Castle Farms

5052 M-66 North

Charlevoix, MI 49720
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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 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.

Accessibility: A tram and wheelchairs are available at this property. 

Hours and admission may be found at

Model Railroad Original entrance

Norm the Dragon Castle at night


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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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Tracie Shaw

8 months 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.

Bill Cleveland

a week ago
Castle Farms looks like a wonderful place for an event. However, as a tourist destination remains a bit wanting. If you like tchotchkes, you will love the few exhibits. Staff friendly and attentive. Building and grounds immaculate. Plenty of free parking. They did offer a season long admission for the $15, which is far more reasonable than for only a single visit. Hedge maze may challenge a 3 year old.

Stacey Van Dyk

a month ago
We came here during winter season so we didn't get to see everything they have to offer but it was still totally worth it! I love self guided tours so we can go at our own pace, and the snow to me made it a bit more magical.

Kerby Rials

10 months ago
We enjoyed our visit here. It does not have a lot of flashy activities, but is a great way to spend a few hours at a leisurely pace. We were amazed by the large size of the fish in the fish pond, and how they jump out of the water when you throw fish food (25 cents). The WWI museum was very interesting and we enjoyed seeing the model trains.

Gypsy River_lily

4 months ago
Such a beautiful place. And winter wonderland was so festive and magical. I will be back in spring. Also want to watch the trains running. Tracks looked so awesome. Thank you for all you do to keep this Castle functioning.