Summer is here and the trains are running at Castle Farms! Did you know that Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad lives at the Castle? Over 70 trains on 2,500 feet of track make this one stop you must visit this summer. While you’re there, catch a tram ride through Birch Forest and say hi to the Mossy Moose, feed the ducks and fish in the Reflection Pond and Birch Lake, get a selfie with Norm the Dragon, and wander through the hedge maze.
If guests want the inside scoop, a guided tour is the way to go. Microphoned guides lead small groups through the buildings and share stories, facts, and insights about the nearly 100 years the Castle has been in existence. For families or those who want a more laid back experience, a self-guided tour is a favorite option. Grab a map, watch the introductory video and explore at your own pace.
There is truly something for everyone. History fans will want to see the World War I museum with its toys, music, and posters from that period, which coincides with the building of the Castle in 1918. Nature lovers will delight in the numerous garden paths and walking trails through fragrant blooms and leafy arches.
The Castle hosts events throughout the year as well. Culinary explorers and locavores can feast on an organic, locally sourced meal once per month in the spring through fall during an evening Farm-to-Table Dinner and Twilight Tour (tickets available now). Kids will want to grab their train whistles or fairy wings for a Story Time event.
Let’s go back to that Model Railroad. Did we mention it’s the largest in Michigan? Train aficionados will appreciate the G-, N-, and HO-scale engines as well as the variety of settings including a historical diorama of Charlevoix and the fantastical tornado towers.
This summer, plan a trip to Castle Farms and learn what the locals have been keeping secret!