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 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

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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Gypsy River_lily

2 weeks 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.

Tracie Shaw

4 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.

Catarina Gasser

3 months ago
If you are thinking about getting married here, you should absolutely do it! The staff here are phenomenal! Our wedding coordinator, Rebekah, thought of everything. She stood in front of windows we passed so none of our guests could see us pass by before the ceremony, she grabbed us appetizers we could snack on before taking pictures, and she made sure we had something to cut our cake with when we forgot our knife set. She did this and so much more. It made our day run so smoothly and we didn't have to worry about anything! 10/10 would recommend!

Kerby Rials

6 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.

Jeff Dault

7 months ago
What an amazing place! So awesome to be "free" to walk around and see the grounds by yourself. Nice map for a self guided tour. Staff was super friendly. Must admit, I didn't want to go but did to make my wife happy. I ended up enjoying the visit very much. Very cool place you must see if in the area.