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With natural wonder and downtown cityscapes, relaxed comforts and upscale splurges, you'll find your vacation in Midland to be a beautiful blend of it all.
Whether you'll spend your time on the nation's longest canopy walk within Dow Gardens, marvel at mid-century modern architecture, or venture out amidst the 1,200-acre haven that is Chippewa Nature Center — enjoy this sampling of the top things to do in Midland, Michigan!
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 +
Spend time in nature hitting up nearly 19 miles of trails at Chippewa Nature Center (and check out the two-story observation deck for bird's-eye viewing at its best). Guided kayaking trips to Full Moon Strolls complete the unique experience!Read More +
From slow-smoked barbecue at Molasses to elevated American tavern fare at ONe Eighteen, you'll find no shortage of flavor while in Midland. Taste your way through the regions of Italy at Gratzi or enjoy the city's gourmet farm-to-table concept, Aster.Read More +
Explore an "oasis of architecture and inspiration", the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, designated a National Historic Landmark and available for public tours. Or, discover more than 400 other mid-century modern structures across the city with the Mid-Century Modern Midland mobile app at your fingertips.
Plan time to get out and breathe in the fresh air when you bike, hike, or inline skate the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Rent wheels from Ray's Bike Shop downtown and begin your journey at The Tridge, Midland's iconic, three-legged bridge!Read More +
Put Ike's Mobile Kayak Rentals on your radar if you're looking to add waterfront memories to your Midland getaway, or choose a 2 - 5 hour Tridge Trip with Nor'East Outdoors to paddle the calm Chippewa River on a comfortable kayak.Read More +
Immerse yourself from April - November in Dahlia Hill and experience eight terraces bursting with more than 3,000 Dahlia blooms of more than 300 varieties, garden sculptures, and artist Charles Breed's working studio and museum.Read More +
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 Specialized, Salsa, Surly, Trek, Chumba, and Electra bikes 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. Be sure to 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 +
With museums, performance venues, and art studios — all under one roof — Midland Center for the Arts is the Great Lakes Bay Region's one-stop destination for art, science, history, music, theater, dance, films, and professional world-class entertainers. Check their schedule of events before visiting, because there's always something worth experiencing here!
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, handcrafted pottery. And stop into Creative 360 for all kinds of creative endeavors to explore while enjoying art exhibits by area artists.
Check out all the shopping 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, or Peel 'N Pare for all-things-kitchen & cooking!
If you're in town on a Saturday morning from early-May to 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!
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, two outdoor fire pits, and more), enjoy a day at the ball game and say hi to official mascot, Lou E. Loon!
Be sure to visit Downtown's boutique winery, Grape Beginnings, 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 atmosphere.
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!
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!)
Pop by Joyful Tantrum to let the kids experience a toy store, unplugged — then grab goodies from nearby Aviator Cookie Company to enjoy on the way to your next adventure!
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.
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
Explore the country’s longest canopy walk and 110 acres of botanical gardens, bike a 30-mile stretch of scenic rail trail, or sip under the stars at an open-air beer garden — and enjoy every moment of your vacation in Midland, Michigan!Read 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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