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Castle Farms
4.7

Address
5052 M-66 North,
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone
231-237-0884 (Main)

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 http://castlefarms.com/hours-of-operation/

 

Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Store Type
Gift Shops Home

Google Reviews

4.7

Bub Dawg's What do you think? (Todd)

2 months ago
So my wife wanted to go here I wasn't sure if I'd like it but I ended up liking it. The trains were my favorite. The event halls also caught my attention. We were on our anniversary vacation so it brought back a lot of memories. Very good memories. 32 years later she is still the love of my life.

Aaron N

3 months ago
This house is a nice wedding venue and not much else. A beautiful shell that looks like a castle but not much else. The grounds are pretty but I was overall very disappointed in the self tour for the price. It makes sense why it is the way that is after you learn the history but I feel that calling it a castle tour is misleading. Just assume that you are visiting a wedding venue and you will not be as disappointed.

Brian Bopp

3 months ago
Exquisite! Huge cudos to the current owners for honoring the history of this property and transforming it into MI treasure. Family fun includes the train exhibit, enchanted forest walk, (watch for gnomes) and don't miss feeding the friendly ducks at Birch Lake. Lots of collections on exhibit too for the curious. Wedding venues galore!

Jessica James

5 months ago
Beautiful wedding venue. I loved the grounds, the chess boards, whimsical dragon, garden pathways and more. The venue is very clean and large, lots of space and interesting areas within the buildings.

Kathy Burnash

3 months ago
This place is gorgeous! They have done an amazing job in all the details. Definitely worth a visit. They grounds have beautiful art pieces with lovely gardens. You can take a leisurely stroll thru the grounds and feed ducks.

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