The Dow Chemical Company was founded in Midland in 1897. Its world headquarters are still here.
- 1 MBS International Airport (MBS IATA), 8500 Garfield Road, Freeland (located midway between Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw), ☏ . The airport is served by United Express flights from Chicago-O'Hare, plus Delta Connection flights from Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, plus seasonal flights from Atlanta.
Off US Highway 10 west of I-75.
- Pere Marquette Rail-Trail. 28 mile walking and cycling trail from Midland to Loomis. Ends at the "Tridge" (three-path bridge) where it connects to the Chippewa Trail.
The downtown and the area near the Dow headquarters are quite walkable, as are the two universities if you're not in a hurry. It's also possible to use the trial system to get to nature center. There are taxis and a few ride-hailing services (Uber, etc.) available, which are needed to get to the airport. Car rentals are available at the airport.
- Chippewa Trail. Seven-mile trail that connects the Chippewa Nature Center to downtown Midland at the "Tridge", where it joins the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.
- 1 Midland Center For The Arts (MCFTA), 1801 Saint Andrews Street, ☏ . Contains the three-level Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art as well as a performing arts theatre. Includes exhibits on media (record your own TV weather and news reports) and local politicians, as well as a kids maker space.
- 2 The Tridge. A three spoked footbridge over the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers
- 3 Dow Gardens (Whiting Forest), 1809 Eastman Avenue, ☏ . landscaped botanical garden. Includes the longest canopy walk in North America, opened in 2018. $5.
- 4 Alden Dow House and Studio, 315 Post Street, ☏ . One of many buildings in the town designed by the architect Alden B. Dow.
- 1 Currie Municipal Golf Course, 1300 Currie Parkway, ☏ . This course is intermittently unavailable while they perform maintenance.
- 2 Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S Badour Rd, ☏ . A large visitors' center featuring (all indoors) a lookout over the river, exhibits, and hands-on nature-related toys. Outside there is a naturalistic play area for the kids and 19 miles of trails ranging from paved to rustic, and several restored historic buildings on site as well. Guided snowshoe hikes and maple syrup tapping in the winter.
- 1 Pis Chinese Restaurant, 1815 S. Saginaw Rd., ☏ . Nice local restaurant.
- 2 Villa D'Alessandro (Tuscany Banquet Hall), 801 E Wackerly St, ☏ . 11:00-14:00, 16:00-22:00. Villa D'Alessandro is a very nice Italian fine dining restaurant with amazing food. In the summer, sit outside near the fountain surrounded by vine wrapped walls. about $25 per person.
- 3 Cafe Zinc, 111 West Main Street, ☏ .
- 1 Frick's Bar, 4408 N Saginaw Rd, ☏ . Largest bar in town. Plenty of pool tables. Drinks are reasonably priced.
- 2 Oscar's Restaurant and Entertainment, 140 E Main St, ☏ . Great burgers. Big screen televisions make it a great place to watch the game.
- 3 WhichCraft Taproom, 124 Ashman St., ☏ , ✉ WhichCraftTaproom@gmail.com. Forty taps of exclusively Michigan-made beers and ciders, plus dozens of options in bottles, including locally-distilled whiskies. Small food menu.
Free wifi at the nature centre and museum.
See the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeweays (and the Soaring Eagle Casino) in Mount Pleasant.
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|Jct ← Mount Pleasant ←||W E||→ END|
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