Get away for the day and head north to Midland to visit the Dow Gardens.


You can easily spend the day at Dow Gardens. The expansive landscape offers a multitude of gardens the entire family will enjoy – including the nation’s longest canopy walk, 1,400 feet long, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground. Reservations are required for visitors. Restrooms and concessions are open to the public but certain play equipment is closed for the the health and safety of staff and visitors.


  • Reservation Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 6PM (Dow closes at 7pm)
  • Admission: $10 adults, $2 youth ages 6 to 17, and children 5 and younger are free.

Don’t stop with Dow, before or after your visit to the Gardens surprise your kids with a trip to one (or all) of these fun family destinations.


Make a splash in Saginaw Bay

Find your spot on over 1,000 feet of sandy beach and soak up the sun at Bay City State Park. In addition to the fresh water, there are hiking trails and a splash pad.


Say hi to the animals

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is the perfect size for families and brimming with fun activities. Visit animals from around the world including wolves, penguins, kangaroos and a crocodile. In addition to animals, there are beautiful gardens throughout and a lily pond. The Zoo is open daily from 10am to 5pm and admission is only $5!


Grab a bite in Little Bavaria.

Stop at downtown Frankenmuth for a chicken dinner (dine-in or get carry-out) and fudge. Take a stroll through Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to find the holiday spirit just in time for the new school year.


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