Midland Michigan - Best Things To Do! See Dow Gardens, Longest Canopy Walk in the US, Tridge, Great Lakes Loons! Best Restaurants and Hotels | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
Midland Michigan is rich with adventures and fun!
Are you ready for fun!? While visiting the Great Lakes Region, be sure to:
Dow Gardens is a spectacular 110-acre botanical garden located at 1809 Eastman Avenue, Midland, MI. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit!
Since we live close, I walk and explore about 4 times a month! Dow Gardens is a wonderful botanical gardens in Michigan where you can spend the entire day. Enjoy paved walking trails, children's gardens, ponds, rose garden, a waterfall, and so many nooks and crannies to explore!
Dow Gardens is gorgeous all year! Winter, spring, summer and fall offer new experiences and beautiful gardens to discover. Wonderful place to add to your "things to do in Michigan" list!!
Don't miss Dow Garden's Butterflies in Bloom! See my tips and "Know Before You Go!" It's an amazing experience!
See the World's Best Women Golfers Compete for $2.3 Million! The LPGA happens each year at the Midland Country Club in July. See photos of the players, grab the schedule of events and more info on the LPGA!
2203 Eastman Ave, Midland, Michigan
Wander among the treetops and marvel at the expansive views at Whiting Forest, home to the Nation’s Longest Canopy Walk.
This famous walk is 1,400 feet long and soars up to 40 feet above the ground! You've got to see this Dow Gardens Canopy Walk to believe it!
Whiting Forest is connected to Dow Gardens so you can spend the day exploring forest trails, playing in the children’s playground, and enjoying the 110-acre garden. Relax after your adventures with a hot cup of soup or a latte in Whiting Forest's café.
I love listening to the spring peepers, searching for new sprouting plants and breathing the fresh air every spring! Summer offers a cool place to power walk while enjoying luscious shade and pausing to peer over the bridge in search of frogs and darting fish.
Winter at the Whiting Forest is a completely new experience! The views of the forest blanked in sparkly snow from the canopy walk is an exquisite vantage point!
The Midland Country Club is such a scenic golf course! The course is a private club.
825 East Main Street, Midland, MI
The Great Lakes Loons are a Minor League Baseball of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Games begin in May!
We absolutely LOVE going to the Midland Loons games! My nephew and I had a blast...obviously!! The stadium is so beautiful! Usually I don't say that, but it's true! It is very clean, the seats are as comfortable as possible, the home team sits in the shade and there are ton of bathrooms. The food at the Great Lakes Loons is great too. I always get the Michigan Cherry Chicken rollup as it's fresh and tasty.
Make sure you shop in the Loons loft (the Great Lakes Loons store), I'm sporting a loons baseball shirt that I love so much! So come on out and watch a Loons minor league baseball game this summer!
400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640
The Chippewa Nature Center is one of my favorite places to wander along a picturesque Chippewa river while spotting nature. The Chippewa Nature Center in Midland Michigan offers tons of programs throughout the year for kids and adults.
The Chippewa Nature Center in Midland Michigan encompasses over 1,348 acres of forest, rivers and wetlands. The Nature Center is perfect for walking, hiking and biking.
During the maple syrup season in March, you can take a wagon ride to the Sugar House to taste iced maple syrup on a stick and watch an 1870’s sap boiling demonstration.
I love kayaking with the Chippewa Nature Center during organized trips in May, June and July. I absolutely love spotting turtles, roosting turkeys, deer, eagles and so many different types of birds during our adventures on the river.
Be sure to visit their Homestead Farm featuring an 1870's-style farmstead, complete with a log cabin, timber frame barn, root cellar, wagon barn and chicken coop.
This is a lovely trail located right behind the Nature Center. It's my favorite trail when I'm short on time and just need my nature fix.
During the winter, rent some snowshoes and see what you can discover during the cold winter months! The trails are also very scenic during the winter.
The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way wooden footbridge spanning the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers in Chippewassee Park near downtown Midland, Michigan.
The Tridge is THE LAUNCH SPOT for biking, running and walking. We park at the tridge (restrooms available) and bike all the way to the Chippewa Nature Center or north along the paved Pere Marquette Rail Trail. This trail miiiiiiight lead you right to an ice cream parlor!
The Tridge in Midland Michigan was recently renovated so it is absolutely stunning in all seasons. It is also the home of the Midland Farmers Market! Make plans to visit today!
If you love cross country skiing, fat bike trails or wooded walking trails, visit Midland City Forest for an afternoon of exercise and fun. Entrance and parking are free.
There are so many trails to explore that you can visit dozens of times and find new trails and things to do.
During the winter, bring your sled or tube and zip down the designated sledding hill. Afterward, grab a cup of hot chocolate at the nearby chalet to warm your hands.
Horses are even welcome for an afternoon of riding along the scenic wooded trails.
When visiting Midland Michigan, you absolutely MUST book an incredible behind the scenes tour of the home and studio of prolific architect, Alden B. Dow.
During this 1.5 hour guided tour, you will learn all about the fascinating life, working studio and home where Mr. Dow designed, created, lived and raised his family.
You'll be shocked to discover the studio/work space is 6,000 sf and their family home is 14,000 sf!!
Who is Alden B. Dow? What is his claim to fame?
Alden B Dow (April 10, 1904 – August 20, 1983) was well known for his contributions to the style of Michigan Modern. From the 1930s through the 1960s, he and his team designed more than 70 residences and dozens of churches, schools, civic and art centers, and commercial buildings in Michigan. The Midland Center for the Arts and Grace A. Dow Memorial Library are great examples of his work.
Highlights of our Alden B. Dow Home and Studio tour:
Address: 2809 Orchard Dr, Midland, MI 48640
Dahlia Hill is a beautiful terraced garden in Midland Michigan. Each year, you can see at least 3,000 stunning dahlia plants blooming every August through October. Dahlia Hill is free and open to the public so stop in and enjoy the incredible beauty!
Location: Dow Diamond East Parking Lot, 825 E. Main Street Midland, MI 48640
Shop local and support Midland's hardworking farmers! The Midland Area Farmers Market is a great place to get vegetables, fruit, baked goods, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, plants and flowers.
The market season begins the first Saturday in May and is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. until Saturday, October 31. The Midland Area Farmers Market is open select Saturday's in November.
Where to park to walk the Pere Marquette Rail Trail: We like parking at the Tridge or the Upper Emerson River Overlook Park.
The Pere Marquette RailTrail is 30 miles of paved, flat, scenic trail between Midland and Clare, Michigan. It occupies a 28-mile abandoned CSX railroad! There are lots of scenic views of the Tittabawassee River with several overlooks.
Along the trail (about 1.5 miles from the Tridge) is the Heritage Park Site where you can tour:
Call or check their website before you visit to see when they are open, hours and more information.
Wander Midland Michigan's downtown on E. Main Street for great gathering areas with firepits, comfortable chairs, shopping and great restaurants.
We love shopping in downtown Midland stores for health food, boutique shops, sporting goods and so much more!
Evenings are the best time to relax and enjoy Midland Michigan's downtown area. Grab dinner, ice cream and a seat in front of the glorious fire pits. It's one of our favorite things to do in Midland Michigan!
We highly recommend these Midland hotels because we are extremely familiar with the area and the best places to stay in Midland. These locations are safe, conveniently located and close to amenities.
Book a Midland Michigan hotel and stay awhile!
Address: 134 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640
This lovely farm to table restaurant located in downtown Midland Michigan is a must-visit! Evan Sumrell, the owner and chef, moved with his wife and son to Midland after working for several years at 3 Star Michelin restaurants in Chicago.
He and his wife Lisa dreamed of opening their own restaurant so despite Covid 19, they opened their doors in January 2021 and have been serving up delicious, from-scratch recipes ever since.
So if you are looking for a friendly, comfortable and delicious dining venue, check out Aster in Midland Michigan.
Evan puts his heart and soul into his cooking. By the way, be sure to get a bowl of his homemade ice cream with crumbled graham crackers. YUMMY to the tummy!
Cafe Zinc Address: 111 W Main St, Midland, MI 48640
We love Cafe Zinc in Midland Michigan as you can grab a decadent dessert from the case, buy a loaf of bread, or enjoy a delicious meal right in downtown Midland Michigan.
Chris loves a traditional eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast breakfast, so he was in hog heaven with this breakfast at the H Hotel after our lovely stay.
We recommend making reservations at Cafe Zinc the night before to ensure you can get your preferred table...either outside on the lovely patio or inside near the luscious treats case.
I like a simpler breakfast, so I ordered the steel cut oats with blueberries, walnuts and brown sugar. I also love whole wheat toast with strawberry jam so I ordered that too! My breakfast was perfect!
Address: 201 E. Main Street, Midland, MI 48640
If you are searching for good St. Louis bbq in Midland Mi, check out Molasses Smokehouse and Bar, located right downtown! The atmosphere is friendly and casual, so no need to get all gussied up for dinner.
What's St. Louis bbq? St. Louis style is sauce style barbecue and contains delicious molasses!
We are huge bbq ribs and brisket fans, so we always get these two options. I love the baked beans and corn bread (slather that baby with butter!) side options at Molasses Smokehouse too. Very tasty!
Just so you know, ribs are only available after 5:00 p.m.
Lucky's Steakhouse Address: 830 Joe Mann Blvd, Midland, MI
We love going to Lucky's steakhouse in Midland Michigan as the servers are so friendly, there is great beer on tap and the food is fantastic. The menu is very diverse...you can order seafood, steaks, salads and burgers...all at an affordable price.
Plus, they have a great outside deck where you can enjoy drinks and dinner on a warm summer evening. Chances are, you will find us there!
My friend and I needed to catch up on life so we grabbed a fabulous outside table at Grape Beginnings Winery located in downtown Midland, Michigan. The owner let us sample a couple wines before ordering which is really fun!
We both absolutely loved their "Dangerous" wine that is described as "full body, heavy oak, hints of strawberry and earthy truffles."
Grape Beginnings Winery has been creating their delicious wines in Downtown Midland since the beginning of 2015.
Try a wine flight, it's the best way to find a new favorite!
There's nothing better than enjoying a glass of delicious wine while sitting outside on a lovely afternoon with a friend. The vibrant downtown added to the fun of relaxing outside. Come check out this wonderful winery in Midland Michigan!
244 E Main St, Midland, MI 48640
Address: 124 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640
WhichCraft Taproom, located in Midland Michigan is a casual and comfortable hangout that has the perfect atmosphere for grabbing a drink and dinner with friends.
Choose a quiet seat in the corner or right in the middle of the action with a good view of bartenders mixing up magical concoctions.
We ordered the Bavarian soft pretzels that came with their house IPA dijon mustard and warm house-made beer cheese sauce. I'm telling you, these pretzels smelled so yeasty and yummy, like your grandma's kitchen.
Oh and the beer cheese sauce was creamy and so satisfying for pretzel dipping.
WhichCraft offers paninis, soups, salads, hot dogs on their expansive menu so I'm sure you will find something that sounds tasty.
I ordered the Turkey Avocado Melt that I really enjoyed. It came with sliced turkey, bacon, avocado, Swiss cheese and a tangy house-made onion marmalade. Chris ordered the grilled cheese with bacon.
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We love fantastic coffee shops! The comfortable atmosphere, friendly baristas and tasty drinks are reason enough to stop for a bit to unwind, catch up with friends or do a little work away from your desk at home.
So...(just for you), we drank A LOT of coffee. And after the caffeine buzz hit, we took lots of photos and wrote up a review of great coffee shops in Midland Michigan.
details coming soon
If you love old buildings, check out the Post Street School which is the oldest building in Michigan! Built in 1875
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