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With abundant florals, tranquil water features, a tropical conservatory, and America's longest treetop canopy walk — Dow Gardens was made to be admired in all four seasons.
Streamside walks along winding pathways, architectural bridges, jaw-dropping florals and greenery — be sure to enjoy the gorgeous 110-acre Dow Gardens any time of year! Consider Butterflies in Bloom (spring), outdoor movies in the gardens (summer), Christmas Walks (winter), and touring The Pines home in any season.Read More +
Within Dow Gardens, you'll find its Whiting Forest — and the longest canopy walk in the nation, stretching into the treetops, up to four stories above the ground! Don't pass on discovering this incredible $20 million project, complete with a glass-floor orchard overlook and endless spots for exploring.Read More +
From slow-smoked, St. Louis-style barbecue at Molasses Smokehouse & Bar to elevated American fare at Cafe Zinc and ONe Eighteen, you'll find no shortage of flavor while in Midland. Taste your way through the regions of Italy at Gratzi or enjoy a delicately crafted meal at the city's gourmet farm-to-table concept, Aster.Read More +
Explore an "oasis of architecture and inspiration," the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, designated a National Historic Landmark and available for public tours. Discover more than 400 other mid-century modern structures across the city with the Mid-Century Modern Midland mobile app at your fingertips.
Join bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians — and anyone who enjoys fresh air and nature — at the 520-acre Midland City Forest! Conquer 16 miles of winding mountain biking trails over flat land and steep hills, or 8 miles of hiking trails through the wooded scenery. Stop into Ray’s Bike Shop on-site at City Forest to try out rentals on the trails!
Stop by Midland Brewing Company to enjoy "historically great beers" that honor lumberjacks and brewers of the 1800s, or experience a distillery, brewery, and winery in one at Three Bridges Distillery & Taproom. Sip inside Whichcraft Taproom, which serves up more than 80 varieties (40 on tap) of beer, wine, cider, and mead exclusively from Michigan artisans. Late-May through September, Larkin Beer Garden's outdoor shipping container bar serves up cold summer suds — live music & food trucks, too!Read More +
Enjoy the Show: With museums, performance venues, and art studios — all under one roof — Midland Center for the Arts is a one-stop destination for art, science, history, music, theater, dance, films, and world-class entertainers. Check their schedule of events before visiting, because there's always something worth experiencing here!
Get All Hands In: Walk into the Pottery Studio and Glaze Bar at Space Studios to try your hand at painting and creating from a wide selection of ready-to-be-glazed pottery. And stop into Creative 360 for all kinds of creative endeavors to explore while enjoying art exhibits by area artists.
Shop Your Heart Out: Check out all the shopping options available in Midland, and be sure to stop into favorites like Serendipity Road for goods made by Michigan artisans, Coyer Candle Co. for hand-poured soy wax candles, Peel 'N Pare for all-things-kitchen & cooking, or Prim Sage for on-trend fashions.
Make Your Saturday Morning: If you're in town between early-May and mid-November, set aside time for a trip to the market! Midland Area Farmers Market is a haven of locally sourced produce, meats, fish, cheese, eggs, fresh baked goods, and fresh-cut flowers, and you won't want to miss a single vendor — or the food trucks!
Play Ball: Or at least experience a Great Lakes Loons Minor League Baseball game at Dow Diamond! With seating for 5,200 fans (and 24 concession facilities, two indoor fireplaces, and two outdoor fire pits), enjoy a day at the ball game and say hi to official mascot, Lou E. Loon!
Try These Tastings: Be sure to visit Downtown's boutique winery, Grape Beginnings Winery, to enjoy wine tasting alongside hot plates like Crab Puffs and Tomato Basil Bruschetta. Or, travel a touch out of town to Crazy Vines Winery to sample wines, hard ciders, and charcuterie in a cozy & comfortable atmosphere.
Stretch Your Fun: Step into Brinstar, open late-night, for classic arcade games from Galaga to Centipede, specialty burgers, and a selection of 12 beers on tap — many from featured local brewers.
Bringing the kids? Add these outings to your list!
Warm Up to Fam Fun: Whoop it up at Longview Spray Park or go wild splashing at Gerstacker Spray Park. (If the weather’s not cooperating, The Playground is an indoor neighborhood fun zone that serves perfectly poured lattes for parents!)
Find Your Center: Spend time inside Midland Center for the Arts to experience an interactive invention space for kids, Spark!Lab® Smithsonian, or discover hands-on STEM exhibits as a family.
Explore Indoors: Make every moment together count while playing mini-golf inside Valley Lanes Family Entertainment Center, where you’ll also find bowling, an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, and two escape rooms!
Ahh, Midland. Home to The Tridge (a three-legged bridge and a must-experience), and the kind of city that'll leave you feeling you've found the best of both worlds. Enjoy our top things to do in Midland found here, and far beyond! Learn More
Pack up the car, kiddos included, and get ready to make unforgettable family memories in Midland, Michigan! You’ll find this city affords your crew an artful blend of experiences — from Midtown to Downtown and every spot in-between.Read More +
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