Dow Gardens, Dahlias and a Captivating Canopy Walk

  • 11:30 AM7:00 PM

Following a comfortable bus ride from Grand Rapids, begin your day at the lovely Dow Gardens in Midland. Summer’s beauty is in full bloom on 110 acres featuring dazzling perennials, over 35,000 annuals, a newly renovated conservatory and more. Originally established in 1899 as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and their family, this scenic location boasts stunning gardens and tranquility for all to enjoy. Experience a guided tour highlighting the Dow Family history, insight into multiple gardens and details of the traveling sculpture exhibition featuring works by Gary Price. Take free time to enjoy the distinctive bridges, water features and towering pines before enjoying lunch together.

After the tour, head into town to indulge in a delicious lunch at Molasses Smokehouse and Bar, where they pride themselves on being “a new school of Southern barbecue.” Then spend the afternoon 40 feet above the forest floor under a canopy of soaring trees on the nation's longest canopy walk: 1,400 feet. This experience is accessible for all ages and abilities. If heights aren’t for you, no worries! All are welcome to spend time in the café or enjoying the 54 acres of the Whiting Forest at Dow Gardens, including woodlands, ponds, an apple orchard, a stream, and meadows. Polish off the day with a stop at Dahlia Hill, where 60 varieties of dahlias will be in full bloom, before enjoying a boxed meal on the ride home.

  • Cost: Members $150 | Non-Members $170