor garden park. At $20 for each adult it's a bit pricey but the grounds are gorgeous and well maintained with a broad variety of trees, flowers and bushes. I'd rate it 5 stars for quality but the high price makes it a four star attraction. We didn't have time to see it all but will be back (in spite of the high price) to see all of it when we have more time.
Written September 12, 2021
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Hello, Bob! Thank you for making Dow Gardens a part of your visit. Our general admission fee is actually $10.00 for adults, daily; however, visitors may choose to purchase an annual admission card for $20.00 per person, which provides admission for one year through the month of purchase.
Written September 13, 2021
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Morella
Farmington Hills, MI1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
The Canopy Walk , part of the Whiting Forest, is espectacular! The Fall colors give a picture perfect background.

The walk is not long. Note that each segment offers something unique (a view of a lake, a net where kids can play, a transparent overlook, etc).

There is a cafe towards the end of the walk: good quality barista style coffee, and a few eating items. There is a fireplace inside with plenty of seating available. The tables outside are beautiful as well. Every single detail was carefully watched.

There is a 0.7 mile walk from the Dow Gardens to the Canopy area. If you’re going with someone who has difficulty walking, you can request a parking pass that allows you to park at the Education Center.

If you like fall colors: NOW is the time to go.
Written October 15, 2022
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dudoldve
Bokeelia, FL410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Very well done gardens and canopy walk with many different interesting areas. Both the canopy and the gardens are completely wheelchair accessible. The canopy is ramped and the garden has wide paved walkways. There is beautiful and interesting glass artwork throughout the gardens, historic homes and a pretty stream. There are areas set up in the grass for one just to sit and enjoy the surroundings and a cafe. Priced very fair.
Written September 12, 2021
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Cori L
Bruce Township, MI49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Always a beautiful, enjoyable visit! My husband and I have visited several times over the years and enjoy spending several hours here. I have gone at various times during the year and it is still a great visit even if things aren't in full bloom. We went to the children's garden section this time which we had skipped before and it may have been my favorite part! There are large sections of herbs and vegetables planted and they encourage you to take 2 ripe items per visit. Great way to get adults and kids excited about gardening. I am blown away by how beautiful vegetables can be. The forest section with the canopy walk is fun as well. And be sure to stop at the coffee shop on the forest side- they serve very tasty coffee beverages. The iced almond joy latte was a perfect accompaniment for a stroll through the woods.
Written August 8, 2022
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Amanda B
Richmond, MI32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This place is an affordable, great day trip. We drove 1.5hrs to spend the day there. There is plenty to do for all ages, if you enjoy the outdoors.

I recommend brining a small stroller for littles, or children who can’t walk long distances. This place is also wheelchair friendly, I noticed.

They have a great sandwich/coffee/ Ice Cream shop, located by the children’s play area. Huge sandwiches for $6. The ice cream is delicious as well.

The grounds are well maintained, beautiful, and tranquil. I spent 5hrs here with a toddler and young child. Highly recommend.
Written July 21, 2022
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ChelH
Grand Rapids, MI114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had wanted to visit for a while and visited in March finally (just a week before the state shut down). So glad we were went there when we did. It was a little chilly, but we layered up and loved every bit of it. The butterfly room was open, the walks were pretty even without blooms, and my kids absolutely loved the playground and the bridges and treetop stuff. Will be planning a trip in the summer or fall when the colors are in full show off mode!
Written August 11, 2020
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MichiganMom71
Clarkston, MI468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Gorgeous, large gardens with so much to see and great activities for all ages. I took my daughter and her three friends there for her 18th birthday and we all had a blast. The canopy walk is an amazing experience and we appreciated the cafe for a brief mid-day rest and snack. There were so many sections to see and although we walked miles, I don't think we saw it all. I would love to return here and do it all again. Great gift shop, too.
Written April 25, 2024
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Greg Garnett
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Strolling through the lush gardens and enjoying the vibrant blooms was incredibly relaxing. The architecture and sculptures dotted around added a unique touch to the natural beauty. It's a perfect spot for nature lovers and anyone looking to unwind amidst stunning landscapes. Can't wait to visit again during a different season to see how the gardens change!
Written July 18, 2024
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Unfortunately I was in town on a very rainy day. It had stopped raining when I got there, but looked like it could start up again so I went through the grounds fairly quickly. I had already paid for a ticket online so it’s not something I could really skip. At least the place wasn't crowded! I think the gardens would have been much better had I gotten there before the flowers were damaged by heavy rain but there were still plenty of pretty flowers there. The glass sculptures were beautiful too. Definitely something to see.
Written September 15, 2021
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