Castle Farms
4.6

Address
5052 M-66 North

Charlevoix, MI 49720
Main
231-237-0884
Fax
231-237-0994
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Category
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
09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday
09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
09:00 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

4.6

Lilly white

2 weeks 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!

Kerby Rials

2 weeks 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

a month 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.

Lindsay M.

a month ago
Absolutely gorgeous!!! The story of how I got here is great as I met the owners in Kent Ohio at the Kent State Fashion Museum. This is funny since they are from Mississippi and I am from Columbus. We had a talk and got on the topic that we both have connections in northern Michigan and we're very gracious in giving us the details of their castle. Months later and here I am on a self guided tour with my family. Really easy to follow with markings of numbered destinations. Beautiful flowers in the gardens and the over all landscaping was just perfect. Everyone was so kind from the woman working behind the gifts hop counter to the gentleman driving the tour train. All around interesting from the historical aspect to the views and architecture. Definitely a beautiful place for weddings, and a fun place for a day trip with family.

Jaime B

a week ago
We took the guided tour. It was fascinating! Afterward we enjoyed a wine tasting and then explored the grounds a little more. We had a great time!