Castle Farms
4.7

Address
5052 M-66 North

Charlevoix, MI 49720
Main
231-237-0884
Fax
231-237-0994
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Historic, Museum
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Castle Farms was built in 1918 as a model working dairy farm by the acting president of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Today, it offers guests the chance to stroll through a 100 years of history. Year round self-guided tours give visitors the opportunity to visit the buildings and gardens at their own pace, while summer guided tours offer a more in-depth tour full of stories and fascinating historical facts from a professional tour guide.

Families will find much to enjoy, including ponds for feeding fish and ducks, the Enchanted Forest full of gnomes, the Alphabet Garden with whimsical art, the towering Hedge Maze with overhead trains, and Norm the resident dragon. Castle Farms is home to Michigan's largest outdoor model railroad, a favorite for young and old alike. G, HO, and N-scale trains are represented in both whimsical and traditional displays. Open May-October, weather permitting, the railroad currently boasts over 70 trains and over 2500 feet of track.

Those looking for a leisurely day will enjoy the extensive museum quality collections featuring royal family memorabilia from around the world as well as the 1918 Museum. The museum is dedicated to the WWI era and showcases many items found in the Sears Roebuck catalog from that time. The acres of formal and informal gardens are a joy from late spring through fall and offer many photo opportunities.

Plan at least 2 hours for your visit, but many families spend the entire day on the grounds and bring a picnic lunch. An on-site Gift Shop will surprise you with unique items for the home, jewelry, scarves, kids castle-themed fun, books by local authors, and fairy garden accessories.

Completely restored to its original splendor Castle Farms hosts tours, weddings, and charity and corporate events.

Hours and admission may be found at http://castlefarms.com/hours-of-operation/

Model Railroad Original entrance

Norm the Dragon Castle at night

 

Hours
Monday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Castle Farms is located on M-66, 2.5 miles from the intersection of US-31 in Charlevoix.

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Google Reviews

4.7

Jillian Johnson

a month ago
Such a cool place! I remember passing the castle all the time as a kid when my family made yearly trips up to charlevoix but I had never gone. I recently took my 5 kids there and they loved it! Favorite part was the children's garden which had lots of different trains which was super cool. Only disappointment was that they said they had a cafe with a kids menu but when we went it was just a wine tasting counter with some sandwiches in a case. Would have been fine for me and my husband but they didn't have anything kid friendly. Had we known this we would have planned more accordingly. Since there wasn't anything to eat it rushed our trip a bit so we could get the kids something for lunch. Would have loved to do a wine tasting but again hungry kids so we finished our tour and headed out. Liked the short tram tour. It gave us some background on the history but wasn't to long so it kept our kids attention. Would definitely recommend for families but maybe pack a lunch ☺️

Tracie Shaw

2 weeks ago
My daughter had her wedding at this venue. I could not have been more proud and ecstatic about the service. Everyone made her feel like a princess. Staff were extremely helpful. The venue was beautiful.

Scott Bennett

a month ago
Beautiful gardens, architecture and landscaping abound at this historical site. A blend of modern history from the 70's dating back to WW II. Something for everyone to enjoy. Trains for the kids make this a magical place for them. If you need a place for a beautiful and elegant wedding reception or any very special occasion this is the perfect venue. Congratulations to the Mueller family for investing in Michigan! Truly a five star asset to our State of Michigan. My only wish...bring back the awesome concerts!!! LOL

Sandy R.

a month ago
Beautiful place. The restoration is thoughtful and authentic. The gardens remind me of the estate gardens in England. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Gail P. She had so many interesting stories. Would recommend the wine tasting room after finishing the tour.

Lilly white

2 months ago
It was beautiful. The enchanted forest was cute. Then the train area was cool. I was mainly there to see the cool dragon sculpture. There was a big fountain and really beautiful gardens. Over all really nice!