Midland, Michigan

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tridgeA visit to downtown Midland, Michigan will reveal lots of surprises. The world famous Dow Gardens are here, but there is much more to discover. Here are a few of the attractions waiting to be enjoyed.

The unique architecture of the historic Midland Courthouse will catch the eye. Right next to it is the Santa House which is the site of a gathering of Santa's helpers from all over the world every year. There are several museum complexes, galleries, and art centers.

A prominent feature downtown is the "Tridge", one of only two triple span bridges in Michigan. You can use it to cross the Tittawabsee River and access the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. The Chippewa Trail, a natural pathway which connects to the Pere Marquette trail ends at the Chippewa Nature Center. The Nature Center has more than 1,000 acres of deciduous and coniferous woods, rivers, ponds, wetlands (marsh, fen, bog, and swamp) and upland fields.

The Bradley Home Museum and Carriage House built in 1874 by Benjamin F. Bradley allows visitors to see an historic home and furnishings of its time. The Carriage House holds an extensive collection of sleighs and carriages, and it has the largest working blacksmith shop in the Mid-Michigan area.

 

There are cool locally owned shops like the Coyer Candle Company, the Grape Beginnings Winery and a popular Farmer's Market. Just north of town on the main street is the Dahlia Hill - This is unlike any other dahlia garden with eight terraces planted yearly with more than 3,000 dahlias in over 250 varieties.