A variety of tours are available to fit your needs and group size! Give us a call to customize your visit.


Dow Gardens was established in 1899 as a private garden for the Dow family.

Herbert Dow believed that the gardens are never a finished idea. This legacy continues each year through the use of unique plant varieties and innovated bed designs.

On this guided tour, guests will experience the horticultural beauty of Dow Gardens while learning the story of how this once private estate transitioned into a beloved botanical garden.

Guided Group
Forest Tours

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens was originally purchased by Herbert Dow in 1905 to establish his apple orchard.

During this guided tour, guests will have the opportunity to walk through the heirloom apple orchard, stand high among the trees on the nation’s longest canopy walk, and learn the exciting history of this 54–acre Dow Gardens property.

Pines Home TOURS

Immerse yourself in the world that Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow sought to create within the home they helped design. The Pines offers a wide array of programs to help bring the story of the Dow family to life.

Golf Cart Tours

Experience the beauty of Dow Gardens from the comfort of a golf cart. Reservations are required. To schedule a Golf Cart Tour please call (989) 631-2677

Self-Guided Tours

Interested in going solo? Check out our Interactive GIS Map with data pertaining to the Gardens collection of perennials and shrubs as well as curated walking tours. Or dial 989.484.9064 on your mobile device, and enter an item number on the map, followed by the pound key, for the audio tour.

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