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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chessia & Daniel Thomas

a month ago
We had our wedding here in September 2020 and it was a phenomenal experience especially during uncertain times like COVID, they were extremely flexible and knowledgeable about guidelines and the wedding day went so smoothly. We are so grateful we found this beautiful location and we had just best coordinator Alex. Thank you again for making our day so special!

Katheryn Kingery

a month ago
Wonderful experience beautiful grounds a must see! For sure best wedding venue! And rich historical value.


4 months ago
What a great place! had a wonderful time exploring and great lunch and wine on property. well manicured lawns/ gardens/ and grounds. We spent about 4 hours there and probably needed another hour to see everything in detail. Every corner we turned we found more surprises. Castle farms was a unique combination of nature, history, and wine :)

sally hoffmaster

3 months ago
Very Boring. They forgot to tell us the trains were not running but rather put away for the winter. The only spaces to look at were basically wedding venue options. We were told we would get $1 off wine tasting with our self-guided ticket only to arrive at the bar and told we would need reservations and should have called ahead. Quite misleading all the way around. Also, one of the ladies in the gift shop was a little too uppity for the regular Michigander.

Jeramie Curtice

3 months ago
A great place for family and wheelchair friendly for ground level exhibits. Come early because time flies here. There's a lot to see.