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. 

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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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Nathan Taib OnDemand Pix

2 weeks ago
I film weddings all summer long, almost every weekend when it's warm, all over the state. I've been to some really nice locations, but this place is just awesome for a wedding. It tops the list for sure! If you want any sort of "fairytale wedding," this is your spot. I had to drive 4 hours to get here, and hardly slept the night before, and that place was so cool that it made the day go by wonderfully. Staff was BEYOND helpful, I never get that much help and assistance from staff at most places. They made sure we were good with EVERYTHING! This place is such an awesome venue for couples to get married because you have dozens of BADASS photo and video opportunities! You could spend HOURS doing poses in this place. I got one of my best shots ever at this place, no joke. I can't wait to film there again!

Joanne Jeter

2 weeks ago
Beautifully manicured grounds. Beautiful buildings. They were preparing for 2 weddings...looks to be an amazing wedding venue. The $20 pp was a bit much for self guided tour...although we did receive a wine sample voucher! Wine was tasty 😋

Bruce Revennaugh

a month ago
Very popular wedding venue. They offer great facilities, staff. I think guest provides catering, flowers, etc. Pretty, very pleasant surroundings.

Linda Rower

a month ago
It's beautiful!! We took the non-guided visit and loved meandering through it all. The owner is doing a great job and it is well worth a visit! We all enjoyed it.

Jaime B

a year 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!