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Dow Gardens

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Always a treat

Seasonal displays of flowering bushes and flowers are always arranged in nice patterns across the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Karen H
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Fun and quit afternoon

Gardens are always great to visit, and special events are sure to interest someone in your group... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John W
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Seasonal displays of flowering bushes and flowers are always arranged in nice patterns across the grounds. Walking paths give you a mix of hard surface and lawn / flagstones, flat or hilly, open or shaded. And for those who enjoy roses, there is a very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Gardens are always great to visit, and special events are sure to interest someone in your group, BUT the new SKY Walk is really a must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was absolutely stunning, all of the colours were so bright and vibrant. This is one place I plan on going back to!!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Joe S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking through the Dow Gardens is well worth your time. It is beautiful, peaceful, engaging and now with the new addition of the canopy walk , a must see!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gary S
Reviewed January 5, 2019

This is a very beautiful place There is so much to see and do here you can come multiple days see and do something different.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

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 December 9, 2018 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 December 9, 2018 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 December 8, 2018

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 November 14, 2018

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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February 14, 2019|
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Response from Milesmommy88 | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least an hour for the canopy walk, depending on the crowds, weekends will be busier & if you want to wait and do each thing there maybe a little wait time. If you want to do Dow gardens the sister park which... More
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
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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