The Tridge in Midland Michigan's Chippewassee Park
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Visit The Tridge in Midland Michigan’s Chippewassee Park

Located in Chippewassee Park, The Tridge in Midland Michigan is a must-see attraction. “The Tridge” is the official name of a wooden footbridge that spans the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers.

This attraction opened in 1981 and consists of a single 31-foot tall pillar that supports three spokes. Each of the spokes is eight feet wide and 180 feet long.

The Tridge - Midland Michigan
photo courtesy of @darthbeige

Visit the Tridge in Midland

The Tridge is something that you simply must see when you are in Midland. The Tridge is mainly for those traveling on foot, but bikers, skateboarders, and in-line skaters can cross as well.

The three legs are massive and spread out through St. Charles Park, Chippewassee Park, and the Farmers Market area of the town. It is also the beginning of the Chippewa Nature Trail and the Pere Marquette Trail.

During the summer months, many people enjoy gathering in the area for some wonderful concerts.

The Tridge in Midland Michigan's Chippewassee Park Midland Mitten Trip Tridge and Flowers
The Tridge | photo via Margaret Clegg

Dow Gardens

When in Midland, the Tridge is just one of several main attractions that you must see. Another place that you simply must visit is Dow Gardens. Here you will find a magnificent 110-acre display of both perennials and annuals.

Throughout the gardens, there are fun water features as well as many distinctive bridges. The cost for a daily pass is $10 for adults (kids are just $2), or you can purchase a yearly pass for just $20 per person.

Dow Gardens is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Dow Gardens - Midland Michigan
photo courtesy of @wandzhere

Whiting Forest

Whiting Forest is connected to Dow Gardens and offers 54 acres of ponds, woodlands, meadows, streams, and an apple orchard.

Whiting Forest offers the longest canopy walk in the nation, and it truly makes you feel like you are living within the trees. This is one experience that you really do not want to miss as you get to be immersed in the forest 40 feet above the ground.

In addition to the canopy walk, you will find a couple of pedestrian bridges, a playground, and a gorgeous apple orchard. There is also a cafe where you can grab a snack.

Whiting Forest canopy walk - Midland Michigan
photo courtesy of @wandzhere

Great Restaurants in Midland

When you are visiting all of the beautiful sites throughout Midland, you are going to get hungry. The good news is that there are many excellent restaurants for you to try.

Cafe Zinc

If you want to feel like a local, try out Cafe Zinc. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, this American cafe has something for everyone. Make sure that you order some of the fresh bread and pastries made by the French Pastry chef.

Lasko’s Restaurant

Lasko’s Restaurant is another excellent option for breakfast or lunch when you are in Midland. This locally owned restaurant offers some of the best diner food that you will ever eat. Servings are large, and the staff is amicable.

Fuji Sushi

For those who are craving some Asian cuisine, Fuji Sushi is an excellent choice for some of the best sushi around. The restaurant offers a fun atmosphere, excellent service, and some unique sushi offerings that you simply will not find anywhere else.

The Tridge - Midland Michigan
photo courtesy of @adamkostus

Camping, Vacation Rentals, & Hotels in Midland

While most residents of the Lower Peninsula are close enough to Midland for a visit to the Tridge to be part of a Michigan day trip this summer, some may want to stay longer in the area and explore more things to do in mid-Michigan. Here are a few lodging options near Midland:

And if camping is more your style, Four Seasons RV Park and Campground is a beautiful place to stay in the Midland area. The campground offers tent camping and pull-thru campsites, pets are allowed, and a pool is available. It is also very close to shopping and attractions in Midland.

More to Explore in Lower Michigan

Whether you’re looking to explore more of the nearby Great Lakes Bay Area or you want to venture westward into Mid-Michigan, there is no shortage of things to do and see this summer in Michigan!

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